Community Posting Policies, Guidelines and Rules
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Please read through the entire guideline section - you agreed to follow these guidelines when you joined. We ask, as we did in the User Agreement you saw when you registered, that people treat each other the way they would like to be treated. We ask that you are respectful. We ask that your criticisms be constructive. We ask that you are patient and polite. If someone responds to you in an inappropriate manner, please ignore them and use the "report" post button at the top of the post - someone will quickly address the post. We don't allow fighting, we don't allow vulgarity, we don't allow pissing contests. This is a wonderful community filled with amazing people, you will get much more out of this community than you put into it should you decide to remain a part of it. Thank you in advance for your cooperation :)

We strictly enforce these guidelines in order to be as fair as possible to all members. As a New Member, you do not have full access to this website yet. This website is run like a community - only those folks that contribute to the discussions are welcome to use all the features of the site. Brand new members cannot:

  • Buy, sell or solicit - this means you are not allowed to post in threads or on people's profiles that you want to buy something they have or had for sale in the Buy/Sell/Trade section of this website. Everyone here had to meet the minimum requirements to use the Buy/Sell/Trade Forums, so will you, it's nothing personal.
  • Use private messages - they are for participating members here - that means for members that have been here for more than 7 days and have made more than 15 RELEVANT ON TOPIC posts. Anyone blasting up 15 useless "me too" posts will find themselves unable to use the BST Forum or private messages.
  • Participate in the Buy/Sell/Trade forums - (see the BST Forum thread here)

New members are welcome to purchase items from the Commercial BST Forum sellers, but you will not see a way to post a message in the regular Buy/Sell/Trade Forums.

*We do not allow links or promotion here - this includes the following:

  • links, URLs or website names
  • YouTube channels
  • Social media handles or hashtags
  • Facebook pages or groups
  • promoting your business, apps, software, products or website through words, avatars or images
  • any other type of internet or social media promotion is prohibited

*We do not promote specific shops here - we do not promote other websites here - we do not promote social media channels here - so please do NOT ask people to post links or tell you which social media channels they subscribe puts them in a bad position :)
I forgot my password. What should I do?

Head over to the login page. Below the fields to enter your username or email address and password, you'll see a "Lost your password?" button. From there, you can send a password reset email which will include a link to change your password.
How do I change password, email address, signature, profile info, avatar, etc?

After you have made five approved posts - while logged in, click on your username at the upper right of any forum page - from there you can control every aspect of your profile, email, password, notifications, avatars, etc, etc.
Signatures - how to use them and what is allowed:

After you have made five moderator approved posts, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper. You can set your signature clicking on your username at the upper right and then "account settings". 

- We do not allow links, URLs, any type of promotional information or images or any contact information in your signature - they will be removed. Advertisers paying for "Sponsor" or "Insider" packages are permitted to put links to their websites and social media channels in their signatures, but they are very clearly identified under their username wherever they post.
Links, Solicitation and Advertising - Posts and Private Messages

1. No links in your signatures - ever.
2. Avatars/Profiles - we do not allow any promotional, advertising, antagonistic, vulgar or website information in avatars or profiles. They will be removed immediately.
3. Do not post (or PM) links or URLs, Twitter handles/hashtags, Instagram or any other social media references or cutesy "add dot com" verbiage to your website, and social media site, *commercial websites, blogs, forums, sites with graphic images or videos, sites with vulgarity or nudity, or any sites that have discussion or comment sections.

*A commercial website is one that sells products, services or advertising or promotes websites that sell products, services or advertising. For example, a club website, while not selling products or advertising, would be considered commercial if they trade advertising for products or money in the form of sponsor links to commercial websites. We allow links to educational institutions, appropriate governmental agency websites and websites for which we presently have a link exchange arrangement on our "additional resources" web pages. If you are unsure, don't PM or post the link until you contact one of the forum leaders or admins and ask them for a ruling. Anyone private messaging inappropriate links, URLs to any other member here will lose their ability to send or receive private messages.

4. Event Announcements on this website.
We welcome announcements of not for profit shows and events here - we do not promote tackle shop events, sales or shows here. They are "for profit" endeavors, even when done under the guise of being "free", when a shop holds an event, it is to promote their business, website and/or products and services. If you would like to promote your shop's event/sale/show, please contact - we encourage contribution to this community and very much discourage solicitation and self promotion. We have and will continue to allow appropriate announcements provided that they:

  • Are not for profit events, shows or fund raisers.
  • Do not contain advertisement information such as URLs, social media pages, phone numbers, email addresses and "for more information contact" text in them.
  • Are not overly biased, self promotional product endorsements by the manufacturer, designer, pro-staff and/or distributor.
  • Do not contain lists of vendors, sponsors, plug builders, charter boats, party boats, shops or businesses - speaker lists/times are allowed, provided the businesses they represent are NOT. For example:

GOOD - Tim Surgent speaking about underwater basket weaving 1:00-2:30
BAD - Tim Surgent from speaking about underwater basket weaving 1:00-2:30

We welcome and encourage all manufacturers to participate in any and all discussions relating to their products, provided they do not post links, email address, Facebook pages, twitter handles, hashtags, contact information or other information to direct members to their business, service, website or products.

Do not discuss other websites here - what happens elsewhere, stays there.

We do not allow folks to discuss, recommend, promote, insult, criticize, ostracize or refer to other websites. That means websites, forums, groups, Facebook pages, Twitter handles, hashtags, YouTube channels or any other social media pages here. It's that simple, don't do it - we don't want it here. If you need to contact someone from another website, use their website, don't announce it here - we don't want it here. We are not interested in the rules of other forums, just like we expect they are not interested in our rules. We are not interested in fights, site specific events, personal vendetta, promoting member only events on other sites, sales, free offers, solicitations, bickering, whining or name calling from other sites. We don't promote other sites here, we don't insult other sites here and we don't discuss other sites here. Leave stuff from other sites on those sites, we don't want it here. If you feel you have something monumental that absolutely must be made public here that you read on another site, contact a forum leader or administrator and let them decide - thanks :th:

Why are some words and some websites changed to asterisks in my post?

If something you typed was automatically changed into asterisks, that means we, the owners of this website, have decided that we do not want that word, link, shop or website posted on our website or PM'd to our members. When you make heroic efforts to post or PM that blocked word, after you realize that we, the owners, have chosen to block that word, you have crossed a line - you are no longer making a mistake, you are now intentionally undermining our right to decide what we want and don't want on this website. I assure you, we will view your actions as intentionally disrespectful. In short, please don't circumvent our autocensor, it very rarely ends well ;)

Spot Burning - General Locations Only

At StripersOnline, we have always put more emphasis on helping people learn how to fish, not sending them to specific fishing spots. Someone that knows how to fish will be armed with the skills it takes to find and figure out an unlimited number of locations and conditions. The internet is a huge place, these forums see tens of thousands of visitors every day, we have watched places become unnecessarily overcrowded through the years resulting in litter, noise, parking problems, poaching, and eventually, closure.

As such, we encourage fishing reports, questions and discussions about general locations only. We do not allow very specific locations to be posted on these forums. Instead of posting about a specific street or town, use a more general description of the area. For example, instead of saying you caught fish at Anystreet Avenue, just say you caught them in northern Anycounty. Instead of saying Anystreet Bridge, say Anywhere River area. There's no good that can come from being too specific, but by being general in your discussions, you can share the important parts of your report - the tackle, lures, bait, conditions, tide, moon phase, etc.

Our forum leaders have all been instructed to edit out any overly specific location information. Please do not get angry with them, it's a site-wide policy and they are volunteers doing their best to keep these forums as useful, respectful and fun as they can be. If you see a post that you feel is "spot burning" - please do NOT quote it and make an insulting or angry post directed at the poster - quietly click the "report" button at the top of their post and in the comments write "spot burn" - and someone will address it promptly. Quoting it just brings more attention to it.

Our "Clean Slate" Policy

A long time ago, when this site was first started, I asked folks to please do two things while contributing here:

Let everyone who registers here do so with a clean slate - I don't care what they've done or said or written on any other site. Primarily because I don't read any other site and if folks were to be judged by members here on their actions elsewhere, I'd have to familiarize myself with those actions on other sites. Instead of having to do that, it was simply a much better model to just let everyone registering here start with a clean slate.

It's of no consequence here who's saying what about whom somewhere else or who's thrown off another site or why. What happens elsewhere should simply stay there.
This policy remains today and is known as our "Clean Slate Policy" - we thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation :)

Please do not post or link videos/images here if they contain any of the following:

1 - vulgarity/nudity - If there is vulgarity and/or nudity, please do not link/post it here.

2 - commercial website reference - if the video/image can be considered advertising or promotion for any company, product, website or service - if it discusses/mentions/contains the URL or name of a commercial website, please do not post it here.


Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, we hope you enjoy this website and use it in the manner for which it was intended - if you ever need anything or have a question regarding these guidelines, please feel free to email me - - or contact a forum leader/administrator through the "messaging" feature on this website.

Tim Surgent and the entire staff, community and sponsors of