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Advertising Services

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Links in Sigs

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Animated avatars are not allowed. Sorry. You are able to use a customized static image avatar though.
Make sure that your avatar is rated "PG" and appropriate for all age groups.

Signature Size Limits

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  • Images must conform to the forum community's standards
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  • No political, religious or adult content images, text, or links allowed
  • IP trackers are not allowed

Reseller Rules
There are some Reseller specific rules. Resellers are:
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  • May provide clarifications in the forum in response to questions asked by members.
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  • Are forbidden from posting any links back to their respective websites for any reason, including in their signatures unless it is part of a sponsorship. To investigate sponsorship opportunities please contact the TechnologyGuide Sales Group.
  • The posting of product images within the forum are not allowed, including both attachments and hosted images
  • Product announcements are not allowed
We also have some rules that apply for certain forums:

Off Topic forum

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This forum is rated PG - lets keep it that way.

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