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INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO THIS BOARD: To be a participating member of this board you must follow these simple rules of conduct:
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17. Since this is an open forum and we have members of all ages the using of acronyms, replacing letters with other letters or symbols to avoid being censored will be considered as breaking the rules. We can not and will not put every possible acronym or modified word on the censored list. The use acronyms, replacing letters with other letters or symbols as a work around the censor rules we will consider it a violation of the rules and you will be treat accordingly.
18. Once you have activated your account, it will not be deleted. If you feel that Germanshepherds.com is not the place for you after you have activated your account, all you have to do is not log in. You can send a PM to the admin SHEPHERDS to remove your email address so that you stop receiving notifications but this will not delete your account.
19. Since germanshepherds.com relies on advertising revenue to function, posting links other dedicated Germans Shepherd Dog discussion boards, either in the body of a post, or in one's signature is not allowed and will be removed.
20. Most political topics such as discussions of political parties or specific politicians, government policy and legislation, and the economic crisis, is not allowed. Examples: the stimulus package, the mortgage buy outs, the auto makers buy out, anti-gun legislation, Gitmo and topics of similar content. This is a GSD board, not a Political board. The "No Politics" rule also extends to general political comments, and political comments about foreign governments. As always, any discussions that are dog related are allowed, including topics surrounding dog specific legislation.
The Admins will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of any topic.
Links to personal blogs and general dog boards are allowed.
Further, if you need to discuss a particular dog or person please do so privately. Disagreements between breeder and purchaser, along with disputes between members, are not matters for public debate and likewise also should be handled privately. Members of this board are entitled to a reasonable standard of behavior from other members. A level of respect and courtesy must be maintained at all times, no exceptions. You may not like or agree with a particular person but we all share a love of the dogs and we all have a right to participate in the board’s activities free of harassment. Please do not quote a member's post out of context, using a portion, or portions, of the post that gives it new meaning, one the initial poster never intended to convey. Also, should you feel it necessary to use a quote from a post on this board somewhere else, wherever that may be, please obtain the explicit permission of the author prior to using the quote. This eliminates the possibility of our members being misrepresented without their knowledge.
Solicitation of donations of money for any reason is not permitted on this board under any circumstances . Posting links to other sites for soliciting and directing people to won't be allowed. This NO SOLICITING rule will be strictly enforced.
The solicitation of puppies and dogs is also strictly prohibited on this board. Selling of puppies or dogs, and advertising studs or litters is not allowed.
With regard to the German Shepherd Rescue section, the dogs that are posted there for potential adoption, either in the "urgent" or "general" rescue forums, absolutely must be Pure Bred German Shepherd Dogs. We know many members do not agree with this rule however due to the extremely busy nature of those forums I feel it is essential to the productiveness of the board and the overall goal of the site, which is to promote the German Shepherd Dog.
Lastly, Private Messages (PMs) and private email is just that, private, and should not be posted publicly to the board unless explicit permission has been granted from the individual. Should a member post something publicly that was intended to be private it will result in a temporary or permanent ban from the board. Use of this board is a privilege, not a right.
This is a "General Audience" board visited by people of all ages and materials posted here should be appropriate for all ages. Those not able to adhere to the above, or make a positive contribution, can expect to receive a warning, a suspension or be banned from further participation. If you have received a warning any subsequent violations of the board rules will result in an automatic suspension or permanent ban from the board.
In addition, questionable posts may be edited or deleted without explanation or warning.
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