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Title: Posting Guidelines and General Information
Post by: admin on 21 November 2007, 06:25 AM
Guideline: a line by which one is guided: as a) a cord or rope to aid a passer over a difficult point or to permit retracing a course b) an indication or outline of policy or conduct.

The Golden Rules

This Forum isn't run by rules, per se. Rather, it is moderated by a tight-knit group of moderators who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Most of these Guidelines are geared towards just improving the state of the forum through smart tips (using good subject lines is just wise, ya know). 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

Compulsory Rules

Discussion of the nature of 'Open'. is an enthusiastís site dedicated to a particular model of car, and this Forum is an extension of It's an incredibly fun place to hang out, and it's a truly "open" place because our community members come in with broad interests and backgrounds, yet still find a way to meet on common ground. Users of all levels of expertise intermingle, and enthusiasts with intense passions meet up with others just like them.

The Forum, as fun and diverse and it may be, wasn't ever intended to facilitate the needs of everyone who wants to talk about anything at any time. It is not intended to be "community television" or a public park. Rather, and its Forum are privately owned and operated. We use moderators to keep the content in-line, to a certain extent, with the vision and purpose of as a whole.

We run this forum with the open minds of true enthusiasts. We love to see people learn to open their minds to new ideas, new technologies, and new people. "Open" at means that non-enthusiasts can come here and talk about their cars without being shut down or kicked at the drop of a hat. "Open" at means that people can actually talk about many things outside of the realm of the W116 and not be kicked for it. "Open" at does not mean that the loudest, most profane individuals are given the chance to steal the floor by sheer audacity. If you hang around for a while, you'll realize that it is a very open, yet responsible place. "Open" has never meant that individuals have a license to abuse the Forum and its audience. Open has never meant that blatant racism and sexism would be tolerated. "Open" has never meant that individuals are free to beat topics into the ground and thrive on "pissing people off;" "shock value" is not something that we value, and it has absolutely nothing to do with true openness.

Put simply, the Forum is a community of people with similar interest on certain levels, and the forum is an open atmosphere for intelligent interests. Still, as a community, we have to get along, and for that to happen, there have to some rules.