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Posted by: PHWyvern at Mon May 12 10:47:31 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHWyvern ]  

Welcome to the re-launch of the new Forums.

Please read the information provided in this message to help assist you during this transition time. You can also find additional help topics in the's Feedback & Help Area.

As you may or may not have known, the various Pet Hobbyist sites have been transitioning over to a new forum/message board system. The time has finally arrived for the re-launch of the forums.

You can now find the new Forums here:

Since this forum system is not compatible with the old one, we will not be able to transfer messages from the 'old' forums over to the new ones (though you are welcome to copy and paste your own messages from the old forums over to the new ones).

We will be archiving the posts from the old forums and links will be provided on the new forums that will lead to the archived area. Once archived, the old forums will be locked out for posting to (but can still be read) by people.

Please be patient while we undergo this transition and let us know if there are any technical difficulties with the New Forums by filling out the Feedback Form. To fill it out, you will be prompted to log in with your username and password.

For information about many of the new features and changes to the forums, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page. Also check out the Using Tools & Toys page outlining how to use some of the new features. You should print that page out to keep handy next to the computer until you become familiar with using some of the syntax.

We have a forum specifically set up for members to make 'test posts' that allows you to learn, play around with, and generally experiment with all of the new features of the forums: Testing Forum Tools & Toys. Members posting off-topic 'test' posts in the discussion forums may find their posts moved (without warning/notice) to the Testing forum where such posts properly belong.

There is also a new forum specifically setup for members to use for holding off-topic / open-topic / non-herp topic discussions. This forum was setup at the request of the users to help filter out most of these types of posts from the discussion forums and to help prevent disruption on the forums sometimes caused by these types of posts. Please remember to visit the Off-topic/Open Discussion Forum for your off-topic stuff. Off-topic posts found on the discussion forums may be moved (without warning/notice) over to the Off-topic forum if it is deemed overly disruptive to the general flow of conversation on the forum itself.



Please read the Terms of Service to understand what is or is not permitted on the discussion forums. If you find a post on any of the discussion forums that is possibly/definitely in violation of the site rules, you may report it by clicking on the 'report abuse' link that is found on every message near the author's name.

These forums are for informational purposes only and are moderated. We ask that you refrain from making personal attacks against individuals or companies. Anything considered disruptive, abusive or obscene will be removed.

One item of major concern is about advertising:

Advertising, is not allowed here. Solicitations of sale/trade, or announcements that you are giving something/an animal away, or wanting to receive free giveaways is considered advertising. Posting the same message to more than 4 forums/message boards (crossposting, spamming) is also considered advertising (unless it is done with the prior consent of OnlineHobbyist staff, i.e. site coordinator). Any post deemed to be of an advertising nature will be removed from the discussion forums. Announcements about upcoming events/shows/expos/etc. should be posted on the Events & Announcements Forum.

In other words, advertising properly belongs in the Classified Forums area. This includes website announcements (ex: 'check out my new site'). Please visit the Classified Forums for your advertising needs.

The Classified Forums have their own set of rules / terms of service separate from the rules of the discussion forums. A classified account entitles the account holder the ability to post up to 3 ads per day per section among the 11 pethobbyist related classified sites (example: alone has 35 sections so theoretically as many as 108 ads per day would be allowed there or over 3,000 ads per month). Fees are staggered in 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month increments so if someone is not willing to pay ~$20 for 1 months' worth of advertising space, then they are certainly free to go elsewhere. Advertising on the discussion forums will not be tolerated regardless of any perceived 'special circumstances' that someone might feel entitles them to post outside of the classified areas.

Remember, if you need technical assistance you can find help topics in the's Feedback & Help Area or you can contact the Site Coordinator.

We hope that you enjoy your stay here!


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