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THE OUTDOORS FORUM RULES

Forum Registration and Membership

Registration to this forum is free and all are welcome! In order to insure that the forums remain a pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.

You MUST use a valid, working email address in order to register. If the email address you provide us is incorrect, you will not be able to activate your account. TOF does not sell, share or otherwise disclose member's personal information. We may occasionally need to contact members via e-mail, so it is important that the email address you provide be correct.

Although the administrators and moderators of TOF will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages, or keep everyone happy. All messages express the views of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TOF or its staff, Invision, or any affiliates. The Aforementioned are not responsible for posted messages, images, or videos. Nor do we make any warranties, endorsements or assertions as to their credibility, truthfulness, or accuracy.

By registering as a member of The Outdoors Forum:

You agree that you WILL NOT post any messages that violate any laws.

You agree that you WILL NOT post/display any images or text that is in violation of any copyright laws. By doing so, you may subject yourself to a lawsuit by the owner of the material. TOF and its owner(s) are NOT responsible for any copyright violations created by the posts or actions of ANY of its users. TOF Management will remove any copyrighted material within a reasonable amount of time if requested to do so by the holder of the copyright.

You agree that you understand that TOF is a non-commercial website and that you will
1)Not register a username that reflects a business name (example: Bob's Guide Service)
2)Not use a business or product logo as your avatar
3)Not put a link to a business or product website in your signature line

Doing so will be considered SPAM, and in violation of our NO ADVERTISING policy. A TOF staff member will contact you and request you change your screen name. If you fail to alter your username to a non-commercial name, then the username will be removed.

Registered usernames that in the opinion of TOF are offensive in poor taste will also have an alteration request sent and will be removed if you fail to comply.

You agree that you WILL NOT register more than one username. Doing so will result in the termination of all usernames held by the user.

You agree to our NO SPAM policy. Any messages or links that constitute advertising or SPAM in the judgment of TOF will be immediately removed. This includes links to commercial websites or including company names or logos in your signature, under your avatar or in your post. A commercial enterprise or company includes, but is not limited to, any for-profit business.

As an accomodation to TOF members, TOF permits members to include a link to their businesses under"personal webpage" in the line provided in the member's personal profile information. TOF also permits members to post a link to their companies or other personal website in the Members' Businesses section of the links page.

Please help us keep The Outdoors Forum SPAM-free. Deliberate violations of this policy will result in the member's account being suspended. Repeated offenses may result in the loss of membership privileges on TOF
You agree to The Outdoors Forum's Terms of Use


TERMS OF USE

When registering:
You agree that you understand that TOF is a non-commercial website and that you will
1)Not register a username that reflects a business name (example: Bob's Guide Service)
2)Not use a business or product logo as your avatar
3)Not put a link to a business or product website in your signature line

Doing so will be considered SPAM, and in violation of our NO ADVERTISING policy. A TOF staff member will contact you and request you change your screen name. If you fail to alter your username to a non-commercial name, then the username will be removed.

Registered usernames that in the opinion of TOF are offensive in poor taste will also have an alteration request sent and will be removed if you fail to comply.

You agree that you WILL NOT register more than one username. Doing so will result in the termination of all usernames held by the user.

Member Conduct:

The number one rule on TOF is: Be Nice! If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. Making negative, confrontational comments does nothing but instigate a fight. Lively conversations and debate can be fun and informative and opposing opinions are inevitable. Please present your arguments in a rational and persuasive manner. Personal attacks and only serve to create hard feelings and display ignorance to others. If a topic gets a little heated, take a breath and think before you reply.

Be tolerant of other's inexperience or ignorance. Everybody was once a beginner or the new guy. Nobody is an expert on everything. The Outdoors Forum is intended to be a place where all people can share their knowledge and experiences as well as learn from others.

Threatening, harassing, or abusive remarks will not be tolerated and are subject to prompt removal by TOF Staff.

TOF members come from all backgrounds and walks of life and all are equally welcome here. TOF insists that respect for fellow members must be maintained at all times. Racist, hateful or prejudiced comments will absolutely not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, comments about racial or ethnic groups, religious beliefs, geographic location, and political beliefs. We understand that heated discussions involving politics and world events do occur on occasion and that there may be angry comments, but keep your comments and posts on topic, stick to the facts and avoid making general statements about people's backgrounds or belief systems.

The owners of TOF reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread or post for any reason. TOF also reserves the right to suspend or permanently revoke the membership of any member if in our opinion such action is warranted. This includes Spammers, and users who are here only to cause trouble (Trolls). All issues of guideline infractions will be reviewed and processed by the site owner(s). Each violation of any policy/rule will be handled on a case by case basis, and the outcome will be the sole decision of the owner(s) of TOF. Members who are chronically argumentative, intolerant, confrontational, and habitually lack respect for others will be removed.

If we move, edit, or delete a thread or post. If a post or thread is moved, or deleted and you do not receive notification as to the reason, please contact a moderator or administrator privately. TOF staff will be happy to explain why the action was taken, however such conversations are inappropriate in an open forum and must be discussed privately via PM or email. If you attempt to debate the issue in a public forum, the posts will be removed immediately.

Public discussion or challenge within the forums of our editing policy is not permitted.

The majority of the members speak primarily English, however many members are multi-lingual. While references and occasional comments in other languages are fine, extended conversations in a foreign language or private code via forum posts or in live chat should be avoided as it is considered rude to the other forum members. If you want to use another language in the forums or chat, please also provide a translation so your fellow members can understand and participate in the conversation.

Profanity or overt sexual innuendo in the public forums or on live chat is not permitted.

Use of commonly used acronyms is permitted (LMAO etc) and can add expression and meaning to your posts. TOF provides an extensive selection of emoticons or "smilies" for member's use.

Typing a post in all capital letters is considered yelling on the internet, please turn off the caps lock on your keyboard and do not post in all caps.

Proper punctuation and spelling communicate your ideas more clearly and make posts much easier to read. Using the spell check and grammar check features found in programs such as Word can help you with this if you are grammatically or spelling challenged. You can compose your post in a word processing program then simply copy and paste into your forum post.

No Advertising:

TOF is a noncommercial website created for the enjoyment of its members. We do not accept paid advertising nor do we permit vendors to advertise for free. This includes links to both commercial and classified ads (including E-BAY or any other online sale/auction sites) for goods or services which the member may be in the business of providing. Information relating to nonprofit organizations may be posted at the discretion of TOF.

An ad is defined as any post, topic, or blatant attempt to solicit business. Questionable contributions will be edited or removed at the staffs' discretion.

As a service to our members, we have provided a FREE Buy/Sell/Trade forum for members to advertise private-party goods they may have to sell such as surplus hunting or fishing gear, vehicles, etc. Members who occasionally have a litter of puppies may announce the litters in the dog forums, but as with any other goods, any discussions regarding the purchase or sale of the pups must be conducted privately.

Private Messages and E-Mail:

TOF provides a private message system and an email system for the use of our members to communicate with each other privately. The Private messages are contained entirely within the site and sent directly between member accounts. The email system allows members to email other members with giving the sender the recipient's email address. Any member who abuses the email or PM will have their access to these systems suspended and depending on the issue, may have the membership suspended or removed. Abuse includes, but is not limited to, spamming or harassing other members.

Privacy:

You agree that you will not post or otherwise disclose any personal information concerning members without their permission. This includes emails, private messages ("PMs"), addresses, phone numbers, etc. or any other private information. Any such information that is posted in public forums without the prior written permission from all parties involved stating approval to post in public will be considered a violation of this rule. Violations will, in most cases be handled as follows:

• The post will be Immediately removed no questions asked. You will be given 2 days suspension from the site on the first offense.
• A second offense will draw a 7 day suspension.
• The third offense will result in termination of your membership on TOF.

Restricted Access Forums:

TOF has provided its members with a password protected forum called "Honey Hole". You must be a minimum of 18yrs old to enter. The Honey Hole is the designated place to post adult humor and related materials which are not suitable for the general public forums. While this forum may contain content unsuitable for children or others who do not wish to view it, graphic depictions of sex and/or pornography is not permitted. A good rule of thumb is that if it is not something you would see or hear on radio or cable networks such as HBO or Showtime, etc., then it is not suitable for the Honey Hole forum. A member who has made misrepresentations to allow a minor to access the forum or a member who intentionally or repeatedly posts inappropriate material may have their access to the forum revoked or, depending on the circumstances, may forfeit their membership on TOF. Each violation of this policy/rule will be handled on a case by case basis, and the outcome will be the sole decision of TOF management.

Member Assumption of Liability:

TOF is not responsible for damages or loss of any material that is uploaded by members of this site. Please keep backup copies of your material.

Members assume sole responsibility and liability for their use or reliance of the information obtained from this site. TOF neither verifies nor warrants the accuracy, completeness or truthfulness of any information located on this site.

Load Data:

TOF has an ammunition reloading forum and load data may be posted there or in other forums. Relying on load data provided by others can be dangerous and TOF recommends against the use of load data based solely on member's posted information. Such information should always be compared to the load data contained in reputable published reloading manuals. Members or other users of The Outdoors Forum accept sole liability for their use of any load data appearing on this site. Members who post unsafe or incorrect data are subject to suspension or removal from the site.

Moderators

There are a number of moderators and administrators who monitor this forum. These people are volunteers who generously give their time and effort to help keep the site running smoothly and make TOF an enjoyable and informative place to spend time. Please respect their efforts and give them your full cooperation when asked.
Reporting Objectionable Material

While we strive to be fair and objective, moderating a site such as TOF is necessarily a subjective process which may sometimes seem inconsistent. We can not catch every violation and for this reason, we ask that you assist us by reporting violators using the REPORT! button located at the bottom left of the post. Just because posts are visible, it does not necessarily mean that they have been reviewed by our editors and meet our criteria for acceptance. If you see a questionable post or if you have concerns; we appreciate your sharing them with us and will address the issue promptly.

These rules have been adopted to ensure comfort and safety of all TOF members and to help make The Outdoors Forum a great place make friends and share the outdoors. Your observance of them is much appreciated by TOF management and your fellow TOF members.

Thank you for joining the TOF family!

The Outdoors Forum Staff