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Offline Kevin Michiels

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Forum Rules [MUST-READ]
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:52:53 PM »
The African Cichlid Hub has grown tremendously over the past years and we thank all of you for being a part of this growing community. In order to keep the forum running well and to prevent problems, please follow these simple rules for the forum here. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact one of the Staff Members.

General Rules
While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, profanity (or attempts to bypass profanity filters), insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.
Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the such.
Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed.
Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed. This includes using the forum, email, visitor messages, blog comments, picture comments and private message systems to spam other members.
Please wait a reasonable amount of time before bumping posts. For style changes and general 'how-to' questions this should be 24 hours. For specific troubleshooting issues, use 12 hours as a guideline.
We also do not allow posts or links to sites that are sexual in nature or violate community standards. The African Cichlid Hub team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.
Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.
Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.
We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.
If you are going to post non-English on these forums, please also post an English Translation of your post.
Posts discussing moderator actions are also not allowed.
Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.
You cannot post any affiliate or referral links, or post anything asking for a referral. Such posts will be subject to removal.
You cannot post advertisements or notices for contests.
All post must be made in English
We also reserve the right to ban anyone who wilfully violates the forum rules.

Advertising Services and Solicitation
We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products, services, funds or donations. Explicit advertising and soliciting in signatures is also prohibited.
Advertisers who want to advertise their products on the forum can contact the staff for further information.

The following actions will be undertaken is any members are found to be abusing this rule:

1st Type of Restriction :
Disable "reading and sending personal messages".

2nd Type of Restriction :
Disable "access to some boards".

3rd Type of Restriction :
Disable "access to the forum" = "Complete Ban".


Advertising or Recommending
Before recommending or linking a source in a post or reply, please contact someone from the African Cichlid Hub staff.
This includes posting links that include another forum/community/society.
We will only allow links to the Cichlid-forum profile section. Direct links to other forums is not allowed!
We need to research the source your referring to, to make sure the source is credible.
The owners of African Cichlid Hub Community Forum reserve the right to remove or edit any links, photos an referals in order to protect our reputation and the members best interests.


Breeders
Feedback
When someone asks for feedback on X and say you've had a bad experience please don't go slandering the breeder or fish shop on the open forum. Everyone has different experiences. Please keep your feedback honest and non slanderous. 


Openly trying to sell stock on the forum
Only allowed in the "Fish for Sales" section.


Links, Banners and photos with text to breeders/Fish Shops and personal stock for sale in your signature and posts
This is not allowed! We have a section on the forum dedicated to breeders (Breeders and Fish Shop Map) outside of this area any posts that do not follow the forum rules will be removed.


Trusted breeders / Fish shops
African Cichlid Hub owner and team reserve the right to review any links posted on the forum and if we decide X isn't reliable and trustworthy breeder/fish shop we will remove all details post related.


Selling and buying
Selling & buying fish
This is only allowed inside this specific board. (For Sale > Fish). - only visible after 25 posts.
Breeders who are willing to advertise big amounts of fish/fry please PM me first.
Be aware of the disclaimer posted in "RULES - TEMPLATE - MUST READ" (For Sale).  - only visible after 25 posts.


Selling & buying equipment

This is only allowed inside this specific board. (For Sale > Equipment).  - only visible after 25 posts.
Make sure what you are selling is something is worth selling(not something broken).
Be aware of the disclaimer posted in "RULES - TEMPLATE - MUST READ" (For Sale).  - only visible after 25 posts.



Passwords & security
You should never give out your forum password to anyone.
We can not take responsibility if you disclose this information to anyone else.

Links in signatures must follow these guidelines
Promotional text for a commercial product or service is ok, provided there are no price(s) of product(s) or service(s) listed.
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 African Cichlid Hub community standards. The team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. (Examples include sites about drugs and/or sex.)
Duplicate links to the same URL in a signature are not allowed.
All signatures must be made in English

Avatars
Animated avatars are not allowed. Sorry.
Avatars that may be confused with official staff avatars are not allowed.
Use of the African Cichlid Hub logo in avatars is not allowed.

Moderation
Although the administrators and moderators of African Cichlid Hub Community Forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of African Cichlid Hub Community Forum will be held responsible for the content of any message.
The owners of African Cichlid Hub Community Forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Staff Disputes
Any disputes with the staff of the African Cichlid Hub Community Forum will be handled in private through the Private Message System.

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.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

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Re: Forum Rules [MUST-READ]
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 11:01:31 PM »
Please insure that you have read the forum rules

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Re: Forum Rules [MUST-READ]
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 09:26:00 AM »
Bump for new members