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Guidelines and agreement for ifish board members.

Ifish.net maintains the interactive portion(s) of the Web site as a service free of charge to registered members. By using any interactive services provided herein, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the terms, conditions and notices relating to its use. Some situations require moderator judgment calls, and may not be spelled out in the following Acceptable Use Policy. (Commonly referred to on the bulletin board as The AUP)

The Ifish web site is devoted to fishing and now hunting in the Pacific Northwest. Ifish was created by a fisherwoman named Jennie who continues to operate this site. Part of what she feels makes ifish a success is the strict adherence to the belief that we maintain polite, positive, non inflammatory interactions between fishermen and women. We are here to build a community.

One of the most popular resources is the Bulletin Board, also called the discussion group. Registered members of the board can initiate new discussion topics (threads) and contribute to existing ones (posts). This document provides guidelines to help avoid tangling lines. We want to keep it fun for most members, most of the time. A group of dedicated volunteers function as moderators to help keep the discussions civil. The guidelines are provided so you know what to expect and are aware of the consequences of unacceptable statements. Keep in mind; this is a free board that takes a lot of work.

The moderators can enforce the guidelines through warnings, editing, private moderation, or banning of membership, based on the severity or frequency of problems. Banning is rarely an issue, but it is occasionally necessary. If you are warned, we would appreciate a note back saying that you understand the reason why we warned you. If you are put into private moderation, you can expect to be there from 7 to 30 days depending on the severity and frequency of aup violations. However, in some cases private moderation is indefinite or until you communicate your willingness to abide by the aup and cease making the kinds of posts that led to private moderation. While in private moderation, you will not be able to make posts. We work towards total resolution, in any case. We prefer that our members understand, agree, and want to follow the rules. These rules are to everyones benefit.

If the bulletin board moderators decide that a post does not conform to the intent of the board or contains inappropriate material you may receive a private warning from the moderators. Moderators will act quickly to edit or delete profanity, racial slurs, personal attacks, illegal statements and inappropriate suggestive comments when they are brought to their attention. If the behavior persists or the posting is particularly egregious the moderators reserve the right to revoke your membership and place a ban on your address to prevent your rejoining. Though we hope it rarely becomes necessary, the moderators may also, for reasons of their own, choose to unsubscribe and ban you without warning at any time. These actions are not taken lightly, but unfortunately they can be necessary.

Dumb posts will be removed with no explanation. LOL

The moderators' primary goal is to keep the spirit of the board a tightly knit community of folks with a common interest in friendly, if sometimes barbed, banter about fishing. This can be a great resource to learn how, where and when to fish. Ifish has historically lead to great new friendships. But it requires that everyone show consideration to fellow members.

The Ifish bulletin board is a real-time discussion. It is impossible to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of posted messages. 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. Each message express the views of its author, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board or any entity associated with the bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the listed moderators by using the moderator alert button. (The mod alert button looks like this and is found to the left, and bottom of each post. When alerted, we have the ability to edit or remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or Ifish owns it.

We reserve the right to delete any message. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this bulletin board, Vbulletin, Inc. (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

The moderators 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.

Please note that advertisements, test or pre marketing, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this bulletin board. Anyone found to be joining ifish for the sole purpose to sell is invited to leave.
A non promotional, non commercial single link (URL) to your own homepage is currently allowed in a member's signature. Please note that it must be your own homepage and no advertising tag line will be permitted in conjunction with it, unless it is a current ifish sponsor's page. Ifish does not allow commercial graphics promoting your business or homepage, with or without a hyperlink. As reported, they will be deleted without notice.

Disclaimer
Ifish.net, it's current and past moderators waive any and all responsibility for any injury or personal loss that any person or property might incur in using any suggestions or recommendations, particularly where there is a risk such as in boating rivers, boating coastal bars, or river wading. We offer the best advice that we can, but common sense and responsibility is upon the individual participants in any activity. Please exercise proper caution in accepting boat rides with other members. Know your captain!

Ifish.net is not the place for bashing of people or racial slurs.
Contents of this site are intended for personal, non-commercial, educational and discussion purposes only and should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal, or financial decisions. Any opinions expressed on this site are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of Ifish.net. Ifish.net makes no representations about the suitability, reliability, timeliness, appropriateness, or accuracy of the information contained on this site. Ifish.net will not be liable for damages of any kind arising from the use of this site.
Your use of this web site is at your own risk. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory shall Ifish.net, its supporters, owners, or any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering this web site's contents be liable to you or any other person for any damages, including but not limited to indirect, direct, punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising from your access to, or use of, this web site.

The Guidelines

  • "Private" conversations are discouraged -- they should be taken to private email. Discussions should be kept to things that are of general interest to the group as a whole.
  • Ifish reserves the exclusive right to run contests for prizes on the board. Please contact the admin, before posting a contest of any kind.
  • To insure the protection of the community against spammers, all donation requests (gofundme, etc.) must be per-approved before posting on the site by an Administrator.
  • Topics on the fishing boards should be fishing related. Occasionally a topic may get remote, but that can be part of the fun.
  • It is perfectly understandable that from time to time you may take offense at something that was written here, but rather than subject everyone to an emotional response, consider the broader audience. Take it to private e-mail or simply count to 10 and ignore it.
  • Because of recent and more restrictive changes in law, ifish will no longer allow pictures of native springers out of the water where the law prohibits springers out of the water.
  • Keep in mind that many board members have a finely honed and dry sense of humor. Only after reading for a while will you be able to detect who these folks are.
  • Refrain from posting messages of a nature that offer to sell any product or service in the general discussion boards.
  • You may discuss any commercial product. Please note that only www.ifish.net sponsors have the right to post contact information. All non sponsor contact information, including e mail, web addresses, and physical addresses, will be removed upon notice.
  • We do not allow politics on ifish.
  • Please do NOT post virus warnings or chain letters to the board.
  • Do not post negative comments on another's fishing report thread. Such negative comments will be removed with out comment.
  • Please use proper upper and lower case when posting messages. Posting messages all in "CAPS" MAKES IT APPEAR THAT YOU ARE SHOUTING AT US! It is also very difficult to read these messages and many readers will simply bypass them. If you have something valuable or interesting to say, make it easy for us to read your message.
  • Proofreed. Profread. Prooofread. PROOFREAD!!!
  • There will be no name calling on the board.
  • We have found that discussion of things like politics, religion, abortion, legalization of marijuana and the 2nd amendment serves only to divide us at ifish. Since our goal is to bring fishing and hunting folks together, we ask that you avoid these subjects.
  • By posting communications, User grants:
    a. To www.ifish.net: A royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, translate, distribute, perform and display those communications alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed and sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses.
    b. To other Users: The right to access, view, store, and reproduce the communications for personal use.
  • PM System.
    The PM system is a way for forum members to communicate with one another using the same interface used for posting within the forums, allowing you to be more expressive than standard email because you can use emoticons and BB code. While we're glad we can provide such an invaluable resource to you, please keep these Guidelines in mind.
    1. Use of the PM system is a privilege, not a right. Members who abuse the system will denied access to the PM system.
    2. Please forward any inappropriate PM to a moderator immediately.
    3. All AUP rules apply in the PM system and on our chat board, globally.
    4. The privacy of the PM system is not absolute. The administration of this site can, and periodically will, if absolutely deemed necessary, review the contents of the PM system.

    * If presented with a search warrant, subpoena, or law enforcement request
    * If looking for evidence that you broke our AUP policy, and should be banned. (we don't usually ban without evidence)
    * If we have reason to believe that you're simply here to cause trouble- left to the discretion of our mods.
    * If you sent a PM to somebody and they've forwarded it to us with a complaint.

    * If we have reason to believe you or another person are in immediate danger and we're trying to assist emergency services and police in tracking you down.

www.ifish.net Complaint procedure:
If you are going to post a complaint to the board, whether it be a brand, person, product, agency, public service or company, you must post your entire real name along with the post. This rule is designed to cut down on people hiding behind false monikers to post false claims against personal enemies, and creates an atmosphere of accountability, should someone from the organization like to argue their side. (Deliberately and repeatedly bashing the same brand, product or company is a bannable offense. If you have a complaint or comment to make then make it once and make sure you have facts to support it.)

Boycotts
If folks want to stop patronizing a business, a community, or a particular guide, that is their right, but Ifish will not be used as a tool to announce or accomplish this. We do not allow organized boycotts on Ifish.

Public Disagreements with Administration/Staff or Guidelines
You agree that if you have questions about, or concerns with the ifish.net web site policy or action of a moderator or admin, you will not post public arguments or disagreements nor attempt to petition the owner/administration to change policy through posts, polls, email, PM or any other service. This includes any posts mentioning "IBTL".
If you disagree with something, you may respectfully post your comments in private in the feedback form.

Where is my Freedom of Speech?
Although the constitution of the US guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, ifish.net is not Congress. Freedom of speech rights do not extend to this privately owned web site. The AUP/Guidelines of this web site governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you choose not to follow the guidelines agreed to during registration, the result is a disabling of your account.

Foul Language
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a public board. You are all guests here. Nothing should ever be posted here that you would not say in front of a crowd of strangers or your Mother. Don't post anything distasteful or anything you feel might offend someone else. PG-13 type language in ALL forums, including Off -Topic.
As many of you know, in addition to the discussions we have for our own benefit, we also present a showcase to the lurkers and fence-sitters. We have a word filter which will catch a few foul terms, but it is not the solution nor should it be the solution.
Using faintly disguised obscenities with creative or phonetic spelling basically shows disrespect for your hosts.

Group Purchases
As we develop a more refined policy for groups purchases, we ask that you honor us by notifying and seeking approval from ifish.net, first.
This includes any kind of test marketing.
We totally understand that some purchases cannot be made through ifish.net sponsors, but we'd like to give them the chance to serve us, first.
If you have a money saving idea for ifishers, you must please contact us before you make a post.
There must be an expressed desire or need for a product, before bringing on a group sale. Group sales cannot be a cold advertising call for a new product.

The following types of content may result in moderator actions
that may result in your dismissal from the ifish community.

  • Inflammatory posts. A post, or statement in a post, which serves only to fire up negative emotions or generate anger will be edited or deleted at the discretion of the moderators. Multiple offenses will result in private moderation, or banning.
  • Profanity. A wide variety of people read the Ifish bulletin board, including elementary school children. Many of us use salty language while we are out fishing, but on ifish we don't know everyone we're speaking with.
  • Deleting all posts: If you go through in a tizzy and delete all of your posts, we don't want you back. This interrupts the flow of conversation. It's not fair for you to delete your part in a community discussion.
  • Sharing, giving away, or lending your password for use by another person, and letting them post as if they are you. This rule is especially serious when given to a person who has previously been banned from ifish.
  • Personal/racial attacks. Avoid negative comments regarding individuals. Racial slurs will not be tolerated. Harassment will not be tolerated. You can disagree with other members without resorting to personal attacks.
  • Posting private correspondence, private messages, or e mails on the board. These are just that. Private.
  • False Fishing Reports. Knowingly posting false fishing reports will not be tolerated at ifish.
  • Publicly challenging the administration and moderators rules of use. Challenging, testing, pushing, and refusal to recognize them is a problem. Please feel free to e mail your concerns to the admins.
  • References to or photographs of banned users. Members will be notified once that a post refers to a banned user and will be removed. Repeated violations may result in the loss of posting privileges. This is for the banned member's privacy, as they cannot respond.
  • Illegal statements or promoting illegal activities.
  • Multiple monikers or user names.
  • Posting pictures of people with the intent of seeking help in identifying them with the suggestion of accusing them of wrong doing has no place on Ifish. These matters are not for the "jury" of IFish to settle, but for law enforcement. The same goes for any suggestion of vigilante justice. Threads of this nature will be removed immediately.

    Ifish Community Vendor Rules: Please note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, blatant cross-posting, promotion of competitive commercial or noncommercial sites and/or their affiliates & organizations in the body of a message, falsifying identity to promote a site or businesses in which you are involved and solicitations of any manner are inappropriate in this BB and may result in immediate and permanent revocation of your posting rights. Your personal non commercial web site may be listed as an url once in your signature line. (Go to My home and personal information)
    If your intention on the message boards is to promote your products or service, you are in the wrong place. Selling on the Ifish Community board is strictly prohibited and rigorously enforced, with one warning and then account termination. We define a vendor as any individual or company that sells a service or item for the purpose of profit, regardless of the volume or dollar value of that sale, whether incorporated or not. If you are here to simply converse with fellow fishermen and women- enjoy! Vendors are not allowed to discuss their competitor's products in any way shape or form. Vendors are far from impartial and we don't feel it is ethical to allow them to evaluate their competition.
    The Classified ad boards are for one time private sales. Multiple production of one item may not be continuously advertised.
    The Classified ad boards
    use excludes any legal business, unless those businesses are specifically Ifish vendors. You may not advertise your line of work on these boards.
    www.ifish.net assumes no responsibility for items bought, sold or traded. Transactions are between private individuals and normal caution should be exercised.

If you don't agree with these rules, please do not register an account with us. We try to let the forums run themselves as much as possible, but do occasionally step in when these rules are violated.

We reserve the right to change these membership rules at any time. Therefore, you should review them periodically to make certain that you continue to agree with them.

 

SPONSOR POLICY:
Welcome, New Sponsors!

Sponsors are permitted to make one announcement thread per month in the main forum of their choice. (Ifish Community, Salty Dogs, Boat Tech etc.)
This can be any announcement about your business; a sale, a new product, or a special event.

We also have a "sponsor announcements" forum where you can post announcements as often as you like.

Exceptions to the above rules:

1.) A sponsor can start a thread more often if they have a fishing report or fishing photo to share. Valid fishing reports are always welcome.
As a sponsor, it builds trust to post helpful fishing advice to the ifish community and thus, will help your business!
Any fishing report needs to be informative and not be advertorial. (You get exposure from your sponsor tag.)

2.) Contests need to have a product involved, and must be approved before posting.

The ifish.net sponsor tag identifies you as a sponsor so that the moderators and members can know who has permission to make advertising announcements. Please keep that tag active by not editing your “user title”. The special code you see in your “user title” is what makes the sponsor tag active. If for some reason your tag is not showing up, contact the administration immediately.

You may have one other spokesperson for your business if you like, who may post for you in the event you are not available. Your sales person will assign them your personal sponsor tag.
Please let your salesperson know who that is.
They must be a registered member at ifish. Between the two of you, you must follow the Acceptable Use Policy and all posting rules.

Sponsors are welcome to give customer feedback on any post when you can benefit from sharing your knowledge.
For example: If a thread contains a question about a product choice or product application.
Please refrain from posting on other sponsor threads and remain respectful toward one another. We believe that sponsors are far from impartial.
If you run up against a problem, please use the alert button to alert the moderators as soon as possible.

Sponsors are more than welcome to use the classified ad section to post classified ads. This includes individual products or services, such as a boats and equipment. Please use the classifieds section for classifieds that sell specific things for a specific price. Don't use this section to make announcements. All general classified rules apply.

As a sponsor of ifish, you must be respectful of ifish.net, the moderators and administration and follow the Acceptable Use Policy which is always available at the top of each discussion board page.

Have fun!

 

Privacy Policy:
For a more in depth privacy policy, click here

Personal Information
We will not sell, trade, or give out e-mail addresses to companies or other organizations. We will not intentionally disclose any personal identifiable information about you as an individual user (such as, for example, your full name, street address, telephone number or e-mail address) to any third party without having first received your permission. We may request personal identification information from you in connection with your use of, or participation in, contests, sweepstakes, games, surveys, submissions, chat and bulletin boards. However, we will only collect this personal information from you if it has been voluntarily submitted to us.

Any personal information provided to us may be used in connection with the activities previously referred to above. Should you send us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use your personal information in order to respond to your questions or comments. We may also keep your comments or questions for future reference.

It is important to note that if you give out personal information online, through a message board or chat room, for example, that information may be collected and used by third parties. Although we strive to protect our users' privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these arenas. You disclose such information at your own risk.
One exception to this policy
is that we will release specific information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order.

Enjoy the contributions made to the board, and remember that you are among friends. (Who have also had to read through this long thing!)
Welcome aboard!

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