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    While we are a very open group,
    and don't want to stifle creativity, it is best if we have some guidelines to make the forum a welcome place.

    Remember this is a Survival Preparation based website, topics should be based along those lines.
    With that in mind, we here at SHTFM realize:
    The general state of affairs has an impact on preparations and their value.
    Information regarding, weather changes and political changes may or may not be essential in determining readiness.



  1. Civility

    1. While we are a very open group, and don't want to stifle creativity, it is best if we have some guidelines to make the forum a welcome place.
      Let's keep things civil. We want to further discussion and association, not stifle it. However, we want to keep things nice for all to read. We understand that profanity happens, especially in the heat of the moment. Let's not get too vulgar, though - remember, children could read this board, too.
      No baiting or trolling. It wastes bandwidth, time, and detracts from the overall atmosphere of the board. Any posts which are deemed to be trolling or baiting, or detracting from the atmosphere of the thread or the board, may be edited or deleted without notice.
      Keep posts on topic. It is within the realm of the original poster to determine whether the thread has strayed too far off topic.
      Please try to keep posts between each other civil. If you disagree with a post, that's fine. It's your prerogative. When responding, however, attack the post, not the person. Don't insult or degrade another person just because of their opinions.
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  1. Religion / Race & Politics

    1. Politics
      A great issue which seems to create some dis-agreements.
      Please remain civil in regards to the members and their political views, use facts in rebuttals.
      DO NOT ATTACK MEMBERS FOR THEIR POLITICAL VIEWS PERIOD

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    2. Religion
      These are hot-button topics, and ones which are very delicate.
      While we are not going to ban these topics completely, we don't want heated debates.
      Posts concerning the objective aspects of a particular religion, or political system, are acceptable.
      Posts such as:
      "Mormons believe that you should keep a three months' supply of food and water" or "Catholics believe that suicide is an automatic ticket to hell" are on topic.
      Posts such as:
      "Mormons are all too paranoid stocking up on tons of supplies" or
      "Catholics are stupid, telling me I can't take my life if I want" are not acceptable.

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    3. Race & Racisim
      Race is a topic which is sensitive.
      We do not need bigotry rearing its ugly head here.
      Discussions of objective statistics, verifiable with data is fine.
      Any gender or race bashing will not be tolerated, as such neither will racial comments or slurs being supported within the community be accepted.

      We here at SHTFM "DO NOT" support racism and its narrow and objective views PERIOD

      If you are a racist PLEASE do not join our forums, you will be wasting your time and ours.


      There will be a no tolerance method of dealing with Racism and Racial Slurs.

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  2. Illegal Acts

    1. This is a forum discussing survival, emergency preparedness, disaster preparedness and planning for the worst.
      The worst case scenario conceived is the collapse of the society as a whole, the government, and all laws of the land.
      When there are no more laws, then acts such as looting (only from abandoned areas) can be discussed in such a situtation - hypothetically.
      As of this moment, however, today's laws still apply. As such discussions regarding illegal acts, prompting other members to perform illegal acts, or bragging about illegal acts in a manner that shows you might support it, is not allowed.
      (Note: there is a drastic difference between "When I was younger, I got in trouble a lot, I used to break into houses" and "Man, I break into houses all the time, it's so easy, you won't ever get caught.")
      We want to keep this forum upstanding, and posts regarding illegal activites will be dealt with promptly.

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  3. Links & Spam

    1. LINKS in signature
      Anyone who uses the signature feature or posts links back to a site
      MUST with out a question have a link back to http://www.shtfm.com
      ANYONE BREAKING THIS RULE CAN AND MOST LIKELY WILL BE put on probation or banned.
      Our link must be seen with on the main domain name front page, not buried in 5 pages of links and other stuff.

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    2. Posting links to your site or sites
      Anyone who posts links back to a site
      MUST with out a question have a link back to http://www.shtfm.com
      ANYONE BREAKING THIS RULE CAN AND MOST LIKELY WILL
      BE put on probation or banned.
      Our link must be seen with on the main domain name front page, not buried in 5 pages of links and other stuff.

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  4. Registering & Activity

    1. Registering
      If you register and do not log in for 3 days your account will be deleted.
      If you register and do not post an introduction in 3 days your account will be deleted.
      If you register, login and post an introduction BUT do not continue posting or replying to topics your account will be deleted.

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    2. Activity
      If you are NOT actively posting your account will be deleted.
      You should be making at least 5 to 10 posts a week

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  5. Posting and maintaining membership status

    1. Posting and maintaining membership status
      As a forum and survival information based site, posting becomes an essential element in maintaining membership.
      In order to establish and maintain membership one
      MUST AND WILL BE ACTIVE .
      Many active members have dedicated countless hours of research and time to the activity of survival, respect their efforts, give them a thank you for their information.
      Also keep in mind this site offers all information free, and the members are not being or have requested any sort of compensation for sharing their views or information.
      With that in mind lurking or inactivity will be handled with the deletion of the non-active member, unless the member has maintained an active status.
      Active member status will be maintained when these requirements are met:
      If you are NOT actively posting topics within 7 days your account will be DEACTIVATED or .
      If you do not stay actively posting YOUR account will be DEACTIVATED or DELETED.

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Failure to follow these rules will result in modification or deletion of posts or accounts.
Warning may or may not be provided, at the discretion of the moderators.
If you find a post you made suddenly missing, you may want to re-read the rules again.
If you still think this was in error, feel free to contact an Administrator or Moderator.
Rules are subject to change at anytime without notice.

Thank you all,

SHTFM Staff

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