Terms of Service: These are our Rules.
Our rules are simple.
Most important rule: Have fun. Join in. POST!!!. Use our Cattle Call forum to introduce yourself, and edit your signature line to include your equipment, so when you ask a question, we know what type of of pit your talking about. Get to know the personalities and characters and don't BE TO SERIOUS!! We are a lighthearted, respectful bunch, with a common passion. BBQ. But our board is more than a knowledge base, its a place to hang out, a community.
We are a family site. Not to say your entire family will be here with you, but we like to make it so a member will never be ambushed with an "off color" photo, sound or "whatever" popping up while your family may be sitting with you.
So, before you put it up, ask, is it OK for:
My MOM to see it?
My kid to see it?
My wife to see it?
Can I show it at the dinner table?
If so, its most likely OK to put it up here.
We have an international demographic.
NEW MEMBERS: DO NOT SELL, SOLICIT, PIMP, HAWK OR ADVERTISE... ANYTHING.. PERIOD. THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS. IF IT APPEARS THAT YOU HAVE JOINED US JUST TO SELL YOUR STUFF, SOLICIT DONATIONS OR ADVERTISE, YOU WILL BE PERMANENTLY BANNED WITH NO WARNING AND EXTREME PREJUDICE. This will be based on your join date, your post counts and what those posts were. Dont think about post pumping because we do check on whats been posted.
We DO have a for sale section that is reserved for our members who have been here for a while, proven they are here to be a part of our community and want to sell or pass on their equipment or accessories.
We also have a vendor section where vendors may purchase a vendor subscription and they receive a dedicated area on the forum where they can sell and advertise freely.
Do not post any copy written material, or links to sites containing copywritten material. Our software embeds links and it will appear as if we are hosting that material. So please, no copy written works, and if in doubt, please refrain.
Following this post are our "official" guidelines. DO's and Dont's. Its mostly common sense, but someone always needs it in writing. :roll:
Rules of our Forum
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------We reserve the right to amend these rules from time to time.
Ignoring or breaking any of these rules is grounds for deleting the thread or post.
Habitually breaking the rules of the forum will be grounds for deactivating membership.
*** References in this document and throughout our website to 'contributing members', have no relevance to monetary contribution, subscriptions or donations. Contributing members refer to those contributing information, sharing knowledge and are an active part of the community. ***
This is a quick outline of what you should do.
Posts have a 6 hour window for editing by the authors. After the 6 hour window closes, a post can only be edited by a moderator at the request of the author only. If you need a post edited or corrected after the window closes, simply send a PM to the moderator and they will copy and paste the correction right in. Moderators will not edit someones post on their own unless correcting a spelling error, typo or fixing formatting. Posts cannot be deleted once entered or responded to unless they break a rule. Deleting posts in mid thread will at times render the thread senseless or disrupt its flow.
A MODERATORS DECISION IS FINAL. If your moderated, live with it and move on. We live by these rules, and any moderator action is due to an infringement. We don't moderate on content, but we do enforce these rules.Soliciting/Advertising:
When subject actions are in question the decision of the moderators and/or Site Administrator is final. Any member assuming a second identity for the sake of circumventing our rules or administrative action will be permanently banned.
If you disagree with their actions, take it private thru the Private Messaging system and keep it civil. A public display of flames, tantrums or sniping at the moderators will cause immediate ejection and banning.
- If a For Sale Item or advertisement is placed anywhere but “For Sale” we reserve the right to either delete it or move it.
· NO cross-posting of For Sale announcements in the talk sections. Such posts will be deleted.
Product owners using their product name in the titles of thread or photos of their product in posts is consider product placement/advertising. Please refrain. Let your product speak for itself and others do your advertising. Vendor subscriptions are available. This gives product owners a dedicated area to promote their product. User IDs with business names are reserved for those with vendor subscriptions, or banner advertisers.
Linking to Forums:
When posting in the forum, links to pages related to BBQ are ok as long as their purpose is informational, and not to promote the site or product.
Example: A page that includes your widgets and gadgets you use when you cook. ACCEPTABLE. (Key word, "includes").
Example: A page that contains Links that look like a sales pitch. NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Signatures and Avatars must follow these guidelines:
Avatars: These are the little pictures next to posts. It is and can be a graphic or photo.
· Avatar Graphics of Commercial sites or products are discouraged. Tone it down. no blinking billboards, no oversized, no animated, no marquees.
· Normal non commercial avatars should be limited to no bigger than 120x120(120 wide and 120 long.)
· NO risqué’ pics of porn, soft, medium or hardcore. Noting suggestive, explicit, implicit, inflammatory, degrading, controversial, or IOW, anything regarding sex or nudity, religion or politics. NONE, NADA, ZIP. IT WILL BE DELETED IMMEDIATELY OR SOONER and don’t even think of questioning it. This rule has ZERO TOLERANCE.
· We reserve the right to resize, remove or replace any avatar that is questionable or in the gray zone. If the admin resizes your avatar, leave it alone.
Signatures: This is a text box BELOW each post. It cannot contain a graphic or Photo.
Signatures and linking will be disabled for those that refuse to comply. Moderators will make spot checks to ensure the cross linking is present. If not, One private message will be sent to you for not being in compliance. If a reciprocal link is not added within 5 days, your signature will be edited.
Some forums have a ROADMAP post at the top. These are shortcuts to FAQ posts. They are links to quality discussion threads on specific topics within the forum. Refer to these when you are looking for something specific and use our search tools. Feel free to update roadmaps with posts you think may benefit members on a regular basis.
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GOLD/RED is the forum Admin and our Founder/Owner. Badger and BBQChef33 respectively.
RED or GOLD text denotes Administrators posting in official capacity and NOT as a member.
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Purple are members of our governing body and our senior members. They help set policy and rules, assist new members and lead by example.
Blue is the general population.
Fundraisers must be proposed or requested to the admin team. Each one is reviewed individually on a case by case basis. If approved, they will be posted by the admins and/or mods after being reviewed, or ypou will be given the go ahead to post yourself. They are also reserved for tenured members whom we are familiar with and aware of the causes associated with the fundraiser. We also keep it to members and immediate families only. Please refrain from requesting fundraisers for your cousins soccer team, the local high school dance troop, your neighbors kids, or any third parties as they are strictly forbidden.
We acknowledge that everyone has a cause or favorite charity, but we cannot be burdening our membership by constantly posting fundraisers and $$ requests. We choose them carefully and do this to manage what goes on, not run the well dry and avoid drive-bys and fly-by-nights from using our forum haphazardly or for self serving purposes. Since we have already declined or deleted many requests and ventures, precedent has been set and we have to be fair.
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Hmmmm....these look like bonfire (aka common sense) rules to me.
Around a bonfire you have a mixed crowd. Sometimes it's the guys, sometimes it's the guys and gals, sometimes you have parents show up and there's always the kids running around. As long as you're mindful of who's within earshot, you adjust the conversation accordingly. You rarely bring up religion and politics and if you do, you keep it high level cause it's a guarantee that somebody's gonna get ticked off and if you take it too far, it may even come to blows. It's never a good idea to challenge the owner of the property....best case, you might find yourself alienated from the group....worst case, you might be told to leave. And you never ever use the bonfire gathering to sell stuff. That would be like springing an Amway party on your friends and family. You just don't do that. They're there to relax and socialize....not to hear another sales pitch. Now if so and so is looking for a tractor and I know where to find one, I'll let him know....but there's a difference between giving somebody a lead and trying to sell them the latest tupperware.
Yep, I think as long as I apply bonfire rules, I'll be alright.
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