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Rules & Regulations: READ BEFORE POSTING.
« on: September 03, 2011, 02:23:46 PM »
snusology Rules and Regulations
Forum Rules


Joining snusolovy is completely free! By joining the snusology Forum, you agree to follow our common sense forum policies and terms of service detailed below. Please read over the terms completely before agreeing to join the site. Failure to abide by any rule can cause a temporary or permanent ban of the site.


All we ask is that you keep a few things in mind while using the forums. The forums are a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act with respect for your fellow forum members as well as the snusology staff.



Be Welcoming!
Remember, we were all new to the forums once. When newcomers arrive, please try to welcome them to our growing community. Many of our community members have years of experience and lots of knowledge to share; help new members learn about resources and find information.



Be Courteous!
No personal attacks, bashes, flames, or bigotry comments. Racial, sexist or religious remarks of any kind are absolutely forbidden; Comments against other groups based on sexual orientation, age, class, IQ, ethnicity, political preference, nationality or similar features are also strictly forbidden. - Not only is it a rule here, it should be a way of life.


If you disagree with another member’s point of view, do so in a mature and civil manner. If someone seeks help from other forums members, please do not respond unless you have something positive or helpful to add. If you find yourself being flamed or insulted by another member, please do not dignify that person with a response. Notify an admin and let us handle it.



Be Cautious!
Think before you post or speak: We encourage you to keep personal information personal. Do not post any personal information (i.e. complete addresses, phone numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, or any other information considered private) of yours, or others. This is for your protection, and the protection of others.


In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately, using Private Messages, E-mail, Instant Messaging, or another form of communication.



Avatar Guidelines
We want you to express yourself on the forums. We encourage all users to upload a unique avatar (image or graphic) that will show up next to their posts. This will help others quickly identify who is posting the message as well as allow them to get to know your personality a bit more. Your avatar image must NOT contain nudity, racial slurs, or anything that would break our list of rules. Avatar images should be static GIF or JPG images that are no larger than 100 pixels high by 100 pixels wide. The file size should be very small (under 10KB) to keep page loading times to a minimum.



Signature Guidelines
In order to keep the page loading time of the forums to a minimum and to allow the discussions to be easy to follow, we have adopted the following guidelines for signatures. To be specific:
◦   Registered Members;
◦   The maximum font size allowed in signature lines is 3.
◦   The maximum number of lines in a signature is 4.
◦   The maximum number of images allowed in signatures is 1.
◦   Signature text should comply with our regular posting rules. No all-caps, no AlTERnAtInG caps, etc.
◦   Signature text that is too long or obtrusive will be removed. This would include overly creative use of punctuation, color, etc. which make the signature too flashy
◦   No affiliate or referral links!
◦   Signatures cannot contain any calls to action like "Click here" "visit my site for more information" or any other language that could be mistaken as part of the post or be misconstrued as an advertisement.
◦   VIP Members; (Possible addition in future)
◦   The maximum font size allowed in signature lines is 6.
◦   The maximum number of lines in a signature is 8.
◦   The maximum number of images allowed in signatures is 2.
◦   Signature text should comply with our regular posting rules. No all-caps, no AlTERnAtInG caps, etc.
◦   Signature text that is too long or obtrusive will be removed. This would include overly creative use of punctuation, color, etc. which make the signature too flashy
◦   No affiliate or referral links!
◦   Signatures cannot contain any calls to action like "Click here" "visit my site for more information" or any other language that could be mistaken as part of the post or be misconstrued as an advertisement.
No Cross-Posting
Do not post the same discussion more than once in the discussion forums or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are hard to keep up with and counterproductive for other members who are trying to help. Duplicate discussions will be deleted.



No Advertising – Spam
◦   Do not heedlessly place your advertisements through the Discussion Forums.
◦   Do not post links to your website to announce your site or to build your link popularity.
◦   Do not SPAM other members via PM with unsolicited business offers.
This will all be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your snusology Community Membership.


There are 2 specific ways you *can* promote your company/business on snusology.


1) Put a link in your signature to your company/business, making sure to follow the signature guidelines. This doesn't mean that you can just respond to posts by saying "visit the site in my signature". It is there for people to naturally follow when they are interested in your products or services.


2) Become a valuable member of the snusology community by contributing helpful (non promotional) posts and answers in the forums. Share your knowledge or just ask questions that help get others involved in the discussion. As you become more helpful in the community, people are more likely to follow your signature links and patronize your business to help support other members.

Any advertising/link building/self promotional/spam URL drops outside of these conditions will be removed without notice. Frequent offenders or people who try to post under a different identity will have their membership removed and their IP banned from the server.



"Bumping" Threads
"Bumping" a thread is when you make a post for the purpose of making the thread appear on the "View New Posts" option, or light up as forums with new posts do. While there are some circumstances when doing this is reasonable, it should be kept to rare use (if no answer is posted to your thread within 2 business days).



User Accounts
A maximum of ONE account is allowed per person. If you are found to be using two or more accounts, one or more of them will be deleted and you may be banned from snusology all together depending on the situation. All accounts require a valid e-mail address. - E-mail verification is required before you can create an account. - For privacy reasons the forums are set up to allow you to hide your e-mail address from other members if you choose. If you have account problems, please use the Contact Us link and state the problem you are having.


-- Only exception to this rule is for significant others or if you share a computer with a room-mate or sibling, and this is not to be abused. If your friends don't have a computer, they shouldn't need to sign up, or they should simply post under your account.



No Abuse of PM
Private Messaging is provided to the members of snusology as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of private messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.



Buyers Beware
Internet scams can happen at any time. Unfortunately, there is really no true way to tell if the deal you are interested in is legitimate or not. The owners and staff of snusology are not responsible in any way and cannot guarantee the ability of a seller to complete the transaction or the quality of the items. In light of this, we strongly recommend that you have the seller ship the item COD, and/or search the Consumer/Member Reports forum to see if the member involved has had a selling/trading/buying experience on the forum.
Above all, use common sense. Do some research on the product and the seller before making the deal. Ask for specific details of the product, recent pictures, etc. Be especially wary if the seller refuses to comply with completing the transaction in a manner that makes you feel comfortable, such as refusing to send the item COD. If you do have any specific concerns with a specific user, please contact a member of our staff with your concerns.



Discussion of Site Policies
Discussions about moderator or administrator actions are welcome in email or private messages, but should not be discussed in public forums. This is out of respect for the members and moderators or policy involved.



snusology Discretion
snusology reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, snusology reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may, at snusology's discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely.


It is the responsibility of the site member to check this page on a regular basis for any revisions in snusology Site Rules before making any posts to any forum.


snusology also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, the sites that comprise snusology or the rights of snusology or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.


Considering the real-time nature of this community, it is impossible for the snusology staff to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that snusology does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. snusology does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the snusology or any entity associated with snusology. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by PM. snusology has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at snusology reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever.


You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless snusology, phpBB Limited (the makers of the forum software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a legal action arising from any message posted by you.


Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of snusology, and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.


The user agrees as a condition of registering at snusology to be truthful in regard to all information given during the registration process, to use the site as per the instructions, not to disclose his password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything the user submits or posts to the site.
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