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Old 03-11-2010, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When we began the new forum we were pushed for time and "borrowed" the old rules from the old site...we realized some rules would not work on a private owned forum...after a couple of weeks of learning this forum the Moderators and Administration...reviewed and rewrote the rules. We think this clarifies some questions and will be better for the forum in the long haul.

The Moderators and Adminstrators would like to thank each of you in your participation in the new site.

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4. Threads will not be created that create, induce, or invite unnecessary strife, discontent, and/or discord within the Forum. This does not preclude the creation of threads to discuss and/or debate current issues regarding hunting and fishing.
5. Threads must remain on topic.
6. Threads must not duplicate other active threads within the forum.

Profanity

1. Profanity will not be tolerated.(Either Spelled, mispelled or insinuated) This does not preclude the use of words within a title or quotes of a book, television show, or movie in some cases. Examples would be, ?The Book of the Damned? or the song ?****?s Bells?. This exception will not include titles that may be associated with pornographic material or other materials unsuitable for this forum and is not an invitation to use titles or famous quotes as profanity within posts. This means that a response to a post such as, ?Frankly my dear, I don?t give a ****!? or an exclamation like, ?****?s Bells? are not appropriate uses of an exception as well as titles or quotes containing stronger language.
2. The rule addressing language applies to photographs & sites that members post links to as well. Member?s posting links to other sites are responsible for ensuring the acceptability of that site within the framework of the forum?s rules.

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1. Members shall not author vulgar, profane, harassing, hateful, racist, intolerant, invasive, threatening, or sexually oriented posts.
2. Personal attacks and antagonistic or accusatory posts are prohibited.
3. All hunting and fishing content will be restricted to depicting the legal preparation, equipment, methodology, harvest, and bounty associated with these sports tempered with sound conservation practices.
4. Posts that reflect negatively on the sport of hunting or fishing are prohibited. This includes all posts that discuss or depict the wanton destruction of life outside the normal activities associated with hunting, fishing, and sound conservation practices. This does not preclude the discussion and depiction of the trapping of or removal of animals legally classified as nuisance or pests.
5. Posts that depict the occurrence of, the intent to commit, the promotion of or insinuation of, or the admittance of unlawful conduct are prohibited.
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3. Websites must be pertinent to the topic at hand.
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5. Website must meet this Forum?s rules on language, content, and photographs.
6. Website may not contain malicious software or script writing.
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Photographs & Video

1. Photographs and video footage are equally subject to the following rules and will be referred to as media henceforth.
2. Members must have explicit or implied consent of the owner or subject of media not considered already within the public domain.
3. Photos that are excessively graphic or depict the disrespectful treatment of wildlife are prohibited.
4. Media must be of a size that precludes the need for horizontal scrolling.
5. Do not hotlink media from sites that have not expressly consented to the hosted material?s use.
6. Media posted must remain on topic and adhere to all other sections of the Forum?s Rules & Guidelines.

Special Addendum to Photographs & Video

1. Media posted as being within the state of Mississippi depicting any supplemental feed on the ground must also show either:
A) The broadcast feeder that dispersed the feed and the feed can not appear to exceed the legal rate of dispersal and be approved feed for the time of year depicted.
B) The structure or structures within the media that identify the material as having been taken within the curtilage of a home or residence.
C) A depiction of a readable copy of the camera survey permit for dates matching that of the photograph.
2. Media depicting any unapproved supplemental feed must include the structure or structures within the materials that identify it as having been taken within the curtilage of a home or residence.
3. Media depicting feed may not also depict hunting equipment such as archery equipment, firearms, or hunting stands or blinds.
4. Media posted may not depict any conduct unlawful for that area in which it was taken.
5. Media depicting the recognizable features of individuals appearing to be engaged in or having been accused of engaging in unlawful conduct are prohibited.

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