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Warnings will remain active on a user’s account for a period of 120 days. If a user accrues 3 warnings the user will be banned for a period of 6 months.
You will not impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
You agree not to repeatedly post the same or similar message ("flooding") or post excessively large or inappropriate images. Any user that violates this rule will be issued a warning.
Postings to the NSS Forum become public information. You should be very careful about posting personally identifiable information such as your name, address, telephone number or email address. If you post personal information online, you may receive unsolicited messages from other users in return.
The NSS Forum is not the place for arguments over local, state, or federal politics or politicians, discussions on religious beliefs and their credibility, or explicitly sexual posts of any type. Any posts the moderators decide violate this rule will be immediately removed and the author will be issued a warning.
Any posts containing non-caving related goods for sale (spam) will be immediately removed and the user will be permanently banned.
User signatures are subject to the same rules as general forum posts.
No user shall create multiple NSS Forum member accounts. Any user who violates this rule will have their newest account deleted and will be issued a warning.
Any NSS internal organization (grotto, region, section, committee) sub-forum which remains inactive for a period of 6 months may be removed by the NSS Forum administrator. A sub-forum may be reinstated upon request, at the discretion of the forum administrator.
You will not use this forum to post specific cave locations, including GPS coordinates, latitude and longitude, travel directions, or indications on maps.
The NSS Forum management team reserves the right to alter these rules at any time without notice.
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