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 Post subject: Updated Website Policy
PostPosted: July 31st, 2013, 1:16 pm 
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PBS council and the website committee have drafted and approved a (to date) comprehensive set of guidelines for all users of our website. We have worked on these extensively over many months, and it's time to get them posted up here for all website/forum users to see.

At some near point, we plan to have every new website registrant acknowledge their acceptance of these terms (a check-box) before their registration is activated.

For now, I am posting these here so you can read them. I think most of it is very self-explanatory. The rules and regulations are effective immediately. This posting is a read-only notice and is not being left 'open' for comment. Thank you. KD

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Professional Bowhunters Society Website Rules and Regulations:

Professional Bowhunters Society has put the following rules in place on our online forum to ensure enjoyment by all users. Our goal is to make sure these forums are a positive learning and interactive experience for everyone. Users who violate the rules will be entered into a database of Banned Users. This information will include your IP address (a unique number assigned by your Internet provider), so we can track you—and ban you—even if you post under multiple names and/or email addresses. Posting using another member's login, alias or multiple aliases is strictly prohibited.

The popularity of our forum necessitates Professional Bowhunters Society to establish an extensive list of rules for all forums. The establishment of these rules has been given much consideration by Professional Bowhunters Society. These rules have been established to create a professional atmosphere in all of our forums, including the Professional Bowhunters Society Facebook page. All persons posting in these forums should be treated with respect and in a manner that will create an enjoyable positive experience for all. These rules are not contestable.

Professional Bowhunters Society has a group of Moderators who help patrol the posts and topics on these forums. These individuals have donated their time to assist us in making this a popular place to come visit and share information with fellow hunters. Please keep this in mind and treat all moderators with the utmost respect.

Though we strive to maintain the same objectives throughout these forums, it is impossible for us to always be consistent from one moderator or administrator to another. If you have a problem or have caught something you feel is in direct violation with the rules of Professional Bowhunters Society, please email admin@probowsociety.net and we will try to address the problem as soon as possible.

The staff of Professional Bowhunters Society reserves the right to remove any post, topic or person for any reason we deem appropriate.

Please follow the set of rules listed below and help keep Professional Bowhunters Society website a great place for all members to visit.


1. No vulgar language or profanity - This includes inappropriate words, inappropriate sexual references and other vulgar statements. There are word filters in place for a reason, DO NOT try to bypass them with alternate characters or spellings.

2. No threatening, abusive or harassing comments.

3. No slanderous or libelous posts. Knowingly making false claims about a company, organization or an individual are illegal and thus prohibited.

4. No topics and/or statements that could be used to reflect poorly on hunting or archery. Anti-hunting and other posts indicating a stance against the hunting or archery industry will be removed and your account will be banned.

5. No discussion or challenges to our editing policy are allowed within the forums. If you disagree, or want clarification as to why a particular topic, post or individual was removed, you must email admin@probowsociety.net. Professional Bowhunters Society moderators, administrators and staff will NOT respond to any inquiries or challenges of these rules or decisions on the public or membership forum. However, we will respond to email or private message inquiries at our discretion.

6. Please do not post anything that could be used by "anti-hunting" groups to support their cause. Remember, it is easy to take comments out of context. Keep this in mind as you post, since anti-hunting groups may visit this site in search of ammunition for their cause.

7. No advertising or product marketing. No commercial ads allowed in any part of the Professional Bowhunters Society forums. Professional Bowhunters Society has a free classified ads section for personal advertisements. A commercial advertisement is categorized as an outright attempt to solicit business. Any such posts will be removed.

8. Do not engage in "flame-wars" or excessive exchange of confrontational postings. Debate is important, but users should not try to "pick a fight" with one another.

9. Do not include HTML in your postings. Any mistake could make the remaining messages unreadable by other visitors. HTML can also be misused to link to inappropriate material. A misspelling or error in any html could cause problems with the server.

10. Linking - Links to products and personal pages will be tolerated. You may not link to any direct competitor of Professional Bowhunters Society or link to just advertise a product or service. We reserve the right to delete any link for any reason

11. No spamming; do not post the same message in every topic with different titles, but with the same message. Only post your message into the topic it most relates too.

12. While we encourage lively debate, we will not tolerate personal attacks. Any person attacking another forum member will receive a warning and have their message removed. Any future incident thereafter will result in that member being removed from the forum.

13. Members are to respect the designated TOPIC AREAS when posting their message. This includes off-topic and sales information that does not belong in the Main Forum area. Those who post messages not relating to the topic area will have the threads closed or the posts deleted.

14. The inclusion of pictures within messages is allowed on this site. Referring to images on other sites should be done so sparingly if at all. This not only uses up bandwidth between sites, but often the images are copyrighted and protected by that site. Images or links to images are not to be included on our site without the express written permission of the owner of the copyrighted image(s). When posting images try to them under 640 x 480 resolution and under 20K.

15. Posts directed to a specific person can be considered off topic and will be deleted by our moderators.

16. Brand Bashing and generally argumentative posts will not be tolerated. Legitimate posts regarding problems that you have experienced with a particular piece of equipment or service will be allowed. However, posts that are directly bashing a product or manufacturer are not allowed on Professional Bowhunters Society. These forums are designed as a place for hunters to gather to exchange stories, advice, and meet other hunters from around the world - not to argue amongst ourselves or to talk down about any individual business or product. All posts of this nature will be removed and disciplinary action will be taken against their author.

17. Forum rules and guidelines are not open for debate. This is not a democracy, but rather a private forum. Anyone openly debating the rules we have set in place will be removed. Moderators of this forum are not to be argued with when enforcing forum rules and guidelines. Anyone arguing with a Moderator against disciplinary measures will be removed from the forum. If you have a problem with a Moderator please email admin@probowsociety.net and we will address the issue as soon as possible.

18. We reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Professional Bowhunters Society and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We reserve the right to revoke your membership to the forum or disable your posting ability for any or no reason whatsoever.

19. We at Professional Bowhunters Society also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you. If you have any questions about these rules or want to report an infraction of the rules, send an email to admin@probowsociety.net.

20. We realize that not all members will agree on individual or group ways, methods and ethics. That is the nature of our society. However, no member of these forums shall in any way attack, discredit or impugn the ways, methods and/or ethics of any individual PBS member or group of members who are in good standing and in compliance with our bylaws. Those who persist in attacking the sanctioned methods of other PBS members are subject to having posts removed and posting privileges restricted. These rules apply to the forums, and all social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and all others as deemed appropriate.


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