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This thread serves as an update to the published TERMS OF SERVICE (TOS) which all participants are responsible for. In addition to the link provided here, one is also provided at the bottom of EVERY forum page.

 

Again, this thread is in addition to the TOS.

  • Access to Greytalk is a privilege not a right
  • This is a moderated forum
  • Post in a polite and respectful manner
  • All content belongs to Greytalk.com, requests to delete content will not normally be granted
  • Harassing another user will result in the removal of your account and access
  • When requesting removal of your account, know it will be completed and is not reversible
  • Public departures (I'm leaving etc.) will result in account suspension and/or removal
  • Concerns about moderation will only be made in private. Use either the E-mail or PM functions of Greytalk
  • Any blatant and continued disruption will result in account suspension and/or removal
  • Moderators have the final say, actions are not negotiable
  • Rules of this board are subject to change without notice
  • Don't burn bridges!

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Basic courtesy

A quick lesson in Greytalk Etiquette and Netiquette

 

Keep messages concise, clear, and polite.

Don't get upset about message received, particularly mistakes made by beginners.

 

NEVER send a message while angry or upset. Sending messages that attack or are abusive is known as flaming. However, disagreeing with someone is *not* the same thing as flaming.

 

To use a patently absurd example, someone might post:

“I like to dress my children in green clothes,” and someone else may write in saying, “I never dressed my kids in green because I don't like that color.” Someone else may respond, “I have read warnings that dressing children in green is dangerous; they could be mistaken for grass and eaten by cows.”

 

None of the responses above are flames. Flaming is a personal attack, for instance, someone writing: “You are the worst mother in the world because you dressed your children in green.”


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** Greytalk And Requests For Donations **

 

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Greyhound related posts

 

Greytalk is for the discussion of the retired racing greyhound as a pet. There are thousand of websites out there for the discussion of every other subject under the sun so we'd appreciate it if you stuck to the topic of greyhound pets.

The above is from the general guidelines and provisions which can be found in its entirety by clicking HERE

 

We are seeing more and more posts about non retired greyhounds. Greytalk is not here to list the stats of a greyhound that is still in its running career. The exception to this is updates on the "Race for Adoption" hounds. We are not here to talk about the status of race tracks or trainers or owners of racing greys. We are here to talk about the ones that are already on their couches or those waiting for their couch to find them.

As such, we will be deleting posts/threads that we feel are strictly about racing in some capacity. Yes, we've heard it from all sides, we are a anti-racing board or we are a pro-racing board. Well, we are an adopted greyhound as pets board. As such, posts in the greyhound forums will be about greyhounds as pets.... those that already have a home and those already retired and looking for a home.


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There seems to be a good bit of confusion as to what Greytalk allows in regard to requests for donations and criteria for benefit auctions. Please understand that Greytalk is not a source for groups to raise money in any way. We are here to help members care for Greyhounds already in their forever homes. However, we are sympathetic to, and understand the need for benefit auctions and donations of goods and services for greyhound related causes. Greytalk has, in the past, allowed for all sorts of donation requests. With so many requests being made, we have realized the need for a specific set of guidelines as to what Greytalk will and will not allow. Hopefully, these guidelines will answer any and all questions regarding this issue.

Guidelines for Posts Requesting Donations and Benefit Auctions

First and foremost, be aware that ALL requests are approved or disapproved at the sole discretion of the Greytalk staff. Before making a post with your request, you MUST submit a Greytalk Support request and get approval for your donation request. You can open a support request by clicking HERE. If you post a request without submitting this form, it will be deleted without notice. Note that in most cases, donation requests for specific groups should come from existing client bases not from the Greytalk forums. If your request is not approved or your post is deleted and you do not understand why, or feel you were treated unfairly, do NOT take your issues to the forum. (Please see the Greytalk TOS). Please PM or email a moderator with your concerns. What is allowed:

  • Auctions to raise money for a greyhound related cause.

Auction Guidelines: All auctions should be limited to the Auction forum. Ending date of the auction must be included in the subject. Auctions will not be approved to raise money for a specific individual or a specific dog. An auction for a group is fine, as long as the money isn't being tagged for a specific dog. If you, as an individual, are having an auction, that's fine to post, we don't need the reason as to why you are doing an auction. The descriptions of your auction should not contain a 'sob story'. Requests which prey on the emotions of members will NOT be allowed and will be deleted without ceremony. Descriptions should contain only what you are auctioning off. Text within the links to the auction will be screened to ensure they also meet this criteria.

  • Vendors selling their items at reasonable prices with a portion of proceeds going toward any cause.
  • Requests for the donation of time, services, or goods for a greyhound related cause.

What is not Allowed: There can be no solicitation for individuals. Any outright requests for monetary donations for individuals/groups/dogs will NOT be approved. As mentioned above in the "Auction Guidelines," there shall be no preying upon the sympathies and emotions of Greytalk members with sad, tragic stories and descriptions of dogs or individuals in need, in the descriptions of "vendor sales" and "requests for donations of time, goods, services," etc. Posts containing this type of manipulation will be deleted without notice. We may allow, at our sole discretion, requests for organization level fund-raising by known or reputable third parties. Such solicitation, where allowed, should be for items not money. Items such as blankets, food, kennel supplies and the like, are acceptable. Items for sale with partial proceeds going towards a cause will be heavily scrutinized. Acceptable circumstances would be if the dollar amount requested is a fair and honest price for the item, ie., do not request $20 for a picture and have 99% of the profit donated to xx group. We feel these guidelines are fair and reasonable and in the best interests of Greytalk and its members. **These guidelines are subject to change at any time and without notice.


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GURs

As a general rule, personal GURs will not be allowed to be posted on Greytalk.

We do realize that there are special circumstances where a new owner is not able to make the trip to pick up their own companion. If you feel your GUR should be allowed to be posted on GT, submit a support ticket with your request.

 

 

There are resources you can use if you are unable to make a trip to pick up your own dog if you opt to do a long distance adoption instead of adopting locally.

Pilots and Paws

Pet Airways

Haulers

Airlines

www.petsllc.net


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We routinely delete accounts that have been inactive for 90 days or more. For your account to remain, please try to be active in the community. There will be no notice prior to use deleting inactive accounts.

We also prune the forums.

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The image below will help explain the warn system a bit, at least the visual part. This is because we seem to get at least one ticket per day regarding the warn bar/system.

 

All the warn system really does, is serve as a way for the moderators to communicate with a member, act as a visual reminder for the member, and a way to create a history of poor community communication skills of a member. There is a text based side so a moderator (and the member) can see why they were warned. The numbers really mean nothing. You can get booted with 0% and stay around at 100%. It is only a moderator and member tool, and only you and the moderators can see it. ie, member x can not see member y's level.

 

Don't ask us if/when we will remove warn status, we don't. It serves as a historical reference.

 

Everyone sees their own warn meter bar, whether it is zero or greater than zero, it is part of the user profile and never goes away.

 

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At no time are you to use information gathered from Greytalk to contact any person or entity in a way that any reasonable person would determine to be abusive, hateful, harassing and or threatening, or invasive of a person's privacy.


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We appreciate the help of the community in reporting posts, it helps keep the forum flowing in the right direction. :)

Recently we have been getting reported PMs, and for the most part, if you have an open private dialog with a person and then decide you don't like the PM or dialog... {how to put it tactfully... I basically don't care: :lol}

If someone is harassing/stalking you, etc, then please report the PM and we'll deal with it. Other than that, your best bet on the PM side of things is just to block that person.

If you would like to stop a user from PM'ing you:
Click your username in the upper right corner, select IGNORED USERS
Add the member into the list and choose the specific content of theirs that you would like to ignore/block.


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Make sure you remember your password, and keep your email address updated.

We do not reset passwords upon request and send them to an email account that does not match the one listed in the user profile. This is because without access to the account, or password, or email address, anyone could request a password reset of any other user account. This is done for YOUR security. User profiles, PMs, Emails/etc can contain Personally identifiable information. We take this security measure for our members. What that means though is that if your email address has changed and you failed to update your profile in the forum, if you forget your password, you will need to create a new account, and your existing profile/status will be lost.


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