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Joining

Why should I join Fodor's?

There are many advantages to joining the Fodor's community, most enjoyably, the chance to connect with travelers around the world who share your passion for travel. Membership is free, and it takes just a moment to join. As a member, you will be able to write reviews and share your travel questions and experiences in our popular forums. We value the contributions of our members, and we quote tips and suggestions from them in our guides, under the Word of Mouth features.

How do I join Fodor's?

Joining Fodor's is quick and easy. Simply go to www.fodors.com/login/register.html. After joining, you will receive a confirmation email from us that contains a link. After clicking on that link to activate your account, you'll be all set to start participating.

What are the guidelines for participation?

Every day, travelers join Fodors.com to share and receive travel advice. These guidelines exist to keep the community enjoyable for everyone and are based on common sense and respect. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines and Fodor's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before posting on Fodors.com, and check back often. Guidelines are subject to change.

  1. Keep it fun for everyone.
    We rely on your help to enforce these guidelines. If you see something on the site that doesn't belong there or does not follow our guidelines, please click the triangle icon (Alert Flag Icon) to alert the moderators, or email us at forums@fodors.com.

  2. Keep it positive and welcoming to a general audience.
    The anonymity of the forums sometimes leads people to say things they would not in a face-to face-conversation. Please remain civil and refrain from personal attacks on other posters. Sarcasm, no matter its intent, is a tricky thing to interpret online, and may be perceived as a personal attack.

    Personal attacks, offensive comments, and posts disclosing private information about third parties will be removed and can result in the suspension of your account. These include but aren't limited to:

    • Profanity and other vulgar, obscene, and sexually suggestive and/or explicit content or language (no matter how creative the spelling)
    • Attacks on an individual or group's race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual preference, political or religious beliefs, or physical characteristics
    • Defamatory or inflammatory material or references
    • Critical comments about your competitors
    • Personal information about any other person

  3. Talk travel
    To provide maximum benefit for travelers, we ask that you stick to the topic of travel when posting in all our forums. You can post your opinions and experiences as a traveler on the forums, but you should not include extraneous or irrelevant information. Threads containing off topic conversations will be closed or removed.

  4. This is a no-advertising and non-solicitation zone.
    Commercial postings (including links by advertisers to business emails and commercial sites or blogs) or any type of advertising or promotion, including but not limited to solicitations for financial or charitable contribution, are not allowed here, and will be immediately removed. If you represent a commercial business (e.g., travel agency, hotel, airline) or charitable organization, please post the URL to the relevant site in your member profile instead of linking to it in your posts. Posts that simply promote your member profile and do not include meaningful travel content and posts containing "spam" (e.g., multiple posts containing the identical message), whether commercial or not, will also be removed. Posting advertisements, promotions or spam in the forums may result in the suspension of your account.

  5. Do not post copyrighted material.
    Loved an article that you read elsewhere? You are welcome to link to it, but please don't copy and paste its content in the forums. Please include a small explanation to make it easy for fellow members to decide whether or not the content is of interest to them.

  6. Don't monopolize the boards.
    Fodor's is a place for conversations and dialog, where multiple viewpoints are encouraged. The forums are not to be used as a personal blog. Every member should have a chance to have their post shared by the group, and monopolizing a forum or thread will not be tolerated.

    Posting under multiple identities or Member Names is seen as monopolizing the forums, and is not allowed. If you are found to be monopolizing the boards, your account will be temporarily suspended or permanently closed.

  7. Trolls (or troll feeders) are not allowed.
    Trolls are posters who comment or post just to provoke a reaction. If you suspect someone is a troll, alert the moderators by emailing forums@fodors.com or clicking the triangle icon (Alert Flag Icon) on the thread or comment in question rather than commenting on the thread itself.

  8. Moderators have the final word.
    The moderators have the final word in removing questionable posts and users. Threads that question or refer to closures made by the moderators will be closed or removed. Moderators have the right to, but are not obligated to, monitor disputes between members.

    If you feel that a thread, comment, or user was removed in error, email forums@fodors.com. Please note that due to the high volume of emails, moderators cannot respond to every complaint but will try to get back to you in a timely manner.

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