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The basic ground rules for discussions on are simple: be polite, use common sense, don't break the law and don't post any message that even hints at advertising.

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General Forum Rules

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Be polite. We do not tolerate any rudeness. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive will be banned without warning. If you SPAM our members in any manner, your account will be disabled and your membership terminated. Do not contact anyone to suggest your product or service who is not explicitly expecting you to contact them from an advertising forum post. If you glean information from anywhere other than the advertising forums and use that information to contact someone and present an offer, it's SPAM and it will affect your account standing.

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Linking to a commercial product/service is fine, provided it is not a product or service that competes with a product or service offered by and it is not an affiliate program link or any other affiliate program or is linked to a breeders kennel.

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A link and promotional text for a site that is not commercial and does not contain product(s) and/or service(s) is allowed, provided the site is not sexual or does not violate community standards. The gH team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. (Examples include sites about drugs, hate and/or sex or puppy mills)

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All signatures must be made in English

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• Competing Sites

The internet is a big place, and it's no surprise that from time to time a site will come along whose mission is to occupy the same niche as We have no issue with that. However, it would be against our best interests, and therefore the best interests of our members, for us to allow such sites to build upon our popularity by promoting themselves on Therefore, no competing site may attempt to gain traffic from in any way, including but not limited to, links in posts, signatures, profile information, PM's, emails, or IM's.

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Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums, static pages or software libraries without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. and it's owners shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law. You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it’s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material. and its assigned agents reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, 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 gH's discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely. or its assigned agents 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 or the rights of the gH 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.

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• Addendum

We reserve the right to update and modify these rules as the needs of the community dictate to ensure the smooth operation of this community.

updated: 9.3.2012


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