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Forum Rules, Terms and Conditions

Post by erikscimitardemon » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:36 am

Community Guidelines

We take pride in keeping our message boards respectful, pleasant, and enjoyable for members of all ages. Please read the following guidelines before posting.

Introductions

If this is your first visit to the forum, please try and make your first post in the "Introductions" section. Should that thread evolve such that it would be better placed in another area (such as "Project Progress" or a model-specific question) it may be moved there by the Admin or Moderator team very easily.

Forum Etiquette

Every discussion forum has its own level of “netiquette” (net etiquette). This forum has been and continues to be quite free-reign in its tolerance policy but there are a few guidelines we would appreciate you follow to make life easier.

Posts not in English are welcome in the relevant "Overseas" areas only - but please be aware that the club is mainly UK based and the majority of its members (and forum users) are native English speakers, your audience may be limited if the post relates to a request for help. The majority of European languages are spoken by a number of members, so don't be worried about using non-English words if it helps with explaining a problem or issue (or if you use an online translation facility such as Google, Babelfish, etc, please note that a literal translation may be given).

Quoting other posts is appreciated to ensure continuity of discussion, but there is rarely any need to quote large sections, or all of a previous post especially when it may contain a large amount of images. Some users view this forum via a mobile device or data-limited internet connection who may incur excessive charges and increased time to download posts. You can select the relevant text from a previous post that you wish to reference and use the "Quote" function to automatically add just that text to your reply (this usually appears as either a prompt on a desktop device, or click on the quote button (inverted comma, top right of each post)) - the text will then be added to the Reply box.

If you receive help via the forum, a "thankyou" is appreciated. It’s simple manners, costs nothing yet is worth everything. There is now an automated thanks system (the thumb at the top right of each post).

Newcomers to the forum may be surprised how quickly posts asking for advice or technical help may be answered. If you post a request for help, it's worth checking back fairly soon, as somebody may have already posted a solution, or a request for further information to help with diagnosis, which may be waiting for you. A cry for help or a for-sale post followed by a lengthy silence, may create a bad impression. To assist you, there are “subscribe” and “bookmark” functions which will send you an email or notify you at the top of the forum page as soon as any reply is made to that post.

Everybody contributing to the forum is unpaid, and typing the posts by hand, in their own time. Please consider this before asking the kind of question that you could answer yourself in two minutes by looking in the workshop manual or using the search function.

Club Membership

This forum and website is provided by the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners’ Club (RSSOC) for promotion of the club, its aims (to promote the use of the Sabre & Scimitar range of sportscars), and for the benefit of its members, and as such its costs are borne by those members. Anyone who is seen to be using the forum as a replacement for joining the Club may be seen as "free-loading" by gaining many of the benefits of club membership without actually becoming a member. We would appreciate that if you have gained benefit from the Clubs services (including the forum) you would join the club, not least as a "thankyou" for any help and advice you may have received and may do so in the future.
For many users, this forum is their first encounter with the RSSOC - and unlike some owners groups, we are a club with an internet-based forum; not a forum that has named itself a club. The forum is only part of the owners club - why not enjoy the rest?
Access to certain sections of the website and forum are restricted to current RSSOC members only; areas available to non-RSSOC members may change at any time, and without warning.

Cross-Posting

If you have something to post and you're not sure which area it belongs in, do not post it in more than one area. If the administrators or moderators think it would fit better in another location, it will be moved there, normally without notification. Duplicate threads only serve to create confusion, and will likely be locked and/or deleted without warning.
The Forum has a “search” facility. If possible, please check before starting a new thread as somebody else may have already spotted it and started a thread. Likewise, we aim to provide a growing repository of Scimitar-related information, and it may be the case that your question has already been answered.

Signature Rules

A typical signature contains the poster's name, e-mail address, website, and a favorite quote or saying. Excessive font or image sizes (suggested size less than 100 pixels high/32k in size) are not allowed. Anyone abusing this privilege may be warned and then have their signature removed until they acknowledge this guideline.

Multiple Accounts

If you forget your password, use the password recovery tool, in which case you will be able to reset your password, assuming that you still have access to the e-mail associated with your account. If you are still unable to login, contact an Administrator (see the "Forum Issues" section for contact details). Multiple accounts are not allowed, likewise multiple uses of a valid club membership number are not allowed, unless club membership is in joint names. Any change to the membership details must be through the Club Secretary in the first instance.

Views, Opinions and Illegal content

The views and opinions will generally be of the individuals concerned and, unless otherwise stated, not those of RSSOC Ltd who cannot be held responsible for posts from any individual. Posting of content which is in clear breach of copyright (or links thereto) may be removed without warning but it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that any law has not been broken, or may be construed as so.

Moderation

If you have a problem or a complaint, please direct it to the administrators and/or moderators by private message, email or reporting a post (exclamation mark inside triangle, top right of every post), not to the public forum or the RSSOC committee. The appropriate actions will be taken and while discussion is always encouraged - moderators/administrators have the final word.

Warnings and bans

Users may be warned, temporarily banned or permanently banned for the following reasons:

Spam

Users who join for the sole intention of promotion of a non-motoring theme or product (spammers) may be warned and/or banned.

Offensive content

Our community is family-friendly. There are young users and language should be kept within a reasonable level. Excessively vulgar language is not allowed. This constitutes the use of any kind of offensive, discriminatory, or otherwise inappropriate material deemed unsafe for younger members. Inappropriate language may be removed and users may be warned and/or banned.

Trolling

If you have nothing constructive to add - say nothing!

Do not post provocative, outrageous, or pointless messages only to get a response from others, i.e. "trolling." Repeat violators may be warned and/or banned. Constructive criticism is normally welcomed, but please consider the actions that may result from criticism. If you feel comments may be of a sensitive nature, contact the member directly through email or Private Message (PM) rather than on the forum.

Users must demonstrate an interest in contributing to vehicle related discussions as this is a car club site. In other words, users who wish to do nothing but argue politics or other non-club/motoring related issues are not welcome as they do nothing to contribute to the site.

If it is clear that a user has no intention of positively contributing to discussions and/or have an abrasive, combative attitude, they may be warned and/or banned.

Personal Attacks

In order to maintain a positive atmosphere, no personal attacks or insults will be tolerated. Whilst discussions may become heated, it is not an excuse to resort to personal attacks or insults. There is a difference between a passionate, respectful discussion and one that delves into personal matters. Think of it as debating issues, not individuals. When the line is crossed, the discussion may be closed by the moderation team. Violators may be warned and/or banned. If you feel you have been a victim of such an attack, please raise this to a moderator/administrator using the report message function - this will ensure it is dealt with as quickly as possible. A Private Message (PM) may have a delayed reaction depending on the online status of the Moderator or Administrator you may contact.

Copyright

Whilst users retain copyright of anything original they post on Scimitarweb, they give the RSSOC Ltd permission to permanently display, restrict visibility of, edit or delete those posts. Users can edit or delete their own posts at any time unless they are banned. Whilst banned, users lose the right to edit or delete their posts.

Despite rules, moans, whines, grumbles, stresses and strains, we're all here to have fun with older cars, never ever forget that this is supposed to be fun.

Again, please follow the above guidelines when posting. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Admin or Moderation team.

ABOVE ALL - HAVE FUN!


Erik Hofman
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Scimitarweb Webteam / Forum Administrator

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Forum Rules, Terms and Conditions

Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:47 pm

Please take a moment to read the new forum rules above. They are amended occasionally by editing Erik’s post, not necessarily by deleting it and posting a new thread, so please don’t mistake the date of Eriks post for the date that the rules were last updated, this is simply the date that Erik (re)posted the rules.

In addition to authorising the above rules, the Committee have also agreed the following

“General advice for writing threads”

Writing a post on a forum can be easy for some and intimidating for others, if you are in either camp here are some tips for you to reach the promised land of awesome and engaging threads

Start From A Positive Place

We can all write threads all day long about the things we don't like, and it could create 'lively' debate. However you won't persuade someone with negative presentation and you won't enrich car culture by telling everyone about the stuff you don't like. Find something you like or something you are curious about to start a thread on, rather than trying to find something you don't like or an argument to start. Chances are, if you find it interesting, so will others.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation

Please try to use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation wherever possible. We accept that for some of our members, this isn't easy to follow for a number of reasons (English not a first language, reading and spelling problems such as Dyslexia and sometimes local/personal styles of writing, level of computer/internet literacy) but it does make posts easier to read, points easier to make and historic info easier to search for. There are online applications that can help with translating or spelling if you’re really struggling.

This isn’t Facebook, your thread will be read for years to come! The continual use of capital letters is seen AS SHOUTING so please only use it for real emphasis. Also, "text speak" may be in common usage but it does make things harder to read, Great isn't spelt gr8. Your friend isn't your m8 – that’s a motorway in Scotland.

Leave An Opening For Response

One of the problems with posting on a forum is that you never know if you are going to get a reply, sometimes you'll put a load of work into a thread and have it sink like a stone, it can be discouraging, anyone that posts often on forums will have had it happen to them. It is no guarantee of a response, but leaving an opening, or asking a question is a good way to invite a response. You can post photos of the most awesome car in the world but without an invite to respond you'll be left with a handful of "that's nice" type responses.

Reply To Replies

You don't need to be excessive in your replies, but if someone has taken the time to comment on your post it is worth taking the time to reply to them, if you quote their post, or click their username and select “refer by username” you will tag them in the post and it will pop up in their notifications that you are replying to them directly.

Learn To Post Photos

It may seem like a strange science to some, but posting photos is easier than ever. Look for the “Add Files” button under the reply box.

Don't Be Afraid To Post

The forum is a place for you to post about cars, it isn't life and death. If you make a mistake nothing bad happens, maybe we'll move your thread, edit it, or at the worst delete it. On the flip side the best thing to happen will be that you share something fantastic and inspire someone, or make some new friends, so please get involved.


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

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