Registration Agreement & TOS
While the Administrators and Advisors of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. You also agree not to "spam" our forum or our members.. via either post(s) or private message(s).Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and advisors of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the Webmaster, Administrator and Advisors cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.
Freedom of Speech:
Although the constitution of the United States guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, Trophs.com is not Congress. Freedom of speech rights do not extend to this privately owned website. The TOS/Guidelines of this website governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you choose not to follow the guidelines agreed to during registration, the result will render a disabling of your account.
The purpose of this site is to provide an environment where aquarists from beginner to advanced may find and share reliable information and quality advice regarding all aspects of Tropheus care. Our community was created and intended to provide a venue for members to share and discuss topics relative to Tropheus in a family-oriented atmosphere. It was not created nor intended as a platform to discuss and debate current events, political or religious ideology. Unfortunately, the discussion of subjects such as politics, religion and current events only end up fostering animosity among members and weakening the community that exists on this site. As such, posts of this nature will be removed from our forum.
We promote the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite.
Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting another individual's opinion nor name calling and will BAN repeat offenders.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a public board. We are all guests here. Trophs.com has the right to edit posts that violate our forum guidelines or remove members at any time. Nothing should ever be posted here that you would not say in front of a crowd of strangers. Don't post anything distasteful or anything you feel might offend someone else. PG-13 type language in ALL forums, including Off -Topic.
As many of you know, in addition to the discussions we have for our own benefit, we also present a showcase to the lurkers and fence-sitters. We do have a word filter which will catch a few foul terms, but it is not the solution nor should it be the solution.
Using faintly disguised obscenities with creative or phonetic spelling basically shows disrespect. We are here voluntarily, including the moderators and the forum admins, because we are trying to maintain a forum worthy of the tradition started on Trophs.com. Please show your appreciation for the venue it provides.
If it is not deliberate disrespect for the others, then it could be the inability to express a thought without spicing it indiscriminately with foul language. While strong words have their place and time, a public forum in which polite conduct has been requested is not the time or the place for them.
In addition to restricting non-sponsored commercial posts in our Buy, Sell or Trade forum... we do not allow non-sponsored commercial advertisements of any kind in the forum, up to and including posts, signatures, etc.
User and Nonuser Content:
All content on Trophs.com, including but not limited to graphics, images, text, flash files, executable files, html and other web files, trademarks, logos, slogans are the property of Trophs.com and is protected in the U.S. and internationally under trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Reproduction of this material is expressly prohibited unless written permission has been granted by Trophs.com Administration, or full credit and ownership information with link to original content is conspicuously provided with the reproduction. All third party content is the property of the third parties who licensed that content, and is used by Trophs.com subject to license, or subject to the fair use provisions of U.S. copyright or trademark law. These terms extend to all users including registered and unregistered.
Post counts on Trophs.com are in place only to acknowledge contributions made by our members. We are in no way biased to the amount of posts our members make. Please do not misinterpret post counts for anything other than what they are intended.