This forum is fairly laid back. But we like to give people a hard time. There are pretty much only two things we are sticklers for:
RESPECT AND HONESTY
First and foremost: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY! If you post something, it had better be true. If we ask you about something, you had better respond truthfully. Lies and games are the fastest ways to get on our bad side. Listen to what the Admins and Mods say, and don't resort to childish name calling or gestures if you are reprimanded. We have no problem with jokes and ribbing and stuff, but please it should all be in good fun.
Please remember that on the internet, it can be hard to differentiate between a statement made in jest, and one made in anger. So make liberal use of the smileys to help express your emotions. That's what they are there for.
This forum is about open honest discussion about topics of interest to all of us. But we are all different, and our interests views and opinions will differ. We ask that you respect each others points of views and comments. We will do the same for you, however please note that we do not pull punches when it comes to stupidity.
We don't mind people asking questions. In fact we encourage it. But If you receive a reprimand from an admin for something you do not understand (whether it was done nicely or not), backtalk will only get you somewhere you don't want to be. If you have an objection, state it logically and clearly. Do not hurls insults or smack talk. We have a lot of patience, but continually badmouthing the admins will eventually get you banned.
There are a lot of projects on this site that deals with unsafe materials or parts. We do not want our members injuring themselves. So do not be surprised if you get yelled at for posting about, describing or even suggesting something unsafe on the forum. IF WE SEE THIS, WE WILL RIP YOU A NEW ONE. We understand that some of you may not have much experience with these things, and that you will make honest mistakes. But that does not mean we will sit idly by while people do stupid things. We will make sure you are aware of the dangers of what you have posted, and will definitely give you a hard time about it.
So if you are just joining us, be prepared. We mean it. We talk about a lot of dangerous weapons and mechanisms in this forum, but do remember that there is always a safe way to handle even inherently unsafe things. Safety is very important to us. And we'd like it to be just as important to you, so we will constantly remind you of it. Be warned.
Again, we are a pretty laid back group. We have no problem with a little cussing and swearing, so long as it does not become a substitute for good communication. But we prefer you minimize it as much as possible. We are also not grammar nazis. Nobody is going to ignore what you say because you make typos. But also please make an effort to think about what you are going to say, and try not to step on peoples toes. We have some non-English speaking members, so be especially careful as what you say could easily be misconstrued in other languages...
We currently allow you to edit your posts. PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THIS PRIVILEGE! We allow you this ability only to correct mistakes and recant poorly chosen words or attitudes. Do not use it willy nilly. It makes it hard to quote good posts if they are constantly changing. If you are posting a How-To or a step by step walk through on a specific topic, please do it off line, and post it in it's entirety once you are done.
And that is about the gist of it. As we have stated before, If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask...
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