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Forum Rules and Suggestions 

If a poster violates these rules, do not respond on the message board and instead PM a moderator or email a link to info@midwestwhitetail.com to the offending post. 

No profanity. The use of profane words is prohibited. This includes the use of language that is racist, hateful, sexual, or obscene in nature in a public area. 

No pornography. Posting of or linking to pornographic materials or websites is strictly prohibited. Pictures in user signatures shall contain no nudity including see through tops, wet t-shirts, etc. 

No personal attacks. Calling a fellow poster out, calling him or her names or referring to him in a demeaning manner is prohibited. Disagreements or controversial subjects are common on large message boards but keep your comments and responses on the subject and not on the poster. 

No flame-baiting. Do not make posts for the sole purpose of starting a fight with a fellow poster or inflaming a large portion of the board. Posts should be made to inform or generate or continue a discussion, not to anger a large portion of the forum. 

No brand or personal bashing. Saying a product, brand or person “sucks,” needs to get “the heck out of town.” A healthy debate, discussion and even criticism is allowed but such criticism should be handled in a constructive and non flame-baiting manner.  

No posting of personal information. Posting of any personal information of fellow posters including names, addresses, phone numbers, email address, IP address, etc., is prohibited. 

Don’t attack the moderators. If you have a problem with a story, post, issue, rule, etc., send us an e-mail. Don’t trash us on our forums. We have to serve a large membership and can’t please everyone. If you have an issue with one of the moderators or their actions, please contact them via email or PM. If the issue can’t be resolved, send an email to info@midwestwhitetail.com. 

Violation of the above will result in your post being removed and a warning. Repeated violations of the rules will result in a ban. What constitutes profanity, flame-baiting, brand and personal bashing, etc., is at the sole discretion of the forum moderators and administrator. 

Be careful using sarcasm. Some folks are sarcastic, but sometimes it’s tough to tell the difference between a post meant in jest and one meant to attack a fellow poster. The use of a 😉 or an acronym such as LOL (laughing out loud) can help to differentiate between the two. But don’t try to hide flames by posting LOL at the end. 

Limit personal discussions. If you want to have a personal discussion with a fellow poster, send him an e-mail or give him a call on the phone. There is no need to fill up the forum with a bunch of personal messages. 

On-going disagreements. If you and a fellow poster have an ongoing disagreement, the best solution is not to reply to any posts from that user and vice versa. It is a major distraction to other users. 

Labeling is not productive. For example, calling a poster or a group of posters a particular name takes away from the discussion and is really a subtle type of personal attack. Members of this site can be very complex and have differing opinions on many subjects. Let’s explore those opinions and not stifle discussion with labels. 

Treat new members with respect. forum.midwestwhitetail.com is adding new members every day and it takes a while for some to catch on. Instead of attacking a new member that makes an honest mistake, be a Good Samaritan and post some useful tips or hints. 

Don’t be discouraged. This list is meant to put an end to the in-fighting and ugliness that occasionally crops up on forums.

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