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Community Guidelines

Please read the following Community Guidelines before interacting with the Community on For additional information, please refer to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

General Conduct

Before beginning a discussion, please skim through the threads to make sure that someone has not already started a conversation about your topic. Also, please make sure that you place your message in the correct folder.

Please respect the opinions of other users. We encourage you to discuss opinions as long as they stay respectful. This Community was created to discuss a wide range of topics, and attempts to drive off a user because he or she has a differing opinion will not be tolerated.

We encourage you to post your opinion, but you are not permitted to insult, harass, or intimidate other users for expressing theirs. Profanity and name-calling are forbidden. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, general disparaging or hateful comments and also those comments that are based specifically on gender, age, appearance, race, sexual orientation, ethnic background, locality, education or religion.

You may not post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation. We encourage you to be as individual as you like in the way you express yourself, but messages that get your point across (and get the best responses) are those that use complete words and sentences and an attempt at good grammar and spelling.

Do not impersonate any person or entity, use an identity similar to another identity used in the Community such that it may be misleading to other users, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.

Please do not post the same message more than once in the same thread or another thread. It is considered spamming and those who consistently do it will be banned from the Community.

You are strictly prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.

FindLaw does NOT assume responsibility or liability for any content posted by you or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information within such posts in the Community.


If you see an offensive or abusive post (or one that violates the Community Guidelines, our Terms of Service, or our Privacy Policy in any way), please report it using the Report Violation tool. Our moderation staff will take appropriate action.

If you choose to reply to the offensive/abusive post on the Community, please do so respectfully. Your post is subject to the same Community Guidelines as the original post, even if the original post violated those Guidelines.

Our moderation staff will attempt to remove any post deemed to be malicious or mean-spirited, irrelevant, or in violation of our Community Guidelines. If one of your posts is deleted, it is most likely because you have violated a Community Guideline and the deletion is a warning. Users who establish a pattern of such posts will have their accounts closed. If your account is closed, you may write to our moderation staff with an explanation and a request to be reinstated, and you may be reinstated provided that you agree to refrain from further violations.


Users of the Community agree to comply with applicable copyright laws when posting content in the Community. FindLaw assumes NO responsibility or liability for any content posted by you that violates the intellectual property rights of third parties. Users shall be solely liable for all third-party claims of copyright infringement.


Users are permitted to post links to external websites in the Community, provided that they are relevant to the topic. Do not post links to competing websites or forums, download sites, or files (for download). Posting links in an attempt to recruit users to a competing website or forum is forbidden. Users who develop a pattern of posting unauthorized links will have their accounts closed. You may include links to your personal website or blog in your signature line.

Personal Information

Do not include personal information in the Community that you would not want the public to know: such as your email address, your real name, where you live, and your phone number. Also, refrain from giving out your personal information to anyone you do not know. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, end the interaction and ignore them if they persist in trying to contact you. If you feel that another user is being pushy or putting you in an uncomfortable situation, please stop responding and report the conduct.