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     Philip Senechal 
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    General Rules and Guidelines for Forum Use:

    1. Read up on past posts about a specific topic before asking a question! There is a ton of information here, and while many topics have been hashed to death, it can be a little overwhelming. No one is going to be upset with you if you ask a question that has been asked before, but some members do become frustrated if they feel they have answered the same question 10 times before. The forum has a search function at the top of the page that can be very useful for locating information on many topics. If you have questions on how to use it please feel free to let us know and we will help you.
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    4. Due to their volatile nature, discussion involving political, religious, or other sensitive topics not related to wine making will be locked and/or deleted. This is done to keep tempers in check and everyone civil. The moderator team will not delete a topic without discussion among themselves. If you wish to participate in such discussions, there are other forums elsewhere specifically for this purpose. The AWA team moderators shall be the sole decision makers as to what constitutes closing, editing, or removal of a post.
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    14. We reserve the right to edit or remove any offensive, inflammatory, slanderous, rude or inappropriate posts without notice. The AWA team Admins and Moderators shall be the sole decision makers as to what constitutes editing or the removal of a post. Posts deemed to be SPAM will be deleted as soon as they are noticed without discussion.
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    18. Manufacturers and suppliers are welcome, and are encouraged to provide advice, support and information for the members of the forum. However, all posts must help promote the wine making hobby in general. Posts that are determined to represent advertising or product promotion may be deleted, and repeat offenders asked to desist. A link that leads to a manufacture or suppliers website in the signature area of your posts is acceptable and will be allowed.
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    20. Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way. These actions include editing, or removing posts, topics or threads.
    21. We the Moderator/Admin Team also reserve the right to refuse membership, suspend or ban anyone who willfully violates the forum rules, or is deemed disruptive to the forum by the Moderator/Admin Team. Membership may be denied for a variety of reasons, and membership can be suspended or revoked at any time by the moderation and administration team Be advised that access to and being a member of the AWA forums is a privilege and not a right. All posts, threads, attachments, and content posted within this forum become the sole property of the owners of AWA.

    Please Note: These rules are subject to change without notice. Please check from time to time for possible changes in our rules and guidelines. By becoming a member and posting topics or responding to threads on this forum, you agree to the rules and guidelines posted above. These posted rules and guidelines will apply to all current, past and future members and posters on AWA, if you do not agree with any of the rules and guidelines listed then please do not post or join the forum.

    Thank You,
    The Amador Winemakers Association Admin/Moderator Team

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