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Site Rules - Regulations

  1. Rich
    Rules Last Modified: December 5, 2012

    Violating the sites rules can lead to immediate site termination (ban) without notification. These rules are subject to change without notice. Please refer to this page occasionally to ensure you are aware of the sites usage policies.

    Laws and Regulations
    User access and use of the HC Network is subject to all applicable international, federal, state and local laws and regulations.
    You agree to follow these laws and refrain from endorsing, participating, or attempting to involve yourself with illegal discussion while using this site.

    Site Language
    The HC Network is written in English. Each post must also be written in English. Any threads or posts that are written in a foreign language will be removed. The reason for this is simple, we can't translate every language out there. Posts written in foreign languages could contain rude, insulting or hateful information, and as a result, we do not allow ANY foreign posts. There are NO exceptions!

    Foul Language
    Herp Center is a family oriented site and as such the usage of words or terms considered to be adult oriented or "foul language" will not be tolerated. This includes cursing on videos, within images and graphics, as well as changing the spelling.

    Internet Slang
    We DO NOT allow the use of internet slang or shorthand. We have members from all over the world that post on the HC Network. Many of them translate our threads to read in their native language. Short cuts and internet slang are not easily translated, and get lost in translation. As such, we do not allow the use of such shortcuts on the site. This also aids our users who are translating the site into their native language.

    Please attempt to use proper grammar on the site. This includes punctuation. Run-on sentences are extremely difficult to read. Periods, commas, and capitalizing the first letter of the first word in a sentence makes a massive difference. You will also attract more responses as your post will be clear and legible. This also aids our users who are translating the site into their native language.

    The site has a built in spell-checker. It won't catch every word you may attempt to spell, but it will aid in correcting misspelled words you may have overlooked. We are not sticklers on spelling, but since the feature is built into the site, it would be nice if you could take the 2 seconds it requires to use it. This also aids our users who are translating the site into their native language.

    Account Sharing
    Sharing an account with a friend or another family member is not allowed. If you wish to utilize the HC Network, you must have your own account.
    This is to prevent one of the users of the account from being banned, and thus banning everyone who was using that account.

    The HC Network is a friendly site. If you are looking for a place where you can openly insult another member or simply engage in bash like posts, you may as well not bother registering with this site. If you are found intentionally bashing, being rude, or being disrespectful to the members and staff of the HC Network, you WILL be removed from this site. We take our friendly atmosphere VERY seriously and you and no other member will disrupt what we have created.

    On Topic
    Questions outside the scope of this site will either be moved, locked or simply may be deleted. The HC Network offers an array of "off topic" forums for the users that are either subscribed or have been promoted to the "Elite Member" group through their site activity. Those forums are the ONLY forums where off topic information is to be posted.

    Advertising / Solicitation
    We do not condone or allow unsolicited advertising on this site. If you are joining this site in an effort to advertise your own, you will be removed and your site will be blocked. (This include direct solicitation-sale of funds or physical goods.) While at first glance that may not seem as if it is anything important to you, you may want to continue reading. The HC Network is affiliated with several other websites online. In order to prevent our sites from being spammed, we forward each other the URL of websites that ARE spamming. This allows us to block them before they get the chance to reach the other sites. In blocking your sites URL, you will be preventing your site from acquiring valid members through other members posting your links. As your site grows, you may offer information members want to link to. Once you are blocked however, your site will NEVER appear on our site again, regardless as to who and why they are posting the link!

    Advertising includes, but is not limited to: "Check My New Site out", "Vote For Us", "How Does This Look", "Email Us", etc. If you are trying to get the members of the HC Network to email you, call you, visit your site, or a site that will benefit your site, you are soliciting Herp Center.
    If you are looking for financial or physical donations for yourself or a cause, you are still soliciting Herp Center. Herp Center is not here to raise funds for your cause, your projects, your reptiles, your business, etc. Simply put, don't advertise unless you are using an available and verified advertising location.

    Cross Posting
    Post your comment/question to the most appropriate place. Any posts deemed to be in the wrong forum will be moved. Do not cross-post the same question to multiple places.

    Rule Manipulation
    Trying to bypass or manipulate the sites rules will result in immediate banning from the site. This includes, but is not limited to bypassing our word censor, signature restrictions, advertising, etc.

    Do NOT plagiarize, use your own words. If you wish to use the words of somebody else, quote them, citing the source. Plagiarism is unethical and is illegal in many countries.

    Descriptive Subjects
    Summarize the problem briefly in the subject, and elaborate in the message itself. An example of a bad subject would be "HELP ME". A good subject might be, "Bearded dragon not eating".

    Do NOT link to any site that contains adult content, sexually oriented material or might otherwise be considered offensive. Any post containing an inappropriate link will be deleted and the poster will either be removed or may receive a warning. This will be at the staffs discretion.

    Copyright Infringement
    At NO point should you use someone else's information or images without first getting their permission. If you are found infringing on someone's copyright, you may be removed from the HC Network. We do not endorse this type of behavior.

    Social Media
    The rules found on this page also pertain to our social media pages and contacts. Our social media pages and contacts were not added for you to market yourself, your own page, your business, etc. We WILL enforce the rules on this page as they are violated on our social media outlets.

    Content Removal
    The removal of any user or member content is at the discretion of the site owner and other administrators. We are not obligated to remove your account or content upon request. Removing content and users creates "holes" within threads creating the appearance that the website is broken.

    The rules for this site can and likely will be changed from time to time. Please check in occasionally to ensure that you are abiding by any alterations we have made to this sites rules.