1. Comments and contributions to forum threads or posts should be descriptive, succinct, and relevant to discussion or forum topic.
1.a. To better facilitate conversation, moderators may move off-topic threads to another appropriate forum, close threads, or delete off-topic posts at their discretion.
1.b. To maintain quality of discussions, contributions that do not provide a substantive purpose or relevance may be removed.
2. We encourage contributors to have open and candid discussions and debates. We will not censor members for expressing an opinion within the limits of these rules of conduct. However, all communications should be civil and polite. Members should treat each other with respect and consideration for all points of view.
3. Discussions may not be used to post, transmit, or provide hyperlinks or pointers to material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory; i.e. contain ad hominem attacks, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening or invasive of a person's privacy; that otherwise violates any law; or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense.
4. Users are encouraged to discuss and share business knowledge and experiences. To ensure that all users will get the most out of the experience, the following linking policies are in effect to curb self-promotion and spam. Posts that do not adhere to these policies may have their links disabled or be removed.
4.a. The comment and discussion board may not be used to post, transmit or provide hyperlinks or pointers to press releases, newsletters, websites, or any other type of content that promote one's commercial business, product or service or does not address the thread's topic unless permission has been granted by the site owner.
5. Email excerpts of any type or length are not allowed to be posted in community forums, blogs or other tools.
6. To protect the privacy of members, and the privacy of others and to comply with the Data Protection Act, contributors may not include others' personal information or personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses in any forum or blogging area. However, you may choose to make your own personal information public if you wish.
7. Advertising: Comment and discussion boards may not be used to advertise or promote businesses, products or services within the discussion boards, or blogs. Posts that contain pricing information will be considered abuse and removed.
8. Intellectual property: Forums and blogs may not be used to post material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner(s) of said copyright, trademark or other proprietary right.
9. Spam: Posting the same message, or an unsolicited commercial message, to one or many topics or boards is considered spam and will be removed. Duplicate messages may be deleted.
10. Access Permissions: Certain discussion boards are limited to specific registered users and it is at the owner’s discretion as to who is given access to these.