Summary: Respect each other, don't be a jerk, and no spamming.
------------------------------------------------------------------------Please Report Forum Abuse
If you come across a post that violates these rules or is otherwise inappropriate, please DO NOT REPLY TO IT
under any circumstances. Instead, use the REPORT POST function within each post to send to the Administrators and Moderators ("Management") with an explanation of why you think there is an issue. If the Moderator agrees that the post in question is a violation of these rules, the post and all replies will be deleted immediately, and action may be taken against the poster (See the Three Strike Rule below). Do Not Post the Following
1. Libelous or slanderous messages, such as posting personal attacks, attacks against rodents as pets, or posting under another user's name and/or email address. This includes dragging dirty laundry from other message board systems, real life, OR the chat room.
2. Personal insults, calling people idiots, or any other disrespectful language that tears someone down as a human being. Treat people as you wish to be treated.
3. Links to advertisements on Craigslist, the Canadian site Kajiji, or ANY site of this nature.
4. Copyrighted material (articles, photos, etc.) without first obtaining the owner's permission. If copyrighted material is located on another web site, provide a link to the material, instead. If you use a small excerpt from copyrighted material, please give proper credit to the original source.
5. Pyramid schemes, get rich quick offers, or "get paid to surf" programs (i.e. AllAdvantage). This includes referrals for programs on any web site, and "trolling for votes" on other web sites.
6. Obscene material or links to obscene material. This forum is rated PG, and post content should reflect that.
7. Personal messages to individual forum members -- please use private messages, as that is what they are designed for.
8. E-mail excerpts without the sender's permission. E-mail is private, and is subject to the "dirty laundry" guideline above.
In addition, we have a list of Posting Guidelines
that should be read and followed.
Furthermore, planning, inciting, promoting or facilitating illegal activities through the Rats Rule Forum is strictly prohibited. Items that fit into the above categories, if posted, will be removed from view and if necessary, action may be taken against the poster. Regarding Medical Advice
This forum is provided for public sharing of rat care knowledge, experiences and ideas. At times, its exchange may include discussion of medicines, therapies, symptoms, diagnosis and similar topics. While a wealth of information can be found here, it can NOT replace the advice of a professional veterinarian! Under no circumstances can anything found in the forum, or anywhere else on ratsrule.com, be construed as professional veterinary advice or instruction -- even if a person on the forum identifies themselves as a vet or a tech, because they have not seen your animal in person. All vet care discussion at the Rats Rule Forum is intended for the purpose of assisting you in discussing options with your local vet. Any other use is done at your risk and is solely your responsibility. Advertisements
You may post rodent-related advertisements such as: animals available for adoption, cages for sale, rat-sitting services, announcements, etc., in the FLEA MARKET ONLY
. You may advertise updates to your personal web sites in Rat Tails & Mug Shots IF they are rat-related, but please use common sense, and don't spam the board. Non-rodent-related advertisements, including pyramid schemes, get rich quick schemes and "get paid to surf" programs are not permitted, and will be deleted on sight, without warning. Asking for Referrals for other web sites is also prohibited.
Advertising is also NOT permitted in the chat room. Those who come into the room for the sole purpose of drawing attention to a classified ad they have posted may be kicked from the room, or lose chat room privileges.Enforcement of the Rules
These rules are enforced by the Management, and violations will be dealt with as the Management sees fair, including but not limited to: deleting the offending messages or thread, blocking the IP address of the offender, and contacting the service provider of the offender. The Management reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delete any questionable messages as well as to temporarily or permanently ban a person from the Forum at any time for any reason. Though the forum is publicly available to all registered users, it is still a PRIVATE forum, and the rules may be amended or altered at any time, to adapt to new situations. These decisions lie solely with the forum Administrators -- their house, their rules. The Three Strike System
In an effort to better enforce the rules of conduct and allow people to have a chance to change their ways and remain members of the community, we have composed the Three Strike System
. First-time offenders will receive a warning via Private Message. Second offense will result in a one-week suspension from the board, and the third offense will result in a permanent ban from the community. Trolls are not subject to this system, and are dealt with immediately. The management reserves the right to bypass the system if they feel it is necessary,
so use common sense when posting and communicating with members of the community (staff included). This applies to ALL aspects of our community, including the forum, the chat room, AND private messages. Potential reasons for system bypass include, but are not limited to: fraud, animal abuse, and illegal activities.One Screen Name Per Person
screen name is allowed per person, period. If multiple identities are identified by staff, they will be deleted, possibly without warning. Changing your identity, or pretending to be multiple people, is fraud and abuse of services, and is NOT welcome here. We reserve the right to delete ALL connected screen names, without warning, and blocking your IP from accessing the forum if you abuse our community.Be Responsible
You are responsible for yourself, your safety and your actions. Any formal or informal agreements made between members in the Rats Rule Forum which result in a dispute is strictly an issue between the parties that made the agreement. You are cautioned NOT to give personal information in any forum messages, and information such as postal address, home address and phone number WILL be deleted by Management by editing your post. When you choose, at your own risk, to share personal information, please do so in PRIVATE EMAIL or INSTANT MESSAGE
. Posting such material to the message boards makes your information available to ANYONE who has access to the Internet and this site. Only registered users may post to the board, but anyone may read the board. Use This Free Service at Your Own Risk
While the owner of ratsrule.com, goosemoose.com and the owners and administrators of this YaBB forum make every reasonable attempt to keep the forum functioning and of a generally 'friendly' and safe environment, there are no guarantees. Because this forum is a free service, open to use by all registered users, with all interactions on the boards being "live" (messages appear immediately, without any 'review' before being posted), it is literally impossible for the forum moderators to control all aspects of the forum at all times. It is certainly impossible for the forum administrators and moderators to control the actions of those persons who visit and post to these forums. Accordingly, by participating in the Rats Rule Forum, YOU AGREE TO PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
. THE FORUM ADMINISTRATORS, MODERATORS, RATSRULE.COM, AND GOOSEMOOSE.COM SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, LOSSES OR EXPENSES WHICH RESULT TO YOU DUE TO YOUR PARTICIPATION OR THE PARTICIPATION OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN THIS FORUM.
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