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CurlTalk Rules

We're so glad you've decided to participate in our online community at! This is the place for anyone with curly hair of any type to gather information, meet others with similar interests regarding hair care and other topics, and enjoy the empowerment of being part of a community of people brought together by a common interest.

The community includes, the leading natural hair blog,, a professional community especially for stylists servicing their curly clientele, and, a boutique e-commerce site (collectively, the “NaturallyCurly Community”). Together we have discovered the common thread—a curl, kink or wave—that bonds us together.

This is now your community. So please keep it friendly and safe, and adhere to our rules:

BE COURTEOUS. BE TOLERANT. You're about to encounter many new friends in our community, with many new and interesting viewpoints. Please be respectful and tolerant of everyone you meet, even if you disagree with their opinions. Don't use language that is threatening, abusive, harassing, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable. And don't engage in personal attacks. This includes staff, who work hard to keep our Community a fun spot to visit.

KEEP IT CLEAN, PLEASE. Express yourself freely. But get your message across without resorting to foul language. Postings that contain vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated in our community. Don't rearrange letters or use odd characters to circumvent the censors. As for photos, keep them tasteful. We want everyone to feel comfortable here. Mods reserve the right to edit a post to remove vulgar or obscene language or images if the original poster refuses to do so.

DON'T ADVERTISE OR PROMOTE. Please help keep our community "commercial free." Never post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional items, junk mail or "spam." Soliciting may include promoting a home business, charity drives, items for auction, etc., as well as information such as a contact address or web URL.

SPEAKING OF COMMERCIAL FREE...DON'T CONDUCT BUSINESS! Please do not post web addresses (also known as "URLs"), banners, links, or the like in your signature or in posts. The Community is for your personal, noncommercial use. It is not a forum for advertising merchandise, promoting your commercial website, soliciting sales of products or services, linking to your online store, or otherwise conducting business. This prohibition applies to your business as well as the businesses of family, friends, acquaintances, and other third parties. And it applies regardless of whether you promote the business in the signature, in posts or anywhere else.

BE WHO YOU ARE. Please do not create multiple profiles. Your account should represent you and accurately portray your life. Do not falsely represent yourself, or claim to have knowledge or expertise that you don't actually possess. In addition, do not impersonate another user.

IF YOU DIDN’T CREATE IT, DON’T POST IT! Information copyrighted or owned by others should not be posted in our community. Please be aware that if you post any copyrighted information, you will be held responsible. is not responsible for any posts that violate copyright laws.

SIGNATURE QUOTES: You may not quote another CurlTalk member in your signature unless you have that member's permission to do so. If a quoted member complains about your having quoted her in your sig, you will be required to remove it.

RESPECT OUR NATURALLYCURLY COMMUNITY TEAM: Our friendly community team includes staff and volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining a safe, harassment-free online community. You may not encounter us all the time, but we do try to stay in touch with what's happening in the community. Please help us do our jobs by paying attention to our posts and trying to follow any suggestions. Please respect our efforts.

PROTECT PRIVACY. While we do allow our community members to post information about themselves, we do not allow personally identifying information to be posted about others. Use caution when posting personal information or any information that you don't want made public. After all, your posts are available to anyone on the Internet!

PRIVATE MESSAGES: You may not post the contents or the gist of a private message (including links) or email received from any other person. You may not copy quotes from a thread, then repost them after the OP has deleted the content in question.

LEAVE IT: Please don't start new threads to continue an argument from a thread that was locked. New threads created for this purpose will automatically be locked. By the same token, don't take arguments or drama into other, existing threads either; that, too, will result in threads being locked. Members violating these rules will be subject to warning, timeout or banning.

MODERATION AND INFRACTIONS: If you receive a warning or infraction for one of your posts and have a question about the moderation, please PM a Forum Moderator to receive clarity. Derailing the thread in question with arguments about the moderation is not allowed and any such posts will be removed by the CurlTalk staff.

ACTIONS AS APPROPRIATE: Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. For example, instructions for particular topics may be given by guides within threads and are to be followed even if not explicitly outlined in a rule. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure the forum is not disrupted or abused in any way.

WE RESERVE OUR RIGHTS. We reserve the right to remove any postings on our boards. If you fail to observe our Community Standards and Conduct Guidelines, we may terminate your participation in the Community. We reserve the right to change any of these rules at any time without warning or notice.

REPORTING A POST. If you see a post that violates our rules, please help by clicking on the "Report This Post" link under the offensive post. Then select your reason for reporting from the pull-down menu. You can also type in any additional comments you may have. Then click "Send" and we'll handle the rest. Avoid reporting posts or threads based on the identity of individuals but rather on the actual content of their post or profile. Our community team will not take sides of a conflict and will only act on specific violations.

HIGHLIGHTING CONTENT FROM MEMBERS. is dedicated to finding and emphasizing helpful content created by community members for the benefit of visitors to the NaturallyCurly Community. If you post content that benefits other members, you acknowledge and agree that may repurpose and create derivative works of such content and that we can use all such content in various ways.

TROLLS: Don't quote trolls.

TIMEOUTS: Guides (moderators) will temporarily suspend users who fail to comply with board rules and guidelines. These suspensions will last three days and are implemented at the discretion of the Guide involved.

BANNING: NaturallyCurly team members maintain the right to permanently or temporarily ban any user who violates the above guidelines.

In general, the following policy will be adhered to: Upon an initial violation of the above guidelines, a member will receive a public warning Upon a second violation, a member will receive a three-day time out. Upon a third violation, a member will receive a two-week temporary ban. Upon a fourth violation, a member will be permanently banned from CurlTalk.

A Note About Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide

If you have thoughts of suicide, immediately call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255), if in the USA. If international, please find your respective country's hotline here - List of suicide crisis hotlines.

Call a hospital or local police for emergency help. Please feel free to talk about your depression, and let members here encourage you or help you with solutions to your problems. But the the CurlTalk boards are not an appropriate place for threats to commit suicide, hurt others, or to hurt yourself. Such posts will be removed.

If you are suicidal, please contact a professional suicide counselor immediately. Please don't try to go it alone.

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