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    Community Rules & Guidelines

    Open Box Thinking is a community of individuals of all ages who are here to learn new information, to help each other, and to help their fellow peers. With that in mind, we ask that all members please follow these simple rules in order to create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.

    The rules are as follows:

    All information and instructions given within these forums is to be used at your own risk. By following or using any of this information you give up the right to hold Open Box Thinking any liable for any damages.

    All the forums are categorized by topics. Please post your questions or messages in the appropriate forum.

    If asking a question the answers you seek may already exist on the forum and can be found by using the search functions, at the top right of each forum page. If you can’t locate the answer, feel free to post your question.

    If a topic is posted in a forum that is not appropriate for the question, the staff has the right to move that topic to another better suited forum.

    The posting of any copyrighted material on our web site is strictly prohibited.

    Posting links in order to generate affiliate commissions or sales is not permitted.
    Any posts that are deemed to be posted in order to generate affiliate commissions or sales, regardless of the product being promoted, will be deleted. If a user continues to create affiliate SPAM posts, they will be banned.

    When posting, please use proper grammar. Refrain from ‘text-message’ style substitutions of words like ‘u’ for ‘you’, and ‘ur’ for ‘your’. This is a multi-national forum, and some of our non-english speaking members must use translation software which is confused by abbreviations.

    There will be no racial, ethnic, gender based insults or any other personal discriminations. This will not be tolerated and can lead to immediate suspension.

    There will be no posts meant to offend or hurt any other member, in a manner which is offensive or inflammatory. This includes flaming or instigating arguments.

    Spamming is not permitted; please keep all your posts as constructive as possible.

    Pornography, warez, torrents or any other illegal activities may NOT be linked in any shape or form.

    No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.

    This forum has the right to request alteration or deletion of any offensive post. If this is not done in a prompt manner, the Staff will delete the material themselves.

    Posts may be deleted if the community guidelines are breached. Administrators hold the rights to do this if warranted.

    Pictures may be posted as long as they are not explicit, offensive, or copyrighted.

    Advertisements, of any sort, are not permitted. This includes member names and links to commercial sites in Signatures, or in posts. You also may not solicit sales through the use of promotion or coupon codes. If you would like to advertise on our site, contact us.

    Any links in profiles cannot be commercial in nature or they will be removed. You may not put links in your profile soliciting donations unless you are in certain member groups. Those member groups that are allowed will be expressly notified. If you have a personal website or resource, that is more than fine, but you can not sell products or services. Multiple links to the same site, unless for a very specific reason, are not permitted and will be removed.

    Avatars must be in good taste. This means no vulgar or violent images, pornography, or profanity. Avatars that are found to be inappropriate will be removed at the discretion of the staff.

    Linking to hate, anti-Semitic, racist, pornography, warez, or other illegal sites is not permitted.

    Member’s display names can not be email addresses. This rule is in place to protect you from spam bots who will pick up your email address and spam you. Please use an alias for anonymity.

    Members may have only one account on open box thinking. There is no need to have more than one.

    Any impersonation of a user from these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning.

    Linked and locked topics are pruned regularly to reduce page clutter. If you have a question about where your topic went, please PM a Moderator or Administrator before starting a new topic asking where it went, or posting a duplicate of the original topic. We will be happy to provide you with a link to the new location, or a reason why it was locked and/or removed.

    Violation of any of these rules can lead to a banning of the user from our Web Site and a deletion of their account. The consequences will be determined by the Admins on a case by case basis.

    When posting you agree that the administrators and the moderators of this forum have the right to modify, delete, edit or close any topic, signature, account, or profile data at any time that they see fit. If you have any questions concerning this, please do not start a new thread or contribute data, but rather send a private message to an administrator or moderator.

    By using our forums you are agreeing to our community guidelines.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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