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Please note that we do not wish to censor posts. In fact, it's just the opposite. As long as we keep things civil, there should be no need to close topics or delete posts. We don't want to limit subject matter either. It's not content so much as delivery that is usually the problem.

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All visitors, regardless of age or experience are to be treated as equal unless their conduct dictates otherwise. That means the veteran hunter and the brand-new hunter are to assume that they have as much to benefit from the other as they have to offer the other until a reason to contrary is made known. Age, nor number of years excuses anyone from behaving in a manner that isn't civil and polite.

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Rather than posting "+1" or "Agreed", use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, reply as a New Topic. One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you'll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

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These are the guidelines that the Staff will enforce. I strongly suggest that everyone is familiar with them.

If you don't want to comply, there are lots of other message boards for you to visit.

Cooperation is appreciated.
 

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REFRESH

Lets watch the language guys. Nothing bad but there is a lot of alternative curse words being thrown around lately that are too close to the real deal. I'm as guilt as anybody. Let's try to keep it down a little. We've got kids that brouse this site and I'd like to think that they are intelligent enough to read between the lines. I'd also like to think that we are all intelligent enough to think of acceptable alternatives for cursing.
 

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Well said. Thanks for the reminder, Red.
 

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I am refreshing this post as a reminder to folks of how we conduct ourselves on this forum. this is a PUBLIC forum where our actions / postings can be viewed by everyone. not to mention there are MANY children who visit this site to help learn what we have to offer.

Offensive language, and 'kind of close' language, personal or racial attacks, and poor conduct by individuals posting on this site will NOT be tolerated, PERIOD! Individuals who cannot conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on this site may have infractions placed on their account, multiple infractions will result in loss of posting privileges temporarily (to cool off, and let calmer heads prevail) or it could be a permanent ban.

We want all posters to have a pleasant experience and feel free to contribute to the site without fear of harsh ridicule and badgering. We want to keep this site friendly for all ages.

Thank you for your cooperation.
 

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I would like to encourage everyone to review the Conduct Guidelines from time to time. It is fine to be passionate about your opinions and beliefs, but that is no excuse for name-calling, insults, and other personal attacks. If you find yourself the target of such behavior, please DO NOT respond in kind. Instead, just click the "Report" link at the bottom of the offending post and let one of the staff handle it. We have tools for handling things like that. ;)
 
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