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    Golden State Fishing members: Forum Rules and Contract, also known as (, and all its affiliate Facebook pages and Facebook groups (monitors and provides maintenance for the interactive portion(s) of the VBulletin Web site as a service
    free of charge to registered members. When using any and/or all of the interactive services provided
    herein, you are acting independently and agreeing to comply with and be held accountable to the terms, conditions
    and notices relating to its services and usage. Specific circumstances require moderator/administration judgment decision-making, and as such may not be detailed out in the following Best Practices and Good Judgment Usage Policy. (Often called The BPJ on the Vbulletin forum.

    The's ( web site and Facebook pages/groups are geared to fishing in California's waterways. An avid outdoorsman, writer, author, and fishlover named Paul founded (, Golden State Fishing Facebook Affiliate Pages & Groups out of a sheer need, for a statewide fishing community forum for Californians. What makes ( so successful, as a place for positive encounters and shared stories, is the idea that we monitor and keep a courteous and non-aggressive dialogue between fishermen and women who may often hold different opinions and beliefs.

    One of the favorite destinations, for guests and Registered members , is the Discussion Board where Registered members of the board can create (threads) and post contributions, of their thoughts and opinions, to one's other members have created. The following information and general agreement provide user friendly guidelines to help avoid miscommunication and most certainly arguments that can escalate into issues or problems for community members. will do it's due diligence to keep it's Discussion Boards and pages moderated and enjoyable as best practices dictate. You, as a registered user member, are being expected to fully read these terms, conditions, and guidelines so that you now will know what to expect and are being fully made aware of the consequences to inappropriate actions, posts, private messages, or threads that jeopardize the safety, security, and orderly operation of (GSFish.Net).

    Your consent to be a member of and its webforum services, facebook pages & affiliated facebook groups means that you agree to act by its
    rules and the guidelines put forth herein. The administration and its moderators will enact the guidelines by using warnings, script and html editing, private consultation , or termination of membership, based on the frequency and severity of infractions. Termination of membership is used in only the most severe instances. If you are given notice of violations's moderators and/or admin would appreciate a message or email back from the member who received infraction detailing that you are cognizant of the the guidelines and rules and that you acknowledge the reason(s) why warned you of your conduct on it's services. If you are being moderated or placed on investigative suspension you will be notified promptly of such actions taken by staff. will do it's due diligence to keep the Discussion Board moderated and enjoyable as best practices dictate. Please remember this simply rule "do into others as you would wish done to you" and in case that does not make common sense: your membership to is a privilege and not a right. We will hold all members/users accountable to their threads, posts, and actions while using's services. This is California's Premier FREE Fishing forum which is operated by a community of fish lovers who wish to share their love for the fisheries and natural resources.'s bulletin board is a real-time discussion. It is impossible to review
    all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember
    that we do not actively monitor the contents of posted messages. We do not vouch
    for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and
    are not responsible for the contents of any message. Each message express the
    views of its author, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board or any
    entity associated with the bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted
    message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the listed moderators by using
    the moderator alert button or the contact

    (The mod alert button looks like this
    and is found to the left, and bottom of each post. When alerted, we have the
    ability to edit or remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort
    to do so within a reasonable time. This is a manual process, however, so please
    realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

    You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use the bulletin
    board, facebook pages, or facebook group(s) to post any material which is defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing,
    obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy,
    or otherwise in violation of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted
    material unless you own the copyright or owns it. Although the moderators
    do not and cannot review all messages posted and are not responsible for the
    content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message.
    You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree
    to indemnify and hold harmless this bulletin board, Vbulletin, Inc. (the makers
    of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim
    based upon transmission of your message(s).

    The moderators also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever
    information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising
    from any message posted by you.

    Please note that advertisements, test or pre marketing, chain letters, pyramid
    schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this bulletin board. Anyone
    found to be joining for the sole purpose to sell is invited to leave.

    A single link to your own homepage is currently
    allowed in a member's signature as long as it does not contain any commercial
    advertisement. does not allow commercial graphics promoting your business
    or homepage, with or without a hyperlink.

    Disclaimer, it's current and past moderators waive any and all responsibility
    for any injury or personal loss that any person or property might incur in using
    any suggestions or recommendations, particularly where there is a risk such
    as in boating rivers, boating coastal bars, or river wading. We offer the best
    advice that we can, but common sense and responsibility is upon the individual
    participants in any activity. Please exercise proper caution in accepting boat
    rides with other members. Know your captain! is not the place for bashing of people or racial
    slurs. Please do not join if this is your intent.

    Contents of this site are intended for personal, non-commercial, educational
    and discussion purposes only and should not be relied upon for personal, medical,
    legal, or financial decisions. Any opinions expressed on this site are the opinions
    of the authors and not necessarily those of makes no representations
    about the suitability, reliability, timeliness, appropriateness, or accuracy
    of the information contained on this site. will not be liable for
    damages of any kind arising from the use of this site.

    Your use of this web site is at your own risk. Under no circumstances and under
    no legal theory shall, its supporters, owners, or any other party
    involved in creating, producing, or delivering this web site's contents be liable
    to you or any other person for any damages, including but not limited to indirect,
    direct, punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising from
    your access to, or use of, this web site.

    The Guidelines
    • The group you have just joined has many registered members and many more who just read the information posted here. "Private"
      conversations are discouraged -- they should be taken to private email. Discussions
      should be kept to things that are of general interest to the group as a whole.
      The discussion board is not a private "chat line"
    • reserves the right to run contests for prizes on the board. Please
      contact the admin, before posting a contest of any kind.
    • Topics on the fishing boards should be fishing related. This is a broad
      restriction permitting discussion of techniques, tackle, runs, genetics, legislation,
      charitable activities and other issues related to fishing. Occasionally a
      topic may get remote, but that can be part of the fun.
    • One of the drawbacks to the board's growing membership is an occasional
      surge in pointless messages. This bulletin board is loosely moderated and
      therefore we must be somewhat self-regulating.
    • It is perfectly understandable that from time to time you may take offense
      at something that was written here, but rather than subject everyone to an
      emotional response, consider the broader audience. Take it to private e-mail
      or simply count to 10 and ignore it.
    • Because of recent and more restrictive changes in law, will no longer
      allow pictures of native springers out of the water where the law prohibits
      springers out of the water.
    • Bear in mind that many board members have a finely honed and dry sense of
      humor. Only after reading for a while will you be able to detect who these
      folks are. Internet bulletin boards are notorious for masking the subtleties
      of the tone of even skilled authors.
    • Refrain from posting messages of a nature that offer to sell any product
      or service in the general discussion boards. You can always send these types
      of messages directly to an individual or post to the "for sale"
      section of the board.
    • You may discuss any commercial product. Please note that only
      sponsors have the right to post contact information. All non sponsor contact
      information, including e mail, web addresses, and physical addresses, will
      be removed upon notice. [Note that commercial advertising supports
      Advertisements do appear on, but we try to keep them to a minimum in
      the general discussion group.]
    • Please do NOT post virus warnings or chain letters to the board.
    • Do not post negative comments on another's fishing report thread. Such negative
      comments will be removed with out comment
    • Please use proper upper and lower case when posting messages. Posting messages
      also very difficult to read these messages and many readers will simply bypass
      them. If you have something valuable or interesting to say, make it easy for
      us to read your message.
    • Proofreed. Profread. Prooofread. PROOFREAD!!!
    • From time to time there will be a discussion thread you believe is useless,
      pointless, a complete waste of your time and a misuse of the board. If you've
      gritted your teeth for too long a time and the discussion is primarily amongst
      a few members, consider a brief, polite e-mail suggesting to these folks that
      they take the topic to private e-mail.
    • If you've completely ground your teeth to the jawbone, send a private e-mail
      to one of the board moderators listed at the top of the bulletin board.
    • By posting communications, User grants:

      a. To A royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable nonexclusive
      license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, translate, distribute, perform
      and display those communications alone or as part of other works in any form,
      media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed and sublicense
      such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses.

      b. To other Users: The right to access, view, store, and reproduce
      the communications for personal use. Complaint procedure:

    If you are going to post a complaint to the board, whether it be a brand, person,
    product, agency, public service or company, you must post your entire real name
    along with the post. This rule is designed to cut down on people hiding behind
    false monikers to post false claims against personal enemies, and creates an
    atmosphere of accountabiliity, should someone from the organization like to
    argue their side. (Deliberately and repeatedly bashing the same brand, product
    or company is a bannable offense. If you have a complaint or comment to make
    then make it once and make sure you have facts to support it.)


    If folks want to stop patronizing a business, a community, or
    a particular guide, that is their right, but will not be used as a tool
    to announce or accomplish this. We do not allow
    organized boycotts on This is a bannable offense.

    Public Disagreements with Administration/Staff
    or Guidelines

    You agree that if you have questions about, or concerns with the web
    site policy or action of a moderator or admin, you will not post public arguments
    or disagreements nor attempt to petition the owner/administration to change
    policy through posts, polls, email, PM or any other service. If you disagree,
    you may respectfully post your comments in private in the feedback

    Where is my Freedom of Speech?

    Although the constitution of the US guarantees that �Congress shall make
    no law abridging the freedom of speech�, is not Congress. Freedom
    of speech rights do not extend to this privately owned web site. The AUP/Guidelines
    of this web site governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you
    choose not to follow the guidelines agreed to during registration, the result
    is a disabling of your account.

    Foul Language

    Contrary to popular belief, this is not a public board. You are all guests here.
    Nothing should ever be posted here that you would not say in front of a crowd
    of strangers or your Mother. Don't post anything distasteful or anything you
    feel might offend someone else. PG-13 type language in ALL forums, including
    Off -Topic. Sometimes, cartoon cussing is allowed.

    As many of you know, in addition to the discussions we have for our own benefit,
    we also present a showcase to the lurkers and fence-sitters. We do have a word
    filter which will catch a few foul terms, but it is not the solution nor should
    it be the solution.

    Using faintly disguised obscenities with creative or phonetic spelling basically
    shows disrespect for your hosts. We are here voluntarily, including the moderators
    and the forum admins, because we are trying to maintain a forum worthy of the
    tradition started on

    While strong words have their place and time, a public forum in which polite
    conduct has been requested is not the time or the place for them.

    Group Purchases

    I love the idea of the savings of group purchases.

    As we develop a more refined policy for groups purchases, we ask that you honor
    us by notifying and seeking approval from, first.

    All group purchases must be approved by before posting to the board.
    This includes any kind of test marketing.

    We totally understand that some purchases cannot be made through sponsors,
    but we'd like to give them the chance to serve us, first.

    If you have a money saving idea for fishers, I'd really appreciate it, if you'd
    please write to me before you make final arrangements.

    The following types of content may result in
    an immediate revocation of membership and/or banning

    of a member from the bulletin board.
    • Inflammatory posts. A post, or statement in a post, which
      serves only to fire up negative emotions or generate anger will be edited
      or deleted at the discretion of the moderators. Multiple offenses will result
      in private moderation, or banning.
    • Profanity. A wide variety of people read the bulletin
      board, including elementary school children. Many of us use salty language
      while we are out fishing, but on we don't know everyone we're speaking
    • Sharing, giving away, or lending your password for use by another
      , and letting them post as if they are you. This rule is especially
      serious when given to a person who has previously been banned from
    • Personal/racial attacks. Avoid negative comments regarding
      individuals. Racial slurs will not be tolerated. Harassment will not be tolerated.
      You can disagree with other members without resorting to personal attacks.
    • Posting private e mails on the board. These are just that.
    • False Fishing Reports. Knowingly posting false fishing
      reports will not be tolerated at
    • Publicly challenging the administration and moderators rules of
      . Discussing the rules is fine. Challenging, testing, pushing,
      and refusal to recognize them is a problem. Please feel free to e mail your
      concerns to the admins.
    • References to or photographs of banned users. Members will
      be notified once that a post refers to a banned user and will be removed.
      Repeated violations may result in the loss of posting privileges. This is
      for the banned member's privacy, as he cannot respond.
    • Illegal statements or promoting illegal activities.
    • Multiple monikers or user names. Community Vendor Rules: Please
      note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing,
      blatant cross-posting, promotion of competitive commercial or noncommercial
      sites and/or their affiliates & organizations in the body of a message, falsifying
      identity to promote a site or businesses in which you are involved and solicitations
      of any manner are inappropriate in this BB and may result in immediate and
      permanent revocation of your posting rights. Your personal web site may be
      listed as an url once in your signature line. (Go to My home and personal

      If your intention on the message boards is to promote your products or service,
      you are in the wrong place. Selling on the Community board is strictly
      prohibited and rigorously enforced, with one warning and then account termination.
      We define a vendor as any individual or company that sells a service or item
      for the purpose of profit, regardless of the volume or dollar value of that
      sale, whether incorporated or not. If you are here to simply converse with
      fellow fishermen and women- enjoy! Vendors are not allowed to discuss their
      competitor's products in any way shape or form. Vendors are far from impartial
      and we don't feel it is ethical to allow them to evaluate their competition.

      The Classified ad boards are for one time private sales. Multiple
      production of one item may not be continuously advertised.

      The Classified ad boards use excludes any legal business, unless those
      businesses are specifically vendors. You may not advertise your line
      of work on these boards. assumes no responsibility for items bought, sold or traded.
      Transactions are between private individuals and normal caution should be

      If you donate a contest for the front page of, you may use the resources
      on to advertise your product for the term in which you are being
      displayed on

      "Ready, Set" vendors are allowed reasonable advertising on the board.
      (Reasonable, meaning casual mention of said product.) reserves the right, at any time, to discontinue your services at any
      time, for misuse of the board

      If the bulletin board moderators decide that a post does not
      conform to the intent of the board or contains inappropriate material you
      may receive a private warning from the moderators. Moderators will act quickly
      to edit or delete profanity, racial slurs, personal attacks, illegal statements
      and inappropriate suggestive comments when they are brought to their attention.
      If the behavior persists or the posting is particularly egregious the moderators
      reserve the right to revoke your membership and place a ban on your address
      to prevent your rejoining. Though we hope it rarely becomes necessary, the
      moderators may also, for reasons of their own, choose to unsubscribe and ban
      you without warning at any time. These actions are not taken lightly, but
      unfortunately they can be necessary.

      Dumb posts will be removed with no explanation. LOL

      The moderators' primary goal is to keep the spirit of the board
      a tightly knit community of folks with a common interest in friendly, if sometimes
      barbed, banter about fishing. This can be a great resource to learn how, where
      and when to fish. It can lead to new friendships. But it requires that everyone
      show consideration to fellow subscribers.

      If you don't agree with these rules, please do not register
      an account with us. We try to let the forums run themselves as much as possible,
      but do occasionally step in when these rules are violated.

      We reserve the right to change these membership rules at any
      time. Therefore, you should review them periodically to make certain that
      you continue to agree with them.

      Privacy Policy:

      For a more in depth privacy policy, click here

      Personal Information

      We will not sell, trade, or give out e-mail addresses to companies or other
      organizations. We will not intentionally disclose any personal identifiable
      information about you as an individual user (such as, for example, your full
      name, street address, telephone number or e-mail address) to any third party
      without having first received your permission. We may request personal identification
      information from you in connection with your use of, or participation in,
      contests, sweepstakes, games, surveys, submissions, chat and bulletin boards.
      However, we will only collect this personal information from you if it has
      been voluntarily submitted to us.

      Any personal information provided to us may be used in connection with the
      activities previously referred to above. Should you send us an e-mail with
      questions or comments, we may use your personal information in order to respond
      to your questions or comments. We may also keep your comments or questions
      for future reference.

      It is important to note that if you give out personal information online,
      through a message board or chat room, for example, that information may be
      collected and used by third parties. Although we strive to protect our users'
      privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these
      arenas. You disclose such information at your own risk.

      One exception to this policy is that we will release specific information
      about you or your account to comply with any valid legal process such as a
      search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order.

      Enjoy the contributions made to the board, and remember that you are among friends.

      Welcome aboard!
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