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Warning/Infraction System for TOS Violations

GeckoForums.net utilizes a warning and infraction system to deal with TOS violations. A warning is just that... a warning, and no points are assessed. An infraction is a TOS violation which is assigned a certain number of points; small infractions such as Signature Violations are worth 1 point while more serious infractions such as Threatening Physical Violence on Another Member will be worth 5 points, etc.

Please note that although not each and every violation will invoke infraction points, they can still carry penalties such as having your post deleted, or your thread locked.

The following is a list of infractions and the amount of points a member will be given for each TOS violation:

Classifieds Violation - 1 point
Quoting From a Non Published Source - 1 point
Signature Rule Violation - 1 point
Failure to use full name in the Business Inquiries section - 1 point
Avatar/Profile Picture Violation - 1 point
Soliciting Business or Posting Ads in the Discussion Forums - 2 points
Solicitation for Donations without the permission of the site Administrator - 2 points
Posting a Link to an Executable File (.exe file) - 2 points
Spamming/Inapropriate Advertising - 2 points
Profanity/Inappropriate Language - 2 points
Posting an Image or Document Without Permission From the Owner - 2 points
Personal Attack Against a Business or Breeder - 3 points
Personal Against Another Member/Individual - 3 points
Incessant Harassment or Off Topic Posts aka "Trolling" - 3 points
Prejudicial Remarks or Slurs - 4 points
Antagonism Towards a Moderator or Administrator - 5 points
Posting Obscene Material, Links or Images - 5 points
Posting Under Another Member's Username/Account in a malicious manner or to purposely impersonate another member - 5 points
Threatening Another Member With Violence - 5 points
Sexual Harassment - 5 points
Registering Multiple User Accounts to Bypass a Ban - 20 points

Each infraction given will expire after 12 months.

Once a member accumulates a certain amount of points, they will be suspended and/or banned.

If you accumulate 10 points - account suspended for 2 weeks

15 points - account suspended for 1 month

20 points - banned permanently

Once a member accumulates 20 warning points, they are banned permanently, however they can be allowed back at the discretion of the site owner.

Please take the time to read each section of our T.O.S.

Registration and User Accounts

GeckoForums.net allows one user account to be registered per person. Registering multiple user accounts is a warnable offense and can result in permanent banishment from our site.

Posting under another member's username/account in a malicious manner or to purposely impersonate another member for any reason is a violation of the T.O.S.

Signature Areas, User Avatars and Profile Pictures

The signature area is a few lines of text that appear at the bottom of each post a member makes in the forums. You may post a link or two to your personal or business website, or a favorite quote you wish to display, pretty much anything as long as it is not obscene or blatently offensive.

There is a limit of six lines in the signature area. This includes blank lines or lines containing text. Images are not allowed in the signature area (with the exception of a smiley or two), text only please. Any color or font can be used, but the font size must be the default 'size 2' or smaller, with no BB code [size] tags.

You may post no more than two links in your signature area.

There is a limit of 200 characters in the signature area. This refers to viewable characters and does not apply to characters used in BB code or HTML code.

User Avatars are small graphics that are displayed under your username whenever you post. Animated avatars are allowed. As with the signature area, no obscene images or images that may be offensive to other users are allowed. The maximum size of your custom avatar image is 160 by 160 pixels or 24.4 KB (whichever is smaller).

Profile Pictures are images that are displayed in the user's profile and also next to the user's information on the "Who's Online" screen. Again, no obscenity or blatently offensive images allowed. The maximum size a user profile picture can be 160 by 160 pixels or 24.4 KB (whichever is smaller).

Chat Rooms

Our chat rooms are a great way for GeckoForums.net members to get to know each other. The main chat room is Moderated, so members are expected to follow the same T.O.S. in Chat as they do while using the forums.

The Moderator Chat Room is only acccessible to the Administration and Moderation staff for the purpose of holding chat meetings to discuss GeckoForums.net business.

The private chat bar located at the bottom of every page is not moderated the way the main chat room is. Since you are each responsible for building your own personal friend list, it will be up to you to moderate yourselves. If there is someone that you do not want to contact you, I would advise removing them from your friend list. I will say however that if any particular member becomes a problem due to abuse of this new program, the staff and myself will have the power to remove this person's access from this website. So please respect yourselves and others while using the new chat.

Personal Attacks Against Individuals or Companies

The GeckoForums.net Administration understands the importance of reputation feedback in the reptile industry, and members are encouraged to utilize the trader rating system and the Business/Inquiries forum to leave feedback for other users on the forum.

Posts and threads commenting on any business or individual with regards to their business and/or reptile husbandry ethics are only allowed in the Business/Inquiries forum.

Personal attacks are not allowed on GeckoForums.net in any forum.

Also, antagonism towards the Moderators of GeckoFourms.net will not be tolerated.

Abuse

One thing that will not be tolerated is abuse of this site, it's moderators, and/or it's members. We do have a warning point system in place here that will be enforced by the staff. The following are some of the violations of our T.O.S., and they apply to every feature on our site, including the private message and email system. We do reserve the right to add additional violations as needed.

*Posting obscene material and/or links to other websites containing obscene material will not be tolerated. This includes sexual content, pornography, violence, drug use, or any other illegal activity.

*The use of profanity is considered a violation of the T.O.S. Please be aware that using the asterik (*) sign or other symbols rather than the letters does NOT make it OK to use profanity here, and is considered breaking the TOS. Abbreviated acronyms are not allowed when they contain a word meant to stand for the "F" word. If you use the acronyms "WTF" or "LMFAO" expect to receive a warning or infraction.

*Sexual harassment is a T.O.S violation, and could result in permanent banishment from GeckoForums.net.

*Posts containing prejudicial remarks will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, comments regarding race, national origin, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or other personal slurs.

*Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Heated discussions and/or debates are fine, but please stick to the issues and do not make it personal. Threatening another member with physical violence is not allowed.

*Incessant harassment of GeckoForums.net members (aka trolling) is against the T.O.S. of this website.

*Posting using another member's username and impersonating them is not allowed under any circumstances.

*Spamming of any kind is not allowed.

*Hotlinking to .exe files is not allowed.

*Soiliciting business or posting ads on the main discussion forums is a violation. Please post ads in the Classifieds section.

Quoting From Non Published Sources

Quotes are not allowed unless they come from published material such as a book, newspaper, magazine or website. You may not quote another person from a conversation, email, pm or any other type of communication unless it is published (such as an interview on a website or in a magazine or other publication.

Posting Images or Documents That Do Not Belong To You Without the Owner's Permission

Posting images and Documents that do not belong to you are against our T.O.S. unless you have permission from the owner of the image(s)/document(s).

Solicitation for Donations without the permission of the site Administrator

GeckoForums.net does not allow any member to ask for donations of any kind (monetary or material) without the member getting prior approval from the site Administrator.

Classifieds

New ads MUST be limited to three ads per day (per each section of the classifieds). In this case, a day is referring to a 24 hour period, therefore only 3 ads per category can be posted per 24 hour period.

Replies to ads can now only be made by the person that posts the ad. All correspondence between potential buyer and seller must be done through email or private message.

Thread starters can "bump" their ads no more than two times total, then they must allow the ads to fall. Any post made after the initial post of the ad is considered a bump.

Please keep in mind that a "bump" to an ad DOES count towards your 3 ad per day limit, therefore you may not have a total of more than 3 new ads or bumps of old ads in a 24 hour period. For example, if you bump 2 ads you will only be able to post one new ad in a 24 hour period (per category).

To summarize, you are allowed 3 new ads or ad bumps a day per category, and any ad can only be bumped/posted on twice, after that it must be allowed to fall.

Ads need to be posted in "For Sale" format, not "For Auction" format. GeckoForums.net does not offer an auction section in our classified forums. Your ads should have prices listed in them, a dollar figure OBO is fine.

Any member wanting to post for sale or auction animals or any items or services to benefit a charity or website MUST get written permission (via pm or email) from the administrator before posting such ads. This includes classified ads with items for sale or auction to benefit GeckoForums.net.

Violations will be deleted without warning, no exceptions.

Business Inquiries Section

1. Full names are required in each and every post made in this section. This means that you must sign your full name in every post you make and/or make sure your full name is included in your signature or your user info that is displayed on each of your posts. If you make a post in the Business Inquiries forum without using your full name you will receive an infraction, and you will have 24 hours to correct the issue or you run the risk of your post being deleted.

2. Discussion of the topics and facts contained in the posts are fine, and while things can sometimes get heated no "flame wars" or personal attacks of any kind are going to be tolerated here.

3. When posting negative feedback about an individual or business, the person that started the initial thread agrees to email or otherwise contact the person or business that is being given negative feedback here. This way they will have an opportunity to defend themselves, which is only fair.

4. Please do a search in this forum for the person or business you are inquiring about, or posting feedback about. If you find a thread is already here, please add to the existing thread rather than start a new thread. This is not a true part of the TOS of this forum, but rather a strong preference of the staff; we know sometimes searches can come up empty even if the thread is there.

GeckoForums.net or it's administration is not responsible for the opinions or views posted anywhere on this site.

Adoption Section

The Adoption section of the site is a forum where members can post animals they would like to find good homes for, but for whatever reason do not want to sell the animal. We do not allow members to ask for any sort of "adoption fees", but asking a potential adopter to pay for shipping charges is ok.

Reporting Site Violations and Abuse

We ask that our members report any violations of our T.O.S. or any sort of abuse to us. We do take any abuse or violations very seriously and will deal with any issues promptly.

To report a post in one of the forums that violates our T.O.S., click on the orange triangle button underneath the User avatar and next to the green "online" button.

Any other general site violations should be reported by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.

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