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It is your responsibility to remain informed of current American Adventurist policies, and it is our responsibility to keep this site safe and fun to use. Forum Rules 1. If you post it, you own it. Stand by to discuss. Failure to respond to logical challenge and debate in an intelligent and civil manner is unacceptable here. 2. Cite your references, use real data, and give credit to authors and photographers whenever possible. 3. No flaming. No drama. No public arguments. If you disagree with someone, if someone is wrong on the internet and you simply must intervene, take it to PM rather than ruining the topic for everyone else. 4. Use of offensive and inflammatory language, name calling, and bashing members is discouraged here. Rude, combative posting and self-victimization are also discouraged. 5. Trolling is prohibited. If you post just to get people riled up, that's trolling. Don't be a Troll. 6. American Adventurist is not a political site. No politics or religion, please save these polarizing topics for a real Campfire. We support the 1st and 2nd Amendments, but there are other places to discuss those subjects. 7. American Adventurist has a zero-tolerance policy regarding racism, sexual harassment, discrimination, or any behavior deemed to be intentionally abusive or inappropriate. Do not make posts that directly, or indirectly, debase or dehumanize the opposite sex. Personal, Racial, Ethnic, and/or Gender based insults, slurs, or derisive comments will be deleted on sight. 8. No sexually explicit material or remarks. We'd like for our members to be able to visit the site at work without worry over any inappropriate content. 9. Privacy is important. American Adventurist will not release any member information unless under court order to do so. Do not post other's personal information online, this includes PM's. We do not monitor private messages, but we will investigate all allegations of PM abuse. 10. 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In the event of this, the offending post may be edited or removed upon review by a Moderator, and the offender shall receive no more than two warnings (strikes) via PM, or publicly, from a Moderator. 14. Three strikes will result in a week long Ban. If the negative activity continues, they may receive a permanent Ban. 15. We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation. 16. We do not remove user accounts, user threads, or user posts on request. If there are any rules or policies you do not understand, please contact a Moderator. Forum Etiquette 1. Use descriptive subject lines and research your post. This reduces the chances of double-posting, and it also makes it easier for people to see what they do/don't want to read. Scan the subjects of the last several days posts to make sure you aren't duplicating posts. Also, consider what forum your topic should be posted in. 2. Restrict the use of foul language. 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