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Old 01-30-2009, 05:15 PM United States
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Main Rules & Policies

Welcome to Chins-n-Hedgies. Below you will find the rules that this forum is run by. If at any point in time you have a question about them, please contact one of the moderators. To find who is a moderator, go back to the main page http://www.chins-n-hedgies.com/forums/ and at the bottom right side of the page is a link titled "Forum Leaders". Clicking this link will show you who is who here. Keep in mind this is only available to registered logged in members!

1. We consider this place to be a forum for animal owners to gather and share ideas, ask questions and otherwise brag about their critters. Chins-n-Hedgies is a pelt-neutral forum. This means that we welcome all: fur ranchers, hobby breeders and pet owners alike. We expect that all members treat each other as friends, or at the very least to be respectful of each other.

2. Any post which is considered inflammatory, derogatory, inappropriate, prejudiced, or mean may be removed and a warning sent to the offender. Continued acts of this type may result in removal of your account. (Please see the 3 strikes rule below).

3. While individual situations may be discussed, we ask that you keep individual, store, business, vet clinic, etc. names off of these forums when discussed in a negative manner (i.e. "Suzy sold me a sick chinchilla", "I bought a cage from John and he never sent it out." These will not be allowed and should be dealt with privately, not publicly.

4. If a thread is getting off track or out of hand, a moderator may post a warning to get it back on track. Continuation of whatever merited the warning will result in a warning sent to the offender.

5. 3 Strikes Rule: All users will be given up to 3 warnings. On your third warning your account may be disabled for a temporary amount of time or permanently. The length of your disabled account is done at the discretion of the moderators/administrators. This rule may be ignored if the situation warrants.

6. Members whose accounts have been disabled or banned will not be allowed to rejoin without discussion with the owners and administrators of the forum. If a banned member is allowed to return, it will be understood that they have a zero tolerance policy. This means 1 strike you're out. Continued creation of accounts without discussion with the owner and administrators, will result in immediate banning.

7. Signatures: While signatures are a wonderful way to advertise your website and your pets, we allow only two (2) links per signature. Any link should point to a "family-friendly" site. Additionally, links to information that may be libelous to forum members are not allowed. Links from CnH, directly or indirectly, cannot contain PETA related or anti-pelting related information. All quotes should be of a positive and friendly nature, not ones that can be construed as attacking or defaming.

We appreciate that people enjoy advertising other sites on CnH, because of the large volume of traffic, but we need to ask that this be reciprocated. If you post your forum here, you must post CnH on your forum in a like manner. We want to help you, but we're growing too!

Please do not use any extra large fonts or images other than a .gif, .jpg or .png. Please do not use any more than FIVE (5) smilies in your signature. Please keep in mind that some colors are harder to read than others. Should you have any questions about what is acceptable or if you need help in converting an image, please contact a moderator.

Because of other members' bandwidth constraints when surfing the Internet, we ask that you keep signatures under 10 lines (spaces/blank lines count - type out 10 lines that contain nothing but X and measure - then measure your signature) and without images larger than 60x120 (or 30x240) and a total size of less than 8196 bytes. To find out the size of your image, place your cursor (usually an arrow) over the image, then right click (control click on a Mac). From that menu list, choose "Properties". You will see in a new pop-up window the details about the image. Near the middle will be Size and Dimension. These are the numbers we are referring to in the limits listed.

Due to abuses of the "latest and greatest in signature toys", CnH has decided that the following will not be allowed: Tickers (images that count down to a target date); Eggs/Mares (images that modify on a certain date); 6 or more smilies (5 or less is still okay); using over-sized smilies will limit the number of "lines" so watch for the 2-story tall smilies and adjust your line count; Multiple images (greater than 6); Multiple images that when added together are greater than 60x120 (or 30x240) OR over 8196 bytes (example: PicA is 24x120 and PicB is 54x120 = 76x120 and is too big.).

Signatures that are found that do not comply with the rules are subject to deletion without notice by a moderator.

8. You are only allowed to have one account on CnH at a time. If it is discovered that you have more than one, you will be asked to choose one. If you don't choose one, the last one created will be removed. Please contact a forum administrator if you want to change your account name or would like your account deleted. This is done at the administratorís discretion. We would prefer if you did not share an account with a spouse or other family member, but at the very least, when you post under that account, please be sure to sign your name at the bottom so people know who is posting.

9. Posting of posts just for the sake of posting, posting of multiple threads of the same nature to multiple sections of the forums, or posting to up your posting counter will not be allowed. This just generates extra messages for users to wade through to find messages that are on topic. CnH reserves the right to remove these posts and/or remove posts from your counter or put you on a moderated posting status.

10. Chins-n-Hedgies will not tolerate soliciting of our members for other forums or the spamming of our members via email/pm/visitor messages. This will result in the immediate banning of the offending party.

Additional rules:

New Members
Because of issues with spam, we find it necessary to moderate all posts from new members for an undetermined period of time, in order to protect our members. Moderated status means your posts or threads have to be approved by a moderator before it will become visible to others on CnH. Once a moderator clears your status, you will have full access to the forums. We are sorry for any inconveniences. Questions can be directed towards the moderators or administrator. Should you have an emergency situation that needs immediate responses, please PM a moderator or administrator for help.

CnH Forum Titles

Please keep in mind that forum titles are just that. They do not always correlate with experience. Each forum member should take it upon himself or herself to do additional research on various topics. The forum FAQs or search button is a great resource to utilize. View a memberís profile and read past posts.

Posting in the Classifieds

Classifieds posted must be within the limit of the law. This means if you're posting a hedgehog classified you must be a USDA licensed breeder, or have under 3 breeding females and you MUST reside in a legal state. You may be asked to send your license number or a copy of your license to a moderator or administrator for verification. Classifieds posted that do not comply with this rule will be deleted.

Self-Policing

If you feel a thread is getting off topic, etc. please click the warn button (!) on the post or thread to bring it to the attention of a moderator. Only click the warn button once. Do not try to remedy the situation yourself. A moderator will review the thread and get it back on topic.

PETA and PETA related information

This forum has opted to not allow any type of anti-pelting information/links posted on it. The reason for this, as you may suspect, is that we want all of our members to be equally comfortable here; fur ranchers, pet owners, and anyone who cares about animals in general. For this reason, it would be inflammatory to have this type of information posted on this forum and our staff will work diligently to keep it off of this forum. Direct violations of this rule will result in a warning and possible banning from this forum.

THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:17 PM United States
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Slamming CnH & Its Members

CnH, and other forums like it, are primarily informational hubs. We are all here to share stories, share pictures, and learn from each other. In the course of that, friendships are built, and sadly, sometimes broken. Because of this, many posts are being made off forum regarding our forum members here. This is not only unfair to our members, it's also incredibly unfair to the owners and members of the other forums. No one wants to "tune in" to their favorite forum to see nothing but angry complaining about another person. We are not going to allow this to happen.

If you are unhappy with a situation, then you need to take steps to address the person that you have an issue with. This type of thing will rarely be resolved by slamming them on another forum where they may not even know about it to defend themselves. If you feel you have a legitimate complaint, we are taking steps to handle that here, on our own forum, without having to air every bit of dirty laundry between parties on other forums.

We plan to exert what control we can in this situation. If you don't like CnH, and feel that it is not a place you want to be, by all means -- feel free to join another forum and frequent it instead. If you don't like a specific person on CnH, then please feel free to use the ignore button or the warn button, depending on your situation. We are not going to tolerate nastiness between forums. You are disrupting good forums with bad business, bad behavior, and bad mouthing.

We are going to be cracking down very hard on this kind of behavior. To try and do our part in this, we are implementing a rule. If this type of behavior is seen, or reported and verified, you will receive one, and only one warning. After that, you will be permanently banned from CnH. This does not mean we are trying to stop people from reporting poor sellers - but we're are going to do our best stop the "Did you see such and such over on _____ thread? What a moron!"
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:18 PM United States
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Rules for the Chat Room
This is a family web site and chat room. As such, the administrators and moderators of this site have prepared a list of rules that we hope will make this chat room a fun and friendly place to be. These rules are not all inclusive and subject to change at any time by the administrators and moderators.

VIOLATION OF THESE RULES MAY LEAD TO YOUR BEING BANNED FROM CHAT AND POSSIBLY FROM CHINS-N-HEDGIES.


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM US CENTRAL TIME - Chat open to all members

6:00 PM - 8:00 AM US CENTRAL TIME - Chat open to members OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE ONLY


1. Please be aware during the restricted times of when children are present, and refrain from using foul language that would be offensive to our younger members.

2. Do not attack another member with name calling or insults.

3. Please keep personal issues with other members outside of the chat room. If you have an issue with another member please do not use the chat room to argue.

4. Flooding the chat room screen with a continuous stream of messages or emoticons is not allowed.

5. You must use either your registered CnH name or your first name as your nick in chat ONLY. No other nicks in chat will be accepted.

If my name is Elizabeth and my registered name on CnH is Angel125, accepted names for chat are, 1) Elizabeth or 2) Angel125.

Liz, Beth, Beth is busy, Angel125@busy, etc are not acceptable.

6. Do not linger inactively for long periods of time in the chat room. If you are in the chat room, you should be participating. If you are not participating, you should log out of the chat room or you will be booted out by a moderator/admin.

Please report any violations of the rules to an administrator or moderator. Also be sure to let us know roughly what time the violation occurred.

THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Rules or Recommendations for Posting Classified Ads

1. Do not post your opinions of the breeder, breeder's animals, or the breeder's website in this forum. If you have issues with a breeder you need to contact them directly to resolve those issues.

2. Chins and Hedgies is not responsible for any transactions that occur from a listing on its web site. However, CnH will not tolerate members who do not follow thru with their transactions. When the staff becomes aware that a member has become a habitually poor performer when it comes to their business practices, the staff will immediately permanently suspend that memberís use of all classified sections on CnH. While the classified section on CnH remains a buyer beware experience, we do feel the need to somewhat protect our members from those that seem to want to continue to not follow thru or make things right with their buyers.


3. Only posts by those that are interested in purchasing the product/animal listed are allowed. Comments are not allowed and will be deleted (i.e. posts stating how cute, your pet looks like mine, I wish I could get him, and especially testimonials) and a warning sent. Repeated abuse will result in a banning from the classifieds sections completely. The classifieds are free for forum members, but use of said classifieds will be at the discretion of the administration.

4. Do not make disparaging comments about price. You may respectfully inquire to see if there is scope for negotiation but please remember that the person placing the advert has the right to set his/her price. If it is not to your budget, then leave it at that.

5. Classifieds are purged on a regular basis. Any threads whose last post date is later than 30 days may be purged.

6. Catalog posts in the classifieds section will be culled periodically to control size and accuracy. Those posts that are older than 30 days may be removed.

7. If the item/animal you are selling is sold or is no longer up for sale, please notify a moderator so that the post can be closed or removed.

8. Posts which are suspected of selling items illegally or otherwise unethically may be edited or removed from the forum without warning and/or the user responsible may be removed from the forums. CnH will not be held liable for any loss of business and/or reputation by removal of said posts and/or users.

9. By posting in the classified forum, you agree to the conditions contained within these rules.

10. In the event that a classified thread starter feels it necessary to add a "bump" post to the thread (to bring it back up in the forum listing), said posts are limited to one every 24-48 hours. Excessive bump posts or posts made in contravention to this rule, will be removed and the poster issued with a warning

11. Please limit the number of active classified ads to 3. An ad may contain more than 1 item.

We also recommend that you take a look at the following recommendations for posting or responding to ads.

1. Include your location, price, and the sex, color, age, and any special needs required by the animal.

2. Always get a telephone number and/or mailing address of the person from whom you are buying. When dealing with people you do not know, remember the principle of "buyer beware."

3. If you are selling, check your local laws to ensure that you are in compliance with any and all laws (national, state or local) governing the breeding or sale of exotic pets. If you are buying, it is your responsibility to ensure that the seller is in compliance with all laws. It is also advisable to get recommendations from others as to the ethics and quality of the seller.

4. Some animals are not legal in all areas. Please check your local and state regulations before purchasing an animal. Some areas have been known to sieze and euthanize banned pets.

Classifieds posted must be within the limit of the law. This means if you're posting a hedgehog classified you must be a USDA licensed breeder, or have under 3 breeding females and you MUST reside in a legal state. You may be asked to send your license number or a copy of your license to a moderator or administrator for verification. Classifieds posted that do not comply with this rule will be deleted.

--- Added 10/8/2011 ---

The classifieds sections are intended to be a facility of contributing members for Chins-n-Hedgies members. It is an added benefit to your membership and should be treated as a privilege. This forum is here first and foremost as a place for chinchilla and hedgehog owners to get help, help others and talk about their pets. Any member that wishes to use the classifieds section must be a contributing member to the forum.

Forum staff will be monitoring the classifieds and any post made to a classified section by a non-contributing member will be removed, please do not report non-contributing posts. Continued posting my result in your access being removed.

Do I qualify as a contributing member?
You may post to one of the classifieds section if you meet any of the following:

1. User who has been a member for 30 days AND at least 10 contributing type posts monthly (the last 30 days) to one of the chinchilla or hedgehog sections. "Aw cute" type posts do not qualify as a contributing post.

2. Users who have paid for banner advertising will be allowed to post to the classifieds section, regardless of their monthly post count.

Exclusions: The Rescue & Swap and Want ad sections are excluded in the contributing member rule. If you need to rehome your chinchilla or hedgehog and are asking a small rehoming fee ($25 or less), you will be allowed to post.

This rule goes into effect 10/15/2011 and applies to all members (both new and old).

THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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