This is a working document; it is edited as necessary.
Here are the rules of the road, subject to revision...
Behavior. This forum is the online arm of Deer & Deer Hunting. All content posted is considered submitted for publication in the print version of Deer & Deer Hunting -- so if you would never say it in a national magazine, you probably shouldn't say it here.
We prefer all participants to sign their real names to their messages. You can pick your Username (20 character maximum), but real signatures will be helpful if your comments here find their way into print. If your Username is your real name, you don't have to sign the posts since it's already there.
Gratuitous insults will not be tolerated. If you're criticizing work, criticize the work, not the person. And always justify. It's generally better to make criticism constructive, and direct words at the behavior, not the person or firm: "What they did was idiotic" is less likely to offend than "they're idiots," which is personal.
You'll want to avoid posting long stretches in all capital letters -- in internet etiquette, it is considered shouting. Plus it's just plain hard to read.
Image attachments. You can post up to three image attachments per message; we have a 500k limit for image posts but would prefer to keep everything 100k and below if at all possible. Please try to include copyright notations in your post.
Avatars. You can post your own avatar from the "My Profile" page; keep 'em G-rated, please. Please do not post any avatars wider than 1" on screen as it scrunches up the copy when you do. If you need to replace it, just put a new one in fresh and it will replace the old one everywhere.
No rummage sales. In addition to keeping this forum free from spam, we ask that you not post want-lists and for-sale lists. Deer & Deer Hunting has a fine advertising program -- and you'll reach a lot of paying customers that way.
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