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Welcome / Posting Guidelines -- PLEASE READ

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Welcome / Posting Guidelines -- PLEASE READ Reply with quote

Welcome to Modern Buddy!

Please read these guidelines before posting. Modern Buddy is a moderated forum, and we will remove anything that strays from these rules. Enforcement of these guidelines is at the discretion of the moderators and admin of the forum. If you feel a post is in violation of the guidelines, please use the "report post" function to bring it to our attention by clicking this button:

GENERAL BEHAVIOR
The purpose of Modern Buddy is to inform, educate, entertain and bring us together as a community. This is a forum where scooterists of all ranges of experience, backgrounds and knowledge levels could come and discuss things without feeling intimidated or assaulted by the hostility often found elsewhere. Be civil to one another. Treat everyone with respect. Keep it friendly and remember that not everyone shares your particular viewpoint, nor should anyone be ridiculed or patronized for not believing or behaving exactly as you do.

This is especially true in discussions of helmet and gear use. It's okay to share facts and personal anecdotes, but please refrain from criticizing others, preaching to them, or using rhetoric ("I wear a full face because I like my face," etc.) in the forum. This type of language does little to sway others who decide to assume the additional risks of wearing less gear. Though Modern Buddy encourages use of proper riding gear and helmets, we have no official policy other than not condemning others for their decisions they make regarding what they wear.

New Users are welcome here. Register an account, and introduce yourself if you'd like us to say hello. Lurking is okay, but the forum will be easier to use if you register.

Old Users should have patience with new users with regard to searching the forum before posting. People new to the subject (any subject) often don't know the correct terminology and can become easily overwhelmed by too many search results returned for generic terms. Impatience with new users does a disservice to everyone. If you can help a new user, please do so. If you know a past topic that would help them and don't mind pointing it out, please do so. Don't take it upon yourself to be the Search Cop.

Sex and scooters is a line that will get your attention. Modern Buddy prides itself on being friendly and accessible to members of both sexes. As such, please refrain from any type of chauvinistic content, or posts that may be interpreted as a come on such as "wow, you look hot!" This makes a lot of people, myself included, uncomfortable and is easily misinterpreted, even when intended as an innocent compliment. Female members shouldn't have to deal with that sort of thing here. Try to keep the locker room humor to a minimum.

POSTING and CONTENT
Try to do a search (link at the top of every page) before asking a general question—chances are, the question has been asked and answered several times already. If you can't find an answer via search, though, don't sweat it. Ask and we'll try to point you in the right direction.

Flaming is not allowed. While discussion, courteous disagreement and debate are fine (even encouraged), arguing and bickering is frowned upon as it contributes to a negative and hostile tone. As such, the following topics and types of content are not permitted on Modern Buddy:
• Racism, sexism, homophobia or any other type or hate speech
• Pornography (Nudity probably does not constitute pornography, but context is everything. The moderators and I will have the sole and final decision as to what crosses the line. See next guideline for further clarification.)
• Politics and religion (advocacy of a particular party, candidate, viewpoint, or religion, or any controversial topic related to politics or religion)
• Helmet laws and whether the should/should not exist (the cause of many past flame wars)
• Other blatantly divisive topics such as abortion, the death penalty and gun control (to name a few)

Off color posts are permitted provide they don't violate other guidelines but should be correctly labeled. The moderators may remove any content they deem is offensive.

Personal attacks are strictly prohibited. Any posts in violation will be immediately and summarily removed and the poster will be warned against further infractions. Repeat offenders will be banned from the forum at my sole discretion.

Off topic/not scooter related posts are permitted, provided they do not violate the above restrictions.

Post subject lines should be fairly descriptive to benefit tagging, searching and helping others decide what content the want to read. As such, we strongly encourage the use of the following in your subject lines (when applicable): [NSR] (or "Not Scooter Related"); [NBR] ("Not Buddy Related"); [NSFW] ("Not Safe for Work").

Angry rants are discouraged. If you have an issue with customer service, a dealer, a retailer, Genuine or anyone else, please try to stick to the facts when posting about it without making claims and accusations you're not prepared to back up or otherwise violating the guidelines.

Sales and solicitations are allowed only in the For Sale / Wanted section unless otherwise approved by the admin.
Retailers and dealers should contact the admin before posting.
Interested in advertising? Contact admin(at)modernbuddy.com for rates and policies.

Please do not post copyrighted material on the forum without the owner's permission. Best practice for posting an article is to post a link to the source. Quoting passages is allowed. We have many members who are writers, designers and artists so do our best to respect creators' rights.

SUGGESTIONS, COMPLAINTS, etc.
Modern Buddy is a work in progress and we welcome input from members. Feel free to PM me with any feedback or complaints. While we can't make all of the people happy all of the time, we'll do our best to address your concerns and at least respond to all.

If you're unhappy with the manner in which this forum is run, however, there are other places where Genuine scooters are discussed. The Modern Buddy way is not for everyone.

HAVE FUN
Scootering is supposed to be enjoyable; that's why we're here.
Explore the site and the different types of content available.
Participate in some of the forum activities (photo scavenger hunt), meetups, group rides and rallies as well as discussions here.
Get to know your fellow scooterists.
Maximize your enjoyment of scootering.

And ride safe!

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