REVISED POSTING GUIDELINES

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REVISED POSTING GUIDELINES

Postby dadsdivorce » Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:13 pm

Welcome to the DadsDivorce forums. This is a superb community of folks who know what you are going through. You will find much insight and some practical advice to some of the toughest situations. Hopefully, you will find what you need here to ensure that your rights are protected and you don't get run over by the system.

Please keep in mind, however, that advice provided here may not necessarily be the best solution to your particular situation. It is ALWAYS best to retain legal counsel in your area to make certain that state and local guidelines are being factored into your situation. So remember that anything posted here are personal opinions from other users who have faced divorce or, in certain cases, provide legal advice in their own practice.

Also keep in mind that this is a public bulletin board and that the following Terms of Use are in effect throughout this entire website:

You may not restrict or inhibit any other user from using or enjoying any of the services.

You may not post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.

You may not post or transmit any information, software or other material which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by intellectual property rights.

You may not post or transmit any information, software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component.

You may not post, transmit or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial purposes.

We reserve the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that in our sole discretion are objectionable or in violation of its submission policies.

Under no circumstances will we be required to treat any submission as confidential (subject to Privacy Policy then in effect), and will not be liable for any ideas for its business (including, without limitation, product or service ideas) and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in future operations.

You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for whatever material you submit, and you, not us have full responsibility for the submission, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright. Your communication of a submission is in all respects subject to these guidelines.

Board-wide Policies
This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of community members here at DadsDivorce.com. Please read it and become familiar with it, it's terms are retroactive and agreed by moderators and administrators.

Forum rules
Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).

Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a Moderator. Only do this if a moderator has not replied within 24 hours. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistenly "act" as moderators may be warned.

Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permision will receive a warning and their post will be removed.

Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.

Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I got served!", etc. Examples of good titles include; "Child support question in New York", "False accusations of abuse", etc.

Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering legal services (charged and free), divorce-related products, etc. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information.

Moderators and Administrators reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Moderators and not users.

The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging, if available. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging privileges.

Signatures
Signatures may contain up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text (of small or normal size). Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, and so forth.

Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. You may not link to warez, porn or political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.

Users abusing these rules will be warned.

Spam and Linking Policies
Users may post links to 3rd party or personal websites that offer legal services or other products that can assit divorced/divorcing fathers. No active solicitation, however, may be posted on the forums.

Links to products and services related to divorced/divorcing fathers may be included in signatures but should not include offers, prices, "specials" or slogans/trademarks.

If a link is deemed by Moderators or Administrators to be excessive in advertising a product or service, we reserve the right to edit or delete such links.

Users who repeatedly violate this policy will be issued a warning and are subject to the warning policies as outlined below.

Policing
DadsDivorce.com operates on a three-strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days.

Arguing with Moderators and Administrators after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.

Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant moderator, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact him/her. If they feel you were treated badly, they will remove a warning. If you feel their decision is also unfair you may contact the board Administrator. Their decision is final. Contacting Administrators over warning matters should be done so as a very last resort.

Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account of evade an email ban. Circumvention includes posting as an anonymous user.

An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact Moderators or Administrators personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.

Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While DadsDivorce.com may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurence.
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