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RULES GOVERNING THE ENTIRE SITE - BOTH DATING AND FORUMS
(The following rules apply everywhere, where they may be applicable)




  1. TERMS OF SERVICE & CODE OF CONDUCT

    By proceeding through the registration, which required you to read the TOS, you have provided your agreement. Should at any point you wish to recind your agreement, you are free to delete your account, otherwise you are still bound by agreement to the terms.


  2. Freedom Of Speech on Plentyoffish


  3. You must be 18 or older to use this site.


  4. One account per person.


  5. POSTING RULES


  6. No SPAM or solicitation of any sort, for services rendered, or services asked for, nor goods for sale or wanted. This includes attention seeking threads (e.g. "I'm looking for ..." where the main thrust of the thread is to have people look at you and contact you - Your dating site profile and email are for that purpose)


  7. No posting of any illegal activities or how to procure any services or goods through illegal means.


  8. No pornographic, obscene, disturbing images posted to this site or links directing to such images.


  9. No profanity or offensive terms in any user created material to this site (profiles, alias, postings, pictures).


  10. For your safety - Absolutely, do not post any personal contact information that will directly lead someone to make off site contact with you.


  11. Follow the same image rules as for the dating site. Either a clear visible picture of you or no picture - nothing else..


  12. No impersonating or libeling anyone - Period.


  13. Do not post real names, user alias, or profile ID's in any posting other than to address a poster by alias in replies to postings or to report a user in the Forum Violation thread.


  14. Do not harass, stalk, or spoof anyone or your account will be deleted and legal action taken if the harassment falls under your local criminal laws. The site will provide all information to the local authorities if asked - fair warning.


  15. CIVILITY: No Insults or baiting others into an exchange of insults. Condescension, derision, rudeness will not be tolerated and neither will personal libelous/defamatory characterizations - period. This forum was designed as a place to exchange and promote intelligent conversation, not as your personal medium to entice people into a meaningless exchange of hatred against one another. If this is your intent, then you will lose your privileges to participate.

    Important One discusses the subject matter, not the poster's character.


  16. No Trolling - posting controversial comments/replies that will knowingly cause a forum disruption or an exchange of insults.


  17. No gender, race, creed, sexual orientation bashing of any sorts, nor any threads that generalize inane gender observations that will cause a forum disruption.


  18. No forum protests or rants of any sort - If your thread is closed or deleted, do not start another one as the answer will be final or obvious if the thread is deleted. If you have a gripe about how the site is run, see below for the only avenue to convey your issues or concerns, i.e. eMail CSR here.


  19. NO HTML tags other than Bolding, Italics or Underlining in regular postings with the exception of in Event Threads by the Host



  20. POSTING ETIQUETTE


  21. Full Posting Clarifications - please read them.


  22. Do not post copyright material unless you give credit to the author and/or its source.


  23. Address the topic, otherwise anything else is off topic - respect the OP's subject.


  24. Do not cross post the same thread to multiple forums - pick one forum


  25. Do not bump threads without making a valid contribution - this is also known as off-topic or non contributory posting


  26. Do not post more than 2 sequential replies. Either learn to quote multiple posts that you are adressing, or let others interject. This is also known as Post whoring


  27. Do not post in local forums you are not a resident of. Post in the Global Forums or your own Country/State/Provincial forums



  28. NEED TO REPORT A USER?


  29. How To Report A User



  30. EVENT POSTING RULES


  31. Full POF Hosting Rules and Tips - please read them.




Any violations of the above can/may/will be met with a suspension of your forum privileges and or your account deleted.

The site Administration and or Forum Moderators reserve the right to remove any threads without notice that are beyond salvage due to uncivil behaviour, have been posted numerous numerous times, only serve to incite forum disruption by knowingly uttering aggressive and unwarranted remarks or for any other infractions listed in the posted rules.

Also note that Volunteer Moderators do not have access to profiles nor emails, have no advanced knowldge of site functionality or the ability to effect any type of change other than to forum posting privileges.



Any site related question not answered via the HELP link, then eMail CSR here




Freedom of Speech On This Site


Although everyone is urged to express their opinions in the forums, there are rules of decorum and civil behaviour to adhere to when participating in a moderated discussion forum. When you signed up for this service, you agreed to a set of conditions outlined in the Terms of Service/User Agreement thereby allowing you to proceed in the registration process, hence it’s assumed you read them. Ignorance of such posted conditions and rules is not an excuse.

Take note that nowhere is it stated, nor implied that total freedom of speech exists here, nor is this site considered a constitutional democracy. This site is a privately owned Canadian website for which you have been extended the courtesy to use providing you abide by the agreed upon rules of the website, i.e. the owner’s rules. Much like you have rules for your home when you are entertaining guests, they either abide by them or you ask them to leave - it's no different here.

The site Administration and or Forum Moderators reserve the right to remove any threads without notice that are beyond salvage due to uncivil behaviour or only serve to incite forum disruption by knowingly and uttering aggressive and unwarranted remarks.

Consequently, do take note of the posted rules and please adhere to them - failure to do so, may result in your forum posting privileges suspended, banned outright or your account deleted if non compliance persists. Although the site doesn’t like to resort to these measures, it will if the problem persist. The site does it its utmost to ensure, to the best of its ability, the enjoyment of the forums for the greater population of users.


Acceptable Use & Posting Rules
Posting Guidelines
Terms of Service/User Agreement



From the Posting Guidelines above:



QUESTIONS / CONCERNS or COMPLAINTS

If you have valid concerns that you wish to make known with respect to Administration or Moderation of this site, or problems with another poster, the appropriate and ONLY venue, is in a private email to CSR@POF here or with a Moderator if it concerns a Forum Posting. If the concern is of a general nature with site functionality that has nothing to do with Moderation or another poster, please post a thread, in a civil manner to the Plentyoffish Site/Suggestions/Help Forum.

Any form of Forum or Profile initiated, or participated in protest, that serves to only berate Administration or Moderation of the site and its policies, or incite other members to do the same, will see your posting rights revoked immediately, no questions asked, hence why the above avenues for complaints are in place, along with making them publicly known through the posted rules. Freedom of Speech arguments? Read about it HERE.



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