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Forum Help => Forum Rules => Topic started by: Graeme M on May 05, 2009, 08:57:22 PM

Title: Forum Rules
Post by: Graeme M on May 05, 2009, 08:57:22 PM
The following guide to forum etiquette is aimed at helping to keep the forum a happy, fun, informative and entertaining place.

1. This forum is provided for all to use as a source of fun, entertainment, communication, advertising, information and knowledge. It is here for all, regardless of your particular affinities. We even allow Honda owners in.
2. Respect other members and their views. Feel free to disagree, but do so with some class. Resorting to insults or unnecessary rudeness is not on.
3. Humour is good, over the top crassness isn't.
4. Bad language isn't good. That means no f**k and no c**t. The usual stuff is fine.
5. Provide proper credit where credit is due. This means that if you post photos or words from someone else's website or magazine, please note the source.
6. Please, no multiple aliases unless you make it clear why you've done this.
7. NO discussion about the administration of vintage dirtbike racing in Australia. Simple questions/requests for clarification of rules is fine, complaints or criticism is not.

If someone breaches these guidelines to the extent that other members are finding their freedom to enjoy this forum is being compromised, I'll send them a private message asking for them to improve their online behaviour. How you behave anywhere else is nothing to do with me, but how you behave here is. If someone is warned but chooses to continue, or to abuse me over it, they'll be banned for a couple of weeks. If that doesn't resolve the problem, they'll be banned permanently. If need be, I can of course tell if a banned person tries to re-register under a new name. If need be, I'll ban their actual Internet address.

Thank you.

Graeme M
Forum Admin.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Graeme M on February 07, 2011, 09:25:43 AM
The above is a good guide to Forum Etiquette and laregly remains in force.

However, here is a more comprehensive set of rules that hopefully provides a little more guidance into how I want the forum to go from here on.

The OzVMX forum is primarily intended for discussion about vintage motocross and related 'old dirtbike' activities. It is meant to be a fun, light hearted and useful source of entertainment and knowledge for vintage dirtbike fans. The forum rules are therefore simple and aimed at ensuring that members can enjoy reading and participating in discussion.

The rules do to some extent reflect my personal views. This is OK on the grounds it's my forum. I am also mindful of potential legal issues - I have over the years received suggestions of legal action over commentary in the forum.

So. If you don't like how I moderate, go start your own forum. I shan't be arguing with or explaining myself to anyone. It should be understood that in all cases, once I decide that a post or thread has gone too far, it will be moved to the Dumbgeon or deleted with no questions asked.

1. Respect your fellow members. This is the fundamental groundrule for the forum. While vigorous discussion and disagreement is always going to happen, it should be done without unreasonable personal attacks or criticism. Continued sledging/insulting of other members for whatever reason will result in your posts/threads being deleted. Repeat offenders will be warned. If necessary, an offending member will be banned. I don't do 'banned for a week' or whatever, too much trouble. once you are banned, you're banned.

2. Racial vilification, gender-based discrimination, or any other form of ignorant prejudice is not acceptable. However, we are adults and some humourous crtiticism/insult is OK. Of course this is hard to judge. How will you know if you've gone too far? I'll delete your post.

3. No threats should be made or implied.

4. No spamming or undue harrassment of an advertising nature. The forum is available, free of charge, for people to advertise goods, services and activities of a personal or commercial nature. This freedom should be respected as should the rights of members to enjoy the forum.

5. Criticism of third parties such as eBay sellers, businesses etc is acceptable as long as it is with sound basis in fact. Off the cuff inferences or accusations are not acceptable. Again, this is hard to judge. I'll make the call if necessary.

6. No 'pornography'. Harmless fun and titillation is fine, but a line does need to be drawn somewhere. I'll draw it if necessary.

7. Thread highjacking is frowned upon, however it is accepted it will occur. If necessary, a thread can be split off to create a new thread. Threads that go down the toilet content wise (ie breach of forum etiquette) will be noted and a warning posted. If the thread continues, it will be locked and moved to The Dumbgeon. If a post or thread is an outright breach of the rules and simply not acceptable, it will be deleted.

8. The Judge's decision is final. I may not always be right, I may not always be fair, but that's the way it goes. Feel free to email/PM me privately if you disagree with a decision, but at the end of the day I have to make the call one way or the other. And I'm not about to stay up at night worrying if i got it right. So, be a grownup and accept that's how it is. It IS just a forum.

Finally a note to all. If YOU start a thread, you CAN lock it, rename it, move it or delete it. If you post a reply to a thread, you can change it later or delete it. There's no need to email me asking me to do it for you.

Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Mod1 on May 13, 2016, 12:38:34 PM
^^^^^ as above ^^^^ Thank you
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Kenneth S (222) on January 15, 2017, 07:29:07 AM
All of the above remains in place. I will however re-iterate the following in my own words,

This forum exists as a meeting place for the enjoyment of old dirt bikes and we plan to keep it that way. We have a strict policy of no criticism, accusation, ridicule or any other form of personal attack towards any member of the VMX community whether directly or by inference or innuendo.

If any member experiences or witnesses any personal attacks please notify me immediately and the perpetrator will be dealt with.

This is NOT a public forum where you can say what you want.

Kenneth S