Rules and Privacy Policy

Discussion in 'TFP Site News & Announcements' started by Jim McClain, May 7, 2006.

  1. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Every forum needs Rules and every forum should make its Privacy Policy available to its members. Here is a 2-in-1 shot:

    The Floor Pro Community Rules
    Our goal here is to provide flooring related information and resources to consumers, the do-it-yourselfer and flooring professionals who work in every segment of the floor covering industry. We have many features to accomplish that, but our most popular is the forum message board. To participate here, you must follow some simple rules:
    1. You must have a working email address; multiple registrations are forbidden.
    2. No personal attacks or abusive insults.
    3. No references, discussion or links to politics, religion or pornography.
    4. Be considerate in your use of harsh language; people of all sensitivities are present.
    5. Do not post copyrighted material, including files, text and images, without the owner's permission and a link to the copyright owner's site.
    6. Try to keep posts on topic. Start a new topic in the appropriate forum whenever you want.
    7. Your signature (available to Pros only), including all text and images can be no wider than 600 pixels and no taller than 120 pixels.
    8. No advertising or promotion of your products or services in messages, your profile or albums. You may use linked text or a banner for your own business in your signature area. Contact TFP Admin if you are interested in paid advertising on
    9. You will not be able to participate in the PRO section of the forums unless you are or were employed in the flooring (or related) industry.
    These rules are subject to change at any time without notice. These rules will be enforced. Violating them repeatedly could result in temporary or permanent banning from the site. Please discuss your questions or problems with the administrator.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2017
  2. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Privacy Policy of The Floor Pro Community
    This site collects certain information about you for the purposes of statistics and the administration of the site. This is general information about your browser, your connection and geographical area, but contains no personally identifiable details that you have not voluntarily given. We do keep that information indefinitely, but we do not share it with other organizations, companies or individuals.

    If you choose to register for our message boards or directory, we also ask for some additional information, including an email address, which we use to verify your registration request, and to associate you with a particular website account. You can choose to conceal this address from public view. This site will use that address to contact you only for administrative purposes, such as resetting your account password, or notifying you of replies and Personal Messages if you have so indicated in your preferences. We will not sell that address nor share it with other sites EVER.

    The software used by this site sets cookies on your computer if you choose to be automatically logged in on each visit. No personally identifiable information beyond your forum identity is contained in this cookie, and we do not share it with other organizations. Certain other sites may attempt to set cookies on your machine as a result of the instant messaging features of the forum software and some sponsor advertising.

    We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, read the Google Ads policy here.

    Our website contains some affiliate marketing links, which means we get paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. We use a 3rd Party to enable these affiliate partnerships. You can read their Viglink Consumer Disclosure and find more information on their services.

    Please contact the website administrator if you have any questions or problems concerning The Floor Pro Community or its privacy policy. If you are a registered member, you can manage features and preferences of your forum account at any time by modifying your options in the account control panel, logging off and not using the account again. Posts made under your account will remain in view at this website even after your account has been disabled.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018 at 4:30 AM
  3. Bud Cline

    Bud Cline Tile Expert Charter Member Senior Member Published

    Just my luck!

    Seems that I have already violated one of the rules, OK OK OK I'll try not to do it again but I have to say in my own defense that it was done in the interests of "ENTERTAINMENT" and I also see in the rules that entertainment is permissible.:dance:
  4. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Please take another look.

    The rules have been changed. Only one addition concerning multiple accounts. But there has been some question about who has to follow the rules and who does not. The short answer:

    Everyone has to follow the rules.

    Being selective about who follows the rules or when is not fair to any member so there are no exceptions. The lack of rules (or enforcement) has been nothing but trouble in all the forums I have ever been involved in so we have rules and they are enforced. The rules are very simple to follow. If you have any questions or problems with the rules, please contact me via PM or email. We are not infallible and rules may be rewritten to make the forums and site better for everyone. But no rule will be suspended for an individual.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018 at 4:37 AM
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  5. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    The rules have been updated in consideration of our new forum software. Please see the first post in this topic.

    Larger images can be direct linked, but we still encourage using our upload system. Now is a good time to review the rules, in case you have forgotten.

  6. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    So we will always know when you are on then, right?
  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I have edited the Rules and the Privacy Policy above (first and second posts of this topic). Edits to the Rules have eliminated the size restriction of shared photos (that doesn't mean you should not be considerate and edit your photos so they don't take up a huge amount of server space or are so big they could be viewed full-size on a monitor larger than any company even makes). The Privacy Policy edits were to correct broken links and to clarify where they lead.

    The Forum Rules and the site Privacy Policy can also be found through a link at the bottom of any page, which leads to: Privacy Policy of The Floor Pro Community

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