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The following rules are meant as a guideline for acceptable member behavior. In some cases it may be necessary for Admin. to take action based on their judgment and not on any particular rule herein.

We want this Board to be both informational and enjoyable. The basic ground rules are simple: show respect, don't break the law, and if you are a business person of any kind, do not post ANY message that identifies your company, products or services without specific permission from an Administrator.

We reserve the right to move, modify, delete or merge posts at our discretion and without explanation.

These rules may be amended at any time... Please review this page periodically.

Only authorized Supporting Vendors are permitted to discuss their company, products, or services here - those vendors are easily recognized by the title "SPONSOR" below it.

ALL MEMBERS: Please review the detailed Vendor Rules section below and/or contact an Administrator for permission BEFORE you make a vendor-related post of any kind

Signatures/usernames/avatars must be family safe; they are always visible to guests and many of our members view this board at the office or with family. For members who prefer not to view signatures, there is an option to turn them off in the User CP.

NOTE: Unauthorized vendor info and other items that violate forum rules will be removed.

Please use socially acceptable avatars only; no sexual/adult content. Non-conforming avatars will be removed

All posts by members are the sole responsibility of that member. This forum, and its administration, do not warrant, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or product represented on this site


1. Post new threads in the correct forum category; each category includes a brief description of what belongs there. Threads in the wrong forum will be moved to facilitate retrieval of that information.

In addition...
Do NOT start a thread for a complaint about the forum or to question site policies. Direct these matters to any Administrator or Moderator privately via PM and allow time for them to respond.

Do not post the same thread in several forums. Duplicate threads will be merged or deleted
Title new threads in a meaningful way so that the subject is obvious. The key to others locating posted information in the future depends upon it. Keep thread titles 'clean'
No 'post-whoring': meaningless replies, do NOT contribute to the topic of discussion.
Excessive "bumping" posts to increase post count, or for the sake of harassment, are grounds for an infraction or Ban.
Do not post consecutive replies: Use edit to amend a post or the "multi-quote" feature to respond to more than one post at once
If you must quote a post in a reply, please remove any photos from that quote - we don't need to see the same pics over and over again
ONLY post 'For Sale' or 'Wanted' ads in the Buy/Sell Forum
Do not post links to downloads, or offers for pirated copyrighted materials i.e. service manuals, copied/hacked navigation software, etc.
2. Do NOT post in a manner intended to provoke a negative response: This includes thread titles. Personal attacks will not be tolerated, if you don't agree with material posted, focus your argument on that material, NOT the person who posted it

3. Report problem posts: Spam, non-supporting vendor posts, insults/name-calling, trolling, etc.. Please do not respond so as to create a larger problem. You may send a PM (with a link to the post please) to an Administrator or Moderator... or... click the REPORT POST icon connected to each post. This will send an immediate email alert to ALL forum staff

4. Be respectful of others. Expressions of intolerance or hatred will not be tolerated, nor will stalking or harassment. Posts that insult or single out an individual or group based on gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability/handicap, politics or religion are strictly prohibited

5. Try not 'hijack' threads: The subject of a thread is determined by the original poster. Interrupting that discussion is rude and makes it difficult to find posts that are pertinent to the thread topic. Hijack posts may be removed

6. Posts depicting nudity/partial nudity/obscene material/pornography, or links to same, are absolutely forbidden.

7. The Off-Topic forum does not mean 'anything goes'. ALL other forum rules still apply!
8. Profanity in posts is unnecessary: Language filters are in place for a reason, please respect them. Overrides of these filters may subject posters to warning or infraction at staff discretion

9. The Buy/Sell Forum is for private party items only - NO Vendors - NO commercial sales (Multiples of a same item are considered commercial).

In addition:

You must have a minimum of 30 posts to access the classifieds area.

Members Only, and it's moderators/staff are not responsible for anything that is traded, sold, stolen, not paid for, or anything else that happens in this section. If you choose to trade or buy from anyone on this forum you do so at your own risk. Please use good judgment and common sense when you enter this section. There are lots of good people in the world but there are just as many or more that would just as soon rip you off. BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!

Do not post private party Buy/Sell ads in other forum sections
Must include asking price (with OBO is acceptable) - No speculation threads or bid invitations

Buy/Sell is a forum for conducting business, NOT a discussion/opinion forum. Reply in ads only if you have a lead on a wanted item, or are interested in the item for sale
Let the Seller answer all questions
NO price-police - Seller can ask any price, Buyers can refuse the ad. Thread-crapping posts may be removed

Please make a final post in your thread when your item is bought or sold to prevent unnecessary inconvenience for all parties
Negotiate via PM, not in the thread

Members do business at your own risk... Buyer Beware

10. Solicitation (spam) is not permitted. This member base is not a source to be "mined" for business, sales or donations by individuals, groups, or businesses, or for non-profit, without prior permission

11. Misrepresentation will not be tolerated and will result in a ban; this includes creation of multiple accounts for the purpose of deception or conflict avoidance

12. Respect the privacy of fellow members - do NOT post private materials or info

13. Linking to files/programs/software which could harm anyone's computer is prohibited

14. Each member is allowed ONE user account. If there is a problem with your acct., contact an Admin. All IP addresses are logged and viewable by Moderators and Administrators

15. NO posting links to what Staff feels to be a competitive site in your signature or posts.

ADVERTISING / VENDOR RULES: .. -For ALL Members & Vendors-

1. Product or company-related posts or advertising of any kind by non-supporting vendors is NOT allowed -
If you are interested in becoming a Supporting Vendor, please see the advertise link at the top of the webpage. Site-supporting vendors pay a fee to support the forum, which gives them the exclusive right to promote their business to our membership, please respect that. Posts/threads that we feel cross the line will be deleted and warnings/infractions will follow. To avoid problems, please observe the following guidelines:

Do not participate in other member's threads about your products, projects, services, or pricing

2. Business info of ANY kind in signatures is NOT permitted for non-supporting vendors and will be removed w/o notice

3. Members may discuss products offered by a Non-Supporting Vendor as a general info post only. If, in our judgment, it appears as though you are advertising on a N/S vendor's behalf your post/thread may be edited or deleted and you may receive a warning:
a) A member MAY post "I found a great deal/product/service/price from Acme Auto" including details -That is sharing general info based on your personal experience

b) That member may NOT add to the post "Acme Auto said forum members get a special deal" -OR- "call Joe at 123-4567 or check out his website and say I sent you" -That is promoting/advertising on behalf of the N/S vendor and/or the N/S vendor using you to promote/advertise on his behalf

c) If a member makes multiple posts/threads about a same non-supporting vendor it will appear he/she is associated with, or advertising for, that vendor and he/she will be cautioned. The line is thin and we will use our judgment as to when that line is being crossed
4. Members may NOT post links to Non-Supporting Vendor ads/threads/posts on other Forums and they may NOT post copies of those ads/posts/threads on this Forum

5. Supporting Vendor Group Buys are permitted but can ONLY be posted by a supporting vendor. Members may not initiate, post, or manage Group Buys. All business must be conducted by the Supporting Vendor

6. Non-Supporting Vendor Group Buys, promotions, and special offers are NOT permitted to be posted, or linked to, by any member and will be removed

7. Supporting Vendors are permitted no more than advertising threads outside of their respective sections, these threads must be in an appropriate relevant section and can only be bumped in response to a question or if there is a significant update for the thread.

Violations of the Code of Conduct are handled with an infraction system. For each infraction there is a point associated with it. After an accumulated amount of points a ban will be issued to the user who received the infractions. The higher the points the longer the ban. MAJOR infractions can be at the decision of the Staff for the violation.

Infraction Levels

Title Points Expires
1. Minor Infraction 1 6 Month(s)
Inappropriate Language 1 6 Month(s)
Insulted Other Member(s) 1 6 Month(s)
Signature Rule Violation 1 6 Month(s)

2. Major Infraction 2 6 Month(s)
Spammed Advertisements 5 6 Month(s)

3. Permanent 10 Never
Perm Infraction 10 Never
Automatic Ban

Ban Usergroup Points Ban Period
Banned Users 2 3 Day(s)
Banned Users 3 7 Day(s)
Banned Users 4 1 Month(s)
Banned Users 5 1 Year(s)
Banned Users 10 Forever

Disclaimer: The content of posts and/or threads is the sole responsibility of the user who posted them and all users are responsible for their own actions. Sellers on this site are in no way related to, or affiliated with, the forum or its agents. This site does not endorse or guarantee sales transactions between users and is not liable.
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