Forum Rules

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    Please could members also read the forums Conscientious Etiquette Policy; Conscientious Etiquette Policy

    The Forum Rules:

    1. Please thoroughly read the rules before posting.
    All posters must make themselves familiar with the forum rules so they can have a better understanding of the board.

    2. No cursing, profanity, swearing, bashing, or comments said with the intent of hurting another user.
    You may respectfully disagree with another member’s opinions on topics, beliefs, and training methods but you may not flame or belittle another user for having those different opinions. 
    If you have an issue with another user do not bring it to the public forums. If you feel that discussions with another member or members are becoming offensive and personal then please use the Report facility to report the thread to the Moderators. NOTE: Typing around the censors constitutes swearing so is also against the Rules

    3. Do not bring arguments/ drama to this Forum from other forums and do not carry arguments/ drama from one thread to another. 

    4. This forum is PG Rated, and all threads should follow the forum’s rating. No adult themes.
    The exception to this rule being conversations about horse matters such as sheath cleaning and breeding. Any topics about this must remain clean and mature. Additionally, while My Equestrian Network encourages members to express themselves, images (including avatars or signatures) that are shocking, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate will be removed.

    5. Please do not use excessive Net-Speak.
    Please spell out your words. For example: Say “Your” instead of “ur”, and say “to” instead of “2” etc… Keep in mind, that not all members of this forum speak English as a first language, it is already hard enough for them to translate our slang terms but the net-speak makes it a lot harder for them since there is no way to translate it. Furthermore, do not type in all caps, or in alternating caps, or use excessive exclamation points or question marks. (Example. DON’T TYPE LIKE THIS or LiKe ThIs!!!!!111!!!!!????///)
    Helpful Hint – Members will find your posts a lot easier to read and understand if you use correct paragraphs and punctuation.

    6. Please title your threads properly.
    When posting a thread in which you need help, don’t title the thread “Help”. Title the thread something more appropriate that pertains to what you need help with. This way you are more likely to get a response, and other users that have the same question or problem may not repost the topic since there was already a discussion on it. If your thread isn’t getting as much attention as you’d hoped for please do not start another identical thread with a new title and/ or in a new part of the forum. Please use the Report ‘button’ (Exclamation mark in a triangle) to ask the Moderating Team to change the title and/ or move the thread to another part of the forum.
    Helpful Hint – When asking for advice please try to give as much information as you can about your experience level, your horse, your situation and your location. It will help members to give you the information that you need without needing to ask multiple questions or make assumptions.

    7. No flooding or spamming the forums or the threads.
    Do not post repetitive topics in one forum or post multiple times back to back. If you need to edit your post to add something you forgot, there is an Edit button you may use.

    8. Trolls and Fantasy members.
    Do not accuse any member of being a troll or a liar within a thread, these call outs will be removed, Members that make them could be infracted and offenders who repeatedly ignore requests to not do it will be banned. If you suspect that someone is either a troll or lying, contact My Equestrian Network Moderating Team via a PM or use the report post feature. 

    9. Rules for Critique Forums.
    Riding Critique Forum – Members may post pictures/ videos of only themselves for a riding critique. It is prohibited to post pictures/ videos of others riding for the purposes of a riding critique. An exception for this is parents who can ask critique for their underage children. Parents, if you share a video of your child, please state your relationship to the child in your post so the Moderating Team and other users get that the video isn’t just of some strange individual.

    Conformation Critique Forum – Members may post pictures of their own horses or pictures of horses they are thinking of purchasing for a conformation critique.

    Stallions and Broodmares/ Breeding – Members may post pictures/ videos of their own horses or pictures/ videos of horses they are considering for breeding purposes for a critique in these two sub-forums.

    Other – In addition, members may post pictures/ videos of horses for the purpose of educating others. These pictures/ videos must be obtained from a public website and must not be watermarked in any way and otherwise follow the My Equestrian Network Forum rules for posting pictures and videos.

    Under no circumstances may a picture/ video be posted for the purpose of ridiculing or mocking the horse, rider or both. Any rude or superfluous posts will be removed and the posting member may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban.

    10. No free advertising.
    Free commercial advertising is not allowed on My Equestrian Network. This means that you may not post anything related to your business in your username, avatar, profile, signature or anywhere on myequestrian.network. If you’re interested in advertising on myequestrian.network please contact us or use the Advertise link at the bottom right corner. 

    11. If you want to promote your own website you must link to https://www.myequestrian.network from the site you are promoting.
    Links are only allowed in your signature line. We do not allow members to link to their own sites if they have any form of selling facility on them. This forum was made primarily to bring equestrian enthusiasts together to discuss and share info about our horses, and have a safe place to ask questions. We have learned from experience that allowing people who wish to promote and advertise here free reign quickly detracts from the nature of the community. Therefore, My Equestrian Network reserves the right to exercise its discretion to prohibit or allow advertising and website promotion. A lot of work goes into growing and maintaining My Equestrian Network, so we require that people looking to promote websites link to My Equestrian Network from the sites they promote. This way sites receiving the benefit of the effort that goes into My Equestrian Network community give something back. 

    The Horse Forum Linking Policy

    12. Do not ask for donations, handouts or money.
    My Equestrian Network cannot verify the validity of any such request. For the sake of avoiding possible scams the use of links, re-directs and discussions of are strictly against the rules.

    13. Do not ask for subscribers to your Youtube or other social media channels or votes in contests for yourself or others.
    You may passively post a link to your blog or Youtube channel in your signature, in normal size font, without actively inviting or calling out to “come join! We ask that members who do link to their blogs in their signature return the favor by adding a link to My Equestrian Network to their blog.

    14. Do not link to Facebook, other Forums or social network chat sites.
    First and foremost, there are many younger Internet users who don’t realise or appreciate the potential danger and aggravation that sharing their real identity on a publicly accessible Internet forum can have. There are many adults who don’t either, for that matter, until somebody who’d taken a particular interest in their posts, for whatever reason, follows their Facebook link and takes a less than desirable interest in their real identity.

    15. Posts cannot be removed, unless they violate the rules.
    Removing your posts would ruin the threads they are a part of. For that reason, once you post, your posts become a part of My Equestrian Network and will not be removed. The only exeption to this Rule are posts made in Blogs. Please read the Blog Rules for further information. 

    16. My Equestrian Network is not for make believe.
    While we’re fond of daydreaming, and the discussion of possibilities, My Equestrian Network is not a place for making things up and passing them off as the truth. If it becomes evident that a member has been making things up, and a determination is made that other members’ time and energy has been wasted as a result, that member’s access may be restricted. Similarly, if there is reason to believe that two members are the same person, one or both members may have their access restricted. 

    17. No cyberbullying.
    This includes but is not limited to the tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing or otherwise targeting of any person of any age. Classification is subject to moderator interpretation.

    18. Discussions of My Equestrian Network Policy.
    Discussions of Moderator Decisions or My Equestrian Network Rules/ Policies in Open Forum is Prohibited, if you have concerns, Please start a Talk To Team Thread for your concerns.

    19. Membership Policy.
    AccountsMembers are allowed only one account per person at My Equestrian Network. If you’ve made an account here in the past and then take a break you’ll need to continue using that account when you come back. Please do not create a new account with the intention of having a new account here or you may lose access to My Equestrian Network. If you have forgotten your password and no longer have access to the email address you used when you originally registered so have created a new account to be able to log in again please use the Talk to the Team facility ASAP to get help recovering your existing account, we’ll be glad to help!

    UsernamesPlease choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at My Equestrian Network Forum. We do not change members’ usernames upon request without there being a very good reason because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. We suggest that members avoid using their real addresses to avoid compromising their anonymity or incorporate their horse’s name into their username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day. The same applies to any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future. Business names may not be used as usernames unless you are a Site Sponsor/ Advertiser. Anyone doing this will be asked to change that name. Failure to comply within a reasonable length of time will result in the Moderation Team either selecting a name that’s similar but within the Rules or removal of the account from the network.

    Sharing Accounts: The Network & Forum allows only one member per account. We ask that members do not allow anyone else to share their account for the purpose of posting here. If a parent opens an account for their child the account must be that child’s own account. Parents must not post on their children’s accounts and children must not post on their parent’s accounts. Please note – 13 years old is the minimum age to have an account here. Violating this policy will result in disciplinary actions up to and including a permanent banning at the administrations discretion and decision. 

    20. Age Restrictions.
    Members must be at least 13 years old to register. No exceptions. Members under 15 (13 and 14 year olds) can start threads in any forum, and can add replies to their own threads as often as they like, but cannot reply to other members’ threads in certain forums. The reasoning behind this rule is that the typical 13 or 14 year old lacks the experience to provide the types of substantive replies that members who start threads expect to receive and unfortunately they often lack the maturity to recognise as much. 

    21.  Blogs. 
    The Blog section of the network is a place for members to chronical their personal journey with horses and with life. The author has the right to request no advice or critiquing, or to ignore feedback if she or he chooses to and we expect our users to respect that right. While participation in this section is open to all members, please be aware that the forum’s Conscientious Etiquette Policy will be strictly enforced and possible violations may lead to sanctions such as removals, infractions or temporary or permanent bans. Additionally, because of the unique nature of blog posts, the host has the right to request that a post they find disruptive or offensive be removed by the moderators.

    Note: Failure to comply with any of these rules could lead to sanctions up to and including being banned from the Forum and Network.

    Note: If you see a violation of the Rules/Policies, please use the report post feature.

    Note: It is up to the Moderators and Administrators judgment to protect the forums and uphold these rules. They also have the right to edit your post to take out an offensive statements, or remove your post/ thread if they feel you have broken the Rules or if Threads or Posts do not follow our Conscientious Etiquette Policy. 

    Note: The Moderators reserve the right to remove any reference to people, websites or links to websites of entities which have caused significant disruption to The Forum or Network.

    Neither My Equestrian Network, it’s moderators, nor it’s administrators are responsible for the accuracy of any information or advice posted here or any direct or indirect consequences for any action or inaction taken in reliance thereon.

    Members posts are their own, and neither My Equestrian Network, it’s moderators, nor it’s administrators are responsible for any copyright infringement therein. Additionally, Fair Use doctrine allows for the limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship. Fair use – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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