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|Acceptable Use Policy|
Acceptable Use Policy
In accordance with the Terms of Service section titled "Use and Storage", the following policies are established to govern acceptable use of the discussion forums. These policies apply to all member-provided content at penturners.org including message postings, signature blocks, member profile content, social group postings, photo titles and descriptions, and private messages.
Forum-Specific Rules may be posted in some forums. These will appear as sticky posts at the top of the forum topics window. New users especially should read that information before posting.
Advertisements to buy, sell, or swap belong in the IAP Marketplace. Ads found elsewhere may be deleted or moved. Shill posts, spam, or sneaky marketing practices will get you ejected.
Use descriptive topic subjects. This helps others use the search function to find what they're looking for.
Search, then ask. Consider using the search function before you ask a basic question. Don't hesitate to ask questions, but the basic things have likely been covered many times previously.
No trolling. Don't make posts that are inflammatory just to annoy people.
No personal attacks. Criticize ideas, not people. Flaming will not be tolerated. Broad, negative statements about individuals or businesses are not permitted.
Submit only appropriate content. Material that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, or which infringes upon the intellectual property, contractual, or fiduciary rights of others is not permitted.
Use English only. Although we are an international organization and welcome members from around the world, proper moderation of forum content demands that we use a single, consistent language. Material in any language other than English will be deleted.
No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material. This includes suggestive images, graphics, comments, and links to same.
Do not use vulgar language.
Discussions of politics and religion are not allowed.
Edit Time Limits:
Generally, posts and thread titles can be edited by the author for up to 60 minutes from the original time of posting. Certain forums, such as The Marketplace and Group Buys have longer edit windows. Editing is permitted to:
Deletion of any portion of your original post content, including text, images, or links, is not permitted. Abuse of editing privileges is grounds for termination of membership.
Shill Marketing is Forbidden:
Someone who works for or is compensated by a vendor but does not disclose that fact in order to seem like a reliable source of information or unbiased recommendation is a shill. Shill marketing is the practice of using a shill to convince potential customers that a product is worth buying. Vendors or members engaged in shill marketing will be permanently ejected from the forum. If you are compensated by a vendor in exchange for your endorsement of a product you must disclose that fact when you post information about products offered by that vendor. It is not necessary nor desirable to add a disclaimer if you do not have a relationship with a vendor.
This document was updated December 1, 2011