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The Tailfeathers Network is a network dedicated to birds. We are here to help all bird owners learn about their birds, how to properly take care of them, and more. Bird owners can get ask questions at our message board, view pictures and submit their own pets' pictures to the gallery, read articles with great information and tips, chat with other bird lovers, and much more.

Please take the time to read the following rules and guidelines carefully to ensure a good experience at Tailfeathers and its other parts.

Treatment of Others

No insulting or rude comments will be tolerated, regardless of the circumstance. Be courteous to fellow members.

Discrimination of any sort, regardless of a person's race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, status, or disability, will not be tolerated.

Treat everyone with respect.

We expect everyone to act maturely. Thus, making fun of others, among other things, will also not be tolerated.

For those of us who have birds, keep in mind that we were all beginners once. Treat new bird owners nicely and remember that no questions are "dumb" or "silly," as you would expect yourself to be treated if you were in their position.


The following is from our netiquette, written by former moderator featherjinxer.

#1 Capitalizing, Punctuation, and Grammar

Typing in all caps is considered shouting. Who wants to read a post where the person screams at you the entire time? The majority of users simply ignore those posts, and any valuable information is lost. Please do NOT use all caps, you will only be perceived as ignorant, inconsiderate, and lazy.

Use correct spelling and grammar. Simply, it is rude not to. Doing so only shows the other members they are not worth your time. It also emphasizes your educational level and professionalism -- you will be taken much, much more seriously if you use the proper grammar and punctuation. Tailfeathers supplies a spell check. When posting, just click it, and double-check what you have written- it can prevent many misunderstandings.

Finally, type in complete sentences and use spell check, please! Incomplete, fragmented sentences, cryptic, jumpy thoughts are hard to read, and you will not be taken seriously. Do skip a line between paragraphs, it makes the message infinitely easier to read. The written word is a wonderful medium of communication, so use it to its fullest potential!

#2 Smilies

I'm sure everyone enjoys the cute smilies. However, they lose their cuteness and effectiveness VERY quickly if overused. Generally, there should be no more than three per reply. Emoticons can help to convey much, but if not used appropriately they can convey a sense of immaturity and inconsideration to a reply that is meant to be taken seriously.

#3 HTML Formatting

HTML formatting refers to the bold, italicized, underlined, font-size, color, and font in posts. Again, this heavily emphasizes the tone of the message, as well as its intention. A large font size conveys yelling. Constantly switching colors is VERY hard to read, and most will simply skip the post. Use discretion when applying the HTML formatting -- you don’t want the purpose of your post to be lost, or ignored!

#4 Subject Headers

Subject headers- the name of the post you may decide to click on. Giving your post an appropriate title makes a HUGE difference in the type, and length of responses, which you will receive. Chose a title that concisely conveys the question you will ask. If you want to know about what different diseases affect budgies, and how to prevent them, the post would be titled something like “Budgie Disease and Prevention.” For me, it is easier to write the post, and then look for the line that asks the question- that contains your title. Titles like “HELP” or “URGENT DYING” instead of “Throwing Up” usually have the reverse affect- people will avoid these posts. Usually, once the post is posted, the title should NOT be changed unless it is by the original poster. It can become very confusing when a post is constantly changing titles-some of us go by the responses' title! You are much more likely to receive a response if you title it appropriately, then someone who has knowledge in that field is much more likely to stop by!

#5 Signature Files

Signature files, aka custom signatures, can be cute, and a way expressing a bit of your personality to your posts. They will not be discussed here but rather later on in this post -- keep reading.

#6 Acronyms

Usually, they are not used when posting; acronyms are a chat room medium. Use these with great discretion-and be prepared to explain what they stand for. Over usage-more than two or three per message- results in you being perceived as a major newbie! Some of the more commonly used ones I have noticed on Tailfeathers are as follows.

TF = Tailfeathers
IMO = In My Opinion
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
ROTFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing
BRB = Be Right Back
NTM = Not to Mention
FYI = For Your Information

#7 Copyright and E-Mail

Tailfeathers has a copyright policy (and general disclaimer) -- please respect it (see below for it). Everything posted IS copyrighted; do not use it anywhere without citing your source, and if in doubt, check with a staff member. When posting information on Tailfeathers from another source, please cite it!

Remember, a member has the ability to say anything they want-they can pass themselves off as anyone, or anything. If something seems fishy, don’t trust it. If you should receive any inappropriate or offensive e-mail from a Tailfeathers member, contact a Moderator or Administrator about it. You will need the original offending e-mail that was sent to you, so do NOT delete it!

#8 FAQ

Tailfeathers has a list of Frequently Asked Questions in the Budgie and Cockatiel forums, so be sure to go there and have a read through them all before you make any posts. It is likelythat the questions posted in there will answer some questions you have (and maybe some you didn't even think to ask!) and saves constantly going over the same topics. Of course, if your question is not adequately answered there, feel free to post about it!

#9 Spamming and Flaming

Flaming is posting insulting criticisms, name-calling, and rude remarks aimed at a particular user to incite anger. Such as “Well that is a [insert choice expletive] of an opinion, you are a [expletive] of a moron, etc.

Spamming is posting repeated identical posts to a wide variety of places- such as asking the same question on each forum, or advertising a website. Spamming is not acceptable at any place on the Internet.

Neither of the above are allowed. See below for more on this.


Besides everything mentioned above, please also respect the following.

Keep topics on topic. Make new topics when you want to talk about something different.

Post one question in one forum only. There is no need to post a question in several forums as it will get an answer in the forum it was posted in and posting it in several forums will just confuse people trying to answer your question.

Read the titles and descriptions of the forums to find the best place to make your thrad. Subjects will get more attention from the right people in their correct forum. If you make a post in the wrong forum, simply ask for it to be moved -- don't make a second post.

Keep your messages clean. This board has a strict filter, but unfortunately, there are ways to get through it; don't try to find those ways.

Please do not post for the only purpose of increasing your post count; only-emoticon replies and similar things should be avoided.

Please do not ask for answers to your questions to be sent to your email address and please do not post your email address asking people to email you if they have questions about birds. We would like all questions and answers to stay on the message board so that the information shared can benefit the whole community.

Custom Title & Reporting Posts

The message board has a reporting system in place; if you see a rude/bad post, you can report it to the Tailfeathers staff by clicking the red triangle found on the bottom left area of the post. This should only be used in the case of inappropiate posts; abusing this system is not allowed.

Tailfeathers allows users to set their own custom titles (a small line of text that shows under a member's username in all the member's posts and in the member's profile). Do not use any bad language or write anything offensive here; we reserve the right to change and/or completely edit out any inappropiate custom titles.

Tailfeathers staff have either the word "Administrator" or "Moderator" in their titles. These words are banned from user use, but it is still possible to allude to being a Tailfeathers moderator/staff/official -- don't do this.


Do not post ads or links to your boards and websites in any forums besides the Favorite Links forum. Also, please do not put comments like "you should go check out that board, it's really cool" and anything similar in your post - this is also advertising and all advertising should be exclusively in the Favorite Links forum.

Note that it is okay if you have a link to your boards and sites in your custom signature in forums that have custom signatures enabled.

To ensure good content and participation, people with under fifteen posts are not allowed to post an advertisement anywhere on Tailfeathers (it is still allowed in the signature, though we reserve the right to remove it if it seems that your posts are simply being made so that people will see your signature link, even if you aren't directly advertising in the post).

Custom Signatures

No adult, racist, mean, rude, etc. images or text will be allowed in signatures.

Any images (and the custom signature overall) must be small; the height of an image cannot be bigger than 300 pixels wide or 200 pixels tall, though if it is really thin it may be a bit taller and vice-versa. These images should be small in file size; there should not be more than one or two images either.

Animated images are okay and will count as one image as long as the file size does not pass 100kb.

If you have a custom signature that violates these rules, please redo it. Keep in mind that you can take your signature off specific posts by unchecking "Show your signature" under "Additional Options" when posting.

We will remove any signatures that violate these guidelines. Moderators are also allowed to ask you to change or remove a signature if they deem it inappropriate or too large (or anything else), regardless of these rules (as there are many individual circumdifferent for image).

Trolls and Spammers

Trolls are people that come to the board whose only intent is to harass members.

Spammers are people who either post unsolicited commercial spam (i.e. Great rate on homes!! or Make free money!!) or people who post advertisements with the intent of flooding forums.

Tailfeathers does not tolerate spammers and trolls. We will do everything in our power to make sure that spammers and trolls do not reach our network site and message board, but in the case that they do, they will be immediately banned and their content removed.

Tailfeathers wants to stay a friendly and great place for our users, and thus trolls and spammers will not be tolerated under any circumstance.

As mentioned, insulting of other members, rudeness, etc. will not be tolerated as well.

Outcomes of Violations

We will evaluate each situation individually. In some cases, simply asking someone to stop doing something will be enough. Warnings will be given before possible banning occurs.

In other, more extreme cases (such as major flamers/spammers), immediate banning will be the taken route. Please keep in mind that we have many different tools to keep banned members away; banned members are not allowed back.

General Disclaimer

All information on the Tailfeathers Network and its corresponding message board [Tailfeathers will hence refer to the Tailfeathers Network, message board], is from both experienced bird owners and new bird owners who offer knowledge from their personal research and past experiences to the Tailfeathers community.

This means that though you will most likely get information from several people while at Tailfeathers, and the information will be as accurate and correct as the Tailfeather's staffs' knowledge, Tailfeathers cannot be held responsible for inaccurate information.

Most Tailfeathers staff members are picked because they are helpful and knowledge bird owners; this does not mean, however, they are are "all knowing" and thus simply because they have the title of moderator does not mean that the information is guaranteed.

Tailfeathers is not responsible for the content and information presented on off-network links.

We do, however, strive to the best of our abilities to make sure that incorrect information is not accredited, and is corrected and/or removed.

Tailfeathers and its staff does not assume any liability for any damages arising from the use or inability to use any and all advice given.

No pornographic or adult-related advertisements shall ever be on Tailfeathers. Besides that, however, Tailfeathers does not review or monitor the content found on our advertisements and we will not be responsible nor liable for what is found on their webpages.

Notice Regarding the Rules

These rules are in place at all times and at all places of the Tailfeathers Network.

These rules were last modified on July 1, 2004. We expect you to come read this post each time you see it is updated.

Copyright Policy

All materials found on any parts of the Tailfeathers Network, including posts at the message board, are/become property of the Tailfeathers Network may not be redistributed, published, broadcasted, or copied without the express permission of Tailfeathers.

Copyright © 1999-2004 Tailfeathers Network. All rights reserved.

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A Final Note

We hope that you enjoy the board, that you have fun here, and that you find the board helpful!

Thank you for reading and once again, enjoy the board.

The Tailfeathers crew

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