<![CDATA[RULES OF CONDUCT
The Alexandxrite Guide forums are intended to provide a warm, friendly atmosphere for the project community. In order to maintain order and a sense of community, all users should read and follow these conditions. By participating in the forum, users are affirming their willingness to comply with these terms. This memorandum has been created to provide you with information about what you can expect here and what is expected of you.
1. Images may not be posted.
In order to provide optimum forum performance for our users, the posting of images is prohibited in the forum. You may provide links to the images you have hosted elsewhere.
2. Be respectful of others at all times.
The purpose of the forum is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. Occasionally, there will be conflicts that arise when people voice opinions. Be courteous when disagreeing with others. It is possible to disagree without being insulting.
3. Ranting is prohibited
A rant is a post which is long-winded, redundant and filled with angry, non-constructive comments. A free exchange of ideas is essential to building a strong sense of community and helpful in the development of the project, but rants are disruptive and incite flaming and trolling. Please post your thoughts in a concise, clear manner and avoid going off on rambling tangents.
4. Personal attacks are prohibited.
Commonly known as flaming, personal attacks are posts which are designed to personally berate or insult another. Text of this nature is not beneficial to the community spirit and will not be tolerated.
7. Trolling is prohibited.
Trolling is the word used to describe a post that is deliberately designed for the purpose of angering and insulting the members of the forum community. Posts of this nature are disruptive and do not convey a friendly attitude.
8. No posting of personal information
Please respect the privacy and do not give out information such as phone numbers and addresses.
9. Spamming and bumping are prohibited.
pam is considered to be repetitive posting of the same text again and again or nonsensical posts that have no substance and are often designed to annoy other forum users. Posts of this nature are not conducive to community spirit and are unwelcome.
10. Redundant topics will be deleted.
As a courtesy to others before beginning a new topic, please look to see if an active topic has already been established. If so, place your comments there instead. Multiple topics on the same subject clutter up the forum needlessly and many good ideas may be lost. Keep discussions about one subject to one topic only.
11. Impersonating another forum user or volunteer, administrator is strictly prohibited.
You are expressly forbidden from impersonating anyone else, including those named above, on the forum.
12. All posts must be about or related to Alexandrite
Posts about other gemstones or products and services not related to Alexandrite are not permitted.
13. You may not post advertisements.
Posts discussing or linking to online auction or e-commerce sites or the sale of gemstones or services are strictly prohibited.
14. Post constructively.
Negative feedback can be very useful, provided that it is presented in a civil, factual manner. Tell us what you don't like and why and how you feel it could be improved. Posts that are insulting and rude may be deleted, no matter how valid the ideas behind them may be.