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Forum Rules
Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.
Although the administrators and moderators of CEMEXAngling will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of CEMEXAngling, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.
The owners of CEMEX Angling reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.
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The owners of CEMEX Angling reserve the right to contact all forum members via Private Message (PM). NO MULTIPLE IDENTITIES ALLOWED!

Accounts. When you join this BBS you will receive an account registered to your name and email address. You are limited to one personal account. The creation of multiple accounts with different user names is strictly forbidden and any such accounts will be terminated with no recourse to appeal, along with the originator's membership.

Be Circumspect. This forum is one of the most widely read angling boards in the world and is read by a huge number of people in many different countries. Not all of these people are sympathetic to our sport, what the members of this BBS post is out there for all to see, including those who would see our pastime curtailed. Therefore you should be careful to ensure that what you post does not bring discredit to the BBS and angling sports in general.

The Moderators are in Charge. This BBS is wholly owned by CEMEX UK Ltd, they pays for all the hardware, software and bandwidth associated with running this popular and busy board; we get the whole deal for free. Also you should be aware that whatever gets posted on here is, ultimately, their responsibility in law. Because of this members join here, and remain as, guests. When you join you agree to abide by the BBS rules and to do whatever is required of you to ensure the reputation and integrity of this BBS and its owner remain unsullied. The rules were in existence before you arrived and trying to change them, decry them or circumvent them will not be appreciated. In short they are non-negotiable. All our long-term members are perfectly happy with this arrangement – we want you to be as well.

That First Post. When posting for the first time, consider introducing yourself, preferably with your real first name. This helps people think you're a real person. If possible, try not to use screen aliases that may cause offence. It gives an impression that you're a little short-changed in the intelligence department and we're sure you don't want that. If you have accidentally forgotten to fill in most of the details in your profile, like where you come from or what you do for a living, consider going back now and plugging a few gaps so that, when somebody clicks to see whom you are, they don't find a load of blanks. If you don't trust US why should we trust YOU?

The BBS Police. The board is ‘policed’ by voluntary Moderators who are experienced anglers and experts in their respective fields. They are also busy people with lives, jobs and families who give freely of their precious time to enable this place to exist. They have a sense of humour, which coincidentally lives right alongside their sense of annoyance at people who post inappropriate things. These require the moderators to regularly trawl through the guts of the BBS to edit out these posts and delete offending material and gets very tedious very quickly. If you post inappropriately, you will not be on their Christmas card list and may well find your ability to log into the BBS next time mysteriously difficult. Our mods are human and appreciate a little respect and remember, their word is final. Always.

Do The Puppy Thing. If you want help or advice, start off by using the word 'Please'. Try not to post a numbered list of 20 odd things you want answered, and finish your requests with the word 'Thanks!'. It also helps to briefly explain why you want the help – if it’s a really BIG favour, try doing the puppy thing, if necessary rolling over, showing your tummmy and widdling in the air a little - everybody loves a puppy ..... and it all oils the wheels of communication - in your favour.

Play Nice. This forum is a community that developed before you got here. Think of it like walking into a bar in a strange town - if you go in with a bad attitude and throwing insults at all and sundry, don't be surprised if someone 'flames' you pretty quickly. This BBS is a club formed of people who've been helping each other out for quite a few years now. You don't have any automatic rights of access nor a guaranteed place at their virtual public bar .... you should wait to be invited and, in time, you will be. There are a lot of people on this BBS who are the very salt of God's earth - they don't need insulting by you. If you don't ask nicely you may get ignored ......... or worse – insulted - not a pretty sight!!! Similarly, if you come on here specifically looking for a fight, you may find we throw you out without giving you the pleasure.

Disagreements. These will inevitably occur (this is a discussion forum after all, which relies on differences of opinion to exist), and when they do we ask you to maintain your dignity keeping personal insults to a minimum. You are entitled to express any opinions you choose, but you will be required to defend them in rational debate should we disagree. 'It's just my opinion' is not a valid excuse for being wrong. If you think something you are about to post might risk inadvertently offending another member and you want to tone it down a little, try using one of the smilies to introduce a grin or a wink into your post.

Make sense. The only things that matter on this forum are your words and they're the only way you have of gaining respect from this community. Use them wisely. While you won't find yourself gagged for mis-spelling, we do urge you to take time over your posts so that we can read them. If we can't read it, we'll usually ignore it and you'll look stupid. The chronic mis-spelling of words is often frowned upon - especially when it’s obvious that it’s because you can't be bothered to check what you’ve written - it makes the forum unnecessarily tedious to read for everyone else and invite criticism. Refrain.

Think. Think before you press 'post'. Think about what you've just written, and the impression it will give us of you. Think about whether it's even worth posting at all. If it doesn't add anything to the topic at hand, click 'back'. If it makes you look like an idiot, then we're liable to laugh at you, so we'd advise against posting it. When you're about to start a new thread, think about whether it's likely to have been done before. If your idea or joke isn't startlingly original, check back a few pages through the forum to see if a similar topic has been active recently. If it has, post your thoughts in there rather than starting a whole new topic.

No advertising - ever! If you've just come here to sell stuff without contributing anything to the forum, you may well be gagged and offending posts removed.

Tasteful Sigs. Don’t tag on something offensive that will annoy the moderators and do try to refrain from writing the entire story of Sinbad the Sailor under your name in huge pink letters. We have to read this stuff under every post you make – scrolling through 3 screens of gibberish to get to the next bit gets tedious.

Look Before You Leap. If you're new, take the time to read a few threads first. Get a feel for the place; hang out a little; get an idea of what goes and what doesn't. There are countless conventions and unwritten rules on this, and every, forum, which you will only understand by observing others. If in doubt, keep quiet - it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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