Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on MerrillTopics.org Forums. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. Registration Rules

    1. YOU MUST USE YOUR REAL NAME
      When signing up, you are required to use your real name for your username. This site is meant to be a communication hub where your input is taken seriously. In that respect, it is necessary to know who we are talking to, in an effort to better represent you, and for you to represent your opinions. If you feel uncomfortable with this rule, you may also use only the first letter of your last name, along with your full first name. But we do encourage everyone to use their full name. We are all part of this same community anyway.
      You can use Letters, Space, and _ . #
    2. YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT OF MERRILL
      This is a closed forum. As such, it is only open to the Residents who live inside of the City Limits, as well as City Officials who do not. From time to time, MerrillTopics.org might hold conversations that directly involve People, Representatives, Businesses, etc who live outside of the City Limits, where it may be a benefit to the community to have a direct dialog with. The MerrillTopics.org Admin Team, has Full Discretion to invite and remove anyone, at any time. #
    3. YOU CAN LIST YOUR PERSONAL WEBSITE
      MerrillTopics.org does allow you to list your personal website inside your profile. You MUST ensure that any website you list on your profile, is safe, virus free, and contains no malicious code. If you violate this policy, you will be removed from these forums, and damages may be sought against you in the event of a data loss to any user, including MerrillTopics.org. #
  2. Community Rules

    1. NO SPAM/ADVERTISING/SELF-PROMOTING
      MerrillTopics.org defines spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services and/or other web sites, or posts with little, or completely unrelated content. Do not spam the forums with links to your site or product, or try to self-promote your website, business or forums etc.
      Spamming also includes sending private messages to a large number of different users.
      MerrillTopics.org only exception to this is in your profile website listing. Please see the Website Rule under Registration Rules. #
    2. DO NOT POST ANY OFFENSIVE POSTS, LINKS OR IMAGES
      Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse, (without proof) is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on the MerrillTopics.org forums. This includes user pictures. Please use common sense while posting.
      The MerrillTopics.org Administration Team and Moderators have full discretion to remove anyone, for any post that may be deemed to violate this rule, at any time. If you see a violation of this rule, please report it to one of these members immediately! Thank you for your cooperation in keeping this forum a civil place! #
    3. REMAIN RESPECTFUL OF ALL MEMBERS AT ALL TIMES
      All posts should be professional and courteous. You have every right to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective.
      However, you are not free to attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle them or the quality of this community. It does not matter what title, or power you hold, you are expected to obey this rule and treat others with the respect you deserve to receive in return. #