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PTO Community Purpose
The purpose of the Prison Talk Online community is Prisoner & Family Support, Information and Assistance.
While we encourage interest from people with a range of viewpoints seeking to learn more, anything beyond a genuine, friendly dialog is not welcome.

People who are (or were) involved with the Prison System find that they encounter a wide range of difficulties and challenges.
PTO was founded as a forum to help family members cope with these experiences; through the provision of non-judgmental support and the sharing of information.

PTO is not the place to debate whether or not anyone should be in prison, should prisoners and their families have rights or what kind of punishments should be meted out to the guilty.

We look forward to seeing you posting in the forums and hope that we can help you with any issues that you may be experiencing.
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o Use of PTO Name
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o PTO Sponsors and Advertisers
o PTO Copyright Notice
o Advertising and Promoting Services
o Advertising and Promoting other communities
o Inviting or Directing Outside Contact
o Soliciting Financial Assistance
o Hoaxes
o Illegal Activities
o Threats, Racism, Sexism
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o Police/Correctional Officer Bashing
o Administrator/Moderator Bashing
o Illegal Activities/Drugs/Gang Activity
o Copyright Policy
o Appropriate Forums
o Thread Titling
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o User Account Use and Security
o Password Security
o Updated Contact Information
o Private Messaging System
o PTO Card Programs
o Signatures, Avatars and Graphics
o Counters
o Impersonation and Accessing Other Members’ Accounts
o Unsolicited Contact of Other Members’ Incarcerated Loved Ones
o Contacting PTO Administrators/Moderators
o Closing your PTO Account
o Administration Dispute Resolution
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o Contact Administration
o Confidentiality
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At PTO, we believe in the freedom of speech & expression; however, you do not have an absolute right to say whatever you want in this community.
Anything that goes against our core beliefs and the purpose for which this community was designed may not be allowed.
Posts and comments that are meant to incite conflicts between members or outside parties are not acceptable.
PTO Administration may edit, modify, close or delete any content found in this community. While this rarely happens, we will not allow individuals or groups to create problems with the overall membership.
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We respectfully ask that members do not use the PTO name in any cause that is not specifically authorized by PTO Administration.
It is sincerely appreciated when our members assist us in spreading the word about the Prison Talk Online community but to state that “PTO and I are fighting this issue” is not permissible unless it has been cleared with us first.

PTO Administrator and Moderators
PTO is staffed entirely by volunteers. We are here to help you get the most out of our community.
Sometimes we may need to move, edit or delete posts and threads. This happens very rarely and we appreciate your understanding if this happens to one of your posts.
Our moderators will do their best to inform you of the reason why something was changed.
Please make sure that you read the rest of this thread to ensure that you are posting according to our guidelines.

PTO Sponsors and Advertisers
Without our community sponsors, PTO would not be able to meet its running costs each month.
If you have an issue with a sponsor on PTO, please send a private message to an administrator outlining the issue at hand.
Please do not use the open forum to air grievances about our sponsors.
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All materials contained on this web site are subject to the ownership rights of PrisonTalk.com. PrisonTalk.com authorizes you to make a single copy of the content herein for your own personal, non-commercial, use. You agree that any copy made must include PrisonTalk.com’s copyright notice. No other permission is granted to you to print, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, upload, download, store, display in public, alter, or modify the content contained on this web site.

This web site also contains trademarks of PrisonTalk.com protected under United States and International Trademarks laws. Use of such marks without PrisonTalk.com’ written permission is strictly prohibited.

If you believe that your or another’s copyrighted work has been infringed on this Site, please send a notice to counsel@prisontalk.com containing the following information:

* Your name, address, telephone number, and if available, an email address at which you may be contacted;

* Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works, a representative list of such works;

* Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity;

* A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

* A statement that the information in your notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
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Advertising and Promoting Services
PTO has a no advertising policy with the exception of our community sponsors.
This includes discussion forums, message boards, chat sites, commercial businesses & services, personal websites, charitable and other organizations, etc. However, we encourage you to post a direct link to an outside site that is relevant to a discussion or thread and that you believe will be helpful to others.
No advertising also includes links in signatures which cause commercial popup windows to pop up in threads (sometimes found embedded in some counters, including ones from sitegadgets.com).
Advertising a business by choosing a username such as "JimsLawFirm" or "HappyHotel" etc. is not permitted without PTO Admin consent.
If you have a business or service that you think will benefit the members of PTO, please contact a PTO Administrator.
For those of you who would like to post your site (commercial or not), we have a “Resource” section located on all PTO top menus, where you are free to post most any prison related web link along with a full description.
It can also be found at: www.PrisonLinks.com

Advertising and Promoting other communities
Please do not promote other on-line communities, businesses, or websites on PTO by the following or any other means: (1) Putting the link or information in your signature file that appears below your posts; (2) Posting the information in the threads soliciting people to go there; (3) Sending a Private Message to PTO members soliciting them; or (4) Sending e-mail to PTO members soliciting them.

Inviting or Directing Outside Contact
Please do not make any posts where you invite other members to contact you to find out more information, rather than post it in the forum. If you have some relevant information, please share it in the open forums.
This is not allowed and any posts with emails or invitations to contact for more information may be removed.

Soliciting Financial Assistance
Soliciting financial assistance in the forums or via PM is not acceptable.
As much as we would like to assist in helping those who are in grave need of it, there is no way to easily and effectively determine the accuracy of someone’s financial situation.
This policy also extends to charitable or other organizations seeking donations and assistance. Please contact an Administrator if you would like some help to share information about a particular charity or initiative.
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Any member found perpetrating a hoax in order to gain sympathy and/or attention from the members of PTO will be removed from the community and the details of the hoax may be posted publicly.
We will not tolerate fraudulent posting on PTO and take this matter very seriously.
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Illegal Activities
Threads/replies encouraging illegal/unethical action, or more importantly, anything relating to compromising the security of prisons and institutions etc. are not acceptable.
Posts such as these will be removed and may lead to further posting restrictions on your account.
This policy extends to profiles, avatars, etc., as well.
PTO's policy on illegal activities also extends to references of gang activity. Gang activity is illegal and especially so in the prison systems.
If you are affiliated with a gang and have a loved one in prison, you are certainly still welcome at PTO, but no references to such affiliations in posts, profile or avatars are allowed.

Conversations relating to manufacturing and promoting of drugs or their use are not welcome at PTO.
Conversations relating to the Drug War, addiction and other issues (prisoner & family) related are welcome in their appropriate forums.

Threats, Racism, Sexism
Threads or replies promoting or expressing intolerant views towards “minorities” (race, religion, sexual preference, interracial couples, etc.) are not acceptable in this community.
Threats of violence or other means of harassment are also not acceptable in our community.

Sexual Harassment
It is the policy of PTO that sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or harassment in any form is not acceptable.
Sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and harassment include: unwelcome sexual advances (verbal, written or implied), requests for sexual favors, suggestive talk, name calling, discriminatory or derogatory remarks, and other verbal, written or implied abuse of any sexual or other nature.
If you feel that you are being sexually harassed or threatened, please contact an Administrator immediately.

Nudity, Pornography, Violence
Adult content is anything that is sexual in nature and should not be discussed in front of minors.
While PTO and prison in general is considered more of an "adult" topic, there are many times when younger children of prisoners access this site.
Therefore, explicit sexually-related content is not acceptable and may be removed.
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Language and Profanities
While we understand the majority of members are grown adults, we do occasionally have young adults and children that visit PTO to communicate with others in similar circumstances as their own.
Further, many people are offended by vulgar language.
If you feel you must swear to get your point across, please censor your language appropriately so as to not be overly offensive.

Threats, Racism and Sexism
Threads or replies promoting or expressing intolerant views towards “minorities” (race, religion, sexual preference, interracial couples, etc.) are not acceptable in this community.
Threats of violence or other means of harassment are also not acceptable in our community.

Sexual Conduct/Sexual Harassment
It is the policy of PTO that sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or harassment in any form is not acceptable.
Sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and harassment include: unwelcome sexual advances (verbal, written or implied), requests for sexual favors, suggestive talk, name calling, discriminatory or derogatory remarks, and other verbal, written or implied abuse of any sexual or other nature.

Police/Correctional Officer Bashing
While we encourage full disclosure, investigation and the sharing of relevant information relating to abuses by institutional staff (management, guards, jailers, CO’s,etc), blatant and unprovoked bashing of these people is not allowed. Please also refrain from derogatory name calling.
Please do not go to any forum or site where Correctional or Police Officers are known to congregate and incite problems that may follow you back to the PTO community.
Any member of PTO that has gone to another website and created a problem puts their membership of this community at risk.

Administrator/Moderator Bashing
Posting a thread or reply to comment on, question, or criticize moderator or administrator action is not appropriate in a public forum.
Please utilize the board’s Private Message function, the PTO Help Desk, or email to contact staff if you wish to discuss these issues.

Illegal Activities/Drugs/Gang Activity
Threads/replies encouraging illegal/unethical action, or more importantly, anything relating to compromising the security of prisons and institutions are not acceptable.
Posts such as these will be removed and may lead to further posting restrictions on your account.
This policy extends to profiles, avatars, etc., as well.
PTO's policy on illegal activities also extends to references of gang activity. Gang activity is illegal and especially so in the prison systems.
If you are affiliated with a gang and have a loved one in prison, you are certainly still welcome at PTO, but no references to such affiliations in posts, profile or avatars are allowed.
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News and Magazine Articles
As PTO is a repository for information related to the prison system, our members often desire to post newspaper, magazine, and other articles related to prison issues. This is understandable; however, PTO must remain in legal compliance with all applicable copyright laws under the concept of "fair use" as outlined in United States law.

Quoting Song Lyrics in Posts
Regretfully, due to the large number of legal threats and lawsuits by various factions of the recording industry in recent years against websites that publish lyrics and alternate (karaoke) versions of songs on the Internet, PTO has had to make the decision (as of 14 September 2008) to limit song lyrics in posts to a very minimal amount. Posting a line or two, or a verse, or a chorus of a song is acceptable; posting more than that or the entire song lyrics is not, and will result in removal or editing of your post. It is also preferred that you credit the artist or songwriter as well when posting the lyric snippet, if known.

Poetry, Works of Art, & All Other Copyrighted Works
For PTO to remain in legal compliance with all applicable copyright laws in the United States and most other countries, we ask that you do not post poems, art, or any other work subject to copyright laws unless you have the express stated permission of the copyright holder or the work is your own. We are frequently contacted by copyright holders (of especially works of poetry) and asked to remove the work from the PTO site. In short, if it's a poem or artwork that you or your incarcerated loved one did not write or draw - then you probably should not post it on PTO.
This policy does not not apply to graphics and avatars posted on websites and available for use by the public on social networks and discussion forums.
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Posting In Appropriate Forums
Please post your topics in the most appropriate forum (i.e., death penalty related topics in the death penalty categories).
If you post a thread that would be more appropriate in another forum, a moderator may move it for you.
However, please do not rely on the moderators do this for you. Use your judgement to determine which forum best suits your topic.
If you are dealing with a topic that could appropriately fit in more than one forum, please pick the one you feel is closest to your topic.

Thread Titling
As PTO is such a large community it is important to properly title the subject of new threads.
People find the threads that they are interested in mostly by scanning the titles, even when searching with our site search engine.
PTO Moderators may change the title of any thread to assist in describing the content of the thread.
In some cases, a moderator may also contact the member if it is evident the member is having a problem with titling to give tips.

Links/URLs
We prefer that all content be posted in the forums themselves (unless it is against the copyright guidelines) so that our members will always be able to access it, we realize that some information must remain on remote sites as it may be too extensive to re-post.
Posting links/URL’s in the PTO forums is allowed as long as they substantiate a post, or are summarized.
Please don’t post links with a comment such as, “Check out this link”. Let members know what the link is about so that they can make an informed choice as to whether to visit it or not.

Personal Contact Information
Members should not post personal contact information such as home address, work address, home telephone number, work telephone number, etc., in the public forums.
This policy is in place for your own protection and to discourage unsolicited contact from unknown persons or companies.
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Off-Topic Posts are posts that do not relate at all to the original post/topic, or a post that is placed in the wrong category.
We realize threads often expand into different topics, we encourage members to do their best to stick with the original topic, or start another thread.
Off-Topic posts may be moved to a new, separate thread if deemed necessary for continuity of discussion.

Spamming/Cross Posting
Spamming and Cross Posting is defined as posting the same information or content in two or more posts.
We understand that some topics might fit into more than one forum or category but we ask that you please pick the best one and stick with it as far as possible.

Trolling/Flaming
Abusive Comments, Flaming, or derogatory insults or comments are not acceptable in this community. If you disagree with another member’s point of view, please do so in a mature and civil manner.
If you find yourself being flamed or insulted by another member, please do not dignify that person with a response. Notify an Administrator should the situation become too difficult to deal with alone.

Junk Posting or Bumping Posts
“Junk” posts are (repeated) posts that do not add to the overall positive content in threads, or are postings solely for the purpose of boosting your post count. Please do not make junk posts.
“Bumping” a thread is when you make a post for the purpose of making the thread appear on the “View New Posts” option, or light up as forums with new posts do. While there are some circumstances when doing this is reasonable, it should be kept to a minimum.

Harmful URLs
Please do not post malicious or harmful URLs (links) that may lead to sites that lock, shut down, or cause malicious software to be installed in other users' systems.
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User Account Use and Security
A maximum of ONE account is allowed per person.
If you are found to be using two or more accounts, one or more of them will be closed and you may be removed from PTO altogether depending on the situation.
If you have account problems, contact a PTO Admin, send a ticket in to the PTO Help Desk and state the problem you are having. Please do not attempt to register another account.
One of the Administrators may recommend that you re-register if the problem cannot be solved but in most cases a problem with an account can be corrected by an Administrator.

Password Security
Please do not disclose your password to any other user or person purporting to be from PTO. PTO Administrators will NEVER ask for your password.
If there is an issue with your password the Administrators can reset it for you.

Updated Contact Information
Please be sure that if you change your personal email address that you do so here at Prison Talk Online as well.
If you lose your password in the future, you will need to have a current and valid email address in your profile to receive the lost password, and verify any changes with us.
Please note: Yahoo and AOL email accounts will not work with our system.

Private Messaging System
All of the guidelines listed in this thread apply to the Private Messaging system, especially soliciting, advertising and sexually related PM’s.
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PTO Card Programs
Participation in the PTO card programs is completely voluntary. By participating in the card programs, you agree to abide by the guidelines set out by the staff in charge of those programs.
Misuse of the program (i.e. inappropriate contact with a prisoner whose information was obtained in that program) may lead to the removal of any member(s) involved.
Anything sent to a prisoner associated with one of these programs that is of an abusive, sexual, or harassing nature is not acceptable.

Signatures, Avatars and Graphics
Signatures MAY contain links to Facebook or other social networking sites.
When including these links, please remember that this information is public and searchable on the internet.
Signatures may not contain links (e-mail, web, embedded or otherwise), with the exception of a counter.
Signatures may not contain links to businesses or other websites without the approval of Administration. For further information please contact PTO Administration.
Signatures may not contain advertisements.
Signatures may not contain any type of sexual or risqué content.
Graphics used may not have embedded links or files. This includes e-mail and web addresses, as well as pop-up windows and music videos.
For further information on signature requirements please contact an moderator.

Counters
You may have a maximum of one (1) Count Down timer in your signature.
The counter MAY NOT have links embedded which cause commercial popup windows to pop up in threads.
Most counters are either an active link or have the name of the originating site in the counter. For the purposes of a counter only, this is allowed.
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Impersonation and Accessing Other Members’ Accounts
You may not impersonate another board member or create an account for the purpose of assuming another member's identity.

Members should not allow another person to access their account. Please do not share your log in details with others.
Keep your password private and do not disclose it to another member or anyone purporting to be from PTO. Remember, we will NEVER ask you for your password.
If you are having trouble with your account settings or access please contact an Administrator.

Unsolicited Contact of Other Members’ Incarcerated Loved Ones
Unsolicited and/or inappropriate contact with a prisoner whose information was obtained from a posting at PTO may lead to the removal of any member(s) involved.
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Contacting PTO Administrators/Moderators
You may contact any PTO Moderator or Administrator by clicking on any user names which is coloured: Moderator, Site Moderator, Super Moderator, Administrator
Please feel free to send any one of our moderators a private message if you require assistance. If you do not receive a reply within a reasonable time-frame, please contact a Super Moderator or Administrator for help.

Closing your PTO Account
PTO does not delete accounts, profiles, nor posts and threads (see "Deleting Posts and Closing Threads" section in this thread).
We will, however, at your request, close your account and you will no longer appear on the active member list. If you wish to close your PTO account, please send a ticket in to the PTO Help Desk or contact an Administrator with your request (please include your PTO username). If you wish to remove comments, photos, or other items from your profile, please do so before contacting PTO staff with your request to close the account. If you decide later that you wish to return to PTO as an active member, contact the Help Desk or email us again and we will be happy to reopen your account.

Administration Dispute Resolution
If you are having a problem on PTO that you feel you cannot solve by any other means available to you, we invite you to contact the PTO administrators via PM or the PTO Help Desk.
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Staff Structure
Our levels of staff are as follows: Moderator, Site Moderator, Super Moderator, Administrator

Contacting PTO Moderators
TO contact a PTO Moderator please send them a message via our private message system.

Contact Administration
To contact PTO Administration please send them a private message or send a message via our Help Desk.

Confidentiality
Please be aware that all information posted in this forum is in the public domain. If you have sensitive or personal information that you do not wish to share, please do not post it on the open boards.
Moderators and Administrators will not share confidential information with other PTO members.
However, a member of staff may refer to or consult with another member of staff for advice or information if they feel that this is the best way to assist you.
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Editing of Posts
Although this happens very rarely, PTO reserves the right to edit posts to bring them into line with our posting guidelines.

Moving of Posts
PTO Moderators may move threads & replies to the most appropriate forum sometimes without notice to the member who started a thread.
Please spend a little extra time making sure that where you start a thread is the most suitable place for it to be.

Deleting Posts and Closing Threads
PTO Administration reserves the right to close or remove any post or thread that is deemed to be contrary to our guidelines.
We try to keep the posts in this community constructive and informative. Threads that create an unnecessary amount of conflict and/or disruption may be closed.

It is the policy of this community not to delete posts without a good reason for doing so.
It is your responsibility to think of the potential consequences of the post you are about to make prior to doing so.
This is an open forum and anyone can read what you post - it is your responsibility to be careful regarding what personal/identifying information you share on PTO.
Removing a post will often destroy the continuity of the thread and make it unreadable.
Therefore, it is the policy of this community not to delete posts without good reason.

Please also be aware that, even after a post has been removed from this site, it may still remain in the cache of search engines (such as Google) for a considerable amount of time.
If in doubt; think twice, post once.
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