Rules and Guidelines for Forum Post Content

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28 Mar 2019 01:26 #489 by KD6KPC
As a reminder: all forum posts and their content, including attachments, are governed by the Terms and Conditions of this site. The administration has the right to remove, or not remove, what they deem necessary. Based on the rules of the site and when US Law is applicable content may be modified or removed.

With this in mind please be aware of the following before posting a message:

This is a globally accessible web forum. Any and everyone can see your posts; this includes your employer. This site is indexed by Google, Bing and various other search engines so the content is even more freely available on a web search. Be cognizant of who might find your post during even a simple web search.

There are people from different countries which do not speak English as their primary language on these forums. Before replying to a post to criticize another's grammar or spelling please keep this in mind. Think of how you would look attempting to compose a message in their language if you were not fluent in it.

Please respect the religion, race and/or nationality of a member on this site regardless of what you believe. No one is permitted to criticize another because of what they believe in or their physical appearance. Continued hate speech will get you - quickly - removed from this site. We support free speech here but not when it demeans another member. This is a private forum; we determine your rights.

Before citing laws attempt to determine if your laws are applicable to the thread or member, because they may not be. Different country equals different law. Yes, it's great you can cite the code and sub-paragraph but no one is impressed by it, so save it. If you attempt to self-police a thread you may be seen in violation of the site rules by doing so.

The forums are to have content viewable by all ages. FCC rules in regards to decency apply here. This means no curse words!

Everyone is to be seen an equal here. No member may criticize another because of their education or ignorance of a topic. You may not call someone stupid or dumb or any other word in an attempt to make them feel less for not having knowledge of a particular subject. No member may harass or threaten another member either.

No visitor or member of this site may send an offer, without permission, to another member in an attempt to offer services or a product for a fee. This is considered spamming. Only authorized representatives may offer their services and they will never offer them privately.

All goods transactions are to occur in the Classifieds section of the website. No one may advertise items or services available for sale or trade outside of the Classifieds section; this includes advertising a Classifieds item on the forums. No transactions dealing with copyrighted software will be allowed at all; please see this announcement for details. Help wanted ads may only be posted when proved and are to be placed in the Classifieds section of the forums.

You are responsible for the activity of your account. If someone gains unapproved access to your account please notify us immediately.

In an effort to keep the forums operating smoothly and information easily accessible you are required to post in the correct forum. You may not under any condition, unless approved by a moderator, post the same thread to multiple forums; this is considered "cross-posting". Choose the most applicable forum and give it some time. If you do not receive a useful answer within a week post the question to another forum. If a moderator moves your thread, do not get angry. We've been here for a while and know where content goes so calm down.

All replies to a thread are to be on-topic or within reason. Do not hijack a thread. Please respect the "OP" (Original Post or Original Poster) as they govern what the thread is about. If they want to take their own thread off-topic, that is their choice, not yours (OP: this does not mean you can self-moderate your thread; report the post(s) instead). When in doubt, create your own thread.

Replies to a thread should be aligned with the spirit/intent of the thread. Replies that are meant to derail the thread or don't contribute to the OP's original intent are examples of thread crapping.

Please do not ever post to a thread simply to say "bump" or something similar. Wait about a week then make a post with a little more substance. Did you try other things to help your problem? Say it in the reply. Please give others the chance to visit the forums - many who do not on a regular/daily basis - that could possibly assist you in your thread, or post.

No one using this site regardless of membership status may sell/re-sell, request or attempt to trade software which is originally sold for retail. This is to include programming software of any type, registration keys, general software applications, operating systems, etc. This rule extends to private messaging and using the link to email a member. If caught you will receive an immediate infraction so it is in your best interests to be as descriptive as possible when asking about software.

Copy/Pasting Content From Other Websites
When taking content from another website, such as a news reporting website or another frequency resource, it is very important you do not take the complete article or body of text. This information is copyrighted by the owner and requires permission to be used by anyone else. Please provide a short snippet of text or summary from the article and then link to it.

Lastly, YOU as a community make these forums, the staff and its rules do not. These rules are in place because not everyone can contribute to the forums in a positive manner. When everyone can work in a respectable and harmonious nature you will not see any action take place. Please respect the moderation staff for the job they do. They volunteer their time; the stress of performing administrative action is not what they want. We do not choose moderators because of how well they police others. All staff, including DB Admin, are held to a higher standard with regard to how they conduct themselves on the forums and are not above the rules.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
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