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Rules
The rules and policies detailed below are the terms you have agreed to upon registering:

Although the administrators and moderators of Rottweiler Discussion Forums 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 Rottweiler Discussion Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin), will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness 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.

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by these forums.

Please note that fundraising, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations (including those for adult/puppy are inappropriate on these forums. The discussion of animal rights and animal rights activism are strictly prohibited, as are any postings of website addresses that link directly OR indirectly to private breeders, commercial breeders, or sites that promote the sale of dogs/puppies.

Usernames - Do not register with a username(s) that is vulgar or obscene, suggestive, of a sexual nature, a kennel name, or a website address. Do not use special characters in the username, we only accept alphanumeric (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and space (spacebar)

Each household is perminted ONE(1) username, if a situation arises that require two(2) or more usernames, permission must be granted by the Site Administrator

Signature Files - Do not use a signature line that links to a breeder's webpage, whether it be a private or commercial website. Links to breeder's kennels are also not to be included in your personal profile. You may, however, include your kennel name in your signature line and in your personal profile if you so desire.

We at the forums reserve the right to reveal your identity, or whatever information we know about you, in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

The moderators of The Rottweiler Discussion Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, or close any thread or post for any reason.

Rottweiler Discussion Forums rules and guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.


A Work in Progress

This list of Guidelines, like the forums, are still a "work in progress." It covers only the most general philosophies of the site, with no pretense of being a comprehensive set of rules.

These guidelines, along with the rules, will aid the members to understand what is expected from them, but most importantly, what is expected from the forums. I encourage everyone to read these Guidelines before posting and, if you have any questions, to email one of the Moderators of that forum. And, as a "work in progress," We welcome any suggestions or additions to this list.

These "rules" and guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.


Respect and Tolerance

The underlying philosophy of the forums is one of respect and tolerance. Rottweiler owners are a diverse group. And, very often, they are also a very opinionated group. We welcome opinions, and we thrive on diversity, seeing both as tools for growth. Obviously, you're not going to agree with everything you find written on the forums. We consider that a good thing. How you express your disagreement, however, can too easily become a bad thing. Arguing against a concept or idea, even vehemently, is a good thing. Attacking the supporters of that concept or idea is a bad thing (even if the attack is subtle and indirect). Asking others to listen to your viewpoints and consider your arguments is a good thing. Refusing to listen to the viewpoints and arguments of others, simply because they contradict your own beliefs, is a bad thing. Conveying positive emotions (this is what X does for me) is a good thing. Conveying negative emotions can also be a good thing, but all too often becomes a bad thing (I hate Y).

Respect and Tolerance are simple words to say, but not always simple to live. It's not easy to respect a person that represents the antithesis of your value system. It's not easy to tolerate something you strongly feel will lead to disaster and hurt. But everything another person says, does, and believes is the result of their individual history. People who do bad things (by our own definitions) aren't always bad people. Sometimes they are just misguided (by our own definitions). And sometimes (hard as this is to believe), they aren't bad or misguided at all, and itis our own definitions that need to be reevaluated.

We can only learn and grow through understanding. And understanding is the real key to Respect and Tolerance.


Family Fun

Our belief in the strength of diversity means we try to not disallow any group of individuals - and that includes both the young and the innocent (not necessarily the same) - or the members in general. That's simply another way of saying that the forum is a Family site, and you should assume there will be young people reading your posts. You should also understand, no one member may care to enter the spot light, so out of respect of that notion, please, don't address the members in a topic.


Who Are We?

Who are we? It should always be remembered that our inherent diversity extends not only to what we contribute, but also to why. Everyone here shares their knowledge for different reasons, and most of us post our questions for equally different reasons. Some are here to share what they've learned about our great breed, some to learn (and we would hope those two groups overlap), some to simply express themselves, some to find support and understanding from others of like spirit, some to appreciate and participate in the beauty of this great breed, some to enrich and further their understanding of life, some with the hope of touching the lives of others in a meaningful way - the list extends nearly to the limits of human differences. Any reason for reading or writing is a valid reason. And all are welcome at the forums.

It is perfectly acceptable - desirable - to help your fellow Forum Members fulfill their reasons for being here. Just don't be surprised, confused, or offended to discover they may not be here for the same reason you are.


Freedom of Speech

In most free countries, including the United States, there are laws that preclude a government from passing statutes abridging the freedom of speech. But that doesn't mean your boss at work can't abridge it, nor does it preclude the principal of your school from doing so. Your mother or spouse can still tell you to shut up (and at some point, probably will). Freedom of speech doesn't mean you have the right to print your views on the front page of your local newspaper regardless of the wishes of the publisher. In point of fact, the only right you have to Freedom of Speech exists solely between you and your government.

But legalities aside, there is still a strong social current in the free world providing for Freedom of Speech. The forum, we think, is very much a supporter of that philosophy. We strongly believe you should have the freedom to speak your mind. To a large extent, that's precisely why the forums exists at all - to provide a forum for free expression (with the obvious hope it can sometimes be a bountiful expression, as well).

But Freedom of Speech doesn't exist in a vacuum. With your Freedom of Speech also comes everyone else's Freedom to ignore you. And "ignoring you" can take many different forms. Yes, you have the legal right to say whatever you wish to your boss. And he has the right to fire you, insuring he won't have to listen to your tirade again. You have the right to cuss and swear in church, and the Members of that church have the right to ostracize you and ask you to never return.

Freedom of Speech means you can speak your mind - it doesn't mean people are forced to listen.

At the forums, we sometimes exercise our right to ignore you by deleting posts. We have never deleted a post in the forum because someone disagreed with our policies. We have deleted posts that attacked or derided a Member. We have never deleted a post because someone found fault with our decisions. We have deleted posts that were vulgar or hateful. We have never deleted a post because someone constructively disagreed with another Member. We have deleted posts that served no purpose beyond the venting of hostility. Deleting posts, you see, is our way of not listening. And we suspect it's a lot less painful than losing your job.

How often does this happen? Not very. We're actually pretty proud of the fact that, with over 300,000 posts, the deleted ones represent a miniscule number by comparison. We think that is a tribute to our Members and to the atmosphere they've created within our forums. We invariably warn people and wait for a second unacceptable post before banning them from the forums. And, yes, that happens, too. 'Cause we really don't have to listen.


A Family of Friends
p>I've spent a lot of time talking about the strength we find in our diversity, so in closing I'd like to talk a little bit about our similarities. As owners, we all care about our breed, about expressing ourselves, about the dependency on our thoughts and opinions. As owners, we care about knowledge, understanding, and insight. We care about loyalty and dedication. But above all and more than most, the forum members care about people. It's why we do what we do. It's why we're here, together, at the forums. Our nationalities may vary, our skin color differ, our backgrounds diverge, and our thoughts and beliefs and viewpoints be as night to day - but what we hold in our hearts, as enthusiasts, is really not so very different.

It is our differences that make us strong. But it is our similarities that have helped make the forums a family.


Content

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages. This forum does not and cannot preview every message posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages. We, at this forum, reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever.


Topics
We are first and foremost a forum dedicated to the discussion of Rottweilers. Please refer to the forum descriptions found on The Rottweiler Discussion Forums index page when creating a new thread. Choose the forum that best suits your topic.

Please note that while a forum is provided for our members to partake in non-Rottweiler topics, the discussion of religion, sex, or politics is considered to be inappropriate subject matter for these forums.


Objectionable
Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit any particular messages immediately.


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