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Forum Guidelines & Rules

Posted: March 5th, 2004, 9:55 am
by baby_troupe
These are the rules we all agree to when we sign up.

This Forum is provided to allow registered users to share ideas & information about our shared interests in 4WD's & 4WD'ing. It is not a direct access link to the Magazine, its owners, or Magazine Staff & should not be used as such. You agree, through your use of the 4WD Action Forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person/'s privacy, or otherwise in violation of ANY law. This is not only NOT humorous, but legal actions can be taken against you. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or you have already provided EMG/A4WDA or the Mod/Admin team with a verifiable statement of consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also inappropriate to the 4WD Action Forum & will be deleted. Posts or threads seeking money or donations of parts/services etc will need to be approved by EMG/A4WDA management before being accepted for posting on the Forum. Naming and Shaming of any company or individual either directly or by inference is not permitted in any way.

Note that while we will take what action we can as soon as we are able, it is impossible for us to confirm the validity of all the posts on the 4WD Action Forum. Please remember that we do not actively monitor every single posted messages and are not responsible for their content. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The messages express the views of the author, not necessarily the views of the 4WD Action Forum. Anyone who feels that a posted message is spam or objectionable is encouraged to Report the post or notify an Administrator or Moderator of this forum immediately, and please don't reply to or post anything in a thread after such posts until they have been reviewed. We will remove questionable or objectionable content if we determine that removal is warranted. However, this is a manual process, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy goes for member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this forum, and any related websites to this forum. We at the 4WD Action Forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name you choose appropriate & readily useable, not someone else's name, your or anyone else's business name, or anything subject to anyone else's copyright, & definitely not just a string of numbers or symbols. If we find adverse reports recorded against the name you choose or the email address you enter, your registration will be blocked. If we can't find your entered email address, your registration will be blocked. You are allowed only one registration, user account, & username; attempts to create duplicate accounts will result in both being closed as soon as they are identified. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password to another member or let them use your account, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another member's account to post messages or browse this forum and that you will not create/use more than ONE member account &/or username.

After you register and log into the 4WD Action Forum, you can fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clear and accurate information. Any information we deem inaccurate, misleading, or vulgar will be removed. Do not use images or graphics in your Sig Line, do not post advertisements in the Forum or in your sig line, and also make sure that any links you place in your sig line are appropriate to the Forum and not offensive to other readers or posters in any way.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded in the event that you need to be banned from this 4WD Action Forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browsers cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

Further to the above, please read the following

Forum Rules.

Posted: March 16th, 2004, 10:12 am
by baby_troupe
Just some rules and guidelines for the forum to remind us what we are signed up for.

Language and Pictures
Please keep language to a minimum and remember this is a 'G' rated Forum.
This is a public forum & there will be times when minors & ladies will visit & we don't want to cause any problems. Potentially offensive pictures, comments, and language should not be used under any circumstances & will be removed without notice as soon as we can. If you cannot post politely, then it is better not to post at all.

Racist, Personal & Derogatory Comments including Naming & Shaming
Please be aware that posting abusive, racist, or personal attacks will not be tolerated, including naming & shaming either directly or by inference, so keep that in mind whenever you post - any such posts will be removed without notice as soon as we can & warnings issued or disciplinary action applied to the poster. The forum is here for all of us to share, so please have respect for all users and readers. If you've asked a question or made a comment that doesn't draw the response you wanted or that others disagree with, don't start name calling &/or making derogatory comments about the responses or other members/readers - if you feel any post is offensive, report the post and ask the Mod/Admin Team to address the issue. However, at all times, if you cannot post politely, then it is better not to post at all.

Creating new Threads
Check to see if your question has been asked already before you start a new thread - do a search, try a few different key words & terms, read thru the titles & the index pages of the section where your question best fits to see if there is already something answering your question. Then read the 'Creating a New Thread? - Read me First!' sticky. Always try to briefly ask your question or at least tell us what you expect from the thread in your title - if it's not clear or does not comply with our rules, our Moderators will amend it to try & clarify the meaning or make it comply, or they may simply delete any seemingly meaningless posts &/or threads. Do NOT duplicate threads or post more than one thread on a subject, or post the same thread/question in more than one section, or spam other threads with the same post - try to stick to one question, one poster, one section, one thread! And let's try to create threads in the Sections where they belong, ie any Adverts (even for free stuff) or Wanted threads/posts go in the appropriate section of the Classifieds; threads about your ride/vehicle, Projects, &/or Build-ups go in the Members Rides, Projects, & Build-ups section; Tech questions go in the appropriate General Tech section or if they are model specific questions, then they go in the appropriate model specific Tech section. If in doubt, contact an Admin or Moderator, or even one of the senior members here thru private message or email & they will be happy to help you out. And if you think you've put your thread in the wrong place, PM an Admin or a Moderator and ask if it can be moved - do not just start another thread elsewhere without deleting the first or arranging for it to be moved or removed. If your thread hasn't been answered/received any responses after about 4-5 days, look at the title & see if you clearly & briefly ask your question, but don't bump the thread until it's been up for at least 5-7 days, it may take that long for everyone to get to see it (many people use New Posts or Unread Posts from the drop down list under Quick links up the top right of thd screen to do that, so it doesn't need to stay on top of the index listing for it to be seen, nor does it need to be in any particular section - it will still be seen wherever it is.)

Replying to threads
When replying, please Do NOT quote the post that immediately precedes your reply. Preferably use the Post Reply or Quick Reply options to answer a thread/post & try to avoid needlessly Quoting wherever possible, especially when replying to the last post in the thread, unless it is essential for your reply to make sense. Even if it is essential to Quote for your reply to make sense, then please edit the quote to leave just the essential portion & the quote remarks, take all other text/pics etc out of the quote. And let's try to keep all replies on topic & not get too caught up in our personal feelings for or against each other. If you cannot post politely, then it is better not to post at all. We all have our opinions on various subjects and people & as much as a bit of banter can be a good thing, let's try to keep that to a minimum when replying to unrelated topics. If people want to have some banter, either do it thru PM, or create your own thread on it if you want it public & state as much in the first post of the thread. And if you see what you think is a spam thread or a spam post in a thread, please report the post without messaging the spammer, & without replying to them or even posting a reply in that thread after that post - that only attracts more spam, and makes it harder for the Mods to remove the dodgy posts.

Correct Posting Etiquette.
Smiley's & Punctuation marks - Although adding smiley face emoticons such as :eek: :D ;) :lol: :p and other forms of expression adds to the personality of the post & the forum, which is encouraged; please refrain from posting multiple punctuation marks or emoticons in the one post, posting symbols to form words, using more than 3 or so punctuation marks at a time, or more than 3 or so emoticons per post, or even using all caps for every word in your post (that's considered shouting) etc - ie keep it within reason. Whilst this sort of thing may be amusing to some & does add personality to the Forum, it also contains code which is more complex than plain text and therefore requires much more time to load and inconveniences many other posters/readers and so excessive use should be avoided, although 1 or 2 words of all caps or a few emoticons etc for emphasis is fine.

Quoting - If you must quote an earlier post in order for your reply to make sense, see the section above about Replying to Threads, but always try to make sure the remainder of the quote goes at the top of your reply or immediately above the part of your reply the quote is referring to - never underneath your response.

Pics & Images - while we encourage the addition of pictures and images to your posts, please consider other users. Not all of them may have large screen devices or even high capacity internet connections, so please restrict yourself to a few pics or images per post. It is much easier to read 5 posts with no more than 6 or so images in each than it is to read 1 post with 20 or more images in it; so if you want the most readers, then keep the number of 'images per post' down to a reasonable number (less than 10 per post is good). The system is meant to limit you to a max of 10 images but might not always, and we run into the same issues with system resource use and inconveniencing others that has been mentioned above and therefore should be avoided. If you do post more than 10 images/pics per post, while an attempt by the mod/admin team may be made to retain them all, that may not be possible & the excess posts may be removed without notice in order to ensure the smooth operation of the Forum for all users.

Posting of weblinks
Please don't just post a web link with no explanation, or make one-line posts or threads such as "Check out this:". If you want readers to check out a webpage then briefly tell us what it is in the thread title and in the first post; then along with the link give the readers at least a couple of sentences of explanation about what the link is and why we should read/look it. This allows the reader to decide whether they are interested in the subject before they open it. If the target page is an image, it may help to take a copy and reduce it to something smallish before posting it as an attachment, but remember to take care not to breach any copyright.

Multiple Accounts
It is prohibited by the policy of this forum for the operation of multiple accounts by the one person. Anyone found to be attempting to register such or operating multiple accounts in different names will have ALL their registrations and account/s removed permanently.

Keeping to the thread topic
If you wish to post a topic in which you are adamant that the subject remain on topic, all you have to do is say so in the text of the first post &/or include an exclamation mark (found in the message icon box) in the title before posting the thread. This way all Moderators will know to insure the request of the Original poster is followed. However, we expect all those posting in any thread to remain generally on topic & post related to the topic, within the bounds of reason.

Padding Threads or Posts
The forum is here for all of us to enjoy and share information, not to blatantly submit posts in which contain no relevant information to the thread or that appear to be there for nothing other than increasing the authors post tally; nor submit posts that contain just an emoticon or two without any text or comment furthering the thread; nor even those that contain just a couple or a few words and don't clearly add anything to the discussion. Posts like these will probably see you accused of post padding. Any posts which are submitted in this way, especially those with absolutely no relevance to the particular topic and/or are deemed padding by the Mods/Admin will be deleted, and looked upon by 4WD Action Mod/Admin unfavorably & may be removed without notice. Repeated post padding may result in restriction or loss of posting privileges or even banning. This behavior lowers the enjoyment for not only Members, but also for Visitors to this forum. Posts that are deleted will also remove the accumulative count for all Contributing Authors of the removed topic.

Name Changing
If a thread is started with a particular title/question that complies with our Rules & Guidelines, try to retain the original name of the thread initiated except for spelling corrections or refining an inadequate title, but most importantly, please try to make your thread title meaningful in the first place - usually a title will briefly ask your main question or at least tell us what you expect from the thread, or it may be changed by the mod/admin team or even removed without notice if it doesn't comply. Constant name changing might confuse members and detract from normal topic conversation, but meaningless or confusing/misleading titles are not likely to help anyone. There may be occasion for the change/addition of a few words of explanation to the end of a thread title, particularly a build or project thread, but that should remain limited & rare rather than be used for every mod or change you might make to your vehicle. The Mod/Admins may change a thread title to ensure it is meaningful and/or briefly asks the question raised in the first post - especially if your title is 3 words or less, or says something like '.... Question....' '.... Issues....' '.... Help!' or '.... Advice needed' without much else helpful meaningful to the readers; & these may either be edited to reflect our understanding of what you are after or if that is not clear may possibly even be deleted - all without notice! Check out the 'Creating a New Thread? - Read me First!' thread for some ideas/help or ask one of the Mod/Admin team.

Inter Forum Bagging or Bagging other Vehicle makes/models
While this can seem like a little fun, we have to remember that we are all one 4WD community with similar ideals regardless of what vehicle, site, or Forum we might prefer. Bagging another forum or a different make/model of vehicle is likely to start bickering & that will only degrade the forum, not just here but also other forums.

4WD Action provides this forum to the public as a free service, to provide an area in which like minded individuals can converse and communicate in a friendly environment. Apart from these Guidelines & Rules, there are a number of Stickies & Announcements in the Forum Rules, Guidelines, News, & Updates section and at the top of some of the other specific sections detailing additional info that will help you get the best from the Forum as well as making sure that the 'Forum Community' can still get the best from your posts. So please read any Stickies & Announcements as an extension of these Rules, especially The Ultimate Sticky: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=92947 If you have any questions or concerns with these or about the Forum in general, please PM one of the Admin or Moderation Team.

Finally, 4WD Action Forum reserves the right to remove or edit without notice anyone’s threads, titles, posts, or account at any time for any reason deemed appropriate by the Administrators or Moderators of this Forum if it is deemed necessary to the smooth running of the Forum or to ensure all posters abide by these Rules & Guidelines. Please try to help us by posting appropriately at all times.

Most of all, please enjoy the forum and try to post in a manner such that others can enjoy too.

Please be mindful of what you post.

Posted: August 3rd, 2006, 2:13 pm
by Brendan
This is definetly not directed at any member in particular. But just a timely reminder to think before you post anything on these forums, it is a public forum which means that anyone can access it. As the online arm of Australia's most widely-read magazine, it stands to reason someone looking for anti-4WD ammunition might look here first.

If you want an example of someone on here, I was contacted by National Parks Tasmania a few weeks back, who were wanting to gain permission to use the images that some members had posted of their vehicles on tracks that NPWS considered closed. So don't think other people & the Authorities don't watch!

Thank you for your consideration.