HoustonFishBox FAQ

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HoustonFishBox General Forum Rules

These Board Rules, together with the other documents listed on our FAQ page, constitute the Terms of Service (TOS) for our site. By registering as a member and participating on HoustonFishBox.com, you certify that you have read, understood, and agree to abide by the Terms of Service.

This is a privately owned site. Your membership in the community and use of this site are at the sole discretion of the site owner. We reserve the right to change the Terms of Service, any or all message board features, and the permissions to view and/or use this site and the message boards, for any individual member or member group, at any time when site administration deems it in the best interest of the site and community.

* We reserve the right to modify these rules without warning.*

The rules for discussions on HoustonFishBox are very simple: show respect at all times, and use common sense. Please respect this site and all its community members.

Trolling/Flaming/Personal Attacks
While we encourage lively debates and discussions, we will not tolerate rudeness, defamation, harassment, abuse, purposeless inflammatory posts, or threats of violence. This includes passive-aggressive behavior and diminishing another member's suggestions and comments. These behaviors damage the community and will result in disciplinary action. ATTACK THE IDEA, NOT THE PERSON.

If you feel someone has offended you with their comments please let us know immediately by reporting the violation to the staff.  Do not drag personal issues with individuals into the forum.  If you do have an issue, please take it up with one of the moderators or admin before posting in the forum.

It is worth noting that many of HFB's members are local to Houston and the surrounding areas, and are friends outside this forum. At times, what appears as reportable behavior, may actually be playful banter between friends.

Reporting violations
Each post has an icon that looks like this .  Clicking that icon will notify the staff and allow us to review the post and take action if necessary.  Please use this feature as needed.  That's what it's there for. 

Stay on-topic
There will be some leniency on this, and we don't mind if you bring in another comment or two, but try to stay focused. If you think it's a good enough topic, start a new thread about it. This also prevents losing a good idea amongst a thread about another topic. Threads that wander off-topic will be closed and/or trimmed or moved to its appropriate forum.

Use descriptive thread titles
When posting, please avoid giving your thread a generic title.  Please try to be as specific as possible in choosing a title for your post. This not only helps us to get an idea of the content, it also helps to find a topic faster which should result in quicker replies.  Staff may modify your thread title if you use something like:

I have a question.
BIG problem!
NOOB needs help!

or ANYTHING like the above!

Help us, help you. When you post, post as much information as you can.
When you post something and ask for information or help, please try to give as much information as possible in order to make it easier for us to try to give you an answer.

Post your topic in the respective forum
Please post your topic in the most appropriate forum. This not only will help us to find and answer your problems faster, it also helps to have an organized forum on our website and thus will help everyone to find what they are looking for.

Reporting Problems / Bugs and other comments
If you come across a problem or bug while browsing our website, please report it in the Website Feedback, Suggestions, or Questions forum.  Try to include the error message shown and try to describe what may have caused the error. Feel free to request further features or just give us feedback if you like. Thanks.

Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.

Watch your language
Foul, offensive, racist or crude language as well as swearing is not welcome. You have been warned!

This is a family friendly site
Do not post pornographic materials, or links to pornographic materials.

Allow for the possibility of misunderstandings, and be patient if someone asks for an explanation of what seems to be obvious.

Spamming Via Private Message System
Sending advertisement throughout the Private Message System, is not allowed. If we catch anybody sending advertisements to our members, or if it gets reported, your IP gets banned without further notice, and forever. NO WARNING WILL BE GIVEN.

User Accounts
Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.  Attempting to bypass a temporary ban by creating multiple accounts will result in your IP Address being perminantly banned.

Image Posting
The inclusion of pictures within messages is allowed on this site. Referring to images that are copyrighted and protected by that site are not to be included on our site without the express written permission of the owner of the copyrighted image(s).

Please, no obnoxious signatures, graphical or otherwise. If I can't get through a thread because your signature is too distracting, it will probably be removed. Please be respectful to your fellow 'Boxers.
All signatures should not exceed the following limits

* Maximum of 8 lines regular size. 1 line up to font size 4. No text over font size 4.
* Do not use images with large text to bypass the previous item
* For images in signatures: 1 image up to 300 pixels wide, 125 pixels tall and 20k in size
* Animated images in a signature are allowed, but you may be asked to remove it if it disrupts page loads for other members.
* No links to commercial sites allowed in signatures. This is reserved for sponsors only. If a link is questionable, it may be removed at the discretion of the site admins and moderators.

HoustonFishBox Moderators are a group of volunteers here to help facilitate discussion. They should not to be argued with in the public forum when enforcing forum rules and guidelines. All members are welcome to speak with the moderators about their concerns in a polite and calm manner in private. If you have a complaint, you can contact the administrator (imagirlgeek).

* If you have any questions, comments, or issues with a moderator, please contact the administrator at admin@houstonfishbox.com

* Failure to follow these rules will result in either a warning, temporary ban or a permanent ban, based of the severity of the offense. More serious violations of these rules may result in further steps taken with your Internet Service Provider or higher authorities.

* We also reserve the right to ban anyone who willfully violates the forum rules, as access to our community is a privilege and not a right.

REMEMBER! The Site Owner, Admins, and Moderators run this site in their own time and for no profit, so unprovoked or sustained personal attacks may result in a ban - show some respect for their hard work!


Buy/Sell Rules - Read before posting in the Fish Market

Attention all buyers and sellers. This forum is provided for the sole purpose of providing a central location for buyers and sellers of goods to find each other.

HoustonFishBox takes no responsibility nor oversight as to the correctness or fairness of any offer to buy or sell. This is a reminder to all members to use due diligence in all transactions. It is the buyer/seller's responsibility to research all offers and negotiate all sales.

HoustonFishBox will not be responsible for any losses that could be incurred from use of this forum. Additionally, HoustonFishBox staff will not be responsible for mediating any disputes. Any and all disputes should be handled privately between the parties involved.

The Code of Conduct for use of these forums applies to everyone at all times. Failure to conform will result in loss of privileges.


These forums exist as a service for our members and guests to trade and sell their personal items. The following rules apply:

- Before listing an item in this forum, please update your profile to indicate your general geographic location HERE. A general location will suffice...for instance, NW Houston, Clear-Lake area, Katy, Woodlands, East Houston, etc. That will save potential buyers the trouble of sending and waiting for a return private message if the location is an important factor for them.

- All items listed for sale must include a price. If you are willing to accept trades, it is also helpful to list the types of items you are interested in trading for. No auction threads will be allowed. Please do not start "checking interest" type threads. If you want to check interest for an item, searching other buying/selling sites (EBay, Retailers, etc.) will give you a good idea of the demand and price range for an item, so please do your research before posting here.

- No commercial listings will be allowed. If you are repeatedly trading or selling new equipment, have multiples of the same new item(s), a revolving thread where the list of fish is constantly changing, or being able to "get anything" a poster may ask for is a sure-fire way to have your post removed as "commercial" and possibly banned from the site.

-HoustonFishBox does not endorse or take responsibility for any group orders that take place, period.

- These are not discussion forums. If you wish to purchase or trade, please post. However, if you only wish to comment on the quality of someone else's item or their price, with no intention of buying/trading, please keep it to yourself.

- Please be sure to respond to a listing in the manner in which the original poster requested. For example, if they specifically say to send email, then sending a PM is a waste of time and could hurt your chances of getting the item.

- There is no need to respond with posts such as "PM sent". It does not guarantee your place in line or reserve an item for you. The seller is free to sell the item to whoever they want, regardless of who posted first.

-If your item sells, please update your thread to reflect the item(s) status as SOLD.


- Do not post links if the sole purpose is to ridicule the item/pricing in the link. This forum is for links to good deals found on other sites that you want to share with HFB members.

Please keep in mind that these forums are a service HoustonFishBox provides. Following the above guidelines help make the forums more user-friendly, and certainly makes them easier to moderate.


HoustonFishBox Ranks

Minimum Posts        User Title     
0            Look at me! I'm new here.
10           What is this... FISH you speak of?
25           So, those are scales.
40           I know a little about fish.
60           Excuse me while I tend to my crab.
80           Stop staring at my caudal fin.
100          Yes, I clean my own aquarium.
130          All your fish are belong to us.
170          It's Cichlid, Not sicklid.
220          Hey, watch the slime coat buddy!
280          I don't blink.
350          My Pectoral fins are HUGE baby!
430          I have crossed the lateral line.
520          My barbels feel great!
620          I have an aversion to salty water.
730          My swim bladder is full.
850          I'm a fish herder. Like my chaps?
980          Do I feel pain? Who's asking?
1120         I have been to the bottom of the lake.    
1270         I'll have the flakes to start, thanks.
1430         Mmmmm...shrimp pellets.    
1600         I laugh at Hole In the Head.
1780         FISH love me, and fish want to be me.   
1970         I am FISH.    
2170         I am as close to Dagon as you can get.   
3000         Dagon

Privacy Policy

Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this privacy policy notice explaining our data collection practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this policy notice easy to find, we make it available in the 'FAQ' which can be accessed from any page of this website.

Information we Collect

When you visit HoustonFishBox, we send one or more cookies to your web browser. A cookie is a small, harmless piece of information that is stored on your computer. Only the domain which set that cookie can access the information from it. (ie, other domains can't access cookies set by us and we can't access cookies set by others)

Server Logs
Whenever you access a file from our website, the server logs the following data: (i) Requested File name, (ii) Your IP address, (iii) Date & Time of request, (iv) Your user agent, (v) Referring webpage (if any), and (vi) Size of the requested document.

Forum Account
In the process of creating an account on HoustonFishBox Forum, we ask for your Email address. This is done to verify your identity and prove that you are a real human being, and not some unscrupulous bot submitting web forms across the internet. Also, each thread, post, message you create on the Forum is associated with your Forum account & stamped with your I.P. address.

Blog Comments
Comments can be made on the GeekPoint Blog without any account registration. The standard visitor information like: IP address, Email (not verified), Name (not verified) and your Website URL (optional) is logged against each comment you make on a blog post.

Visitor Patterns
We use a visitor tracking and analysis service (Google Analytics) to see how our website, website sections and webpages are performing. (e.g. Unique Visitors, Page Views, Total Visitors, etc.). No personally identifiable information is collected in this process.

Outbound Clicks
We track outbound clicks from our website too. Again, no personally identifiable information is collected in the process. Only pure statistical information like the URI of a clicked link and URI of the page from which the click was done, is stored.

Advertising Services
HoustonFishBox primarily uses Google Adsense to serve advertisements relevant to the website content. To know more about what information Google collects and uses, check out their General Privacy Policy and Advertising Policy pages.

How we Use It

E-Mail Addresses
Email addresses you entered while registering on the Forum are used to provide you updates of any content which you have subscribed to. Your Email addresses are safe with us. We won't sell it to anyone!

The password which you use to login to the Forum account is salted and then encrypted before being saved in our database. It's NEVER stored in a plaintext format. This way even we can't see what your password is. And that's why in case you forget your login password, we can't retrieve it for you; we are only able to change it to something else.

Visitor Statistics
Visitor statistics and data logged by the server and Google Analytics are used to improve our site. We can quickly see which pages are performing well and which of them are not. Some statistics like Total Visitors, Unique Visitors, Aggregate PageViews per month are released to public. But no personal information is ever revealed.

Cookies are used to store your personal preferences for a short time. They are used to customize the content that is served to you on the Forum (primarily) and/or other site's sections. Cookies are also used to store your site login credentials. (So you may or may not face difficulties accessing member-only functions, if you login with cookies disabled in your browser)

Data Security
Appropriate measures (user authentication, authorization, data encryption) are taken to ensure that the data we collect is safeguarded and secure from unauthorized access. Regarding the data submitted in Forum: private profile fields can only be accessed by site administrators, and I.P. addresses attached to the threads/posts can only be accessed by site administrators and moderators.

Children's Privacy
Protecting very young children's privacy is quite important. For that very reason we currently don't allow account registrations by children under 13 years of age, on our Forum without Parental Consent.

Accessing your Info
Wherever possible and feasible, we provide a way for you to edit and update your personal information. In the case of Forums, you can edit your personal information and site preferences via the UserCP (User Control Panel). The various options and setting groups available to you are explained below:

UserCP » Edit Your Details
Edit your personal information like birth date, birth date visibility preference, website URI, instant messaging (IM) contacts, your Location, Occupation, Hobbies / Topics of Interest, Biography, etc. All of these fields are optional and you can clear them out anytime you want.

UserCP » Profile Privacy
You can select the user types who can access your user profile. Data which you can restrict is: Contact info, Profile picture, Visitor messages, Albums, Biography, Friends list, Recent profile visitor list and Group membership list. You can set the access level to: Everyone (Guests included), Registered Members, Users on your Contact list, Your Friends.

UserCP » Edit Options
Various options are available to customise your Forum experience. The settings groups include: Login settings, Visitor and Profile Messaging, Thread Display Options, Date / Time / Timezone selection and some Miscellaneous options like the Forum's color scheme / layout (if multiple selections are available).

UserCP » Edit Email & Password
Pretty much self explanatory. You can edit the email address associated with the Forum account; and the password which you use to login. Please note that if you update your email address, you'll have to verify that new address too.

Any doubts or questions?

If you have any doubts or questions regarding the privacy policy and how we implement it, feel free to contact imagirlgeek via Private Messaging (PM) or the Contact Us forum.

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