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Please Read the Forum Rules before Posting!

The North American Goldwings community forum is a place where people can interact and have discussions about several topics of mutual interest. We ask that you follow these fundamental guidelines to ensure that the forums remain conducive to building and fostering a family atmosphere. These rules and guidelines are enforced by administrators and moderators, and at their discretion, may delete posts without warning that do not comply. Also, failure to comply with these rules or our Terms and Conditions and Rules of Conduct may result in a ban from the forums or the entire site!

The North American Goldwings Community sites and forums are all rated “PG”, please remember this in all of your communications and postings.

No "flaming" or "badgering" -- writing hostile or insulting messages aimed at other users for their views, comments, status as a user on the site, or any other reason. You can disagree with someone's views and still be polite about it. Posts of this nature are not beneficial to the community spirit that NorthAmericanGoldwings.com promotes and as such they will not be tolerated.

No "trolling" -- posting controversial (sometimes off-topic) messages with the intent of baiting other users to reply, a post that is deliberately designed for the purpose of angering and insulting other members in an attempt to incite retaliation or an emotional response. Posts of this nature are disruptive, often abusive and do not contribute to the sense of community that NorthAmericanGoldwings.com promotes.

Racism, gender stereotyping and hate speech are not permitted on the North American Goldwings Community Forums. Derogatory posting that includes race, religion or sexual preference based personal attacks and trolling can result in immediate suspension of forum posting privileges.

No "spamming" -- No advertisements, or referral links to other services. We also classify "spam" as short replies (usually fewer than 7 words) which do not contribute to a forum thread in a positive manner. Some forum threads expect short messages (like some forum games), but otherwise short messages are highly discouraged. Do not post for the sake of forum post count... your posts will be removed if we see you posting unhelpful or non-contributing messages.

Ranting is prohibited -- A rant is a post that is often filled with angry and counterproductive comments. A free exchange of ideas is essential to building a strong sense of community and is helpful in development of the community. Rants are disruptive, and incite flaming and trolling. Please post your thoughts in a concise and clear manner while avoiding going off on rambling tangents.

No "necro" behavior -- posting replies on very old (dead) threads which have not been locked. We only allow "necro" replies in VERY rare circumstances, all other cases will find your reply removed. If you feel strongly enough about posting a reply, please discuss with a Moderator whether to start a new thread of discussion.

No discussions in support of software piracy, hacking, illegal material, or linking to these activities will be tolerated.

Do not post material that is hateful or mean towards race, religion, sex, or any other offensive nature.

Do not post lewd or offensive content, or links to lewd or offensive content. Keep everything Safe for Work, and remember that kids visit the web site. This includes registering your forum name as well. Do not register with a rude, offensive or pornographic name. We will delete accounts with what we think are inappropriate names.

No excessive swearing or language. If you're that angry about something, take a break from the forums for a while, or confront the other user directly instead of in the forums. Also, do not attempt to use any means to bypass our profanity filter, such as misspelling a cuss word, or using punctuation or spaces. We are much more likely to ban users for this behavior than those who let the profanity filter replace cuss words with *'s instead. Still, excessive swearing can get you in trouble too, so keep it clean. You will only get one warning for this, then you will be banned from the site.

SPI -- The posting of Sensitive Personal Information including but not limited to contact numbers, email addresses, account names and passwords, home addresses and real life names (other than first names) is strictly prohibited. NorthAmericanGoldwings.com respects the right of our members to privacy, and will not tolerate the divulging of real life personal details.

Please do not "hijack" a forum thread by changing the subject. If you want to change the subject, please start a new message thread.

The posting of private communication between the Management, Administrators and/or Moderators of the forums and forum Members is prohibited. Discussion of warnings and bans is prohibited. Such matters shall remain private between NorthAmericanGoldwings.com and the involved member.

Questions or comments concerning warnings and bans will be conveyed through email or private messaging. NorthAmericanGoldwings.com respects the right of our members to privacy and as such you are not permitted to publicize private correspondence received from any of the aforementioned parties.

The discussion of NorthAmericanGoldwings.com forum moderation actions generally leads to flaming, trolling and baiting of our moderators. As such, this type of discussion is strictly prohibited under the forum rules. If you have questions regarding the actions of a moderator, please escalate immediately to Management via email or PM.

Please post constructively. Negative feedback can be very useful to further improve the North American Goldwings Community provided that it is presented in a civil and factual manner. All members are encouraged to honestly express their feelings regarding our community and how it can be improved. Posts that are non-constructive, insulting or in breach of the rules will be deleted regardless of how valid the ideas behind them may be. Members are also reminded that posting with a lack of content also constitutes non-constructive posting.

Ban evasion is prohibited. Forum suspensions and bans are issued when a user grossly violates the forum rules. While they are rarely issued, they are applied with the community’s best interests in mind. Attempts to bypass a suspension or ban via the use of alternate accounts will result in additional action, and in some instances may result in the permanent revocation of forum posting privileges. Similarly, having another forum user post on your behalf if you are unable to do so may result in an extension of your suspension or ban, as well as the user who does so also receiving similar reprimand.

Reprimand Policy -- The North American Goldwings Community Team operates a tiered system of warnings and associated forum suspensions of various lengths, depending on the severity and number of transgressions of the rules. The list below shows the structure of our warning and suspension policy. Please be aware that if a transgression of the rules is severe enough, this policy may be bypassed completely in favor of permanent revocation of a forum member’s posting privileges.

5+ OFFENSES – 180 DAY SUSPENSION (or permanent ban if the transgression is severe enough)

Temporary suspension of posting privileges occurs in line with the above laid out reprimand policy. The duration of a suspension increases every time they are issued due to the accumulation of forum warnings. Coupled with this listing, leniency may be applied when issuing a posting suspension. This leniency lies entirely at the discretion of the North American Goldwings Community Team.

Forum members are fully entitled to appeal against any actions taken that result in a warning or suspension of forum posting privileges. Appeals can be made by sending an email or PM to the Management. Full justification for the behavior that caused the action to be taken, plus a solid case for the reinstatement of forum posting privileges must be presented in this communication.

Decisions regarding the reinstatement of forum posting privileges due to appeal lie solely with the North American Goldwings Community Team, and any decisions made are final.

A permanent ban is only issued in severe cases where a forum member has grossly violated our rules. Permanent banning may occur due to the posting of pornography, discriminatory remarks which are sexually explicit, harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive as well as excessive obscene or vulgar language, posts which discuss or illustrate illegal activity, or an instance of providing links to sites that contain any of the aforementioned.

Members who are permanently banned from posting on the North American Goldwings Community forums are entitled to request a review of their forum ban with a view to having it lifted 6 months after it is applied. Once 6 months has elapsed, a member may submit an appeal to the Management and the ban will be reviewed by the North American Goldwings Community Team.

Decisions regarding the revocation of permanent forum bans lie solely with the North American Goldwings Community Team, and any decisions made are final.

General Rules:

While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.

Cross posting, the act of posting the same thing across multiple forums, is not allowed. Please just post once in the most appropriate forum.

The North American Goldwings Community moderation team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.

Also while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.

We reserve the right to ban or infract anyone who willfully violates the forum rules. Bans will not necessarily be permanent, but enacted based on the seriousness of an offense to these rules.

We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products or services. Explicit advertising and soliciting in sigs is also prohibited.

Signatures -- Promotional text for a commercial product or service is not allowed. No unauthorized donation links or similar are allowed (this applies to the entire forum, posts included). A link and promotional text for a site that is not commercial and does not contain product(s) and/or service(s) is allowed, provided the site is not sexual or does not violate NorthAmericanGoldwing.com community standards.  No video links or .Gif files shall be allowed in the signature line.  The NorthAmericanGoldwings.com team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. (Examples include sites about drugs and/or inappropriate material.)

Resellers may not post links to external sites in their sig files, unless it is part of an authorized sponsorship. Links to reseller sites or promoting them in a signature is not allowed, if it is discovered that a member has been paid to embed links in their signatures to another website it is grounds for banning.

Animated avatars are not allowed. Sorry. You are able to use a customized static image avatar though. Make sure that your avatar is rated "PG" and appropriate for all age groups.

Promoting or advertising businesses, other forums or web sites is regarded as spam and is forbidden. Directly advertising or promoting products in your posts is not allowed on the forum. You can have a link to your web site (provided it's not a commercial site) in your signature, but no images or links to images in the signature please. We do however make some exceptions for members in good standing so make sure you ask for moderator permission first before putting an image or commercial link in your signature.

The For Sale and Wanted Forums are for the use of our participating forum members as defined as members who have a minimum of 5 normal posts elsewhere on the forum. You MUST have more than 5 posts or they will be deleted. All For Sale post MUST have a photo of the item or items listed for sale, NO EXCEPTIONS, If there is no picture in your ad, it will be remove without warning.  Bumping your own advertisement (posting repeatedly to your own advertisement thread to bump it back to the top) is allowed within reason but is limited to only one bump every two (2) days. You may reply to questions in your advertisement thread, and update it occasionally with relevant information (price changes, parts sold etc.). But excessively bumping posts will see your whole advertisement thread removed. Moderator’s discretion in this will prevail.

The Management, administrators, and moderators of the North American Goldwings Community do not condone the circumvention of PayPal Rules as it applies to Fees for purchased items. No Member shall post an item for sale and make mandatory that payment be made via PayPal as a gift and effectively circumventing the PayPal fees for the Purchase of goods. Buyers are warned that if you purchase a product circumventing PayPal rules and fees, that there will be NO post(s) allowed on the Community forum regarding your experience. Any post found to be in violation of this rule will be removed immediately and the offender will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Your use of the North American Goldwings Community resources on NorthAmericanGoldwings.com indicates that you have read, understood and fully agree with these conditions.

These conditions will occasionally be updated without notice.

The Management, administrators, and moderators of the North American Goldwings Community reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any post or ban any user for any reason. By registering with the North American Goldwings Community forum, you agree to this rule and to all of the other site rules and guidelines.

All content posted on the North American Goldwings Community forums is granted to the North American Goldwings Community forum with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community. Please note that all posts express only the views of the author. Neither the owners of North American Goldwings Community forum nor its administrators or moderators are responsible for the content of any post.

Please feel free to email me at jhannington@clockshoppe.net or login to the forum and PM me (Halfling) if you have questions about the web site, forums, or problems using it.

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