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Lake Malawi Forum Guidelines


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Lake Malawi Forum Guidelines

PostAuthor: Rdwh » Wed Mar 07, 2007 20:50

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This forum has prided itself by not having any rules to abide by, but recent events have forced me to outline some guidelines.

1.This forum will not tolerate any derogative remarks towards this or any other forum. We all try to provide a decent community at a substantial cost to the site owners. Any members that continue to cause offence about other forums will be barred, and the other forums notified that the said member is not interested in supporting a hobby that we love. On a further note, if any member is found touting other members to join other forums, they will have their account banned without notice or reversal. I reserve the right to access your account should it is felt that you may be doing so.

2. This forum will not tolerate any foul or abusive language, most words are edited at source from the system. Any members found abusing this will be dealt with by admin, please remember that this forum as with all forums are open to age 13 and above.

3. This forum will not accept any racist, discriminative remarks or bullying of other members. This may be met by an instant ban dependant on circumstances. I reserve the right to access your account should it is felt that you may be doing so.

4. Any blatant advertising without the consent of Admin will be deleted without question, the advertising and management of this site costs a substantial amount of money a year to run, hence the reason that if retailers wish to advertise then they need to speak directly by email to the site owner via email, this site is funded completely by the owner ( Richard Hulley ) hence the stringent view on unauthorised promotion from retailers and fish houses. This site does not accept links to other sites that you have to register to view, these links will be deleted, without comment, as this forum is an open forum with most subjects/topics on public show. As with links to auctions etc these can be submitted to the site owner for approval and submission.
I reserve the right to question pet shop license numbers or to approach local councils for the information to protect the members of the forum from unlicensed "sellers".

5. Your personal messaging system will be installed on the discretion of Admin. This is generally granted after 50 posts but can vary. The reason is that we continually have members of other sites trying to contact members here to cause problems. If you need to contact a member for any reason in private then email me stating the reason and I will ask the other member to email you via the email address you are signed up with.

6. Admin will do whatever it can in its powers to stop any abusive, racist or bullying remarks being put on the forum, but cannot be held responsible for any remarks that go unnoticed, if you have any issues then please email admin at or pm an administrator or moderator. I reserve the right to access your account should it is felt that you may be doing so.

7.DO NOT Make Inappropriate or Offensive Posts - including threats, harassment, swearing, prejudice, slander or deliberate insults/name-calling, or other negative remarks about Lakemalawi forum, its moderators and administrators,or your fellow members. I reserve the right to access your account should it is felt that you may be doing so.. Even if this is just your own personal opinion, RESPECT YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS

8.DO NOT POST PORN or adult content. This also includes sites promoting activities such as drug abuse, gambling and links to sites containing such content.

9. If you post your phone number , address or any other personal details please note that this is your responsibility. We recommend that you do not post these details. This is your responsibility.
Forum Abuse Policy:

10. For sale posts will only be accepted from members who have a minimum of 15 posts.

1st Offence - A polite Private Message from a Moderator pointing out the Forum Rules, in addition to the editing or deletion of the post

2nd Offence - Public warning on the message board plus deletion of post

3rd Offence - Moderators will discuss and possibly ban / delete the user from the lakemalawi forum

Depending on the situation, Admin may bypass any and all of these steps and take whatever action is deemed appropriate.

Private Message and Email Abuse Policy:
DO NOT use this forum as a basis for spamming or scamming our members.

We take PM/email abuse very seriously, and it will result in the immediate removal of your membership and ban of your IP address, without warning. New members Pm's are not generally installed until after the first 25 posts, you can email me after that point to request having them installed, this is to stop abuse of the system. Email addresses are not visible to anyone other than the Administrators. If you are receiving Pm's you believe are abusive, vulgar or hateful then please forward to a member of the forum Administration or Moderation team.

Although the Administrators and Moderators of Lakemalawi forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Lakemalawi forum or the Administrators/Moderators on the board will be held responsible for the content of any message.

Please respect the fact that if an outlet is a sponsor of this forum, that does not mean that our members are automatically entitled to some sort of reduction of their product. Admin will always try to negotiate better rates/prices for its members prior to sponsorship, we do not want to offend the sponsor by them telling members that there is no reduction off their products.
Admin will not be held responsible for any product supplied or advertised by or on behalf of the relevant sponsor. This forum does not promote direct importers of Malawi Cichlids or wholesalers, this is for the protection of retail outlets. This is also the same for promoting of fish houses ( running as a business ) by a URL link where they clearly do not operate under a fish shop licence as required by DEFRA, this is as apposed to having small breeders on here covering the cost of food and lighting only. This ruling is for the protection of the members of this forum and to ensure legitimate businesses are being used/recommended rather than having small time dealers on here to take the money and run having no regard for the members on this site.

Please do not try and fill in the field with your web address or to change your registered email address, this will automatically ban you and your ip address, this is to counter the influx of robot entries that promote porn,drugs etc etc. You need to contact a member of the Admin/Moderator team to arrange the changes

Due to the influx of hotmail, googlemail and yahoo based temporary email accounts, we reserve the right to only accept accounts registered with a known legitimate isp account.

Any decision made by the Admin or Moderation team is final and can only be challenged to the forum owner.

Nb. Any competition is open to all members who have posted at least 20 posts on the forum. Please note that by displaying your photos on this site ( to stop abuse outside of this site ), they may be used in our galleries copyrighted to lakemalawi forum and may used by the founder on other owned boards.

Please note if a prize is given by Natural World they will be advised of your email address to allow the relevant manufacturer to confirm/check you have been given this item.
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