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We strive to create a positive, helpful, and beneficial community for all. Being polite, leaving as many possible negative comments in your head, and refraining from using vulgar and obscene material will help make this possible.

A. User Conduct

You agree not to provide any messages, avatars, Signatures, avatars, or any visible media to our community that are found to:
• Infringe any third-party copyright
• Is recognized by the poster as false, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violation of any law or regulation,
• Contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information.
• Contain any word in your name, Message ID or custom user title or Avatar, that is defamatory, obscene or profane, or which violates any trademark, service mark, or other proprietary/intellectual property rights of any third party, including, without limitation, that of Aquaventures.

C. Multiple Thread Topics
As each forum is specifically tailored to address certain topics, you are responsible for initiating new threads in the correct forum. You should stay on the topic of the forum you are posting in at all times. The appropriate content for each forum is described in detail on the under the link itself in the forums homepage. Please also do not post the same message in multiple forums without permission from a staff member.

D. Other Inappropriate Posting Topics

I. Impersonation or assuming the character of another member by copying his username and manner of writing, is not allowed.

II. Multiple Accounts We allow only 1 account per member. Members found to have more that 1 account will be removed. For those of you with multiple people per household that wish to register, please notify staff prior to registering the second account. You may not have more than three accounts per household.

III. Flaming or lashing out at other participants or displaying obvious and rude (as determined by Aquaventures staff) dissatisfaction of theAquaventures Administration and corrective actions, is strictly forbidden. Proper etiquette is required for participation in theAquaventures.
IV. Spamming

a. This means no sending of unsolicited junk mail, posting of ads for non-fish related products, or advertising of other websites/companies.

b. Refraining from posting excessive, unnecessary material

See also: Advertising (H)

V. Trolling
This means no posting of insulting or deliberately divisive threads/replies for the purpose of receiving retaliatory insults and flames, or throwing off the balance of the forum.

V. Flood
You agree not to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue or “flood,” cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges.

E. Spamming
I. You also agree not to use the Aquaventures forums to either advertise or promote commercial endeavors, which includes direct posts, as well as, active links to other sites on the Internet, which are found to advertise a specific product (this does not include posting a direct link to a page [e.g. a video] which may possess subsequent advertising. All links posted in the normal forums must be only for the sole purpose of expanding on comments or providing additional information as part of regular forum interactions.

II. Please also refrain from posting excessive, unnecessary material

F. Pornography
Obviously, we do not allow posting of pornographic materials.

g. Copyright infringement
Please refrain from posting material that infringes any current copyright.

H. Advertising
I. You MAY advertise to another fish-related site via link in the signiture. This may NOT, however, link to any site that:

-Is of a commercial nature
-Does not pertain to fish keeping
-Contains obscene or vulgar material that is not allowed on these forums

II. You may not post a thread advertising another site without prior permission from an administrator.

We do not wish to be strict, however remaining positive and cooperating with these guidelines will help us in achieving our goal in creating a positive community. Please note that we retain the authority to suspend/ban any users who do not obey the TOS/Rules and Guidelines Without Warning.

Tim, AV Staff
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