Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on Historic Route 66. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. General Rules

    1. By signing up to this forum you assert that you are at least 13 years old. If you're younger, you're not allowed to sign up for your own protection. #
    2. We have a zero tolerance to spam in the forum. Spammers get banned. In addition their details are reported to the Stop Forum Spam database.

      All automated messages, advertisements, and links to competitor websites will be considered spam.

      What to do if you see spam in the forum:
      • Report the post by clicking on the "i" icon. Moderators get warned about such posts.
      • Do not respond, do not click on any links inside the post itself
      Alternatively send a private message to admin or a moderator pointing to the spammed message

      Regular users are allowed to use signatures to point to their websites, this is not considered spam as long as they do answer by more then just a link to their website and actually give the person asking a question the summary or at least the important part of the answer as well as pointing to a link for more information. This is mainly to allow others in the forum to contribute as well. #
    3. Be respectful of other users. They might not know what you know, they might not even speak your language natively. No flaming, bashing, or trolling will be tolerated. #
    4. No discrimination or insulting based on religion, race, gender, political beliefs, or sexual orientation will be tolerated. #
    5. No threats, harassment or bullying of other users will be tolerated. Any instance of threatening or harassing behavior is grounds for immediate banning from the forums. #
    6. Absolutely no adult or offensive content will be tolerated.
      The goal is to keep it safe for kids over 13 years old [PG13].
      Repeated offensive postings will result in banning from the forum. Blatant pornographic postings will result in immediate banning.
      Circumventing (or trying to) the automated censor system is considered to be a show of bad faith. #
    7. No re-posting of copyrighted materials or other illegal content is allowed. Pointers on how to obtain said material are equally disallowed. Any posts containing illegal content or copyrighted materials or that facilitates access to said content is subject for deletion.
      Repeat offenders are subject to banning. #
    8. We do not claim ownership of any material that you provide to us through this forum and we are not responsible for its content or accuracy. However, by providing your material, you grant us an irrevocable, non-exclusive permission to display, publish and otherwise use your submitted material. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your submitted material. By submitting material, you also warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your submission including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for granting the permission specified above. #
  2. Posting Guidelines

    1. Please search first for what you want to know, nothing is more boring to read than the same question over and over.
      For travel related items, there's the Travel FAQ section that covers many topics already in a concise manner, please have read that before asking the same questions and please be more specific. #
    2. All posts are to be in English. If you're not a native speaker, don't worry: just try your best, that's more than good enough. If you have to, use an automated translation service before posting it. #
    3. The topic is like a title of a book: it needs to be good.
      Describe what the post is about, be detailed and don't try to grab undue attention. #
    4. Sometimes we all feel entitled. Especially with electronic messages we need to be reminded sometimes that people helping total strangers is a kindness, a favour they do for you. Remember to thank them if they went above and beyond what they had to do. #
    5. Keep the discussion in the forum. Others might want to follow what's going on or try to contribute. Taking the discussion out of the forum robs them of the opportunity. #
    6. If you find yourself in disagreement with another member, remember to remain professional and stay respectful. Agree to disagree and move on if you can't convince them in a civilised manner. #
    7. Please don't be the broken record that repeats the same thing all the time. Please don't be the broken record that repeats the same thing all the time. Got it ? #
    8. It is a bad idea to post or otherwise share personally identifiable material such as full names, addresses, email, and even more sensitive material online. You run serious risks if you post too much details about yourself online. The world is watching and indexing the content and it's almost impossible to remove it once it's out there. #
  3. Moderation

    1. The administrators and moderators have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning. #
    2. If you see rules being broken, report the post to the moderators by using the "i" button on the post. While the moderators will read most if not all messages, reports make them stand out and make the moderator team take notice of a (potential) problem. #
    3. If you break some of the rules of the forum it's up to the discretion of the moderator team to act. Their foremost concern is damage to the community and the service as a whole.
      For serious infractions you can expect to be banned permanently.
      For mild infractions we will issue warnings, and you risk being banned if it repeats or escalates. #
    4. Respect the decisions made by the (volunteer) moderators. Their goal is to create a community, so that you can be part of a safe community that can be enjoyed by all. This includes taking measures against individual members in the interest of the group as a whole. As a team their call is final, but you can appeal to the team as a whole if you feel a moderator treated you unjustly. #