Is there a rule book for this forum?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by germanmudfish, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    I have apparently violated the rules a couple of times, and being the law abiding person that I am, would like to know where the rules are published so I can act accordingly. Thanks staff...Ronnie
     
  2. CATFISHING1

    CATFISHING1 New Member

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    RULE 1 : dont ever ,ever wear a hat like baitchucker then put it on here.:crazy::roll_eyes::smile2::big_smile:
     

  3. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    here they are. you can also go to the tool bar at top of fourum and click on quick links. then scroll to FAQ's. theres a link to rules there too.:wink:

    RULES
    BOC Staff / Community Rules
    Your use of the BOC forum indicates your acceptance of the following rules:


    1. BOC Staff
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    B. Staff members donate massive amounts of time and bring distinctive backgrounds and skills to the collective table. Any organization would be hard-pressed to find a more committed team so tightly focused on the short range and long range mission outlined for the BOC.

    C. The Staff is task organized into two principal efforts, Primary Staff, and Assistant Staff.

    1. Primary Staff: Primary Staff have access to all critical core functions of the community, mediate member problems, and work on expansion.


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    To contact the BOC Staff, Click here

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    No vulgar language or profanity - Judgment Calls are made by Site Moderators in the context of that thread. We don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but realize we do have young adults on the board and it's our unwritten duty as Adults to try and set a good example for them.

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    Staff can provide you a copy and paste HTML code for your home page


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    http://www.catfish1.com/starmember/


    All member donations raised go to sustainment of the BOC and creating new programs of growth for our club. Direct member support is what keeps the BOC ahead of the competition. It allows the BOC great flexibility to quickly explore different options to make our community a better place for the entire membership. BOC Donations are non-refundable. Star Membership is valid for the calendar year the donation is made, January 1st through December 31st. On Jan 1st of the New Year, all donations are set back to zero. The minimum donation amount to receive a BOC Star is $10.
    STAR BENEFITS:
    $10 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 150 messages, rather than the standard 50.

    $20 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 200 messages, rather than the standard 50.

    $30 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 250 messages, rather than the standard 50.


    $40 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 250 messages, rather than the standard 50.
    - You can upload an image for your signature. Images must be non-commercial in nature and are limited to 100 Pixels in Height and 500 Pixels in width.

    $50 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 250 messages, rather than the standard 50.
    - You can upload an image for your signature. Images must be non-commercial in nature and are limited to 100 Pixels in Height and 500 Pixels in width.
    - Select your own custom title. Must not be advertising or disruptive in nature. Must not be so long as it causes a page to scroll within a thread. The custom title will be displayed in your posts and profile page in place of any title specified by the BOC for a group or post count.

    $60 Support Level
    - Place your non-commercial website link in your signature and profile. A BOC reciprocal link must be on your website. A Staff Member must approve links.
    - Private Message (PM) limit increased to 250 messages, rather than the standard 50.
    - You can upload an image for your signature. Images must be non-commercial in nature and are limited to 100 Pixels in Height and 500 Pixels in width.
    - Select your own custom title. Must not be advertising or disruptive in nature. Must not be so long as it causes a page to scroll within a thread. The custom title will be displayed in your posts and profile page in place of any title specified by the BOC for a group or post count.
    - Set yourself to invisible mode. Members of this group will be able to set themselves to invisible in the (Edit Options) section of their User CP.


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    Example: Hey Guys, they removed my post about advertising XYZ company, do you guys think it should be allowed? Isn’t this a violation of our rights?

    Example 2: Hey All, I had a link to a catfish shocker for Google, I posted it just to show that these devices are for sale, and for information only. Don’t you guys think we should be able to post links to catfish shockers?

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    People make judgments about others based on the kinds of expressions they use because of the region of country from which they come. Members need to understand that certain terms are unique to individuals from certain regions, and are normal practice for the area.

    The fact that people have different experiences accounts for many of the problems that occur when they try to interact cross-culturally. Cultural, racial, and gender differences affect our experiences. Our experiences directly relate to our ability to communicate. For example, if you are from a broken family, the word "family" might have a different meaning or emotional charge for you than for someone from a different family situation.

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    There are common courtesies to follow when posting or in the BOC chat. Following them will put you, in other memebrs' eyes, as being cordial, polite, and a nice person. Some of those courtesies are as follows:

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    B. Be kind to newcomers. These people usually are not sure of what to do and will be a bit unsure of what to say. Be friendly and welcome them into the BOC.

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  4. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    for the response. I will study harder.
     
  5. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Ronnie, if you break the code, be sure and let me know.

    Just this week, a man asked a question, and I tried to answer it for him. There were no other responses, nothing controversial, no links, nada. And now it's gone, like it never existed.

    The man who asked the question was a newbie, and is prolly scratching his head, wondering why he wasted his time and breath. I know I am.:sad2:
     
  6. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    If ya need to know something just ask Big George. LOL
     
  7. just a redneck

    just a redneck New Member

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    i am new so all i can say is be respectful but be honest, if somwone asks an honest question give them an honest answer and if at the end of the day someone doesnt like it [and contrary to popular belief most people dont like honesty because it is not what they want to here] your consience is clean ,and thats all u can do.
     
  8. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    :crazy::eek:oooh:
     
  9. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    :eek:oooh:
     
  10. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    :crazy::eek:oooh:eek:k