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  1. Keep all commentary civil, and be courteous at all times. Constructive criticism is welcome, but insults directed towards others will not be tolerated.
  2. Live links - Live links are permitted in your signature, but no more than 2 links per signature. Live links in posts are permitted as long as the linked sites are related to Your post, i.e., article writing, Internet marketing, etc., and linked sites do not use any "black hat" search engine techniques.
  3. Stay on topic - If your post is not related to the primary subject of the thread, start a new thread in the relevant topic. Brainstorming is common on forums but if a member’s comment brings up a new thought, please start a new thread.
  4. Everything written is instantly copyrighted (yes, even on the Internet) by TheSpread.com. By posting on this forum/board you give TheSpread.com all rights to use your post in articles or newsletters or any other means TheSpread.com sees fit in an effort to provide valuable information to all TheSpread.com members, as well as any and all subscribers of the TheSpread.com Newsletter. TheSpread.com also reserves the right to use any and all content posted on this forum with TheSpread.com affiliated partners and sister companies.
  5. If you copy any post from this website to submit as an article or post on any other forum or website you are required to put a link at the bottom of your article with the name of the author as well as a link back to the post located on the TheSpread.com forum.
  6. Keep all posts on-topic.
  7. Do not astro-turf or pretend to be/represent somebody else. Your account will be deleted if found to be in breach of this rule.
  8. Do not discuss illegal activities. Our server is hosted in the USA so is subject to US law. Please do not expose us to any unnecessary legal liability.
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