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Forum Rules & Policies

Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. You agree to these terms by registering and posting messages on these forums. If you would like to cancel the registration, contact us.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

Comments about these policies and decisions made my the admins or moderators should be directed to the contact us form. Comments will be considered and further clarification will be offered when possible. Comments made to the public forum regarding these policies may be removed without notice or warning. This is important for mitigating troll activity and other problems.

Public Forums/Privacy. Anyone with internet access may view these message boards, they are not private, and messages you post are not confidential. Please use discretion when posting, especially when discussing situations at school, students, and/or parents. It is best not to use names or information that might identify you and/or anyone involved. If you provide personal information to other members via the public forum or private message system, it is at your own risk.

Please respect the privacy of others. Private messages sent to you by other members should never be posted to the public forum. You could be subject to a temporary or permanent ban if this policy is not adhered to. If you feel you are being harassed by another member or receive spam or other inappropriate material via a PM, please report the PM so the admin or moderator can take care of it. You are also encouraged to use the ignore list if you have a conflict with another member and do not wish to view their posts or private messages.

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Political Discussions. These types of discussions are prohibited. We have found that these discussions negatively impact the supportive atmosphere here at A to Z that helps us all become better teachers. New signups that start political discussions will be banned, so please do not waste your time signing up if that is the only reason you are here.

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There is one exception to this policy. Members who wish to advertise or promote a service may do so in the designated forum for a small fee. You can read more about it here.

Links Policy. We don't mind hearing about members' personal websites or blogs, HOWEVER, please build up your credibility and show us you are here to share with us before you start posting links. New members do not have privileges to post links or use a signature right away. Each attempt to post a link by new members is recorded by the forum. If you try to circumvent the forum's system for blocking links, you may be immediately banned from using the forum, without notice. In a short time, you will have access to posting links. Even after you are able to post links, please note it is not appropriate to include your link or announce it in multiple posts throughout the forum.

Supportive Atmosphere. The purpose of this forum is to provide encouragement, advice, support, enjoyment, and [insert positive word here]! It is a safe and friendly environment in which to share. The expectation is that visitors to the forums will be both professional and respectful. We won't always agree on everything, but it is expected that any disagreements stick to the issue and not attack anyone personally. Personal attacks may be removed from the forum and repeat offenders may be banned. If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it!

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Although the administrators and moderators of the A to Z Teacher Stuff 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 the A to Z Teacher Stuff Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

Signatures. Read about signature guidelines here.

FORUM ETIQUETTE: Do not post the same message in multiple forums
It is good forum etiquette to post a message in only one forum. Choose the forum that best fits your topic. If the post is in one forum, all the replies can be made in one place, and teachers trying to help can build on the previous replies. Most visitors read messages in all, or many, of the forums anyway, so posting in multiple forums also clutters the space and wastes time.

FORUM ETIQUETTE: Thread Hijacking 101

It is polite to keep a thread on topic. If an idea is sparked by an existing thread, please go start a new one rather than hijacking the current topic. The original poster can end up confused or disrespected by the direction a thread takes. It is especially important to new members of the forum who don't know the group yet or understand how everything works.

Discussion can frequently head off on a tangent occassionally, but an effort should be made to get back to the topic rather than continue to a full-fledged hijack.

What exactly is hijacking? Wikipedia has a good description of it: "Thread hijacking is the act of taking a forum discussion thread wildly off topic by discussing a subject entirely unrelated to the subject at hand."

Casual off-topic conversation is encouraged in the ChitChat subforum.

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