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Forum Rules & Guidelines
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:37:27 PM »

To help you gain the most from the AGPC ™ Forums, please familiarise yourself with the rules and guidelines below for participating in the message forums.

African Grey Parrot Centre is a privately-owned forum. The administrators of the forum have the last word in setting up the rules and resolving arising on the forum issues. Joining the forum is absolutely voluntarily and if you don't agree with the rules, don't join. The administrators have the right to ban members without explanation.

Please remember, we are not trained veterinarians, neither do we claim to be them, any advice given on this website is in no way meant as a substitute for the advice of a fully qualified avian veterinarian. 

Any opinions expressed on this website may not necessarily be the shared opinion of others, all our members are free to express their own views, and we take no responsibility for the behaviour or views of individuals.

The administrators also reserve the right in extreme circumstances to fully investigate any actions members have taken including posts and personal messages if they have reasonable belief that a serious breach of the rules has occurred.

Please note this list does not include the full terms of service (also known as your user agreement). These rules and guidelines are designed to help give a better understanding of what behavior is expected and make your experience more enjoyable and safe.

Rules (DON'Ts):
 
1. No discussion of any illegal activity or threats of violence. (ie. illicit drug use or exchange, threats of suicide or self-injury, or threatened or intended physical harm).  Discussions of suicide or self-harm that are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted.
 
2. No use of explicit, obscene or vulgar language or images and/or messages, including racist remarks.
 
3. No posts that attack, insult, "flame", defame, or abuse members or non-members.   Respect other members of the community and don’t belittle, make fun off, or insult another member or non-member.  Decisions about health and well-being of parrots can be of highly personal, individual choices e.g. wing clipping.  "Flaming" and insults, however, will not be tolerated. Agree to disagree.
 
4. No advertising or links to advertising or "Spam" is permitted.

  • Advertising or Spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting or promoting by someone that has ownership or other "vested interest" to the web site involved, including efforts to promote other online forums or web sites by web site owners.
  • If you are a web site owner and have a link that fits into this category that you want to share, please submit it to our resource directory and we will review your submission.
  • Posts and links about fundraising (including nonprofit fundraisers) are NOT permitted.
  • Only links to personal home pages are allowed in signatures and member profiles. Links must be appropriate and abide by rules #1-4 or they will be removed.
  • Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) are allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc.

5. No links to any web site or use of any username that fits into rules # 1-4 above.
 
6. No use of multiple usernames. Please register and use only one username for the forums.  Posting under multiple user accounts will result in administrative action (ie. banning).
 
7. No posts of copyrighted material.  Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the message boards without the consent of the owner.
 
8. No posts of lengthy articles.  Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources.
 
9. No posts of an overtly political or religious nature OR posts promoting advocacy of particular personal, medical, legal, religious, political, or non-profit causes.  The forums are intended for offering mutual personal support.  Debating controversial subjects should be taken elsewhere.  Limited religious references are allowed (ie. "my prayers are with you" or a brief quote as part of a larger post), but the forums should not be used to convert others.
 
10. No cryptic posts.  Using cryptic messages to "skirt" the rules is not permitted.
 
11. If it shouldn’t be viewed by minors, then it shouldn’t be posted to the forums or chat rooms.  This is a public, family-friendly forum. In addition, if something would not be considered “work safe” (to a boss or co-worker), then it shouldn’t be posted unless it's in one of the hidden rooms where it has been stated that it is permitted.
 
14. Do not disrespect moderators.  Be respectful in both the forums and any private communications with moderators.  Moderators are volunteers that donate many, many hours of their own time to help in the forums and chat rooms.  Violations of this rule will not be tolerated.
 
15. No SHOUTING.  Remember, using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in posts is considered yelling and rude, plus it is difficult to read.
 
16. Do not post offline personal contact information (ie. your home address, phone numbers etc.) and do not ask for personal information from others.  Modify your member profile in the profile settings tabs (See image below)  at the top of the forum to set privacy settings for your account, access to adjust these settings are limited until you have posted 30 times if you can't change something then please contact an administrator or moderator both of which have access to do it for you.  Use of full names (your first and last name) is allowed but strongly discouraged.  This is to protect your security and identity.
 


17. No duplicate posts.  To delete accidental duplicate posts please contact an administrator or moderator as soon as you realise you have made a mistake.
 
18. No irrelevant or off-topic posts. Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted at the moderator's discretion.
 
19. No lengthy signatures. Signatures have limitations put onto them through the forum, the limts are as set out below.  Moderators will edit and/or remove signatures that break any forum guidelines as set out out here.
 
Guidelines (DO's):
 
1. Check for open topics.  Before posting a new topic, please check to see if there is already a topic open on the subject by using the forum search function (See image below).


 
2. Ignore bothersome members.  If there is someone on the forum that bothers you, you can put them onto an ignore list found in your account settings (See image below).  Once ignored you won't see any posts from this member again.


 
3. Report posts that violate the rules and guidelines by clicking on the "Report to moderator" link found on any of the member's posts in the topic view (See image below). We will act on the report as quickly as we can.  Do not reply to the offending post as that typically only encourages the poster.


 
4. Use good judgement.  NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forums to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified vetinary professionals to meet your individual circumstances needs.  Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you.
 
5. Lend a helping hand. A bit of compassion can go a long way toward helping people with life's challenges and reaching out can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. We're all different, but we're really all the same. At sometime or another, we all need or want help or simply someone with whom we can share our burdens or successes.
 
6.  Don't be afraid to share. If you're feeling alone or your animal is suffering, don't be afraid to share your fears and tears. If you're rejoicing about the results of a recent test. treatment or success, share that too.
 
7.  Welcome new members. When newcomers arrive, say "hi" and welcome them. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved.
 
8.  Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid "generic" post subjects like "Help" or "Question".  You will receive a better response to your posts by being more descriptive about the content of your post.

Please try and use correct english in your topics, including correct punctuation and spelling. This makes reading and answering your questions a lot easier.
 
Know Your Moderators:

AGPC ™ Community forums are moderated by volunteers that have some special understanding of you and your bird's needs.  While they may not have answers to all your questions, moderators are here to help in any way they can.  Moderators have the right to edit or delete posts without prior notice that violate of the rules above.  They are also responsible for keeping promoting participation in the forums.  You can spot a moderator because their posts indicate that they are moderators.
 
Each moderator, being human with different life experiences, may see things through slightly different eyes and some variance is to be expected. However, moderators promise to base their decision making on the content of posts rather than personal feelings about the person posting in them.
 
If you have a question for a moderator on a decision, you can email them and discuss it privately. They may not see things the same way you do, but they are open and approachable.

Moderators of this forum cannot be held liable for decisions made my administrators, administrators have final say on all matters regarding these rules and although may seek advice from moderators all final decisions made and carried out by administrators bear no accountability to any of the moderators. 
 
Please Remember:
 
Users that do not abide by the rules may be subject to having their posts edited or deleted, their member account permanently banned from further access and/or deleted without notice or personal messages scrutinised.
 
Rules and guidelines may change at any time, please re-read them regularly as you are bound by them as a member of this forum.
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