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Post  Admin on Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:23 pm

Upon registration, you will get a username and free access to our Forum site where you will learn more about the ins and outs of Buildabearville! We encourage every member to write and share their thoughts, ideas, opinions or anything you feel like sharing with the rest of the club! Just remember to read the rules and regulations first, as a guideline to make sure that you do not violate a rule.

As a new club member, you will receive a Club T-shirt:


As you go along, you will make new friends, make a band, form an exclusive club..

You can also join our Bear Trade, Auction House and Parties. Just make sure to read the rules!

Seems like everything is set, once you're done with reading our board Rules and Regulations, you may now start posting! If you are first time forum guest, we recommend that you through the Start Here section to go over our FAQ's.

Thank you and welcome to Bearville Guide Forums!

To ensure that Bearville Guide Forums runs as smoothly as possible, we will require that each and every member (that includes us Board Officers and the Admin!) adhere to the rules and regulations imposed on our site. After all, even a bearrific site like BGF needs to have rules!

Bearville Guide Forums was created to supply the needs of current existing (and growing) Build-a-Bearville players. As such, we would like to remind everyone, the young and the young at heart to keep in mind the same rules and regulations we all agreed to when we started playing. However, as we are a running forum, added rules must be implied and followed.

Please remembear to keep our forum as clean and as safe for everyone as possible. Bear in mind that Build-A-Bearville was created mainly for the young ones and as such, our forums must be geared towards them. So please, nothing inappropriate! Think about what you're posting and ask whether you would want your child, sibling or playmate to read them first.

The Admin and the Board Officers reserve the right to edit, move, lock or delete any posts by members, provided they feel that it does not adhere with the guidelines of Bearville Guide Forums. If they feel that your posts are inappropriate, you will receive a warning and a reason as to why you were warned.

REMEMBEAR: You can only get warned a certain number of times. Following that, you will either be suspended or banned depending on the gravity of your actions and the frequency of them.


Posting Rules (Guidelines and Proper Netiquette)

Please keep in mind that forum is geared towards the players of Build-A-Bearville and as such need to be protected from inappropriate behaviors. Please keep in strict adhere to kid-friendly reminders and post accordingly by such we expect you to:

a. Be courteous and polite to everyone in the forums. Give equal respect to the Admin, the Board Officers and the members.

b. No Racial Slurs or anything of the sort. Be respectful of each member’s race, social status, gender, religion, social disability and age. This includes the agreement that each member will avoid and discourage any derogatory remarks aimed at a specific player, his race, age, gender and political preferences.

c. No Flaming – flaming refers to a member interrupting the flow of a thread by posting hateful comments that incite anger in other members. Yes we know that it’s impossible to get along with everybody. But, let’s just all agree to disagree and keep our debates within the healthy confines of proper bear-etiquette.

d. No profanity. Bearville Guide Forums has set up word filters but don’t think that just because you got away with using a profane language or sentence that you’re free. Moderators will monitor most of the posts and we encourage other members to keep track of each other’s actions when it comes to posting.

e. Advertising of another website, product, and/or service via a new topic is strictly prohibited. Please understand that while there exists a general chat forum for things not related to Build-A-Bearville, it does not include links to other websites. This is because anything that goes on outside of Bearville Guide Forums is out of our hands. We don’t want you guys to be visiting sites that could possibly be sensitive or dangerous.

If you believe that a site you’re promoting is safe and kid-friendly, then PM the Admin or any of the Senior Officers and ask for permission. They will then decide if that website is in adherence with Bearville Guide Forums principle guidelines.

f. No solicitation for donation. And definitely NO asking for Animal ID's and webcodes from players through private messages. (There are no EXCEPTIONS to this rule!)


Here are some rules regarding codes:
(Don't think that we are taking away the fun of sharing codes...)

1. You cannot post illegal codes here or anywhere else in the web! It's bad; it's prohibited! Whoever is caught doing that will be banned from this site immediately.
2. You cannot post a glitched code.
A glitched code is a code that is meant to be used only once but are used by many. If you have a glitched code taken from another site, do not post it here! You can PM the admins or the mods about it so we can report it directly to Buildabearville.
3. You can ask for webcodes, but please do not multi-post asking for codes! We will give you a warning for that.
4. Please only share the unused welcome pass codes! Do not share anymore codes that are used.
5. We do not share store credit codes! Please stay tuned tuned for future updates and contests where you may win Bear Boutique items!

g. No Duplicate Accounts – Creating more than one account per e-mail account is already filtered, however if we catch members who are creating multiple accounts for the purpose of harassing or spamming other players, we will be forced to ban that member.

h. Avatars and Signatures - please make your avatars and signatures safe for everyone to read and view. You cannot claim to be a CyBearGuide, to be ChloeRocks, SheaMegale, or any of the Build-A-Bearville special online characters in your signature. If the Admin and the Board Officers believe that you are not following this rule, you will be given a warning and a day to delete and/or change your existing avatar/signature.

i. No Post Topic Spamming - do not post the same topic and/or post in multiple forums. We realize sometimes this happens within the same topic due to technical issues but other than that this is strictly prohibited.

j. No PM Spamming - Spamming unsolicited messages through the use of the PM (Private Message) system on Bearville Guide Forums is strictly prohibited. Members are requested to inform moderators of other members who violate this rule. You will be warned and/or banned.

k. Impersonating Other Members - Creating accounts that use similar, or existing, member names in order to slander existing members, or cause misconceptions towards another member, is not allowed.

i. Personal Information – while there is a profile page to display member information, we advise members to be careful about what they are willing to share and be careful about giving away sensitive information such as your phone number, your exact address, your real name, your school’s name or any other information that could lead to endangering your privacy or identity. If you feel that a member is being too inquisitive, please inform the Admin or the Board Officers ASAP.


Sanctions
A member is afforded only 5 warnings (for the same offense) for inappropriate behavior.

a. First three offenses of the same nature – 3 Warnings (basically a slap on the wrist)
b. Fourth Offense of the same nature – Suspension (period of suspension varies)
c. Fifth Offense of the same nature– Permanent Ban from Bearville Guide Forums

For Immediate ban (that does not need any warnings)

a. Posting, advertising and inviting our members to join another forum site
b. Use of profanity or foul language when corresponding with the Admin, the Board Officers and the members

Disabling of PM access
a. Asking for random codes by PM-ing other members and the Board Officers
b. PM spamming


Yes, we know it seems too strict, but we believe that we are clear with the rules and that repeated warnings will only get you so far. However, we trust that the members of this forum will adhere to the rules. Hopefully, we don’t need to get to the fifth offense.



The Staff

The Admin and the Board Officers in this forum exist to make sure that everything in the site runs smoothly, the rules and regulations are being followed and most importantly, that everyone is having fun!

If you believe that an officer is abusing his authority, please contact the Admin and he will look into the matter immediately.

Your happiness is our one desire here at Bearville Guide Forums and we want to promote our forums as a safe and healthy environment for all.

As such, the Admin and the Board Officers will be monitoring the forums. We know we cannot keep track of everything so we advise our members to report to us if they feel that an injustice has been done or that someone has violated forum rules.

Who knows? You might be invited to join our team too!

If we feel that a member has done something that is contrary to what our forums are striving for, we will give necessary sanctions such as warning, suspensions or a permanent ban from the site. However, we might get some things wrong too. If you feel that you have been wrongly accused, PM the Admin and explain your case.







Disclaimer:

Bearville Guide Forums is not responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website, or in reliance on the information available on the site. This includes any personal injury, business interruption, loss of use, lost data, lost profits, or any other pecuniary loss. Bear Boulevard is not responsible for the content of our users’ posts, and states that the views of our users are not necessarily that of Bear Boulevard.

Bearville Guide Forums is not an official site of, sponsored by, nor affiliated with Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Build-A-Bearville.com™. Build A Bear Workshop® is the trade name and the registered trademark of Build-A-Bear Retail Management, Inc. Bearemy® and all Build-A-Bearville.com™ character names, logos, and images are trademarks owned by Build-A-Bear, Inc.

General Rules and Guidelines for the Club House:[/b]

1. Respect the rules of each club.

2. Some Clubs may be open for public posting , while some may be restricted to members only. This feature is solely dictated by the Club Leader.

3. The Club House is NOT a place for trading and auctioning items.

4. The Club House is NOT a place for any solicitations.

5. Officers reserve the right to edit posts, move/ delete threads/topics without prior notice.

6. Club Discussions should all be viewable to the public.

7. There is no limit as to how many clubs you can join.

8. Proposed Club Names will be approved by the Staff.

8. BGF Rules and Regulations apply.


Rules for Club Leaders:

1. Club Leaders should regularly update their member list section.

2. Club Leaders have the right to refuse member applications but must show a valid reason.

3. Club Leaders can only head one Club, however they can join other clubs. It is a Club Leader's discretion to accept another club leader's application for membership.

4. Club Leaders should assign an assistant to fill in their absence. Club Leaders should inform the BGF Staff.

5. Club Leaders may opt to give freebies or prizes to the members, provided that it is strictly BABV items only. BGF will not be held responsible for items that were not received or handed out. However, should an issue of this nature arise, please PM any of of the Senior Officers right away.

Before anything else, we would like to remind everyone that IF you were scammed by players from our BearXchange section, Bearville Guide Forums is not responsible for your loss. We will try to help out but ultimately, it is out of our hands.

BearXchange is exclusive for trading of Buildabearville virtual items only. Trading of codes, real bears, real cash and other tangible stuff is strictly prohibited! Trading off with other blogs and forum sites is not allowed.

Do not use the Bear Mail system when trading, to avoid issues of not getting items, etc. Bearville Guide Forums will not be held liable for that.

This is strictly a Trade-only section. Unrelated posts will be automatically erased.

We advise everyone to practice due diligence when inside BearXchange!



This is the Exclusive Big Traders section where only a chosen few can indulge in a very safe and reliable trade.

Rules and Guidelines:

1. Each qualified member is given his own space in the Big Traders section that he can control and modify.

2. Each Big Trader's space bears his BGF Username as the title.

3. Your thread should show the following:

Opening date:

BABV Username:
Preferred time:
Items I offer (These are items from my inventory that I want to trade):
From Pawlette Coufur
From Bear Stuff
From Bear Boutique
PSI
Other special items

Items I want (These are items that I am looking for):
From Pawlette Coufur
From Bear Stuff
From Bear Boutique
PSI
Other special items

4. Private messaging of trade offers is not allowed. All trade transactions should be made public.

5. There is no limit to the items you offer. You have the option to keep adding more items. Just make sure that these items exist in your My Stuff. Let's keep things clean and honest here. If we hear complaints about you, we will take you out of this exclusive area.

6. When members reply to your trade post, make sure to reply back to every posts by either accepting or rejecting their offer. For rejected offers, please specify reason. For accepted offers, make sure to set the date, time and place. You have to show up on your scheduled time. If we hear complaints about absences, we will automatically take you out of the Big Traders section and an appropriate sanction will be given to you.

7. After each trade is completed, the Space owner strikes out the item from his have's and want's. The member he traded off with will post a feedback using this format:
Items that were traded
Good/Fair/Bad and a brief explanation

8. If you do not log in for 15 days, you will lose your space here in Big Traders section.

9. If you encounter any problems with other players brought about by this trade section, let an officer know right away!

10. The officers reserve the right to delete/modify and or close your BearXchange thread based on our Rules and Guidelines.

Before anything else, we would like to remind everyone that IF you were scammed by players from our BearXchange section, Bearville Guide Forums is not responsible for your loss. We will try to help out but ultimately, it is out of our hands.

BearXchange is exclusive for trading of Buildabearville virtual items only. Trading of codes, real bears, real cash and other tangible stuff is strictly prohibited! Trading off with other blogs and forum sites is not allowed.

Do not use the Bear Mail system when trading, to avoid issues of not getting items, etc. Bearville Guide Forums will not be held liable for that.

This is strictly a Trade-only section. Unrelated posts will be automatically erased.

We advise everyone to practice due diligence when inside BearXchange!
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