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The rules at a glance
For more details and our reasons, please scroll down to the relevant sections below.
Do NOT use SMS, chatroom and instant messaging (IM) style of intentional truncations and misspelling of English words, or what we call SMS or IM lingo.
We do NOT require members to post in perfect English. We only required that you spell common words correctly, in full and use proper punctuation (at least the basics like periods (full-stops), commas and question marks). We understand that not all our members are good in English and that some have trouble with grammar, sentence construction and spelling of longer words.
In general, acronyms and initialisms are allowed, but truncation and intentional misspelling are NOT allowed.
Acronyms and initialisms are words or names that are formed from the first letters of the words in a phrase or name. For example, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), BTW (By The Way), HTML (HyperText Markup Language), AQ (Aquatic Quotient), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).
Truncation is the chopping off of parts of a word to shorten it. For example, 'pls', 'ppl', 'tks'.
Examples of SMS or IM truncations or misspelling (not exhaustive):
We allow common abbreviations like:
|English||Chemical Notation||Units of Measurement|
| Etc. (Etcetera)
I.e. (That is)
| C, K, O, P, N
CO2, KNO3, O2
| m, cm, ' (feet), " (inches)
A (amphere), W (watts)
l, ml, oz, gal
g, kg, mg, lb
Where there is doubt whether a certain abbreviation is allowed, Aquatic Quotient's decision is final. Intentionally misspelt words are completely prohibited.
Reasons for This Policy
Common Questions about This Policy
Q. "This is a hobby forum, we are here to relax. We should not be stressed out by having to write proper English."
A. First, AQ does NOT require members to write in perfect English. We only require members to spell properly (to the best of their ability), use at least basic punctuation, and to avoid SMS or IM lingo. We understand people sometimes unintentionally misspell words and we will not penalised genuine cases (at most, we will edit and correct the word for search and translation purposes). We, however, do not understand nor tolerate members who intentionally misspell 'me' as 'mi', or 'also' as 'oso'.
Second, while it is relaxing for some people to post in SMS or IM lingo, it is stressful for others to read them. Not all members can understand SMS and IM lingo.
In topical forums, for the first few incidences, our moderators will generally edit the posts and correct the spelling. In most cases, the corrections will be highlighted for your attention.
In the marketplace forums, all posts that contain SMS or IM lingo will be deleted without notice.
For repeat offenders, infractions will be issued. If enough infractions are issued, the account will be automatically moderated. Posts from moderated accounts will be placed in the moderation queue and will not appear until approved by a moderator.
Persistent offenders will face permanent bans.
The Rules - The long version
(Scroll down for the short and sweet version)
Second-hand, Home-grown, Home-bred and Custom-made Items
The Rules - The short and sweet version
This is the short version for ease of reading, but where there is any doubt, the long version of the rules will always prevail:
While Aquatic Quotient understands that members (especially Singaporeans) like to get the best prices possible, we have recognised that open discussion of prices have resulted in an unhealthy effect on the Singapore fish shop industry.
Often the discussion of prices, especially of livestock and plants, do not include the comparison of the other factors such as the quality, size and source (example, wild-caught vs. farm bred, specific farms, etc) of the goods. This has led to the demise of many shops that strive to bring in and maintain quality livestock and plants for the hobbyists, and the proliferation of less scrupulous shops that supply cheap, but lower quality livestock and other products, or save costs by storing the livestock, plants or goods in less than reasonable conditions.
Many fish shops often give discounts to regular customers or customers who buy large quantities. When such prices are revealed indiscriminately, many shopkeepers end up facing bargain hunters who bargain aggressively to get such prices for small quantities or one-time purchases. This eats into the shops bottomline and again leads to the demise of some shops.
The revealing of such discounted prices has also led to distributors taking action against the shops for selling products below RRP and often results in the shop not being able to stock such products any more. This affects the shops livelihood as they are not able to stock popular brands any more and subsequently lose customers.
While it is an open secret that many shops gives discounts on RRP, the open publishing of such pricing will leave the distributors no choice but to take action, especially when other shops complain.
One side effect is that some shops are now wary of customers who are obviously forum members, preferring not to give them better pricing for fear that it will be revealed online and lead to the above mentioned problems. They also become wary of dealing with forum staff who depend on good relations with the shops to get sponsorship and other deals for forum events and members.
However, Aquatic Quotient understands that many hobbyists, especially beginners, just want an idea of the costs of starting and maintaining an aquarium. Hence, Aquatic Quotient will allow the limited discussion of prices as outlined above.
I think we can safely assume that when you buy large enough quantities of items or patronise regularly, most shops will give a discount anyway.
No doubt occasional disagreements will occur between members and is unavoidable. We appreciate, robust debate, please respect each other and do not resort to insults and personal attacks. Also, do not respond in kind. AQ will take action against all guilty parties, regardless of who initiated it.
Please also remember that the faceless nature of the internet lacks the benefit of body language and other physical clues of intentions. Misunderstandings can occur and please give the benefit of doubt when responding.
Do NOT post vulgar, obscene, pornographic and erotic content
As a guideline, anything that will NOT appear on the National Geographic Magazine may NOT be used in Aquatic Quotient. This is only a guideline and does NOT override any other rules on Aquatic Quotient.
This rule also applies to content that is implicitly of this nature. For example, misspelt, abbreviated or otherwise camouflaged vulgar words or phrases are still subject to this rule. Non-nude images depicting a vulgar, obscene, pornographic or erotic act are also subject to this rule.
Aquatic Quotient reserves the right to decide the suitability of any content posted on Aquatic Quotient.
Do NOT post discriminatory content against another person's character, personal beliefs and/or subscriptions
This rule covers all areas of Aquatic Quotient that a member may edit, such as signature, avatar, title, etc. This includes but is not limited to discrimination against the following:
Depending on the severity of the incident, the penalty will range from a simple warning to a permanent ban.
Do NOT post political and/or religious content
Politics and religion are sensitive topics and can lead to heated disagreements. We also do not wish to be used as a platform for political or religious propaganda, recruitment or prolysetization. Aquatic Quotient is a forum for all aquarium hobbyist, regardless of their political leanings or religious beliefs, and we will not tolerate having the peaceful community being rend asunder by political or religious agendas.
There are other channels for such topics.
Defamation is a written attack on a party's reputation.
If you have had a bad experience with another party or parties (regardless of whether they are Aquatic Quotient members or not, including organisations or businesses of all kinds) and wish to share your experience on Aquatic Quotient, you may do so, but in a truthful, neutral and factual manner. You must NOT attack or make judgement on the other party's character (e.g. you should not label the person as dishonest, unscrupulous, etc) or make unsubstantiated accusations. The readers themselves can judge for themselves from the events and facts of the incident.
Readers who respond to such posts must also avoid defamation.
Respect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
The guidelines to IPR on the Internet are broad and not exactly concrete. In any case, the law still has the final say. In general:
Trademarks can be used:
Advertisements may be posted in the Marketplace forums only.
For more details, please see the advertising FAQ.
Advertising are NOT allowed on any other parts of Aquatic Quotient or in other forms, including but not limited to:
General Rules (Applies to Merchants as well)
Forum specific rules
In addition to the general rules, the following applies to the respective marketplace forums.
Aquarium Related Marketplace
Merchant Advertisements and Announcements
Threads that break the advertisement rules will be removed without notice.
Aquatic Quotient reserves the right to remove any advertisements that it deems inappropriate without notice.
Aquatic Quotient is merely providing a free place for advertising. We are neither involved in, responsible nor liable for any of the advertisments or resultiing transactions.
We do not make any effort nor take any responsibility to ensure the authencity of advertisers or the quality of the goods or services advertised. Our requirements of MO organisers are merely to discourage fraud. Permission given to MO organisers to advertise should not be taken as endorsement by Aquatic Quotient. It is the responsibility of buyers to check the quality and quantity of goods or services provided before completing the purchase. In the case of MOs, it is the sole discretion of the buyers to decide the trustworthiness of the organiser before making payment.
While Aquatic Quotient may on occasion, at our discretion, step in to investigate disputes or seemingly fraudulent advertisments or transactions, we do not take any responsibility for such cases nor is it our responsibilty to investigate or resolve them. Do NOT expect Aquatic Quotient to help you investigate or resolve such cases.
Aquatic Quotient provides several sub-forums in the Marketplace forums for members to place advertisements to sell, buy, exchange or give away goods and services. Please see the Advertising FAQ above for detailed rules and more information.
Auctions are Not Allowed
Auctions add several levels of complication and we simply do not have the resources to monitor auctions and ensure they are carried out fairly and within the rules that would be required.
Flipping (Buying and Quick Re-selling for Profit) is NOT allowed.
Flipping is the buying, or obtaining for free, used goods with the intention to quickly re-sell them for profit. It does not matter whether the goods are bought from Aquatic Quotient members and flipped elsewhere, or the goods bought elsewhere are flipped on Aquatic Quotient.
We provide the marketplace forums as a convenience for well-meaning members to sell at a reasonable price, or give away, their unwanted items to other members with genuine need for the items. And also for members with budget constrains to get items they need at budget prices. We feel no one should take advantage of members' good intentions or needs to turn a quick profit.
Do NOT chalk or pad postcount
Chalking or padding postcount refers to the rapid posting of useless posts in order to achieve enough postcount to gain privileges.
Offenders will see their useless posts deleted and ill-gotten privileges revoked. Persistent offenders will be banned.
Do NOT bump or 'up' threads
Bumping a thread refers to posting zero- or low-value posts to keep a thread alive or to push the thread to the top of the 'New Post' results or forum listing. This is disruptive to the forum and makes it difficult for members to find threads with genuine new activity. Bumping is a form of spam and will treated as such in severe cases.
Depending of severity, one or more of the following actions may be taken:
For Marketplace, any threads that are bumped or 'upped' will be completely deleted. Repeatedly starting new threads for the same items, will also be considered as bumping.
Do NOT spam
Spammers will be dealt with severely. Advertisement spammers will be banned permanently.
Please do not create multiple accounts on AQ. The only exception are merchant accounts: merchants may maintain ONE normal member account and ONE merchant account for each distinct registered business.
In most cases, multiple accounts are used to conduct fraudulent activities and we will treat all multiple accounts seriously.