Forum Rules or Guidelines

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gav

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Welcome to the 4x4 Earth forums! We hope that you find valuable information here along with a sense of community.

To help keep 4x4 Earth a friendly and resourceful community, we need a set of rules, most of which are commonsense. For those that noticed, when you registered you would have agreed to these. For those that didn't notice, I've copied them below. :p

have fun!



Our Community Focus.
The purpose and aim of 4x4 Earth is to bring individuals together to become the largest & friendliest 4x4 community in Australia. To reach our aims and aspirations we have guidelines in place and ask that as being part of our community, you respect these. The purpose of these guidelines is ensuring that everybody’s experience on 4x4 Earth is a pleasurable and enjoyable one. 4x4 Earth is a place where we do not expect you to drop your personality at the door, rather quite the opposite. We recognize and respect what makes people individual, and as a result on many occasions there will be differences in opinion. We ask that you join this community with an open mind.

Be Welcoming!
When new members join welcome them to our growing community and help them feel like they are always welcome to ask questions and join in discussion. Many of our community’s members have years of experience, and a wealth of knowledge that can be unlocked and shared with newcomers. We ask that you help new members that join our community and help them get involved.

Be Courteous!
The most common guideline in our community is to be courteous to others. You are welcome to challenge the points of view and opinions of other, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully. There is a difference between a valid disagreement on opinion, and a personal attack. A personal attack on others is a breach of this guideline and such posts will be removed.

Be Appropriate!
There are places on the internet where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior is appropriate. However 4x4 Earth is not a place where any such material or discussion is appropriate.
Off-Topic Discussion
There is a Off Topic Discussion forum. This is suited to anything off topic and not purposeful to other sections of the forum. Please do not make off-topic remarks and replies in discussions. Such comments and material will be removed. There is nothing worse than wanting to read about a new 4WD and by page two of the discussion you are reading about last night’s dinner. Please make your best effort to keep discussions on topic.

No Advertising / Commercial Posting
4x4 Earth is a place for members to enjoy and interact with each other, without being hindered by commercial links and offers from “fly by night” operations. There is to be no advertising of any product or service on 4x4 Earth. Members with a private sale are permitted to post items in the For Sale or Wanted section on 4x4 Earth.

Retailers, Distributors & Manufacturers
If you are a sponsor of 4x4 Earth then you are permitted to make commercial posts in the For Sale section only. If you are not a sponsor or advertiser of 4x4 Earth then you are not allowed to make any posts in the For Sale section. We believe this guideline to be quite clear. Distributors & Manufacturer’s of products are welcome to discuss and post on 4x4 Earth as long as the posts contain no financial value. If you are a distributor for a product and a retailer in the country sells your product we can understand your vested interest in making information on the product available to our community. We welcome this and encourage you to do so, however all commercial posting of the product must be done by the direct Advertiser or Sponsor of 4x4 Earth.

User Accounts
Users are permitted 1 account per individual. Multiple user accounts per individual are not permitted.

Private Messenger
The 4x4 Earth private messenger is provided to members of 4x4 Earth as a service intended to enhance the community experience. The purpose of the private messenger is to allow of discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Current Admins / Moderators are: 3lad3, Patriot and jgcertified. Whilst private messages are used for private conversation between members, they are part of the 4x4 Earth database where they are stored and as such the property of 4x4 Earth. As such an Administrator, if so inclined does have the ability to extract these messages from the database. Whilst private messages are private, they are not necessarily secret as they are stored in the same database as all other content, reviews, posts and discussions on 4x4 Earth. Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others. The private messenger is not to be used to harvest and request email addresses of members. We provide all required facilities for communication to take place including the sending of photos and attachments. If you are not a 4x4 Earth sponsor you are not permitted to use the Private Messenger for commercial purposes.

Signatures & Avatars
Personal signatures are permitted in Text form only, containing a maximum of 3 lines. No images or commercial links are permitted in Signatures. 4x4 Earth runs larger than standard Avatars, you may make creative use of these. Sponsors and Advertisers of 4x4 Earth are permitted one commercial link.

Copyrighted Material
Please do not post copyrighted material on 4x4 Earth. Only post content that is owned by you or you have permission to submit. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.

No SPAM!
Spam posts will be removed and are not entertained on 4x4 Earth. For a full understanding and disclosure of what is considered spam please visit: ACMA - Spam & e–Security

Liability
4x4 Earth will not be liable for any damage to yourself, equipment, 3rd party or entity that arises from any actions or activities based on the content from this website. We do not warrant any information to be accurate and do not condone actions and content featured on this website. Should any incident arise as of your actions they are solely your own responsibility and liability. Any action you take or involve yourself with is done at your own risk with the full knowledge that there are dangers beyond your awareness. However you continue to make a clear decision to proceed with such actions on your own behalf. We encourage all individuals with Income Protection, any type of Private Medical cover or similar insurance to contact their issuer to gain a full understanding of the cover provided when partaking in such activities.

4x4 Earth Tracks
While we attempt to check that all tracks submitted are valid, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information, including the terrain condition of the tracks in our database.

4x4 Earth Discretion
4x4 Earth and its assigned agents reserve the right to remove any content which they deem unsuitable. These decisions are final and are not to be discussed in public. Should you have a disagreement with a decision you are to contact an Administrator via the Private Messenger or Email. In addition 4x4 Earth reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best suit the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may be relocated or merged to a more appropriate area. Considering the real-time nature of 4x4 Earth it is impossible for 4x4 Earth to review all content and validate all information published. Therefore we do not vouch, support or endorse any content found on this website. All content submitted to 4x4 Earth is optioned to be the views and opinions of those authors and not the view of 4x4 Earth.

Use of this service is at the discretion of the Administration of 4x4 Earth, and that use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.
 
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grit

Member
I would just like to say that I have contributed to many 'other' forums relevant to 4wd'ing in the past & I find 4x4earth maintains an excellent balance that allows personalities to be expressed & the subject matter to flow in a friendly open manner while addressing individual concerns with empathy and understanding. Full credit to the moderators for maintaining & encouraging a spirit of openness & tolerance & helping to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere for all to enjoy and learn from. I'm certain that initiatives such as these pave the way towards a sustainable future for this sport.
 

barney rubble

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This is one of the friendliest and informative forums i have been on... it's a credit to the moderators. Barney Rubble.
 

Jackatbburn

New Member
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4x4 Earth - as my first forum and a new member of this site, thanks for such a great welcome. One question, a member sent me a message but I can't respond as I have only 4 posts and not 5. I'm not sure where/what I posted, but never mind. Can you please send me in the right direction - I am so new to forums. Jackatbburn
 

billolga

Well-Known Member
4x4 Earth - as my first forum and a new member of this site, thanks for such a great welcome. One question, a member sent me a message but I can't respond as I have only 4 posts and not 5. I'm not sure where/what I posted, but never mind. Can you please send me in the right direction - I am so new to forums. Jackatbburn

Right up at the top of the page when your logged in is your name & next to that is PRIVATE MESSAGES - Click on that.
 

Walkabout

Moderator
4x4 Earth - as my first forum and a new member of this site, thanks for such a great welcome. One question, a member sent me a message but I can't respond as I have only 4 posts and not 5. I'm not sure where/what I posted, but never mind. Can you please send me in the right direction - I am so new to forums. Jackatbburn

Hi Jack, There are minimum post amounts for a few different things like posting photo's etc, it's a way of encouraging people to contribute to the forums.
Easiest thing is just post some more, there are a few threads in the Off Topic Discussion - 4x4 Earth section like http://www.4x4earth.com.au/forum/of...g-story-august-2011-three-words-per-post.html that will have your post count up in no time.
Hope this helps.
 

redfloc

New Member
clear as a bell

i am new to computing, clubs and forums. this is the first i have ever joined.
it is good to see that the rules are well defined and i hope that people stick to them unlike what i have recently found after purchasing my first uhf!
cheers.
 

chilli

New Member
it is good to see that the rules are well defined and i hope that people stick to them unlike what i have recently found after purchasing my first uhf!
cheers.

I believe what you heard on the air waves are users venting on those not following the rules. :D
 
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