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Discussion in 'Announcements & Latest News' started by WPhelp, Mar 6, 2013.

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  1. WPhelp

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    Forum Rules

    There is no charge for joining this Forum! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.

    This is a community of webmasters, experienced and inexperienced alike. The WP Help Forum is a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act with respect for your fellow members as well as the WP Help Forum staff. Our goal will be to treat our members as we would wish to be treated, with mutual respect. You are not expected to leave your personality at the door. There are going to be topics and discussions that will have heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Please also be sure to keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and do not make any of your posts a personal issue between you and another member.

    There is tremendous diversity
    in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and more here and there will be a lot of varying opinions on different subjects. We're all human beings and we're all drawn to this site because we have a common bond as webmasters. We will willingly listen to your suggestions and complaints, and try to incorporate your ideas into the Board.

    If you come across any violations to these guidelines or have any problems navigating the site, do not hesitate to let us know through the WP Help Forum Contact Form. We'll be happy to address your concerns. Here at the WP Help Forum we encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy the Community while at the same time adhering to these Guidelines:

    Be Welcoming!
    When newcomers arrive, welcome them to our growing community. Help new members learn about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved in the Community.

    Be Courteous!
    Don't attack others. Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated. Challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully ... without insult and personal attack.

    Be Cautious!
    Think before you post or speak: Do you really want to put your address or telephone number on a public discussion forum? We encourage you to keep personal information personal.

    In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. Information that should be considered personal includes but is not limited to your home phone number, name, and age. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately.

    Be Appropriate!
    There may be places where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior is appropriate however the WP Help Forum is not one of them. Discussion forum posts that contain explicit, obscene or vulgar language will be removed. Similarly, discussion forum posts that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or similar content files will be deleted without notice!

    Be Ethical!
    The WP Help Forum's website: resources, articles and discussions are based on basic, appropriate professional ethical behavior. Unethical behavior: email invites, spamming, warez, license sharing, and other illegal activities are completely inappropriate and will result in the loss of membership at The WP Help Forum.

    No Cross-Posting
    Do not post the same discussion more than once on a discussion forum or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are frustrating and counterproductive for other members, especially for those whose time and energy is limited. Duplicate discussions will be deleted.

    No Advertising – Spam
    Do not place your advertisements through the Discussion Forums. This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your WP Help Forum Membership. Affiliate links are not allowed within the forums. As for promoting your blog/website, do not post links to sites that you own for the purpose of gaining traffic. The only place where this is acceptable is in your signature (which is accessible after you have reached 50 quality posts). It is, however, acceptable to link to your site if it is completely relevant to the thread. The relevancy of the link will be determined by the staff, who has final say in the matter.

    No Abuse of PM
    Private Messaging is provided to the members of the WP Help Forum as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of private messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Although private messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of The WP Help Forum. An Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the Private Messages in the database and read them. They are private, but not necessarily secret. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.

    No Copyrighted Material
    Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. The WP Help Forum shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.

    You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it’s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article. If you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.

    The WP Help Forum Discretion
    The WP Help Forum and its assigned agents reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, the WP Help Forum reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may, at the WP Help Forum discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely. The WP Help Forum or its assigned agents also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, the sites that comprise the WP Help Forum or the rights of the WP Help Forum or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.

    Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for the WP Help Forum to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that WP Help Forum does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. The WP Help Forum does not vouch for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author, not necessarily the views of the WP Help Forum or any entity associated with the WP Help Forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email.

    The WP Help Forum has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register for the WP Help Forum. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever.

    You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the WP Help Forum, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

    Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of the WP Help Forum, and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.

    The user agrees as a condition of registering at the WP Help Forum to be truthful in regard to all information given during the registration process, to use the site as per the instructions, not to disclose his password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything the user submits or posts to the site.
     
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