Forum Rules

The BeNotDeceived community is here for the enjoyment and benefit of all members and is accessible to all who register and are 13 years of age or older. Like any community, BeNotDeceived is most valuable when everyone obeys certain basic guidelines and rules for online behavior. These guidelines and rules are presented here so that you know what is expected of you and what you can expect from other participants when using BeNotDeceived.


We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to:

  • Edit and/or remove any post containing or linking to material in violation of these Terms and Conditions.
  • Disable the membership of any user who violates these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any doubts about whether your post or link may violate these rules, please ask a BeNotDeceived Staff Member before posting.


Questions, comments, or help requests regarding BeNotDeceived should be posted in the Support Forum.


Keep it relevant.

For everyone’s benefit please stay on topic. No “test” posts, spam, or selling outside services / products or, in general, posting in a manner unrelated to BeNotDeceived.

Keep it courteous

Everyone wants to have a positive experience while on BeNotDeceived – please make sure that you are not detracting from any other user’s experience. In particular, please refrain from posting anything unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable or injurious to third parties.

Your opinions are always welcome, but personal attacks and harassment (“flaming”) are not acceptable.

Keep it clear

Please communicate clearly so everyone may understand. Avoid using slang, “net speak” or any other wording which might be difficult for all users to understand. We are a diverse community and seek to provide a comfortable environment. This can only happen if we can understand each other.

Keep it spam-free – this means NO SELLING

This community is not intended for the promotion of outside services, products, websites, or organizations. Posting content that would constitute advertising, marketing, sales pitches, junk mail, spam, chain letters, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation will not be allowed. Such content will be deleted without notice and your profile may be disabled or banned.

Be careful – your personal information

When registering for the community, your full name (first and last) will be visible to other registered community members. If you do not want your name to be visible, please reset your default privacy settings for your Name to > Yourself. You should not post other personal information publicly on the community including your address, age, phone number, or Social Security Number. Most people in the community are happy to help out, but remember that their advice is theirs only and that you are responsible for deciding whether or not to follow it. If the advice given by a user sounds wrong to you, do not try it.



From time-to-time BeNotDeceived may designate certain community members as Moderators. This designation does not create an employee or agency relationship between BeNotDeceived and this member, nor does it make this member a BeNotDeceived spokesperson. Instead, the designation allows the community to know which members have been helpful, have provided constructive advice and have set a positive example and tone for BeNotDeceived. Like any information posted on BeNotDeceived, the opinions and advice provided by these members are their own. This content is the sole responsibility of the Moderator, and anything stated in the Terms and Conditions applies to the content posted by these members.