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to all registered users. In the forum you can discuss astrological topics
and give feedback concerning products and services of Astrodienst as well
as the website www.astro.com.
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The same applies if you use the forum for business or advertising purposes, including offers of free astrological, psychological or healing services. Users who do not abide by these rules, will be barred from the forum.
In order to ensure smooth functioning and a friendly atmosphere in the forum, we ask forum members who notice a violation of forum rules to inform the forum master by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in which thread the violation took place and which rules were violated.
Astrological data are highly sensitive. We therefore ask you to take
the protection of personal data of third persons very seriously. If you
wish to post the chart of a person known to you, you must have their permission
to do so or anonymise the name and all birth / personal data. If this
is not the case, please refrain from posting this chart. Please respect
the privacy of those around you!
E-mail addresses of forum users will not be published, unless they decide to do so when they register. However, we do not recommend this. It is prohibited to collect e-mail addresses from the forum for advertising purposes or other forms of mass communication. We also recommend to NEVER publish credit card data, invoice or customer numbers, phone numbers or other private data in the forum!
Sometimes forum moderators or administrators send emails or private messages to forum members which may also contain criticism of a forum member's posting practice or content.
It is customary on the Internet to reply to private emails in private and not to publish them without permission by the sender of the email. We also expect this from the forum users in respect to any messages they receive privately from other forum members or moderators. Publishing a private message is considered a violation of forum rules.
If a recipient feels offended or harassed by private messages from other forum users, please complain by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can review the case. Please include a copy of the offending message. This is also applicable if the sender is a forum moderator or administrator. We guarantee that we will discuss the issue openly within the moderation team.
It is recommended that users use their real names as forum names. Users are generally free to choose the name they wish to use in the forum. However, should there be a danger of confusion (whether intentionally or unintentionally) with the name of a moderator or other established and important forum member, the moderator has the right to change this name or demand it to be changed. In this sense, there is not a free choice of name. It is always possible to choose your complete personal name (first name and surname) if it is not taken. If it is taken, a number may be added. Any member has a right to this name but to no other.
If there have been conflicts which involve aggressive postings, the forum administration may ask a forum member to use only his/her full real name for any future postings. This is because protection by anonymity can with sompe people induce a behaviour which they would never display under their full open name.
It is not allowed to take part in discussions under multiple identities. Each user of the forum must not have more than one forum identity. Violation of this rule results in immediate banning from the forum. Forum moderators are excepted from this rule, they usually have a private identity aside of their moderator role.
Important note: Forum Administration can request from anonymous forum members that they provide proof and documentation of their real identity, including full name, address and phone number. This information will be kept confidential by the forum administration.
Copyright of third party text and images
All text and images published in books, articles and websites is
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Unless it is clearly stated by the holder of the copyright that
republication is permitted, it is not
allowed to take text or images from one publication and publish it
elsewhere, for example on this forum.
Indicating sources for quoted text
It is vital that even for legally obtained text published on the forum which does not originate from the posters themselves the original source is given. This applies particularly to quotes from astrological software, astrological interpretation handbooks or courses, etc. Quoting third party text disguised as one's own is considered a severe violation of copyright as well as forum rules and can lead to immediate exclusion from the forum.
Private Messages and access by forum administration
Private messages (PM) serve the purpose of private communication between
forum members, invisible to the public forum. This medium allows the exchange
of confidential information, discussion of details or uttering opinions which
one would not utter in public.
The forum is intended for meaningful discussion of astrological subjects. It is not a chat room, where two or several members exchange short messages in fast sequence. Chatting in this style is allowed via PM between individual members, within limits, but not in a public forum thread. The better choice is to publish one's chat contact information in the profile, and to use chatting software outside the astro.com website. Sex chats or exchange of links regarding sexually explicit content are not acceptable even when kept strictly within the PM system.
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Aside of that, all content of this website is subject to Astrodienst copyright.
To be allowed write in the forum, a new member must have been an active user of www.astro.com for a certain period of time. Being an 'active user' means that this user has stored a certain number of natal data on the website, that he or she has used a certain number of charts or other services and that a certain amount of time has passed since the first visit under the same identity at www.astro.com.
If you feel unfairly restricted by this limitation, please write to email@example.com to request an exception. Please include the email address you used for the forum registration, your forum nickname and your real name and location in such a request.
The purpose of this limitation is to protect the forum from intruders who are not really part of the community but want to post in the forum in total anonymity, using a very recently created profile. Such users have sometimes contributed offensive messages, and the forum community needs to be protected from them.