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    Revised February 2013

    Please read the following rules carefully.
    Our first priority is to members that have come here because of their interest in this fascinating hobby and also the relaxed atmosphere we provide. This forum is unlike many others available in that we represent an extension of our hobbyist club and its core values. If you have an issue with another forum member or the ‘Terms of Service’ you must let an administrator know immediately. We have a zero-tolerance policy in effect against ANY personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting another individual's opinion nor name calling and will BAN repeat offenders from using the forum. The ‘Terms of Service’ guidelines on this forum govern the behaviours and activities of ALL members. Do not post anything distasteful or anything you feel might offend someone else. Think carefully, if you are unsure, contact a Moderator or Administrator for help. This applies in ALL forums, including the off-topic lounge forum.

    You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, or in any way invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violate any applicable Canadian law(s). You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this forum or you have the express written consent of the owner. "Treat others as you would want them to treat you" There shall be absolutely NO cursing, swearing, name calling, racism, or use of any obscenities on this forum.

    The KWAS forum allows there to be comments on retailers. Outright bashing will not be tolerated so we expect your negative feedback to be based on facts and kept constructive. These positive and/or negative posts will allow other hobbyists and/or the retailer to add their comments.

    Bashing consists of making unsubstantiated claims or bad mouthing an individual store, chain of stores, retail companies whether walk in or online for an incident you may have had. There is absolutely no need to be rude on this forum regardless of your experiences. Remember that if you have an unsatisfactory experience, you are first advised to talk with the store manager or owner to try and resolve your concerns. Retailers can only improve if they are made aware of your issue. It is you the consumer who is responsible to try and resolve any issue you may have with the person who can make the change needed to fix your issue. The Board of Directors or Executive of KWAS will not be involved in ANY buyer/seller disputes.

    Links to any undesirable sites (i.e. pornographic, hate literature, indecent material or any site that the administration deems inappropriate) are not permitted period. If you post a link to another site, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the website does not contain questionable content. This forum uses a word censor which is in place to edit words that are not permitted due to this forum being family rated. Any attempt to defeat the censor will result in an immediate warning. Using symbols to represent words is not permitted and will suffer the same penalty.

    When selling or looking for an item, you must not prematurely bump (move up) your post for at least 3 days (72 hrs.) Premature bumped posts will be removed. Editing of your original post (to advise of individual items sold or to add photographs) is allowed and encouraged. Do not make a new post simply advising that you have added photos or dropped the price.

    Thread crapping and or hijacking is strictly prohibited. If you do not agree with the asking price of an item for sale for example, this matter must not be discussed in the open forum. Please take the issue up in private with the seller.

    As a member of our forum you MUST respect the authority of ALL moderators and administrators. Public discussions of moderator or administrator actions are not allowed on the forum. If you don't like something that a moderator has done please send a Private Message or E-mail to that individual and try your best to resolve the problem directly with them. The final link in the chain is to discuss the problem with an Administrator.

    KWAS encourages everyone to have their own opinions and to question certain subject matter posted on these forums is absolutely fine. We promote the idea of lively debates as long as your criticism is constructive and polite. Moderators and Administration have the right to delete or move any posts or entire threads if necessary, should they be considered abusive, offensive or in violation of the rules. Each individual forum has a focus on a certain topic.

    Questions outside the scope of a certain forum will either be moved to the appropriate forum, closed, or simply be deleted. Please post your topic in the most appropriate forum. Non fish related topics generally belong in the forum lounge. Our retailer section has been setup as a place to allow local and surrounding stores who support the Kitchener Waterloo Aquarium Society to have a place of their own to post their store specials, hours of business or anything else related to their business. It is yet another way KWAS shows its support of our local and area retailers.

    When sharing your pictures with members, please try and keep any files you attach small (under 100 KB) Not everyone has a fast high speed connection. Please try and keep your signature brief. It can be annoying to see posts that have signatures and or images that are much bigger than the messages in the post. Post counts on our forum are in place only to acknowledge contributions made by our members.

    We are in no way biased to the amount of posts our members make. Do not misinterpret post counts for anything other than what they are intended. Advertising and solicitations are NOT permitted. Posting of advertisements (other than in the appropriate "for sale" forums), chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this forum. You are permitted to advertise your site in your signature only. If you have any questions regarding the forums or how things work please read through the FAQ section first. Many times you will find the answers you need there.

    The FAQ section contains a wealth of help regarding most common issues encountered when using the forum. KWAS reserves the right to change these rules at any time without prior notice. We will make every effort to notify all members of any changes to our Terms of Service. It is your responsibility to read any and all announcements regarding policy changes for this forum. KWAS does not have any knowledge as to the accuracy of any posting or transaction and is not responsible for any business transactions that originate from posts in this forum or site.

    KWAS does NOT receive any financial remuneration for any transactions on this forum. You agree not hold KWAS, its Members, Executive and Board of Directors responsible for any material posted on this forum. The moderators and Administrators are here voluntarily, because we are trying to maintain a forum worthy of the tradition started with our club in 1960. Please show your appreciation for the venue we are providing.

    Moderators and Administration have the final word on the interpretation of ALL rules. Remember the KWAS Community Forum is a family forum with members of all ages. Please keep this in mind when making posts. Thank you for helping make our forum as user friendly as possible.