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participate in an active and contributing way, though we understand that not
all members want to post messages to the forum. However, we would like
members to at least log in occasionally and visit. You may just find an
interesting topic or subject for which you would like to post a reply. Or,
if you are an experienced modeler, you may have an answer to a beginning
This document is designed to clarify various
responsibilities of community members here at The Ship
Modeling Forum. Please read it and become familiar with it.
Its terms are retroactive and agreed to by the forum
Administrator , moderator team, and users upon joining the
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General Posting Policy:
Any user may read and view postings, or
any of the other content on the site.
All Ship Modelers are welcome. Plastic,
Wood, Resin, R/C, etc..
Membership for Posting and Replying to
messages on the Forum is granted only after a submitted application is
approved by the Site Administrator.
No Spammers or Abusers allowed.
Absolutely No pornography allowed
of any kind.
Only ads, or links to ads, posted in a
messages applicable to the hobby of model ships and sanctioned by the
Administration will be allowed.
As with ads or links, banner ads
applicable to the hobby of model ships and sanctioned by the Administration will be
The message Forum and any user groups
are over seen by Moderators.
Abusers of the site will be deleted
and/or banned from the site!
Information about members is kept
strictly private and will never be given out to any one or any thing, at
Try to post in a
relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before
Posting in all
capitals makes it appear that YOU'RE YELLING! Lay off the caps lock key
(or use it to emphasize individual words WITHIN REASON).
Members should post
in a way that is respectful of other users. Messages which are extremely
offensive, racist, or libelous may be deleted or edited. Personal attacks
or abuse directed at other users in any way will not be tolerated.
Unprovoked flaming, hurling insults, name-calling, threats of personal
injury or lawsuits, vengefulness, and other vindictive, hateful comments
may result in your post being deleted, a warning being issued, and/or your
account being deactivated.
Keep your posts
brief and to the point. Nobody likes a message hog.
If you're afraid of
being taken too seriously, follow your comment or post with an emoticon
(smiley). We can't read your mind, and more importantly, we can't always
discern "tone of voice" in text communication, so help us out and use the
emoticons... that's what they're there for!
Please do not post
new messages not relating to the original subject of the topic. Instead,
start a new topic within the appropriate forum.
Members are asked to
respect the copyright and/or license agreements of other users, websites, media, etc. Users re-printing
material or offering materials for sale/resale without prior permission or providing direct source information (such
as a direct link) will receive a warning (see Three
Strike Rule) and their post will be removed. However, it is at
the sole discretion of the Forum Administration to either enforce
banning of a user and/or deletion of their membership as deemed by
the circumstance of the offense.
Respect each other's
privacy. If someone emails you something, or gives you their email
address, that does not mean it was meant for public viewing. Check with
them first if you're not sure. Again, violators will be warned.
Please do not post personal messages to other
members in the public forums of this board. If you wish to post a message
for a specific member to read, please send them a
instead. See the "Private Messages" section below for more info.
Please use an
appropriate, brief, descriptive title when posting a new topic.
Descriptive titles will actually help lure people in to read your post, so
the more descriptive (without being excessive, obviously) the better.
Everyone is entitled
to their opinion, but be aware that there is a huge difference between
opinion and FACT. Opinions can't be wrong, but facts can (stating
something as fact is always a lot more believable if you back it up with
It is a lot nicer to
say "I don't like something, because..." than to say "Such and such
Stinks." Want to be taken seriously? Treat people in a way you would like
to be treated (ever heard of The Golden Rule? Use it!).
everything you read (especially on the Internet)!
While we understand
that there are users from all over the world using these forums, it is
highly recommended that you post in English to avoid alienating the vast
majority of users.
(topics with no new posts) may be locked or deleted after about 3-6 months
of inactivity, sometimes sooner depending on number of posts, relevancy of
the subject matter, and traffic on the board. Likewise, inactive members
may also have their memberships deactivated or deleted if we notice that a
member has gone three months or more without visiting the board. If this
happens to you and you genuinely want to participate, please don't take it
personally. Simply sign back up and try to remember to come back more
often in the future. We're only doing this to keep the membership list
concise and manageable.
and moderators of this board reserve the right to edit or remove any post
at any time. The determination of what is construed as unnecessary,
indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to forum
Administrator, moderators and NOT users...
This is a mature,
moderated board and is here for you to enjoy. Use of the board is a
privilege, not a right. The Administrator and moderators of this board
also have the right to ban users, move your topic to a more appropriate
forum, or delete it altogether if they choose. This board encourages
healthy debate and passionate discussion and it takes many different types
of people with varying opinions/viewpoints for this to happen. Just
remember to have respect and tolerance for each other. Thank you.
NOT POST SPAM!
repeated posting (or "cross-posting") of a single message in multiple forums,
under multiple topics, under multiple user names or useless nonsense messages
that generally hamper the enjoyment of the board for others. All spam will be
deleted and the spammer will receive a warning and may ultimately have
their membership deactivated or terminated permanently (see Policing
Private Message System:
What is it? This message
board features an excellent Private Message system for communicating
personally with other members. Please use it! Posting personal messages in
the forums is greatly discouraged because we don't want the forums being
cluttered with personal messages between users that have nothing to do
with other people reading the board. If you want to discuss something with
another individual about something of a personal nature, please send that
person a Private Message (PM).
Where is it? The
link to your Private Message Inbox
can be found in the menu at the top of the screen, just to the right of
the logo. Click that link and you will be taken to your Inbox where you
can "post" a new message to another member. This is similar to email in
that once the message is "posted" it will be sent to that member's inbox
for them to read.
How does it work?
It is very simple to send someone a Private Message. Just click on the
"PM" button located at the bottom of one of the user's posts you wish to
contact. This same button can also be found from the user's profile.
Another option is to manually type in their username in the appropriate
space when creating
a new private message,
or search for their name by clicking the "Find a username" box from that
new message form.
Tip! In your
user profile, be
sure you have "Yes" selected next to "Notify on new Private Message." This
will enable the message board to automatically send you an email
notification when a new message arrives in your inbox, and will also
contain a link for you to click to retrieve your message. Most users find
this feature very helpful for alerting them to when a new Private Message
Signatures may contain
up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to
800px width) of text (of small or normal size). The Ship Modeling Forum
cannot allow you to advertise your company/business in your signature.
Text sizes should be
between 9 and 12 (small and normal).
Links are not permitted
in signatures. Links to offensive sites are not tolerated and will be
Users abusing these
rules will receive a warning and their signature will be edited or removed
The Ship Modeling Forum
now operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of
three times for any and all offenses in a three month period. If the need
arises for a fourth warning, a temporary ban will be put in place of
between 1 to 7 days. After that, any additional warning will result in the
user being deleted and receiving a permanent ban from the board.
Administrators or moderators after having received a warning will lead to
an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a
temporary or permanent ban will be put in place as described above.
Likewise, any whining or complaining about the moderation on the board may
be deleted, and will not be tolerated.
Users who feel they have
been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant moderator by PM.
If they feel you were treated badly they can remove a warning. If you feel
their decision is also unfair you may contact the Forum Administrator,
wirewolf. His decision is final. Contacting the forum Administrator over
warning matters should be done so as a very last resort.
Any attempt to
circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent.
Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username,
changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, and/or registering a new email
account to evade an email ban.
An exception to the
three strike rule applies when users contact the Administrator or
moderators personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent,
threatening, or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate
and permanent ban.
and deletion of memberships are a
last resort and thought is given before implementing them. However, it is
at the sole discretion of the Forum Administration to either enforce
banning of a user and/or deletion of their membership as deemed by
the circumstance of the offense.
Enjoy the Ship
This message board was
created for people to communicate and interact with others around the
world with similar interests. Have FUN with it.
If you have any problems
with how the message board is working please contact a member of the
moderator team and they will be glad to help you.
The Administrator and
moderators are here to make everyone's visit more enjoyable, so if you
experience any problems with abusive users, please tell a moderator.
I know it's a lot to absorb all at once.
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