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    READ FIRST: Forum User Agreement / Policy / Infractions

    The GenerationDub.com forums have grown over the last 7+ years and we thank all of you for being a part of this still growing community.

    We have reached a point where tremendous diversity, age, education, location and more are all factors to consider when participating in our forums. We want to promote a clean, healthy, respectful atmosphere where people are not afraid to ask questions, participate in this community, and have a good time discussing the things we love most - cars.

    We have compiled a list rules that will be strictly enforced, as of September 18th, 2007. These rules are in amendment to the original user agreement that you accepted when becoming a member of GenerationDub.com.
    These rules are now needed, because it has become evident that "self moderation" is an ability that some lack.

    Please read them carefully. If you do not agree to these rules, please feel free to sign out of the forum and find another community to join.

    We appreciate your opinion and are open to suggestions and questions regarding this new forum policy, which can be accessed using our Suggestions Forum. This is your community too, and can only be made better if you voice your opinion!

    Zero Tolerance Rules
    These rules result in instant ban.

    Users may not post under multiple names.

    No linking or posting of objectionable/inappropriate material.

    Do not impersonate other individuals or falsely represent yourself.

    Do not discuss, suggest, engage, or encourage any illegal activity on the forums. Linking to locations that deal with any such activity is also forbidden.

    You must have a valid e-mail account in your profile so you can be reached by a forum moderator or administrator.

    Rules
    These will be enforced using our new infraction system, outlined below.

    No bombing forums or threads with pointless posts. Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts. Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed.

    No spamming or commercial solicitation of any kind. Any such messages will be removed at the discretion of either a forum moderator or administrator. Selling of individual items is permissible by a private owner in our Classifieds forums, however selling multiple items of the same product is considered a commercial post and will be removed. Commercial solicitation through the Instant Message function by non-advertisers is strictly forbidden and grounds to have your account terminated. For more information, please contact an administrator via Private Message (footose) for details on how to advertise your product on this site

    No flaming of other members to incite or perpetuate a conflict or argument.

    Posting under a secondary username for the purpose of arguing, degrading, or belittling other members is grounds for losing both your primary account and your secondary account.

    A car forum is not the place to post personal problems, questions about personal relationships, etc. These types of posts will be removed.

    Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.

    Non-English posts are not permitted on these forums.

    Because of the volatile nature of the following topics: religion, sexual orientation, race, class, gender, and political opinion, users are advised against starting threads or entering posts expressing thoughts, beliefs or opinions on these topics. Any posts or threads on these matters may be removed at the discretion of the moderators or administrators.

    [Nov 7/07]

    Do not reply to a classifieds thread unless you are interested in the item. This will cut down on the traffic in the classifieds, which will result in less people bumping their topics, and making it easier to find what you are looking for. Once your item has sold, or you have found what you are looking for, please make a note of that in your thread. This will be strongly enforced, and anyone that violates this rule will be carded.

    NOTE: Leniency will be allowed in our "Off Topic" section; however, this will be completely at the moderator’s discretion. Basic rules still apply.

    Guidelines

    There are going to be topics and discussions that will have heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and not make this a personal issue between you and another reader. There is tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location and more here and there will be a lot of varying opinions on different subjects. We're all human beings and we we're all drawn to this site because we have a common bond as Volkswagen and car enthusiasts.

    Other Information

    Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for GenerationDub.com to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that GenerationDub.com does not actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. GenerationDub.com does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of GenerationDub.com or any entity associated with GenerationDub.com. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged use the Report This Post to a Moderator button. GenerationDub.com has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

    We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

    Profanity
    Profanity is allowed on the forum, however, please be aware that user read this forum at work. Complaints against swearing in a post will be removed at the discretion of the moderators.

    Signatures
    Personal signatures are permitted, but should be maintained at a reasonable size. Those members with large over-sized flashing billboards or offensive signatures will be asked to change them. Back links to your company, product or competing forum are strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by me.

    Avatars
    Personal images are permitted, but must not contain nudity, annoying flashing or animations, advertisements or other such items that may be in violation of the above rules.

    Grievance
    Members have 48 hours after being disciplined to appeal their case via PM or Email before the moderator team. All cases will be discussed and ruled on an individual bases. The ruling made by the moderator team will be final.

    Points System

    When a violation of the above Forum Policy occurs, moderators have the ability to issue infractions or warnings. In either case the offending party is notified by private message what the problem was.

    Warnings are issued for new users as well as first offenses. Warnings do not expire. When an infraction is issued it will have a point value attached to it as well as an expiration date.

    In the case of a dispute between a user and a moderator, please PM an administrator (footose) and include links to relevant threads or posts, and (if applicable) specific guidelines that were violated.

    1 Point has an expiry date of 10 days.

    Points are cumulative - IE: 1 point with 4 days left on expiry, user commits second infraction, add a second point, user now has increased overall expiry for overall points to 14 days.

    The following point infractions are currently in place, but may change at any time without notice:

    - 1 Warning - You are warned once, please change your habits.
    - 3 unexpired points are accumulated the user is suspended for 5 days.
    - 7 unexpired points are accumulated; the user is suspended for 30 days.
    - Any point within 60 days after 30 day suspension will result in a perminate ban.

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    [Nov 7/07]

    A new rule has been added. Please read carefully under the "Rules" subheading of this topic.

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    [nov 20th, 2007]

    I have made updates to our pointing system.

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    Just going to bump this since some of you seem to have forgotten the rules, particularly regarding signatures.

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