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General Guidelines and Provisions

The Golden Rules
In order to make this a more professional forum we?ve created most of these Guidelines to improve the state of the forum and the community at large. Some of these Guidelines are more prohibitive, however, and they function as rules. The rules come in two-forms: the cardinal, and the compulsory.

Cardinal Rules
1. The Usage Agreement must be respected in full.
2. No trolling. Don't make posts that are inflammatory just to get people riled up. Substance is a key to not being labeled a troll, but substance alone cannot prevent you from being considered a troll. Substance with a dash of personal attacks will get you labeled as a troll.
3. Personal attacks are not permitted. Criticize the ideas, not the people. Excessive flaming will not be tolerated. Users who verbally assault the character or person of other posters on a regular basis will be banned. Moderator's judgment applies here. "You are wrong" is not a personal attack; "You wrong because you are an idiot" probably. Persistent name-calling in the absence of content will likely be assessed as a violation of this rule.
4. No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material. Simple rule. Moderator's judgment applies here. We'd like for our readers to be able to read SickLines at work and share with friends without fear of retribution.
5. Do not post links or requests for warez.
6. Respect the privacy of others. Do not post other's private phone numbers, addresses, pictures, etc., without their express permission.
7. Each forum member may have only one account.
8. Do not place foul language in thread subjects.
9. And of course, NO SPAMMING. No commercial-oriented posts, and no flooding with useless content or content designed to engage readers into forum wars or trolling other sites.

Compulsory Rules
1. Use descriptive subject lines and research your post. This reduces the chances of double-posting, and it also makes it easier for people to see what they do/don't want to read. Also, scan the subjects of the last several days' posts to make sure you aren't duplicating posts. This also makes searching for post much easier for users.
2. Post in the right forum! If it's about Downhill, post it in the Downhill forum. This will be strictly monitored to keep the forums neat and forum specific. No one looking at Cross Country topics cares about your new urban assault ride.
3. Restrict the use of excessive foul language. Although we don't really care if people cuss (um, we have been known to cuss ourselves now and again), excessive foul language is likely to get moderated, if only because excessive foul language usually indicates that someone is utterly clueless. Buy a thesaurus. We also require that you leave rough or offensive language out of the thread subjects. A lot of people read SickLines at work, and while foul language is par for the course, let's try and keep it away from the big, yellow, eye-catching folders. Smile
4. No blatantly juvenile toilet humor. Simple rule. Moderator's judgment applies here. Talk about what you do to relieve yourself, although popular (for some odd reason) is not needed here.

Finally, remember that we're not the ratings board here. We're not going to give you a PG for four swears and a gunshot, but R for five swears and splattering brains. Not making any hard and fast rules means that the moderators can use their good judgment in moderation, and we think the results speak for themselves. Bottom line: we almost always give warnings. But we don't give them twice to the same person.

 
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