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    Current CVR rules as of 08-08-2009. Please stay informed it's your responsibility!!!

    Definitions

    Public forums: any forum on the CVR site that is not prefixed with the word “Vendors” or “CVR Sponsor”.

    Generic “Vendors” forum: the dedicated forum called "Vendors" in place for vendors (non-CVR Sponsors) to post in.

    CVR Sponsor forum: a dedicated forum to a specific CVR Super Sponsor prefixed with the “CVR Sponsor”. For example: 'CVR Sponsor - CVR Propagations, Inc.' (available upon request, see the rules for more information)

    Marketing: The act or process of selling or purchasing goods or services or soliciting the sale of goods or services. Posts made in regard to commercial activities in anticipation of direct economic benefit will generally be regarded as Marketing.

    Member Sales Forum: Any forum under the heading Trading Post.

    Vendor: Any person who is a CVR Sponsor or Super Sponsor, or who engages in a for profit business which is directly selling to or servicing the aquarium hobby. Determination of when a Member’s sales activities or attempted sales activities on the site become sufficiently regular to constitute that Member as a Vendor shall be made by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion.

    CVR Rules

    1. No Pornographic Material is allowed on Central Valley Reefers (CVR). Any sexually oriented imagery, profanity or links to such content will not be tolerated.

    2. Cursing or Swearwords. The use of cursing or swearwords is discouraged and shall be kept to a minimum, and is prohibited when done so in a derogatory and/or inflammatory manner. Please keep in mind that this is an open internet site where proper etiquette is the standard to abide by.

    3. No Attacks / Retaliation of any kind against a member, or group of members (including slander). Any attack or retaliation, provoked or not, is absolutely not tolerated in either public or private posts. No post(s) of a slanderous nature is allowed on any forum. For example, the posting of negative and/or false statement(s) with no purpose other than the intent of harm.

    4. If you are a long-standing member, please act like one. Lead by example and assist other newer members rather than attacking them. We look upon our veteran members to use this opportunity to teach the newer members the appropriate message board usage and etiquette.

    5. No Avatar & Custom Title Abuse. These are a luxury and abuse of them will result in them being lost.

    6. No spamming. Spamming is characterized by the initiation of threads or posts that contribute nothing to a forum, be it off topic or on topic. Examples include: empty post bodies, post bodies with few words that have no relation to the current thread or discussion and those posts that state they are spam, either to annoy or increase a member's post count. This determination is made by the forum Moderator or Administrator and is not up for discussion.

    7. All posts are owned by its author. By posting or providing content to this board, you grant CVR permission to use, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your content. Opinions expressed on CVR do not necessarily represent the views of the CVR Club, its governing body or any of the members.

    8. Vendors may not make posts of any nature in a Member Sales Forum, including, without limitation, responses to posts offering or soliciting sales. Vendors may contact members who solicit sales by private message ("PM"). Vendors may not make posts in the Public Forums which constitute Marketing. Vendors are a source of information regarding the hobby and are encouraged to provide objective information of a general nature about goods and services in the hobby in the Public Forums, but Vendors are discouraged from commenting on specific brands of goods and services in order to avoid indirect marketing. Vendors who are deemed to be conducting prohibited Marketing activities will receive private message warnings and guidance from site moderators. Vendors who fail to heed warnings and guidance or who regularly violate Marketing restrictions will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination of rights to access to the CVR website.

    9. Vendors may not engage in Marketing to Members via the PM system except as follows. If a Member has given the Vendor permission to send private Marketing information to that Member from time to time by the PM system, then the Vendor may send Marketing information to that Member by the PM system, provided that if the Member requests that the Vendor cease sending Marketing information then the Vendor must thereafter not send Marketing information to that Member.

    10. Marketing by Vendors may only be conducted in the Vendor Forums. Sponsors may only conduct Marketing in their specific CVR Sponsor Forum and Vendors who are not Sponsors may only conduct Marketing in the Generic Vendor Forum. No Vendor may post in the CVR Sponsor Forum of another Vendor, and no Vendor may post in any thread started in the Generic Vendor Forum by another Vendor.

    11. Vendors/Sponsors are not allowed to make any comment regarding other Vendors/Sponsors. No reply/comment/suggestion, good or bad, shall be allowed on the CVR site directed from one Vendor/Sponsor toward any other. This even includes posts complimentary in nature in order to prevent any type of misinterpretation of said post. In addition, the use of PM or emails sent to club members with references to other Vendors is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions to this rule and violators will be dealt with in a timely manner with an action which may include the loss of Vendor privileges such as a Vendor forum and/or the loss of the Vendor's CVR site account. When Vendors make purchases or participate in any other form of a transaction with other Vendors, no publicly available reply, comment or suggestion is allowed in any form, whatsoever. All communications between or among Vendors shall be private via PM or email.

    12. Member may comment regarding favorable or unfavorable transactions with Vendors but any unfavorable comment shall be fact specific and limited, and should only be made after attempting to resolve any problems with the Vendor. Any unfavorable comments should not consist of opinion or slanderous, derogatory or offensive statements. If a Member comments unfavorably with regard to a Vendor transaction, other Members should in general not respond with disagreement or piling on unless the other Member has had a similar experience with that Vendor in the very recent past. A Vendor may post one response of equal of shorter length to the Member's unfavorable post, and the Member may post a brief rebuttal. A Member's posts at all times are the views of the posting Member only and not those of CVR, and posts with regard to Vendors in particular are only the opinion of the posting Member.

    13. Vendors who are members and CVR Sponsors are encouraged to attend Club events, provided that CVR Sponsors may not participate in raffles and other activities in which prizes are awarded. Vendors and CVR Sponsors may participate in Club frag swaps.

    14. Obtaining a CVR Super Sponsor forum. Dedicated sponsor forums are available to our official CVR Super Sponsors. Approved representatives of said Super Sponsor will be granted access to post in their Super Sponsor forum. An account will be created for the sponsor. The Sponsor owner must be willing to accept that whatever they or their representatives post in their dedicated forum is a direct reflection of that Super Sponsor. As such, should violations occur by the Sponsor owner or its pre-approved representatives, action will be taken toward the Sponsor's dedicated forum including, but not limited to, the removal of said forum. Please be sure to visit our Sponsors page for more information regarding becoming a CVR sponsor!

    15. Remember: this is "the Internet". Anything you post is in the public domain and may be viewed both immediately and in the future. As such, it is prohibited to publish any personal information of any other member on the forum such as phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, etc. It is also advised to seriously consider not posting your own information on this forum or any other medium of this nature.

    16. CVR reserves the right to change or alter these rules at any time without any notification.
    It is the poster's responsibility to stay up to date with these rules. Please note that an Administrator's word is final.

    17. CVR believes all information/quotations/pictures/text/etc. to be of the work of the original author and/or available in the public domain. If at any time any material used on CVR is or is thought to be in violation of any copyright/NDA/etc., said information will be immediately removed upon request.

    18. CVR provides this Web Site on an "AS IS" basis, without warranty of any kind. CVR does not represent or warrant that:

    1. the CVR Web Site, Information and/or any kind of other services and materials will be available and will meet your needs, requirements and/or expectations.

    2. that the CVR Web Site and the Information are precise, complete, faultless and/or error-free.

    3. that the access to CVR Web Site will be uninterrupted.

    4. that there will be no delays, failures, damage, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information and/or of any kind of other material obtained, directly or indirectly, through the use of CVR Web Site.

    5. that no viruses, errors or other contaminating, deleterious or destructive factors, destructive and/or harmful properties will be transmitted.

    6. that no unauthorized access, damage and/or alteration and/or loss will occur to your computer system and/or computer and/or data and/or other equipment.

    7. CVR expressly disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

    19. ASSUMPTION OF RISK: Your use of this web site is at your own risk. Neither CVR, nor any of its agents, representatives or licensors shall be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or injury or any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or similar damages arising out of your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, the services of this web site and the information available on this web site or arising out of any action taken in response to or as a result of any information available on this web site. You hereby waive any and all claims against CVR arising out of your use of the services of this web site and the information available thereon. CVR does not review or monitor any web sites linked to the member-generated content of this web site and is not responsible for the content of any such linked web sites. Your linking to such web sites is at your own risk.

    20. PRIVACY: We will not offer any information about you to any company. However, you should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g., name, email address, street address, etc.) on a bulletin board, chat room or on any other user or member-generated pages, that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other parties.

    21. JURISDICTION: Any disputes arising out of or related directly or indirectly to the services of this web site or your membership in CVR shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California. Any disputes may only be brought in State or Federal Courts located in Fresno County California and by accessing and using this Website or becoming a Member of CVR you waive the right to have any dispute brought in any other venue and consent to jurisdiction and venue in the courts located in Fresno County, California.

    22. CONTROL OF INFORMATION: You acknowledge that CVR does not control the information available on the message boards, chat rooms and other user and member-generated pages and that any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content presented or disseminated on any bulletin board, chat room or on any other user or member-generated pages are those of their respective authors and they are solely liable for their content. Although CVR may from time to time monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, message boards and other user and member-generated pages on this web site, neither CVR nor any of its agents, representatives or licensors is under any obligation to do so. CVR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the chat rooms, message boards or on any other user or member-generated pages.

    23. NO WARRANTY: The member-generated content of this web site contains information, facts and opinions from various individuals and organizations. They are provided on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, other than those warranties which are imposed by and incapable of exclusion, restriction or modification under the laws applicable to this agreement. Neither CVR nor its affiliates endorse or are responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement on the service or the sites.

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    CVR Community Warning System

    We have implemented a warning system that tracks any rule violations that you incur. Please note that we do not allow for appeals on warnings. We have brief definitions of some of the warnings listed below. The first violation results in a warning. The second results in a one month moderation period where all posts made will first have to be approved by a moderator (note that this will delay one's posts by an undefined amount of time). The third in an account suspension of one week. The fourth results in the violator's account termination.

    1. Swearing: A member who uses excessive profanity or the use of profanity in a derogatory and/or inflammatory manner.

    2. Avatar / Signature Abuse: Please note that we do not allow avatars or signatures of sexual content, racist remarks, or inflammatory text.

    3. Insubordination: Please note that the above rules cannot cover every topic that might present itself. If a forum official informs you to stop doing something, we ask that you comply. This also covers ignoring additional rules outlined in an Attention thread stuck to the top of the forum.

    4. Spamming: Please note that a definition of spamming is hard to pin down and we leave this up to forum officials on a case-by-case basis. For general purposes, it is any post that does not add any worth to the forum. An example could be an obnoxious post.

    5. Trolling: Any series of posts from a user who is set on causing conflict or provoking other users. Again, this is monitored on a case-by-case basis.

    6. Private Messaging Abuse: This includes but is not limited to threatening, spamming, or otherwise offensive use of our PM system. Remember, you may send a PM to someone believing that they will keep it private but this may not always be the case. Also, remember that although a PM is not intended for a Moderator/Administrator's eyes, they can in fact see them through the administrative panel.

    7. Flaming: Excessive aggression to other forum users.

    8. Racist/Sexist Remarks: Offensive comments towards another or the same race or sex. A lesser offensive post might also receive this violation.

    9. Offensive Material: Any sexually oriented imagery or links to such content will not be tolerated.

    10. Misc. Instant Ban By Admin: This is listed for our staff as a form of Instant Banning for any content that would deem immediate action but does not have a specific topic. This is at an admin /moderator's discretion and can be for any reason above and beyond those outlined above or below.

    11. Attacks / Retaliation / Slander: Either of these in either public or private postings will result in, but not limited to a warning. Please remember that administrators do have access to all private posts to verify if necessary!

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    We encourage you to read our mission statement for a better understanding of what CVR is all about. In addition, we'd like to add that these rules are in place to protect CVR from the minority who attempt to thwart the good nature of this club. So, for the majority, your actions will not be curtailed. Thank you for your cooperation and adherence. They are greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by Stoker; 02-20-2010 at 03:15 PM. Reason: New Rules

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