These rules are designed to allow the Chicagoland Reefs community to function in the best possible way even with an amazingly diverse group of people interacting in a very personal way.

1. Treat other members with the respect they deserve. This should go without saying, but treat others like you would like to be treated.

2. Insulting and flaming or personal attacks against forum staff or any member will be not tolerated.

3. Please do not post inappropriate material, I think everyone understands what I mean by this. The policy goes that if you would not feel comfortable viewing it at work, or in front of children or parents, don't post it. This includes the chat box or any other location within the forum.

4. Please be considerate in language you use on the forum, some of our members are younger than others. Swearing is not completely banned, just do not swear unnecessarily, and only use minor words. A filter is in place to safeguard this community.

5. Please do not spam. The definition of spam is an irrelevant or advertising post. Any post considered spam will be removed.

6. Typing in all CAPITAL letters indicates shouting and should be avoided.

7. Please refrain from posting images larger than 800x600. This is considerate to members with slow internet speeds, and keeps the forum looking tidy.

8. Chicagoland Reefs prohibits the participation, planning or discussion of any illegal activities to be associated with the forum. This includes hacking and/or illegal downloading of intellectual property. These activities can put the entire community at risk and will not be tolerated, and if appropriate, may be reported to local authorities.

We hope these rules are clear, and easy to follow. These are only in place to ensure our community is a fun place to be, and a comfortable atmosphere for all.

What happens if I break a rule?

Depending on the severity of the infraction, a different course of action may be taken, but the usual practice is as follows :

1st Offence/Minor offence:

A post, comment, or image may be removed or edited if necessary and a PM may been sent to explain the rule violation with an opportunity to discuss if needed, no further action taken.

For a more serious offence, a warning will be issued, an official warning is noted on the users profile for three months (or longer if necessary)

2nd rule break.

Another warning (remains for three months).

3rd rule break

On your 3rd warning in a rolling three month period, you will receive a temporary ban, the length of which will depend on the severity of the incident and with consideration of the situation. If a user returns from a temporary ban and continues to violate the rules a permanent ban may be employed.

If you have any questions regarding the rules feel free to PM any member of site staff. The Chicagoland Reefs staff will be constantly looking for membership feedback and ways to improve your experience. This is your reef, we're just the CUC.