Community Rules

Since our community was founded in 2005, we have worked hard to establish an accepting, tolerant community based on mutual trust and respect, centered around the founding members’ shared interest and experience in the Special Operations Community. Team work, mutual respect, and shared vision are hallmarks of the Special Operations Community and of our site. Whatever your background, you are welcome here if you live up to our rules and norms, respect yourself and other members. Whatever your background, if you cannot live up to these standards, you will not remain a member here. Welcome to ShadowSpear. By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws. The owners, administrators, moderators, and staff associated with the ShadowSpear Special Operations community reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread. ShadowSpear also reserves the right to remove any account without providing an explanation. Although the administrators and moderators of ShadowSpear Special Operations will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and the the owner, administrators, moderators, and staff associated with the ShadowSpear Special Operations community will not be held responsible for the content of any message, attachment, posting, or use of the site for any reason.

1. Username Guidance: We recommend using a pseudonym on the site. You can use your true name, but just be aware of the potential consequences. If you registered on this site through a social media platform and want to change your name, fill out this form. Do not choose a military-related user name unless it accurately describes your credentials. For example: Do not choose "NavySEALWannabe1" if you are not a Navy SEAL and do not upload the SEAL insignia as your avatar.

2. Profiles: We require members to fill out their profile before posting an introduction. The member's component and background are required. The "background field" must be filled out. You may list your military job/specialty (MOS) or units you serve(d) with. Civilian members can tell us what they do for a living. All personal profiles must be safe for work. For your own protection, we strongly recommend that you do not put sensitive personal information such as your address, your specific job, etc. in your profile.

3. Introductions: We require new members to post an introduction as their first post. Accounts will be banned or deleted for failure to complete this requirement. Introductions do not have to be works of art, but at the same time sub par intros will not be tolerated. If you are/were military, you may want to highlight what branch you served in, what your job is/was, and what brought you to ShadowSpear. If you're not in the military or a veteran, feel free to tell us about yourself and what brought you to our community. We encourage everyone to be an active participant on the board; however if you prefer just browse/lurk the site, you may do so after your initial post is made.

4. OPSEC/PERSEC: Be aware of Operational Security(OPSEC)/Personal Security (PERSEC) at all times. The good guys aren't the only ones reading this board. It is your responsibility to avoid making posts that violate OPSEC or PERSEC and to report others’ violations to the site staff. If you choose to sign up with your real name, you should be aware of the associated risks. Fill out this form if you'd like to change your username.

5. Prohibited Posts: Pornographic, racist, hateful, and illegal material is prohibited on ShadowSpear. Illegal material includes classified (as well as publically compromised or documents marked U//FOUO), copyrighted music, videos, etc. Posting prohibited material will get you banned from the site. For threads that are not safe for the work environment, you must choose the Not Safe For Work (NSWF) prefix for the thread title. The NSFW tag is not a free pass to post whatever you want; your post still must not contain the above. We realize some postings/memes/comics/etc that don't fall into the above categories might be deemed offensive to some, but given the differing senses of humor on the board you have the option to ignore or dislike a post and move on.

6. Profanity: Using profanity in the forum is fine; however, do not increase the font size of those words or use them in thread titles. Gratuitous use of profanity is unprofessional and should be avoided.

7. Advertising/Fundraising: You may not advertise/post/link/use an avatar to highlight your business/website without first receiving permission from the staff, which can only be done via this link. Verified members may post charitable fundraising posts without staff permission. Contact a staff member if you think you have something that warrants an exception to this policy.

8. Groups: The Groups section of the site is for SOF/military/LE/tactical/mentoring circles only. No exceptions. You are free to join, but do not create a group contrary to the aforementioned requirement. Vetted members are free to create multiple mentoring groups on the same topic (e.g. two Special Force Mentor groups run by different members).

9. Personal Conduct: This is primarily a site by, and for, professionals and you should act accordingly. Keep in mind that the way you post is the only way we "know" you. Do your best to post in a professional and coherent manner. Do your research and utilize the site “Search” function before asking questions or starting new threads. Heated debates are fine, just keep them professional. Do not dog pile members and do not resort to personal attacks, including intense sarcasm or mockery. It is not your duty to respond to every post. Everyone on the site comes from different backgrounds and levels of expertise. Additionally, we recommend the use of emojis when appropriate, since tone and intent are often misinterpreted on the Internet.

10. Site Staff: The formal leadership of the site is provided by the site administrators. Moderators are expected to be neutral arbiters, and site members are expected to follow their guidance. Staff members may communicate with you in public or via private conversation about your behavior. They can also issue you warning infractions, which could lead to a thread ban or a temporary site ban. If you have a problem with a member of the staff that you are unable to resolve, you are free to report your issue to the site owner.