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geohaye



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Forum Basics & Forum Guidelines Reply with quote

I. FORUM BASICS

BOOKMARK the iWindsurf Forum Index page:
http://www.iwindsurf.com/forums/index.php

Another useful Bookmark can be the New posts since your last visit page:
http://www.iwindsurf.com/forums/search.php?search_id=newposts

After many user requests over the years, iWindsurf has started new forums for: Windsurfing Discussion (where we can talk about our favorite sport without getting side-tracked by lost & found stuff, political stuff, press releases, etc.), Industry/Commercial posts (THE place for product announcements, shop promos, sales info, and press releases), Politics/Opinions (some love the chat, some hate it, this way you can check it or not -- your choice!), and Lost & Found (it's where you list your Lost & Found items!). As always, the Regional Forums are about your local windsurfing scene (talk it up.)

WINDSURFING DISCUSSION is for the community to discuss windsurfing, windsurfing gear, tricks, and learning topics. Please do not post industry product announcements & promos, lost & found, or political/off-topic/opinion stuff here. Specific regional discussion (ie: your local scene: launch sites, sessions, events, access issues) occurs in the Regional Forums.

REGIONAL DISCUSSION. As always, these forums are for discussion of your local windsurf spots, sessions, events, and access topics. Please do not post industry product announcements & promos, lost & found, or political/off-topic/opinion stuff here. For Regional Discussion, choose your Region: USA/Canada/Mexico or the Europe/Caribbean/South America/Australia/NZ/Africa/Asia sub-forum.

The INDUSTRY NEWS & PROMOTIONS sub-forum is for windsurf industry, magazine, blog, website, school, and shop employees / reps / team riders to post their news and product announcements. *Check often, there will be good stuff here.

POLITICS, OFF-TOPIC, OPINIONS Politics, soapbox, off-topic (socio-economic-philosophical, tech, hoops, skiing, skydiving, etc). NOTE: Sometimes an on-topic gear-related thread or regional discussion can evolve into what is primarily an off-topic political or opinion thread: in those cases, those discussions may continue in the Politics/Off-Topic/Opinions sub-forum.

LOST & FOUND.

On behalf of the volunteer moderators and the team at iWindsurf, Thank You for making the iW Forums a great place to hang out. Pray for Wind.



II. FORUM GUIDELINES

iWindsurf Forum Guidelines
The goal of the iWindsurf Forums is to provide a space for windsurfers to discuss windsurfing and other issues of the day. Treat each other with basic respect, and keep the tone positive.

Why are some Forum posts deleted?
The most common reason for a post being deleted is that it included an attack on a particular individual. If you make an attack on another person anywhere in your post your entire post will be deleted. You are welcome to resubmit your post minus the attack.

Forum Decorum:
You are welcome to disagree with others courteously without attacking them personally. If you do not like the content of someoneís posts, the solution is to simply NOT read or respond to their post - so their post will more quickly drop to the bottom of the pile. We must realize that sometimes we become part of the problem if we constantly engage someone whom we consider to be a problem user. Remember that young people and others thinking about taking up windsurfing do read these forums to learn about the sport - and the character of its participants. Phrase your posts accordingly. Individuals who show a pattern of initiating strongly uncivil forum behavior that leads to deletion of their posts may be banned from using the iWindsurf Forums after 5 such deletions. Any individual who shows a pattern of making incendiary comments which incite others to attack him/her or other forum users may also be banned from these forums.

Who are the iWindsurf Forum Moderators?
Each sub-forum is moderated by windsurfers who are acting as unpaid and unsupervised volunteers. Our moderators do their best to make judgment calls regarding posts when they have spare time. This means that the level of scrutiny of forum posts will be uneven at times, and sometimes an objectionable post may be missed or become buried in the mass of forum posts. If you cannot accept this level of supervision, or these Forum Guidelines in general, then you should not use these forums.

Posts may be deleted, moved, or locked if they contain the following:
1. *Personal* attacks on another personís character, ideas, race, sexual orientation, age, gender, ethnicity, political beliefs, or abilities.
2. Threats, or encouragement of illegal activities. (Such users will be banned.)
3. Assuming another personís identity.
4. Spam or links to spam.
5. Commercial posts placed on a sub-forum other than the Industry News & Promotions sub-forum.
6. Equipment, services, photos for sale, or links to such. (At the moderatorsí discretion, posts primarily consisting of valuable free information for customers may contain a very limited mention of a product or service.)
7. Copyrighted material.
8. Sexually explicit and overly violent material.
9. Posts not in the English language. (Generally these posts are spam and/or difficult for us to moderate).
10. Posts that are clearly made just to bump a thread up to the top of the pile may be deleted.
11. Posts that focus on "trashing" a particular product, store, or service.
12. Posts that "hijack' a thread by introducing something particularly off-topic. Instead, start a new post.
13. Sharing of personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, IM conversations, email, etc. involving other members without their consent is strictly prohibited.
14. Other clearly inappropriate behavior.
15. Issues or complaints regarding iWindsurf service. This is because the forums are NOT monitored by iWindsurf support staff and therefore the issue will not be addressed on the forums. To expedite a response send an email to: support@iwindsurf.com
16. Avatars, photographs, and graphics attached to posts will be held to the above standards.
17. Posts debating these rules may be deleted. These rules are similar to the rules employed by most successful public forums. If you cannot abide by these rules, simply do not use this forum.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding these rules, please contact us at: support@iwindsurf.com

iWindsurf reserves the right to modify these rules at any time.

Thank you for using our forums,
The iWindsurf Team



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