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General Posting Guidelines- The following rules pertain to the general forums within the SPHL Forums message board.
NO PROFANITY - This includes using abbreviations or changing one letter of a profane word such that the word(s) are still interpreted by most as profane.
NO PORNOGRAPHIC OR OBSCENE MATERIAL OF ANY KIND - Any user posting pornographic pictures, or links to such material will be banned. This includes materials within a signature file or avatar.
NO ATTACKING OR "FLAMING" OTHER MEMBERS - If you feel the need to harass another poster, don't do it. I think all of us as adults know what a personal attack or slander is and this isn't the place for that. Admin and moderators will take action as necessary.
PERSONAL LIVES OF PLAYERS/COACHES/OFFICE STAFF IS OFF LIMITS - Do not get into discussions about the personal lives of players, coaches, or office staff. Yes, they are public figures but they deserve their privacy too. Talking about job performance is one thing but jumping into their family business or personal affairs won't be tolerated.
Trolling is prohibited- Trolling is the word used to describe a post that is deliberately designed for the purpose of angering and insulting the members of the forum community. Posts of this nature are disruptive and do not convey a friendly attitude.
Administrative Actions - Actions taken by our Moderating Staff will not be debated in public venues. The administrators support our moderating teams actions and will not tolerate second guessing, abuse, or other disruptive actions against them. In the event that you think an action, post, etc by a moderator is inappropriate, please contact a board admin in private to discuss it.Again, the board admins will not tolerate abuse of moderators for actions they perform on this site.
Copyrighted Material- The posting of copyrighted electronic, or print content from websites, magazines, newspapers,blogs, etc is limited to posting a small excerpt from the publication with a link to follow so users may go to the website and read the article. It is not permitted to post a copyrighted article in it's entirety even if a link is provided.Team press releases are permitted providing that in the body of the post, it is clearly noted as being a press release with proper credit given to the team releasing the information.All North American professional hockey league logos and all word marks and logos associated with them are understood to be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and/or the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Avatars containing these marks are for the expressed intent of user identification on this forum system and may not be reproduced in any form without prior written consent of the leagues respectively. All rights are reserved by the respective leagues.In using these teams' logos, board members agree to use them in a manner that does not deface the logo or insinuate negativity towards that team. In other words, don't deface the logo or alter the logo, or use in a manner that is deemed derogatory or offensive.
SPHL Forums & Freedom of Speech- It is not the responsibility of SPHLforums.com to allow our users their right to pursue life, liberty and happiness on my forums, guaranteeing their freedom of speech and rights to say whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want.Just as a reminder.......The U.S. Constitution: Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.SPHLforums.com IS NOT CONGRESS. The Constitution does not say that a privately owned website must guarantee that members can say whatever they want on the forums. It simply states that CONGRESS must not abridge the freedom of speech.Members have rights to say whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want: on their own property, within the confines of their own space in accordance with the laws of the land. However, members do not have freedom of speech on privately owned websites or privately owned forums.The owner of this website/forums has the right and responsibility to create, establish, maintain rules that best fit the community and edit, ban, disable the account of any member who does not follow the website TOS. (Terms of Service)
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Spamming & Self-Promotion- Do not post with the sole purpose of promoting a product, service, or competing website. Use of the personal message system to solicit information from forum members is also not permitted. This forum is for sharing ideas, not getting free traffic at the expense of contributing forum members. Spam is not permitted in forum titles, posts, or signatures. The only exception to this rule would be a forum set up specifically for this purpose. This will be at the discretion of this website owner (Volstate)
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Deletions- We reserve the right to delete any element of this forum system including, but not limited to:
- Posts using profanity
- Posts using pornography
- Offensive or inappropriate content
- Solicitation or advertising of services
- Off-Topic posts or posts in the wrong forum
- User avatars deemed offensive or inappropriate
- User images deemed offensive or inappropriate
- Signatures deemed offensive or inappropriate
We deal with reported posts as soon as an administrator or moderator receives them. Due to the nature of a message board system, posts are made in real time, but moderation cannot always be applied immediately.
AFFILIATIONS- Though this board is for the discussion of the SPHL and its member teams, we are not officially affiliated with them.