• Forum Posting Rules and Etiquette plus Cookies Policy

    Crappie.com is members only web site – not a public forum for anyone that wants to come in spouting their strong right or left wing political, sexual or religious views. It has nothing to do with censorship or freedom of speech, these are simply our agreed to rules of engagement. So please do not post or participate in political, sexual or religious comments that can in any way incite debate. Prayers sent to those in need ARE allowed, and encouraged.

    Do not post anything that is not child friendly. In other words, do not post anything rude, unfriendly, angered, inappropriate, disturbing, disrespectful, pornographic, sexual, slanderous, racial, or vulgar. Tongue in cheek razzing is OK only if it is obvious, and you know for fact the recipient will not take offense.

    In an effort to ensure that “friendliness prevails over everything else” no personal attacks or even negative connotations towards others will be tolerated. Do not negatively agitate or provoke other members. Do not be surprised if your post is edited, moved, deleted or locked (by any Moderator, Super Moderator or Administrator). It may even happen by accident. Do not be offended. We’re just trying to preserve the intention and spirit of the site. We will not debate what we’ve done, although we may or may not provide an explanation. I hate for differing opinions to create enemies.

    Replies, criticism or comments about any rule enforcement actions should be done via PM (Private Message) to site Moderators or Administrators (you can always PM me, Slab, about anything). If you have a complaint, comment or criticism about one of the Moderators or Super Mods, do not post on the forum, PM me, Slab, site owner/administrator. Posting about someone that is banned is also not allowed unless it's an administrator explaining what had happened. It's just not right to post about or taunt an ex-member particularly since he can not respond. And please do not post for someone's return. If you have concerns, PM me about it.

    Do not post any potentially slanderous or attacking comments about any Public or Private Companies, Organizations, Corporations or Individuals. No Bashing!

    Do not plagiarize the work of others in the way of articles, stories, contests or pictures. You may quote a small portion/excerpt of an article, but you have to provide appropriate credit for such. Absolutely do not post copyright-infringing material.

    If a forum post is against rules, you should not reply, quote it or discuss it inside the forum. Instead you should click “report this post” link and notify forum moderators to take over.

    Filtered words are replaced by asterisks (*****). This means it is in our filter list and you should not use that word in the forum. Do not attempt to bypass the filter list by writing the word in a different syntax or form.

    If you don’t like a member in the forum, you should put him in your “ignore list” (look in your settings, upper right corner) and you will no longer hear from them again.

    Please remember, its rude to high jack or take somebody's thread off their topic.......if you want to talk about another subject, you should start your own thread.

    Do not advertise in your posts. This is a fine line and difficult to administer. You can mention a cool new product, or an ebay listing, or your wifes new embroidery business, but please do not turn it into an advertisement. Also, if you’re brand new to the site even that might be considered advertising.

    Advertising Note: If you are a "Member Sponsor", you are allowed to post advertisements and specials in the “Member Sponsor Classified Ads” forum. And you are allowed to advertise and include A URL in your signature. Additionally, your member name should not be an advertisement (this is a fine line, but will be managed individually).

    All signatures should not be larger than 125 pixels tall and 640 pixels wide (picture and/or text). Use the rule of thumb of approximately the size of a Business Card.

    Spamming is not allowed. No links to other Fishing Message Boards, or competitors are allowed, even if you are an advertiser. Crappie.com is not a launch pad for your website, blog or Facebook Group.

    If you sell/make jigs (or other product), even if you are a "Member Sponsor", to distinguish between advertising and posting about your jigs (or other product), please do not include pricing in your posts. You may include pricing in your post on the “Personal Classified Ads” forum, and if you're a "Member Sponsor", on the “Member Sponsor Classified Ads” forum.

    If you have a business you can not post your business’s products in the “Personal Classified Ads board”. You must become a "Member Sponsor" and post on the “Member Sponsor Classified Ads” forum.

    If you buy or sell anything from another member on the forum, you do so at your own risk. Crappie.com holds no responsibility in these dealings. Please, no gun sales, too much of a potential headache.

    Do not post the same thing on multiple crappie.com message boards. This looks like you are spamming the board.

    Do not post personal information like addresses, maps, last names, phone numbers or email addresses. This is for your own protection. If you do post your information (not recommended), it is at your own risk. Obviously if you are a business, and/or a "Member Sponsor", you probably want your contact information to be known.

    You may only have one User name on Crappie.com. If you are banned from Crappie.com you are not allowed to come back using a different user name.

    All these rules apply to public posts, Avatars, Signatures and also to PM’s (Private Messages). No spamming/soliciting is allowed via PM. If you receive a PM that breaks these rules do not hesitate to forward it to me Slab, the site administrator.

    What happens if you do not follow rules? Well, it will be up to our discretion. Your post may simply be removed or edited, or you may be banned temporarily, or you may be banned permanently. It all depends on the type of infraction, how long you’ve been a member, and how many previous infractions you’ve had. But feel free to post, we are not dictators, and will give you every chance to make good.

    The best thing to remember is that we want to have a nice friendly, family orientated web site, and if you keep that in mind, you will not have any problems here on Crappie.com. Please go fishing, and when you can’t, come visit America’s Crappie Community here at Crappie.com. Crappie fishermen and women, are the best.

    Privacy Policy
    This privacy policy sets out how Crappie.com uses and protects any information that you give Crappie.com when you use this website. Crappie.com is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
    Crappie.com may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 2008.
    • name
    • contact information including email address
    • postcode, preferences and interests
    • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

    What we do with the information we gather We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
    • Internal record keeping.
    • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
    • We may periodically send promotional email about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
    • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail.
    • We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
    • We may provide your information to our third party partners for marketing or promotional purposes.
    • We will never sell your information.

    Security We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
    How we use cookies A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

    Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

    You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

    Links to other websites
    Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

    Controlling your personal information

    You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
    • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
    • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at [email protected]

    We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to 4126 Harry Dr. Fruitland Park, FL If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

    Cookie Policy for crappie.com

    This is the Cookie Policy for crappie.com, accessible from crappie.com
    What Are Cookies
    As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the sites functionality.
    For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
    How We Use Cookies
    We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.
    Disabling Cookies
    You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.
    You can learn how to manage cookies on your web browser by following the Browser Cookies Guide.
    The Cookies We Set

    • Account related cookies
      If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.
    • Login related cookies
      We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

    Third Party Cookies
    In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

    • This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
      For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
    • From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.
    • The Google AdSense service we use to serve advertising uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you.
      For more information on Google AdSense see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.

    More Information
    Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren't sure whether you need or not it's usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. This Cookies Policy was created with the help of the Generator of GDPR Cookies Policy.
    However if you are still looking for more information, or you wish to have your account deleted, then please contact us through one of our preferred contact methods:

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