We will moderate these forums. This means that we reserve the right to remove inappropriate messages posted by the forum community, as defined by the following guidelines
1. As a participant in these forums, you agree not to:
1.a) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Postings or other materials that you do not have a right to upload, post, email or otherwise transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as insider information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under non-disclosure agreements);
1.b) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Postings or other materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, vulgar, obscene, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, religiously, sexually or otherwise objectionable;
1.c) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of inappropriate commercial solicitation or promotion, including links to websites except in those areas, if any, that are specifically designated for such purpose;
1.d) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Postings or other materials that contain software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, limit or divert the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;1.e) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, any law and/or regulations having the force of law;
2) Negative comments about ANY company (including PT) or individual may be allowed so long as;
2.a) The comments are not hear say (i.e. comments must be first hand experience)
2.b) The poster gives their real name (first name, last name).
2.c) There is an understanding that, if a thread becomes heated, PT reserves the right at their discretion, to either edit or remove any post that the Moderators may deem destructive, and/or as a last resort, lock the thread.
2.d) If there was any question as to the authenticity of the person posting the message/thread, the company or individual may question this. Any benefit of a doubt would be given to the company or individual if it was suspected that the negative comments were purely malicious.
It should be known that we are not attempting to censor any messages or opinions posted. We simply want to preserve the spirit of an open, interactive discussion without offending participants.

Copyright Respect
(a) PT seeks to respect the intellectual property of others, whether formally copyrighted or not. Forum members must also adhere to this principle. Members are responsible for ensuring that any posts they make on PT do not, and will not, violate the copyright of any other parties.
(b) Do not copy and effectively re-publish material subject to copyright on PT without appropriate attribution or permission. E.g. some material may be republished with due reference/acknowledgement to the author and/or source.
(c) Most Internet news sources allow the copying of modest parts of their information, so long as a link back to the source of the material is included. (They want the web traffic, too.)
(d) There can be no arbitrary amount given, such as one sentence or one paragraph; or one picture or two, etc. It depends on any number of factors such as the age and size of the original Internet source, the amount of comments interposed by a PT member, and so on. Generally, a link to a www source is always required. References to very old information may be exempt.
(e) When quoting material from other Internet sources, the poster should add some comment or observation about the content, usually relevant to property investment or management, or economic factors, or the like. When no commentary is added, the amount of the material quoted should be minimal, with a link to the Internet source.
(f) PT will exercise its discretion in editing any posts containing quoted material, whether or not a complaint has been made by the original author, copyright holder or other proprietor or a PT member.

Moderation Process
When the Moderator identifies a Post/Thread that requires moderation the general moderation process will be invoked. The process is:
1) The Moderator will decide if the post/thread is to be moved from the current location to the Moderators forum for review. If the issue is serious, requires indepth review and cannot remain accessible to the public then the post/thread will be moved to the Moderators Forum. If the issue is not considered serious, then post/thread will remain in the current position and moderation of the content will be done there.
2) The Moderator will alert the forum member who created the offending post/thread either via Private Message and/or email. The communication will contain the alert to the post moderated and the reason(s) why the post/thread was moderated.
3) Additional - If a post/thread has been moved to the Moderators forum, the Moderators will then update the forum community of any action taken within the same post/thread/forum of the offending content. Action(s) may include moderation of post/thread by moving, merging or splitting threads, deletion of content, editing of content or the locking of a thread.

Here are a few typical examples of 'netiquette'
- Search the forums before you post your topic. Your question or comment may have already been discussed, answered, or resolved.
- Create a concise subject that adequately summarizes your topic. For example: "Start up problems with Power Supply Unit" rather than "I need help."
- Refrain from using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, excessive question marks (?) or exclamation points (!) in your subject or content.
- Provide details in your comment or question to increase the likelihood of starting a discussion.
- Cross posting the same question in more than one forum will cause confusion and most likely reduce the chance of a reply.
- Be patient. All the participants of this forum are using the forum and participating in discussions on their own time.
- Help others. The forum is a community, and works best when people share information.
- Give feedback. If someone helps you by answering your question, try to add a follow-up response letting them know if it worked or not.

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