Community Guidelines & Rules



When you register here at VeggieBoards you agree to abide by our Terms of Service, as well as the community rules listed below. If you have any questions please contact a VeggieBoards moderator.



Registration rules - who can register at VeggieBoards?



General posting rules



What happens when mods step in? (How we handle the rules and policy violations)



Extra information for members



Registration Rules - who can register at VeggieBoards?


  • You may register at VeggieBoards if you are vegetarian, vegan or you are actively planning on going vegetarian or vegan.

  • Do not join VB if you want us to convert you to a vegetarian or convince you to become vegetarian. Join only if you are personally ready to take active steps to go meat-free.

  • Youth ages 12 and under may not join VeggieBoards.

  • Do not create multiple VeggieBoards accounts.


General posting rules


Stay safe



  • Do not post personal information such as your home address or phone number.

  • Do not share your VeggieBoards password with anyone.

  • Do not post another member's personal information (such as address or phone number) even if it is available elsewhere online.

  • Do not discuss private correspondence publicly (PM's, e-mail, etc).


Stay healthy



We are not doctors and do not guarantee that any advice given on VB is based on medical fact vs. opinion. If you're ill or have questions about your health please see your personal health care provider about it. VB is also not an animal health site - if your companion animal is ill or hurt please contact your vet.


Please note that the moderators reserve the right to delete posts which promote extreme diets and health remedies which are seen as putting members health and well-being at great risk.



Don'ts of Posting


  • Do not post anything that may be perceived as spam.

  • Do not post, upload, or link to anything that is unsuitable for youth, public spaces or work.

  • Do not post profanity. Learn more about our profanity rule.

  • Do not post or upload copyrighted material without permission.

  • Do not reply to offensive posts or spam. Use the "report abuse" link to notify the moderators.

  • Do not post in very light font colors, as it can be hard for some members to see.

  • Do not use all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE YELLING AT EVERYONE!


Dos of Posting



  • Do post new threads in the appropriate area. If you're not sure where to post read the sticky note at the top of each forum area for clues or ask a mod.

  • Do use a descriptive thread title when you start a new thread.

  • Do hit enter once in a while. Huge walls of texts are hard to read.


Be a supportive community member



If you consistently post in a way that reflects negatively on the community we may question whether or not it's in our best interest to have you here.



  • Do not discourage other members from posting.

  • Ask yourself if your post is supportive and/or constructive before posting.

  • Never post merely to add negativity to the discussion.

  • Do not heavily promote other websites or forums that are similar to VeggieBoards.

  • Do not bring drama that happens on other websites to VeggieBoards.

  • Do not talk trash about other vegetarian forums or websites in posts.

  • Do not be rude or disrespectful towards other members.

  • Do not call people names (such as, "stupid, troll, idiot, and so on).

  • Never threaten another member with physical or emotional harm.

  • Never instigate or encourage others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage of any person or business.

  • Many of our members are sensitive about the plight of animals (and people too,) so issue a warning if you post an image, video, or a link to a story about animal or human cruelty, neglect or harm. We ask that you hide any excessively graphic images in "spoiler tags," preceded by a text warning, like this-

    WARNING- Graphic images. View at your own risk.
    Spoiler
    Graphic images and videos go here.

    Also, if you start a new thread that is based on graphic imagery, please also provide a warning in the thread's title, so members may view it (or not) at their own discretion.


Never ever: advocate violence against any individual, group or organization (protected or unprotected) OR post hate/anti content targeted against any group or individual that may be construed as biased against individuals, groups, or organizations based on criteria such as race, religion, disability, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation.



Be responsible for your own behavior



Our goal here at VeggieBoards is personal responsibility. We want the community to work out their own problems and only have mods step in when truly needed. We want to treat people as mature individuals, not make everyone feel as though they're being controlled or babysat by mods and the rules. In general, focus on taking personal responsibility first, getting mods involved second.


What happens when mods step in? (How we handle the rules and policy violations)


When mods do get involved, we use a system of mod consensus to decide what, if anything, should be done. If you break a rule one or more of the following may happen.



  • A mod may post in the thread asking people to try and get along.

  • A mod may place an offensive post in a spoiler box.

  • A thread may be moved or locked.

  • You may get a warning about your behavior

  • You may be asked to self-edit your own post.

  • You may receive an infraction.

  • You may be placed on probation.

  • You may receive a temporary or permanent ban.


It's impossible to cover every potential situation with a specific rule, so VB mods reserve the right to deal with any situation as it arises in a logical, consensus-minded manner.




Extra information for members



Leaving VeggieBoards



If you decide VB is not for you, you're free to leave at anytime and find a more suitable forum. However, please don't leave in a huff or try to create drama before you go. Should you choose to leave the site, your account, including your posts, will not be deleted. You may however edit your own posts as you see fit.


To learn more about the rules here at VeggieBoards...



In order to keep the rules here simple and easy to scan, we've only included the most important guidelines within this document. If you're interested in a much more extensive look at rules such as what constitutes minor and major violations, how bans and probation work and more, see our Frequently Asked Questions guide.



The fine print




VeggieBoards owners, administrators and moderators reserve the right to modify these terms at any time. Your continued use of this site following the effective date of such changes to these Terms means you accept those changes.


These rules are current as of August 2015.