The Greytalk forums aren't run by rules, per se. Rather, it is moderated by the
Administrators and moderators who put themselves in the position of making
difficult judgment calls. If you're wondering why we moderate, you should check
this out. Most of these Guidelines are geared towards just improving the state
of the forum. Some of these Guidelines are more prohibitive, however, and they
function as rules.
Greytalk is for the discussion of the retired racing greyhound as a pet. There
are thousand of websites out there for the discussion of every other subject
under the sun so we'd appreciate it if you stuck to the topic of greyhound pets.
Off Topic and Soap Box are the ideal place for friendly banter and rants.
In all forums there shall be no insulting people. Aggressiveness and/or
abusiveness will not be tolerated. Don't make posts that are inflammatory just
to get people riled up. Remember, if it appears like aggressiveness to us, it
qualifies for penalization. Substance is the key to any argument. We will not
tolerate posts that create an intimidating atmosphere on the forums and we will
not accept provocation as an excuse. Access to any or all parts of Greytalk is a
privilege not a right and it can be revoked at any time without warning.
Greytalk is a powerful, public community and as such, wishes to make a positive
first and lasting impression to the general public. Because of this, we feel it
is necessary to take the stance that we neither condone or encourage letter
writing campaigns, telephone barrages, or private solicitations, with Greytalk
as the point of reference, in response to any controversial articles or cross
postings. Any posts of this nature will be found to be in violation of the TOS
and promptly edited and/or deleted, and the original poster warned. Under no
circumstances are you permitted to alter a moderators edits. Doing so may result
if your access being removed.
There can be no solicitation for individuals, but we may allow, at our sole
discretion, requests for organization level fund-raising by known or reputable
third parties. Solicitation where allowed should be for items not money. Things
like blankets, kennels and the like are acceptable. Again, Greytalk has the sole
discretion on whether a request will be allowed or not.
In the same vein, we also feel it necessary to discourage blanket PMing
(Personal Message system) of Greytalk members for the purpose of raising
personal donations, for GT members who appear to be in need. If you feel you
have good cause to raise money for a private party, please email or PM the
administration with your request and it will be reviewed. In some cases, we may
make an exception.
Ad hominem attacks are not welcome. Criticize ideas, not people. Flaming will
not be tolerated.
Don't be persistently snide or disruptive. We may not notice one or two posts,
but if you consistently post messages that are more about 'having a go' at other
members, than contributing an informative opinion we will notice it and penalize
Don't ask us to penalize another member on the forums. If you have some gripe or
objection with what another member has said, send us an email but do not inflame
the situation by raising issue on the public forums.
No asking or polling whether Admin was right or wrong to take an action. We
enforce these rules as fairly as is humanly possible. If you don't believe us or
trust us, you should seek an alternative forum. If you need to protest our
enforcement of the rules, email or PM a moderator.
No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying
material. Simple rule. Administrator's judgment applies here. Sexually
suggestive images will be heavily scrutinized.
Respect the privacy of others. Do not post other's phone numbers, addresses,
email addresses, pictures, etc., without their permission. Privacy includes
posting images of other people, their pets and/or children without first getting
their express consent.
Do not use foul language. Although Greytalk is primarily, an "adult" forum, we
do have several younger members and children of regular members visit
frequently. You have all the time in the world when writing (as opposed to
speaking), to think about how to say something and rephrase it, so there is no
excuse for foul language however passionate you may feel about something. Use of
foul language whether indirect or disguised, ie. $hit, a***ole is always
Do not post information on animal abuse. While we are sensitive to the subject,
we have found through experience that such posts only enrage the community and
do nothing to help the issue. A better outlet is your local ASPCA.
NO SPAMMING. No commercial-oriented posts (except in the Pet Merchandise forum),
and no flooding with useless content.