Forum Rules of Conduct Basic Philosophy: From a moderation standpoint, we are open to viewpoints from many perspectives but may need to act because the post is written in a manner that violates the rules. If we take action, the reason is much more likely to be the way the idea is presented than the perspective it represents. THE RULES 1. Don't Act Like a Jerk. Antagonizing other members or resorting to personal attacks is the most common reason for moderators to take action. Know the difference between disagreement and being disagreeable. Say what you need to say without insulting someone else. Repeating the same argument over and over is neither convincing nor appreciated. Private Messages or emails are private but the same "antagonizing" rule applies. Posting someone's PM, email or personal information without expressed written permission is not allowed. 2. No musician bashing. If someone's work doesn't appeal to you, that's okay. Making it a point to bash them (especially on a recurring basis) is not. 3. Not Allowed. Bigoted remarks, religious or political commentary, trademark violations and copyright violations are not allowed. Photos and posts must be safe for work. You may not offer to sell or promote any item that violates a trademark, even if you note that it is a replica, clone, copy or fake. This is illegal. 4. No Spam. Posts for buying, trading or selling are only allowed in the appropriate sections. Soliciting members via unsolicited Private Message or email is spam. Spam in signatures is still spam. If it's not music gear, it's spam regardless of where you're posting here. 5. Only one user account per member. Multiple User IDs are not allowed. We will convert a temporary suspension into a permanent ban if you open a new user account while under suspension. If you want to change your user name you need to contact an administrator to do that for you. 6. If you feel the need to mention a bad business dealing you’ve had with a company or individual, keep it professional. Do not get personal and don’t attack the people involved, just describe the situation factually or you may be legally liable for damages. Personal attacks and insults can draw infractions, even if you’re right. We cannot verify claims of a bad business deal and such posts are the sole responsibility of the author. 7. If you work for a retailer or manufacturer, we ask that you include your affiliation in your signature, which can include a link to your business website. This helps other members put some context to what you write. However, please do not list the products you sell in your signature and we do not allow signatures or posts to read like an ad. Keep font sizes reasonable! We do not allow businesses to post about their products on threads about competing products or to criticize, compare or make negative comments about competitors. 8. Do not argue with moderators. Moderators are volunteers who are musicians, just like you, and have a tough job. Please do not argue with them. 9. Legal threats. Do not threaten or insinuate legal action against Atomic Amplifiers if you want to participate on the forum. 10. We don't delete user accounts. If you get banned or are unhappy with us, don’t ask us to delete your account or posts. SUMMARY: Your participation on this forum is a privilege, not a right. If you don’t agree with the rules, you should find a site that better meets your expectations. If we feel that your membership hurts the experience for others, we may choose to suspend or ban you. We reserve the right to suspend or ban any member for any reason, not limited to the above rules.