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Written by Jer   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 11:43
WSC Membership Rules and Forum Regulations:

  • Any Subaru enthusiast can freely visit the WSC website and post messages on the forums. (Alright, fine, we’ll allow friends, family, and others too...)
  • While the club is very Subaru oriented, any automotive enthusiast is welcome!
  • Subaru enthusiasts from outside of Western Canada are welcome to become a member of the club.
  • WSC Administrators and Moderators reserve the right to edit/remove any and all content of the forums at their own discretion.
  • The views and opinions expressed on WSC are not necessarily those of WSC or its administrators. WSC and its administrators are not held responsible for views or opinions posted in the forums.
  • Members are limited to one username on WSC; creating extra usernames will result in deletion of accounts.
  • Prohibited Types of Posts on WSC Include:
    • Links to or requests for software serial numbers, warez, mp3s, illegal software, etc.
    • NSFW (Not Safe for Work) material.
    • This can include everything from websites about hate groups to pornography.
  • We have a NSFW sub forum. Please PM an admin or moderator for the password.
  • Also, as a reminder, even if a thread doesn't start as NSFW doesn't mean it won't get moved for additional content posted.
  • NSFW threads can be moved or deleted at a moderator or administrator's discretion.
  • Misleading links. A misleading link is a text link that says one thing and takes you to another site.
  • Links to websites that contain crazy pop-ups, make your CD tray open, or otherwise disturb your computer.
  • Weapon sales of any kind
  • The forums use a “swear filter” to block profanity; using symbols or creative spelling in order to “dodge” the filter is prohibited.
  • Personal attacks directed towards other members (ESPECIALLY moderators, administrators, and law enforcement personnel) are strictly prohibited on the WSC forums.
  • No CROSS-POSTING of topics is allowed in the forums. Definition of Cross-Posting: posting the same content in more than one thread. This will get you a warning and possibly a banning.
  • N o  p o s t  w h o r i n g. This is where one creates a lot of small, worthless posts to increase their post count.
  • The exception to this is in the "P o s t  W h o r i n g" section which is largely unmoderated.
  • Absolutely no "elite" style (***, @@@, iMpReZa) or all caps writing is allowed anywhere on the forums, especially in the subject lines.
  • All Off-Topic posts must be posted in the Off-Topic section. Please try and keep off-topic posts to a minimum.
  • Trolls are not welcome on WSC!
Troll or Internet Troll is defined as: “someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.”
  • Please always try and be considerate of your fellow WSC members. The club is comprised of men and women, young and old, white, black, and all shades in between. Please keep this in mind when posting.
  • No ethnic, religious belief or sexual preference "bashing" will be tolerated.
  • No flame wars, if a topic appears inflammatory, the moderators will take care of it.
  • If you feel the need to "rant", please visit the "Rant/Fight" section.
  • The rant section is also minimally moderated
  • Street racing posts will be deleted without question. WSC does not support street racing in any way, shape or form. YOU WILL BE BANNED! THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING! (exception: discussion revolving around a news article)
  • Posts that contain items for sale or items wanted to buy must be posted in the appropriate section of the Classifieds forum.
  • User names, signatures or locations that contain URL’s to websites with parts, service or items for sale are not allowed unless the user is a registered vendor with WSC.
  • Vendors who wish to promote products or services to the club must be registered with a vendor status. Information on becoming a vendor can be obtained by sending a Private Message (PM) to Pee_Sack.
  • A vendor label is located below the vendors screen name to identify registered vendors of the site.
  • Non-registered vendor advertisements on this site are not allowed without consent of the mod/admin team.
  • Please report any advertisement by a non-registered vendor to the moderator of the forum immediately.
  • Any member inactive for a period of 6 months or greater may have their membership cancelled/account deleted.
  • Membership will be revoked if the member is found to be involved in scams, fraud, or other illicit activities.
  • Membership will also be taken under serious review if a member is found to be blatantly or unscrupulously cheating other members.

WSC NON-Registered Vendor Specific Rules:

  • Posting of your company name is allowed, but links are not - this includes:
    • the company web site
    • any company email addresses
    • phone numbers
    • physical address
  • Any forum login that contains a domain name will be further looked into. If it is found that your domain includes automotive business that is vending in nature, it will be changed by a forum administrator and you will be notified by email. The only exception to this rule will be for registered vendors.
  • Posting links to technical articles on the company web site is disallowed. Please post the article as a thread instead. It is to your discretion whether any images included will be links or displayed, but other links to your web site are still strictly disallowed.
  • Your WWW link is not to be to your company's web site.
  • Any mention of selling, pricing, availability or product you carry will be deleted and a warning issued. This is considered vending and is disallowed without being a registered vendor.
  • You will be held to the 3 strike rule.
  • First is a freebee, to inform you what you've done wrong and remind you of these rules.
  • The second will be a strict warning and possibly a timeout.
  • The third will be a timeout judged on a case-by-case basis, possibly permanent.

WSC Registered Vendor Specific Rules:

  • Vendors must post all commercially oriented messages in designated vendor Classified forums as listed below.
  • Vendors must start all commercially oriented threads within their WSC vendor forum - including:
    • events
    • track-days
    • dyno-days
  • Threads may not be started on your behalf by non-vendors.
  • Any commercially oriented message posted outside the vendor forums will be deleted or moved on a discretionary basis by the WSC moderators. Please place your posts accordingly.
  • Vendors are encouraged to interact with members of this site and may post replies only to threads started by members in any forum if they feel they can provide useful content.
  • Vendors may start new threads in the technical forums for the purposes of research and development or product interest.You may not include pricing in these threads.
  • These threads will only be used to gauge interest, and WILL NOT be used to sell.
  • If they are used for sales the thread may be deleted or moved at the discretion of a mod/admin.
  • WSC Registered Vendors who cannot follow these simple rules will be warned by WSC administration. If after this warning the vendor continues to break the rules, then the vendor will be removed from the site.
  • Vendors also risk losing their WSC vendor status for any group buys that end without a completed sale for all participants of a group buy. This means if any group buy participant has not received their product in satisfactory condition. This does not negate our "buyer beware" policy.
  • WSC is not responsible for goods lost, stolen, or damaged. It is each member's responsibility to research and purchase at their own discretion.
  • Any vendor inactive for 3 months may have their vendor status taken under review.
Taken from WiseGeek
Forum Etiquette (or netiquette)

The Internet has become a world-wide community and in the process, innumerable forums on every subject under the sun are available where people can express their opinions. Some forums are closely moderated -- that is, someone checks every post for suitability before it is uploaded to the forum. Some forums have minimal or no moderation, only Terms of Service (TOS) that members are expected to follow(like this forum). Most forums do have some sort of reporting feature for obscene or harassing posts. Still, even with a minimally-moderated forum, is there a standard of behavior? Is there actually something called forum etiquette? The answer is an unqualified yes. 

Forum etiquette means maintaining a standard of posting behavior that is acceptable and appropriate. Forum etiquette can be flexible, according to the subject of the forum, but there are certain standards most people expect others to maintain. Some lines must be drawn for the safety of all posting on the forum.

One of the staunchest rules of forum etiquette is not posting personal information about another poster. Even if that poster has all but drawn a map to his house, posting a real name or address is considered grounds for a permanent ISP ban on most forums. This could compromise someone's safety. This is probably the most serious breach of forum etiquette and most moderators take it very seriously.

You can disagree with someone's opinions, but calling that person an idiot or a profane name is a violation of forum etiquette. Some forums are more liberal about this than others, but keeping it civil is never the wrong thing to do. Posting the same thing over and over again is called trolling, and is also a banning offense. It is annoying in the extreme and uses up bandwidth, which someone is paying for. It is entirely unnecessary and makes the poster look immature and childish.

Trolls are always in flagrant violation of forum etiquette and enjoy disturbing the peace at any forum where they post. Trolls tend to "troll", call names, gossip about other posters, post things that are deliberately provocative and usually that violate the forum's rules about posting. Most moderators hasten to get them banned as soon as possible, but they can sometimes do a lot of damage before this happens.

Another violation of forum etiquette is posting in ALL CAPS. This is considered shouting and is very rude, in addition to being hard on the eyes. Something may be in caps for emphasis (e.g. I did NOT want to go!), but no post should be entirely in all caps. 

Flaming, or deliberate insults or personal rants, is also against forum etiquette. Flaming is often employed by people who are losing arguments on a forum. Their response is to personally insult the poster disagreeing with them, usually in a long, nasty post. 

This kind of behavior is why so many forums have a list of posting rules and consequences for breaking them. Some may say this behavior is more prominent among immature teens, but that is in no way the case. Many of the worst offenders are adults who should know better. The veil of anonymity seems to bring out the worst in these people, and any bullying tendencies they have tend to become magnified in the semi-protection of an anonymous forum.

Most of the rest of forum etiquette involves using the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. Behaving as a reasonable adult, even in the face of being flamed, is always the best course of action. If a poster becomes harassing, obscene or personal, do not retaliate. Instead, cut and paste the offensive post(s) into an e-mail and quickly report it to the moderator or forum administrator.  
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