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Rules for Participation in the Forums
I apologize for a lengthy list of rules, however to satisfy the legal requirements of our land, and in the interest of fostering good, constructive communication for all, I must include the following:
The Forums are meant to be a safe place where members can discuss, confess, pray for & encourage one another.
If you will abide by the following passage of Scripture, you will fulfill the majority of forum rules:
Do not let unwholesome (foul, profane, worthless, vulgar) words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear (you speak). Ephesians 4:29 Amplified Bible
DO post your questions or messages in the appropriate forum; All forums are categorized by topics.
DO search the other posts to see if your topic is already covered.
DO use a meaningful title for your thread.
DO stay on topic.
DO use correct spelling, grammar and avoid slang as much as possible, so all members are able to understand. People may be from other cultures and may use an online translator to communicate.
DO act in a give & take manner; help others as often as or more than you ask for help.
DO NOT double post (post the same message twice in one thread) or cross post (place the same message across several forums).
DO NOT use all caps or SHOUT in your posts. In addition, one exclamation point is enough.
DO NOT quote more from the previous post than you have to in order to form your reply.
DO NOT post new problems on someone else’s thread and interrupt a topic of discussion.
DO NOT post content that violates a copyright.
If a topic is posted in a forum that is not appropriate for the question, I or a moderator, have the right to move that topic to another better suited forum. I or a moderator have the right to request alteration or deletion of any offensive post. If this is not done in a prompt manner, the post will be deleted. Posts may be deleted for any reasons I or a moderator deem reasonable.
CONDUCT OF SPEECH
DO be kind & civil. Personal differences should be handled through email or IM and not through posts displayed to everyone.
DO NOT use profanity, racial, ethnic, gender-based insults or inflammatory, offensive language; no “flaming” “trolling” “spamming” instigating arguments or any manner of speech intended to offend or hurt another member. Doing any of these thing can result in being banned from the forums.
IDENTITY & PRIVACY
DO be yourself, however you are not required to use a real first & last name or to post private information.
DO NOT post any information that you want private. Posts should not contain personal, identifiable information or content embarrassing to others.
DO NOT impersonate any other member on these forums, in any mode of communication; doing so will result in being banned from the forums.
LINKS, SPAM, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING, SOLICITATIONS
DO ignore spammers; if you respond to them, do so personally and not through the forums. It is better to report them.
DO request & offer prayer & encouragement, however refrain from asking for other things. SEE BELOW*
DO mention in the course of discussion resources you have found to be helpful, however blatant ads and/or affiliate links will not be tolerated and can result in being banned from the forums. SEE BELOW**
DO mention members who have been especially helpful to you, however blatant promotions or advertisements will not be tolerated. SEE BELOW***
DO NOT link to hate, anti-Semitic, racist, pornography, warez, or other illegal sites. Links of this nature will result in being banned from the forums.
*DO NOT request payment, donations or solicitation for funds of any kind for any purpose.
**DO NOT post links in order to generate affiliate commissions. Posts deemed to generate affiliate commissions will be deleted. If a member continues to create affiliate SPAM posts, they will be banned.
***DO NOT promote or advertise your product, service or business or the product, service or business of others.
NOTE: Please understand that I am not against people who may take part in affiliate programs, I am an affiliate for useful resources myself. That said, I cannot allow members to post affiliate links, because 1) I then have no control where those links may take members and thus I am indirectly affirming and assisting the potential abuse, such as links to pornography, products unrelated to the mission of DonMondell.com, etc., and 2) history has proven that once allowed, a forum will become overrun with affiliate links and thereby more of a sales center and less of a helpful resource. You may believe it unfair that I may at times post an affiliate link for which I would receive a very tiny remuneration; I understand. When and if I post an affiliate link, it is done so first in the spirit of helping others as it relates to the mission of DonMondell.com. Also, I then, of course, have control of where members who click a link may end up; and I pledge those destinations to never be outside the scope, intention & mission of DonMondell.com. Finally, the amount I may receive is tiny, does not add cost to the buyer’s price, and any funds received are then used to fund the maintenance of this site.
Members who violate the rules set forth in this document, and who, due to their inappropriate behavior, are thus banned from the forums, are not entitled to, nor will be refunded, any membership dues past or press, nor will they be afforded access to the private member areas of DonMondell.com. Future access to the private members areas of DonMondell.com may or m ay not be allowed again, however incidents are reviewed on a case-by-case process. Don Mondell, appointees of Don Mondell and DonMondell.com reserve the right to allow or disallow access to any individual(s) as seen fit based upon the rules as stated in this document.
Don Mondell or his appointee(s) retain the right to mention, publicize and promote any Don Mondell product, service, course, book or any other resource, including resources for which Don Mondell may be an affiliate, and deemed useful by Don Mondell for the purpose of help, instruction or by any other way to meet a particular need or needs by any or all members and non-members of DonMondell.com. This includes any and all areas of the website: www.DonMondell.com and any subsidiary or related websites owned by Don Mondell.
The posting of any copyrighted material is strictly prohibited. No subject matter will be tolerated whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures.
All information given within these forums is “use at your own risk.” Don Mondell & DonMondell.com will not be held liable for any possible damages.