Forum Rules & Guidelines

Forum Rules & Guidelines

Postby dmunevar » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:03 pm

Welcome to The PlantANT Community (TPAC)!

The goal of TPAC is to provide an environment where everyone can kick back, relax, and be comfortable. To that end, certain topics are off-limits -- overt politics, sex, and religion. Obviously, politics will enter into a lot of discussions, in some regards, especially when discussing such plant-related topics as regulations that impact the industry.

In terms of language, images and any other communication, think in terms of what is acceptable in the typical High School. If it's appropriate in that environment, it's appropriate here. Derogatory mis-statement of user or company names are the exception, and are not acceptable.

Posts encouraging or supporting illegal activities are to be avoided. This doesn't mean you cannot discuss the trouble someone got into by violating the law. What it does mean is that promoting or encouraging illegal behavior is not acceptable.

Software and video piracy links are expressly forbidden, as is harassment, in any form. This includes any harassment based on gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, etc.

Because the green industry is international, and there are numerous organizations, TPAC does not follow the rules of any single organization. Instead, we encourage you, the TPAC member, to join and support the organization that best fits you as an individual, and to follow those organizations rules.

To help support these rules, and keep the forum a friendly environment, TPAC has a volunteer staff. These individuals will remove or edit messages, as necessary, to maintain the friendly environment.

Rules violations will be dealt with based on severity. A severe infraction, such as posting a pornographic picture, or posting spam, will result in an immediate ban from the forums.

Infractions will be kept "on your permanent record" for a period of one year from the date they are issued. Yes, we realize that means they're not so permanent, and that's a good thing -- we all make mistakes. We're human.

Any user with three infractions on their record will be banned from the forum for a period of time. The duration of the ban will be determined based on the severity of the infractions, as well as past behavior. A ban may last as little as a week, or as long as the lifetime of the forum.

In addition, while there may be private areas within the forums, as well as the ability to send private messages, out of public site does not mean out of coverage of the rules. Any message created via the forum must follow these rules -- this includes public and private messages, as well as emails sent to users.

Finally, on rare occasions, the forum management may deem it in the best interest of the forum community to put a user onto moderated status, or to outright ban them. These actions may be temporary, or may be permanent, based on behavior and the willingness of the user to modify their behavior. Such actions will not be unilateral, but will be based on forum staff receiving sufficient complaints from the user community as to be determined detrimental to the community.

Once again, remember that these rules are meant to be adhered to by the SPIRIT of the rules, not by the LETTER of them.
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