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The Fossil Forum Community Standards

Internet forums are a little like publishing houses, in that writers submit material for publication, and the editor decides whether a submission is appropriate to their publication. Forums are unlike publishing houses in that all submissions are visible to anyone in the world with an internet connection before they are vetted for the appropriateness of their content. For this reason, writers are asked to follow a few simple rules.

  It is hoped that the following guidelines will assist those who wish to participate here.  The Fossil Forum is a venue for the sharing of a common interest in fossils (please note that, pursuant to this, we are fundamentally a science-based forum, wherein curiosity meets critical thinking, and topics promulgating metaphysical, paranormal, or pseudo-scientific topics will be out of place). Participants in the resulting social network expect and deserve a respectful and courteous dialog. At all times, remember that it is possible to disagree without resorting to insult or sarcasm; use reason instead. If you feel a derogatory comment or an ad hominem coming on, keep it to yourself; if you are on the receiving end, do not respond. It is never acceptable to post negative characterizations of individuals or groups of people. Prejudicial opinions based on ethnicity, religious or political persuasion, profession, place of residence, etc. are not welcome. Seriously, if the point you want to make requires disparagement of others, it is not a topic for The Fossil Forum. Remember also that two thirds of communication (inflection and body-language) are missing in the online environment. You know what you want to say, but everyone else has to figure it out from what you write, so write with clarity, use the emoticons to clarify your meaning, and don't be too quick to take offense at a perceived slight.

 The analogy to a publishing house ends here: The Fossil Forum is not a publisher. You alone are responsible for the content of your submissions. Any opinions stated are not to be considered those of the administrators/moderators, and by posting any text or image, you are attesting that you have the copyright or permission to do so, and that you agree to the following rules:  Prohibited on The Fossil Forum, including private messages and the chat room (transcripts of which are recorded and monitored) are: Pornography, obscenity, illegal acts and expressing disregard for the law, flaming (personal attacks designed to disparage, berate, or insult), offensive or discriminatory remarks (racial, ethnic, sexual, theological, political, etc.), threats, defamation, providing links to any of the above, Spamming, posting of the same text again and again, nonsensical posts that have no substance, or bumping a post for the same effect.

  If you have any questions why a post was hidden or removed, please review the community standards in this topic.  If you have further questions, please contact the staff via PM.  All discussion of a moderator's action must be confined to the PM system. The moderator's job is to maintain a courteous and respectful environment for all to enjoy, and to do it without prejudice; allowing a statement to stand is not an endorsement of its content. Occasionally, a topic will prove to be so inflammatory as to escalate into a vehement argument, and will be removed. Members can help by calling the moderator's attention to a violation through the "report" function; your help will be appreciated!  

The following is our policy on "Member-to-Member Sales" (more details can be found in that sub-forum; please read and understand them): First, The Fossil Forum is primarily a non-commercial site. Posts involving sales or any other commercial activity must be made only on the "Member-to-Member Sales" forum (and no where else; not in the Galleries, Member Profiles, nor Blogs). The "Member-to-Member Sales" forum is for sales between members: no marketing of commercial websites, including eBay. Permission to post on Member-to-Member Sales is granted to established members who achieve and maintain a level of participation, in the discussions, with posts of substance. Failure to adhere to this simple requirement may forfeit your membership. Buy and sell at your own risk: There is no recourse through the Forum for bad deals. It is not the responsibility of The Fossil Forum to mediate transaction disputes; this is solely the responsibility of the parties involved, and must be undertaken privately and off-forum.  Please understand that The Fossil Forum cannot appraise the commercial value of a fossil; this is beyond what can be done through pictures on the internet, so please don't ask.

Forum Terms & Rules

Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.

Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of The Fossil Forum, its owner or any of its volunteer staff. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use The Fossil Forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. Memberships can be revoked at any time for any reason. You agree to not post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or you have permission to use that material. By submitting or uploading any materials to The Fossil Forum, you represent and warrant that you are the owner of such materials and by that action grant The Fossil Forum a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to publish any such material for display on The Fossil Forum or social media pages managed for The Fossil Forum.

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