Forum Rules **PLEASE READ**
January 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm #770
The purpose of the CARRYCLASSUSA forum is to provide CARRYCLASSUSA members with a venue where they can
learn about self-defense and concealed carry
share their own knowledge and experiences about self-defense and concealed carry with other members,
and receive social and practical support relevant to living the concealed carry lifestyle.
1.0 WHEN POSTING A NEW THREAD OR TO AN EXISTING THREAD
1.1 Choose a descriptive subject line (title)
This is VERY important! Write descriptive subject lines that explain your question or topic of discussion as clearly as possible. This will help make our discussion forum a much better place. For example, which subject line is more helpful to other forum users as well as to yourself: (A) “I need help” Or, (B) “Need advice on holster for a Glock 21?” Here’s another example: (A) “Ammo question”, or (B) Has anyone used the Hornady TAP in .45 ACP? Obviously B is much more user friendly. Good, descriptive subject lines will help you get the assistance you need and help everyone else find what they are looking for more easily. It will also contribute to enhancing the search functionality of the Forum.
1.2 Get familiar with the site and see if your question has already been answered before posting it.
This is also a VERY IMPORTANT guideline that makes for a happy forum community. Before you start posting messages, please familiarize yourself with the forum as well as the rest of the CARRYCLASSUSA website. If possible, check to make sure your question has not already been addressed in a recent forum post. The website and forum both have a great search feature to help you find what you are looking for.
1.3 Discussion, not debate.
Debate CAN be very constructive. However the CARRYCLASSUSA is a support community and educational resource community, not a debate platform. We are here to support, inspire, motivate and educate. We are here to learn and to teach. Too often, debates begin constructively, then turn argumentative and then destructive, so please have discussions, not debates.
1.4 Respect intellectual property and copyright laws.
You must have copyright ownership of all material that you post in our discussion forums. No articles, recipes, photographs, graphics, etc. may be posted without the express written consent of the copyright holder. As an alternative, you can refer to an online news article, recipe or graphic from another site, simply post a few lines summarizing the article or recipe and include a link to it. No cut-and-paste posts. Links are acceptable. Full article pastes are not.
1 .5 Give credit and proper bylines where they are due.
You heard it in high school and college: and same goes here: Don’t plagiarize. Not only must we be careful not to violate copyrights of other people’s intellectual property, we must also be sure to give credit when we post information that was written by someone else. Always attribute quotes and other people’s forum posts, etc to the person who wrote them. Please – do not copy and paste something without proper credit and attribution if it’s not yours.
1 .6 Post your question or message only once in one forum.
Please post your question in only one forum. Posting a message to more than one forum is unnecessary and clogs up the forums with unnecessary and duplicate traffic for you and others to read through. Make this forum a better place by posting your message in only one place.
1.7 Keep your messages on topic for the forum and thread you are in.
Please post your messages in the most appropriate forum and do your best to keep each thread relevant to the topic being discussed. If someone makes an off topic or inappropriate post, sometimes it’s best not to reply at all to the off topic post, but to simply get back on topic.
1.8 Respect the privacy of others and keep private what should stay private.
Remember, all messages posted on the message boards can be viewed by other members. Please respect the privacy of others. This means no posting of phone numbers, addresses, or any other private information. We discourage users from posting such information even about themselves, as we cannot control how that information may be used beyond this discussion group. Please do not post the content of Private Messages sent by other members or moderators without the permission of the sender.
1.9 Be nice & Have fun
Please be respectful of the opinions of others. No personal attacks, No taunting, No name calling. Just play nice! Let’s all laugh together and have fun together (because most of the time, it’s just not that serious!)
2.0 NO POSTING OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
No posts supporting, suggesting or urging participation in illegal activity of any kind. We are a community of law abiding citizens and do not support the breaking of any law.
2.1 Absolutely no advertising is permitted.
This includes advertisements for your business, your own online endeavors. If you have a website, posting the URL of your website below your signature is permitted (but please, no advertising associated with it, just a link)
2.2 No obscene, racist or sexually explicit language or posts are allowed.
We live by our words online, so we don’t allow obscene, racist, sexually explicit language, religious attacks or political attacks.
2.3 No Personal Attacks, ad hominem attacks or invective permitted.
Personal attacks are not tolerated. An ad hominem assault is an inappropriate attack upon the person who wrote a post. We reserve the right to remove posts and cancel membership of anyone who posts anything that is abusive, or which defames or insults anyone. No invective: no “demoncraps,” no “libtards,” no “repugnicans,” and no any other type of word-twisting, including name twisting like “Obummer”’ or “Bloombutt”, that encourages angry emoting rather than thoughtful, polite, and useful discussions. No rude comments to other members – whether the comments are outright acrimonious or hidden in humor, whether they are snide or snarky or surly.
2.4 Do not respond to inappropriate posts.
If you ever receive a response or see a post that is inappropriate or which violates the rules of our forum, please do not reply to it. Instead please contact the administrators privately and they will delete the post.
2.5 Do not respond to insulting, rude or argumentative posts.
On occasion people don’t behave as we would hope, and unfortunately we have no control over that, except for deleting a post after it was made and sometimes, asking a member to leave. If you ever receive a response or see a post you feel was rude or insulting, it’s best not to respond at all. That would only inflame the situation and add more clutter to our board. Instead, please contact the administrators privately and they will look into it.
2.6 Don’ t include graphics or other downloadable files in the forum unless it’ s really necessary.
Most users don’t want to download a file when reading your post for time and security reasons. Please explain your point in writing and include the URL of the file in your post so others can view it only if they wish to.
2.7 Moderation Actions
U.S. Concealed Carry Administrators and Moderators will delete spam postings and postings that break the rules and guidelines of the forums. If a post of yours gets deleted from the message boards, please do not question it publicly on the board, instead you can email the website administrators privately. U.S. Concealed Carry Administrators and Moderators will generally issue warnings for violation of the rules but we reserve the right to terminate membership, without warning, of anyone who breaks rules, depending on the circumstances.
Policy On Profanity
It is the general policy of CARRYCLASSUSA that the use of profanity in any form is inappropriate on its forums. We kindly ask our membership to abstain from its use, in keeping with a polite bearing toward all members of the forum.
The use of profanity in the process of conducting a personal attack on another forum member will not be tolerated and will most likely result in an immediate dismissal from the forum community.
Any explicit use of profanity in any posting can result in a warning from a moderator or administrator, and failure to heed the warning from the moderator or administrator may result in a temporary or permanent loss of forum privileges.
Profanity use is considered to be ‘explicit’ when either words or a combination of letters and symbols makes it easily determined exactly which profane word was intended. No creative misspellings. Certain “acronyms” may also be considered an explicit use of profanity. ‘Easily determined’ will ultimately be determined by the moderators or administrators but a good rule to follow is “When in doubt, don’t post it!”
All members are expected to adhere to these rules and policies. Their acceptance is implied by participation in the forum.
Information and advice given within the CARRYCLASSUSA forums are the opinions and beliefs of the individuals who post. Neither the CARRYCLASSUSA nor any of its affiliates are responsible for any misinformation that may be posted, or for any consequences resulting from the use of information found here.
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