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    Forum Rules

    Post by Storm on Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:03 am

    1. Aggressive or slanderous messages, as well as personal insults are not allowed.

    2. Give recognition where it's due.. if you post an article that's not your own work
    then pass the credit on. mention the author or website it's taken from if possible.
    Always check a sources rule incase they do forbid external use of their content.


    3. Please post your messages only once, as spamming messages will be deleted.

    4. The use of inappropriate language (swearing) is not allowed.

    5. If you would like to advertise your site or forum, please pm a team member first.

    6. Have fun Laughing

    7. Please request permission before replicating any or part of the articles somewhere
    else either from form member who created it or the original owner if from another
    forum.

    8. It is ok to post links from other fish sites/photos, the more the better.

    The team of mods and admins, will ensure these rules are followed. Failure to follow these rules with result in posts being edited/removed, and in some cases a complete ban of a member.


    Last edited by Storm on Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:45 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : update of rules)

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    Re: Forum Rules

    Post by Storm on Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:55 pm

    Fourm Sale Rules:

    This area of the site is for members who would like to sell there fish. Although there are a few rules to live by.

    1.This forum or the shop site will take no responsibility for any sales that are conducted.

    2. All fish must be at a reasonable age, and healthy.

    3. Users must have 20 posts, or posts will be deleted.

    4. Please use forum below

    Livestock:
    Age and condition of the fish:
    Quantity for sale:
    Reason for Sale:
    Delivery or Collection:
    Sales price:
    Postage & Packaging:
    Location:
    Photograph:

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    Re: Forum Rules

    Post by Storm on Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:56 pm

    ere are some sub-rules, this will go into the rules more so.

    1) Don’t infer the worst about a post – It’s easy to read a post and think it is against your opinions, comments or you personally in a negative and disrespectful manner. Before jumping to a negative conclusion, consider why (what benefits or pleasure) the person posting may gain from what is written and you may realize what was written doesn’t make sense to you. If a post upsets you in anyway, please use the report button or pm a MOD or ADMIN

    2) Don’t get involved in an argument or heated discussion – It is very hard to remain or appear to remain neutral when you add a post into an active disagreement. Anything you say can easily be misinterpreted in the “heat of the moment” and an increase in the intensity of the disagreement may occur where you find yourself dragged into it. If you see an argument or negative interactions developing or occurring, please pm a member of the team or use the report button.

    3) Keep it short and simple – Everyone is entitled to opinion, but just keep it nice and freindly please. Or don't say anything at all.

    4) Remain neutral – You may feel very strongly about one side or the other of a conflict or you may feel it’s important to offer support to one of the members in a conflict. Please don’t take sides, it may keep the conflict going or escalate it as more members become involved. If you feel you must give your support to a member, do it in a private message, you can still show your support in this way. Please dont slag any members off through the PM system as it can be copied and pasted to admin.

    5) Treat others as you’d like them to treat you.

    6) Emoticons try to use them wisely, as Laughing could mean you are laughing at a member.

    7) Jokes – When a conflict occurs, we all have different approaches to try to defuse the tension. Some people are direct while others try to bring a lighter approach or attempt to joke or be silly. Just be polite in what you are saying to other members.

    Cool Focus on you and your actions – There is only one person whose actions you can control and that is you. Write about yourself using “I” statements and not about the other person with “You” statements. Write “I think . . . “ and not “You think . . . “

    9) Let your actions represent you more than your words – There is no stronger way to present your opinion than by your actions and not your words. Choose to walk away and PM a MOD or ADMIN.

    10) Don’t forget the original post – Don't forget what was posted in the first place, as posts will be removed if not on topic. If there is a heated debate taking place, walk away and PM a team member.

    11) Beware of trolls and spammers – Trolls and spammers are people who come to a message board for the sole purpose of disrupting it and getting an emotional response to their posts from the members. These antagonistic people are usually new members and are made happy if we respond to their ridiculous posts. The very best thing you can do is to not give them the emotional response they desire. Respond to them with a post such as, “This post appears to be from someone looking to disrupt our message board. Please do not respond to this thread. I have contacted the moderators to look at this thread.” To give you an example of a troll’s posts from another forum... :One of this troll’s least offensive posts was on how to treat a new bird. It was suggested that the best way to get a new bird adjusted to a new home was to place it in a small sealed box, then scream at and bang on the box. Yes, this was one of the least offensive posts by this troll". If you see what appears to be a post from a troll or spammer, do not give them the response they desire. Be calm and immediately send a private message to the moderators informing them of post/thread in question.


    12) Private messages aren’t always private – Be careful what you send each other via pm, as another member may copy and paste it in spite, however anyone doing this will have there PM rights removed.

    13) I don’t mean to offend anyone . . . – We’ve all seen this or similar statements at the beginning of a post. If you have to start by saying you don’t mean to offend, it usually means you consider what you’re posting will be offensive. If you feel you need to include these words in a post, you really should not be writing that post.

    14) Random acts of kindness – Commenting on a good post will really help new members along, always try to be kind as this helps the forum run smoothly.

    15) Apologies – If you are involved in a conflict with another member that takes place in front of everyone, when emotions cool you may want to apologize to everyone. Even if its via PM.

    Thanks for reading folks. Very Happy Very Happy

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    Re: Forum Rules

    Post by Storm on Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:46 pm

    Added Rule 8 To forum rules, just so that everyone is clear.

    We at Betta Bred don't mind people posting links to other sites ebay/betta info sites.


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    Re: Forum Rules

    Post by Storm on Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:43 pm

    I would just like to give these a bump, please make sure you read them Smile


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