Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum Usage Rules and Guidelines

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We are an international, family-friendly PG-13 forum community, dedicated to learning and growing in the shared interests of various lapidary hobbies. All are welcome to come and participate in this community, as we strive to create a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere. Please follow these rules and guidelines and try to keep your posting civil and polite, and treat people with respect even if you do not agree with their opinions, decisions, or personal beliefs. Keep in mind that many other folks are reading what you post while trying to decide if they want to register or post. If rudeness is occurring on a forum the likelyhood that someone will wish to register or post diminishes greatly. To this end, member squabbles should be left at the door and not brought to light in the open forum. If a member feels a situation has become intolerable or violates these rules and guidelines, please privately bring it to the attention of staff.

New members please note: Selling on this forum, including promoting your website in your profile or signature, is an earned priviledge granted in strict adherence to the guidelines posted below titled Selling on the RTH Forum. Any reported forum post, private message, chat box post, or profile signature found to be a deliberate attempt to circumvent the rules can result in permanent loss of selling priviledges, deleted posts, edited profile, manually lowered post counts, or permanent ban from the forum with or without warning.

General Posting Rules and Guidelines

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Selling on the RTH Forum

Registered members in good standing with 100+ community quality posts are welcome to wear a link to their personal sales page in their signature, populate social media fields in their profiles, and or offer items for sale or trade in the RTH Marketplace. Please read the pinned article General guidelines and policies for the RTH Marketplace before beginning to sell or trade on this forum.

Please do not attempt to artificially increase your post count with mass creation of short or meaningless posts. Any post on the forum, Shoutbox chat message, or unsolicitated private message judged to be a deliberate attempt to circumvent the rules, can potentially result in loss of selling priviledge, deleted posts, manually lowered post counts, or permanent ban from the forum, with or without warning.

Reporting a Post

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Member Ranks and Stars

Member ranks and stars that are displayed in the member's profile are intended only as a fun way to recognize the community participation of our members. Member ranks change incrementally based on post count, or custom ranks can be assigned solely at the discretion of the staff.

Safeguards and Recommended Cautions

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mohs: Jun 30, 2022 10:25:42 GMT -5
mohs: what would happen if space collapses Jun 30, 2022 10:28:21 GMT -5
rickb: “Oh, Rooster-Booster, the sky is falling! The sky is falling!" (scared011) Jun 30, 2022 10:33:15 GMT -5 *
mohs: (sunshine) Jun 30, 2022 10:34:31 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: What would happen if space collapses? I'd say we would never know, because it would happen so quickly, our slow brains would not even begin to register it. POOF!!! Jun 30, 2022 11:27:39 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: We are due for a big Hemorrhoid Strike Jun 30, 2022 11:33:07 GMT -5
mohs: I like puff -its on the horizon (wise) Jun 30, 2022 11:35:20 GMT -5 *
mohs: doctor suggested sand baths for those Jun 30, 2022 11:42:37 GMT -5
rickb: pucker up buttercup Jun 30, 2022 11:58:31 GMT -5
mohs: time for brunch Jun 30, 2022 12:06:35 GMT -5
parfive: Wouldn’t mind a heads up from Hubble or Webb or Sagan’s ghost.
Might as well relax and enjoy it.
Jun 30, 2022 13:03:54 GMT -5
parfive: Where does The Big Guy hang out after he wrecks the joint?
. . . or was it Le Grand Seppuku?
Jun 30, 2022 14:23:58 GMT -5
amygdule: The Oregon State Hospital, Junction City, Oregon Jun 30, 2022 14:28:47 GMT -5 *
parfive: Lake Mead 1043.14 aka minus 186. Jun 30, 2022 14:35:01 GMT -5
mohs: The best solution would be for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build an aqueduct from the Old River Control Structure on the Mississippi to Lake Powell, fill it, and then send more water from there down the Colorado to fill lake Mead.

Jun 30, 2022 16:10:05 GMT -5 *
Lumberlegs: Best solution don't build multiple metropolis in the desert. But I live in the land of the lakes...mostly Jun 30, 2022 18:20:23 GMT -5 *
vegasjames: They keep blaming the drought here when really a big part of the problem is all the uncontrolled building. The use enormous amounts of water to keep dust down when demolishing old buildings, then even more goes in to all the concrete and cement. Jun 30, 2022 18:41:42 GMT -5
vegasjames: Yet, now they want to build yet another stadium just after building several others. Then there are all the man-made lakes for the rich, the massive fountains etc. Lake Mead is dropping at around 8 inches a day and the lake is only averaging just over 200 Jun 30, 2022 18:43:32 GMT -5
vegasjames: feet right now. I calculated it out and at this rate, Lake Mead can be dry within a year. And they still want to keep building. Jun 30, 2022 18:44:20 GMT -5
mohs: I agree. Dry water is coming. (tumbleweed) The only other solution is all these people go back somewhere wet. Bye Jun 30, 2022 18:59:19 GMT -5

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