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    These rules apply to the entire board, not just Off Topic. They are here because 1) most people visit OT occasionally, and 2) OT has no true rules other than those that govern the rest of the board. These are the overall rules of conduct. Each section of this forum (such as Classifieds or Member's Rides) may have more detailed rules in additon to these here.

    I figured I would make this a little more clear than the previous rules.

    First off, the staff (admin, moderators, and various support staff) FULLY understand their duties, and are given permission to use their powers at their discretion. I trust my moderators to determine what is suitable for this board and what is not.

    It is assumed that all members have read these rules. I am not responsible for your ignorance.

    Now for the rules.

    1) RESPECT. Respect each other. That broad statement covers a whole lot... and it is the single most important rule there is. No direct attacks (flaming) on a person, their car, or what they say. If you have a problem with someone, speak to a moderator and we will remove that problem if we see fit. Any attacks or disrespectful acts will result in YOU being removed.
    Keep in mind things such as:
    -Health (mental health included)
    This is a car forum. Everything else is extra, and is not needed. If something non-car-related is causing stress to even ONE member, it's gone. End of story.
    I feel this should be added, lengthy as it may be:
    No Racial/Sexual slurs. Most people have enough sense not to call anyone "******", "****", "*****", etc... However, it does happen on occasion. We have a no-tolerance policy on this board regarding such things. Anything like that will result in a ban based on the banning moderator's judgement. It may very well be permanent.
    More common slurs are the sexual slurs. The most irritating of all is "***". When a man is attracted to another man, he is ***. When someone puts an unpainted body kit on their CB7, that is not ***. That is poor taste. That is ugly. That is stupid. That is not ***. I know it's a common phrase, so I won't act as harshly as I would with others... but I'd appreciate it if that usage could disappear from this board altogether.
    Other sexual slurs that WILL be dealt with harshly are terms like "***got", "***", "homo", etc... Basically, anything relating to someone's sexual orientation that is used as an attack.

    2) Keep one-on-one conversations to a private level... If someone's PM box is full, email them. If their email address is not availible, PM me and I will contact them for you if the matter is important. Any "Member, clear your PM box" threads will be deleted.

    3) Post in the correct forums, and in the correct fashion. If you do not, your post may be moved OR deleted. That is up to the moderator who does the deed.

    4) Offensive threads not labeled *NWS* (not work safe) will be removed. That includes any thread that contains nudity, extreme violence, or highly visible profanity. Anything overly offensive (ie. illegal... child porn, bestiality, hate propaganda) will result in an immediate ban without warning.
    Please refrain from using profanity in thread titles. People often view this site in environments where such language is not acceptable. Any threads with obscene language in the title will be removed.

    5) SIGNATURES!!! You are allowed a personalized signature. Each signature may contain text and/or pictures totalling no more than 500 pixels in width and 300 pixels in height. Anything over will be removed and you will be notified. ANY offensive content in your signature (picture OR text) will be removed by a moderator and you will be notified. Repeat offenses will result in a temporary (and eventually permanent) ban.
    No flaming of other members is allowed in signatures, just as in posts. That goes for "scammer" sigs as well. Protect yourself and you won't get scammed. Flaming in signatures will be removed, and a ban may be issued at the moderator's discretion.
    SIGNATURES MAY NOT CONTAIN OFFENSIVE IMAGES OR LANGUAGE! That is your warning. Any signature deemed offensive by a moderator will be removed without warning. This can include anything political, religious, sexual, violent, profane, or drug related.

    If you your signature is removed, either accept it, or PM a staff member to find out why it was removed (they may or may not respond... please be polite.) Any public complaining about a signature being removed will result in the loss of signature privileges altogether.

    These rules may be added to. I will try to keep them simple and straightforward. Any updates WILL be shown in the title (as in "Updated February 19, 2006"). Not knowing the rules is no excuse for not following them. They are common sense anyway, so you should be acting accordingly without even having to read them!

    Finally, keep in mind that this is NOT a democracy. I respect the opinions of the members here, but in the end, the moderators and I make the decisions. If you have a problem, a respectful email, PM, or IM is always welcome. If you don't like the way things run around here, you are free to leave.


    You are not welcome to post on this site for the duration of the ban. That means YOU, personally, are not allowed... not the screen name, but the person behind the name.

    If you are discovered using another name to bypass a ban, you will recieve a permanent IP ban.

    If you have any questions regarding a ban, feel free to email me at I will gladly tell you why you were banned, and for how long. If you have important matters to attend to on the board, email those you need to speak to.


      Buying, selling, and trading.

      If you buy, sell, or trade on this forum, please read ALL of the sticky threads at the top of the classifieds sections.

      This is NOT ebay. You have NO protection here if you don't protect yourself. If I am put in a position to be a judge, I will ALWAYS protect the "scammer". Why? Because if you got scammed, you didn't protect yourself. That isn't my problem. When you make a fuss on this forum, that IS my problem. You've accepted the risk the moment you sent the money or items.

      For this reason, "vouch threads" are not allowed. If I see them, I will delete them. And potentially ban the member that created them.

      There are instructions and warnings in the stickies. Read them.

      Any threads selling items, or asking to buy items belong in the CLASSIFIEDS section ONLY! DO NOT attempt to sell items in other areas of the forum.

      Members with less than 30 posts are not permitted to buy or sell on the classifieds forums. However, I know many of them use PMs to bypass this rule. Without preventing new members from using PMs, there is no way for me to stop this. BE CAUTIOUS when dealing with new members! Someone who is here for the purpose of scamming is unlikely to make 30 cb7-related posts.


      DO NOT copy products that are still for sale. I understand that some items (lips, grilles, spoilers) may be extremely expensive, and there would be a market for inexpensive copies. However, this is copyright infringement, and will get shut down. It may also result in the person committing the crime to face legal troubles (I WILL shut down this site before I face any legal troubles myself!) So, if you want to make a custom item to fill the void left by the high prices of the original items, please, alter your design so that it is not a direct copy. Also, DO NOT use the name of the original piece in your description.


        Drugs, piracy, porn, and any questionable subject...

        Any threads about drugs, piracy (software, music, movies, etc...), porn, or anything else that may be deemed questionable (be it legally, "morally", or just downright objectionable) may be removed at a moderator's discretion.

        Religious and political threads also fall under this.

        Such threads have no value to an automotive forum, and will be removed if a moderator sees fit to do so.

        Drugs, porn, and other things you wouldn't want to talk to your grandmother about can offend some people. Discussing where to obtain such things (especially when involving illegal things) can get you, as well as those who operate this forum, in trouble.

        Any discussion about piracy, be it software, music, movies, or any other illegally obtained product, may be removed. Links to download sites may be allowed, unless a moderator or administrator decides otherwise. Direct links to illegal material are strictly forbidden, as that makes this site the provider of it (and can get us sued by people with MUCH more money and power...)
        Use common sense.

        Political and religious threads, as well as threads discussing delicate topics (homosexuality, race, etc...) will be monitored by the CB7tuner staff, and they will be removed at the first sign of trouble. Troublemakers will be banned. I'd like to think we are mature and responsible enough to have such conversations, but again, these things are not necessary on an automotive forum. If they cause trouble, they're gone. End of story.

        If you have any questions about these rules before posting a thread, feel free to PM me or a moderator. We will gladly help you.
        If your thread is removed, please do not attack the moderators for doing their job!


          The reputation system.

          The reputation system (that little scale icon at the bottom of each thread) is not to be abused. Any comments that can be deemed as flaming will be dealt with as if they were made in a thread (ban). Be respectful. All comments are anonymous, so flaming via the reputation system is cowardly.

          Even though the members you leave comments for do not know who you are, I DO.


            Thread Titles

            1) They need to reflect what the thread is about.

            The entire purpose for a thread title, is to allow people to know what the thread is about.

            If we are unable to determine what the thread is about by looking at the title, it isn't that important and will be deleted.

            The basic reason for this is simple.

            Most people use the title to determine if the thread might be of use. Especially when they have performed a search and multiple pages of matches have come up.

            In order to help prevent people from asking the same question over and over, as well as to aid searching, we ask that the thread title be relevant.

            Things like:

            "Does anybody know?"

            "What should I think"

            "What should I do?"

            "You man, my shiz is all messed up!"

            etc etc etc...

            These are irrelevant titles and will result in the thread being deleted.

            If you can't look at the title, and know almost everything you need to know about the topic, your probably should fix it.

            If you aren't sure, ask.
            The OFFICIAL how to add me to your ignore list thread!


              If you do not understand a rule, a function of this forum, or any problems associated with the operation of this forum, please contact me or a moderator. DO NOT cause a public stir, as this will only get you banned. We will gladly explain anything that is unclear. By rallying the members here, nothing will be accomplished. Nothing will be changed. Except your membership status.


                DO NOT provide links to illegal downloads (software, music, games, movies, etc...).

                DO NOT provide product keys for illegally obtained software.

                DO NOT provide passwords for password-protected sites.

                DO NOT provide pictures, videos, or audio clips that are of questionable legality (child porn, hate propaganda, incest, beastiality, etc...)

                DO NOT request these things.

                Such things can, and probably will, result in this site being closed forever. For that reason, these rules will be enforced strictly. Permanent bans will be given for anyone who breaks them.

                (yes, I am repeating myself here...)


                  DO NOT reply to spam threads. This only increases the amount of spam that we get here on this site... and believe me, we get A LOT. A lot more than you think, because the mods do a hell of a job deleting it very quickly.

                  If you are caught replying to spam, you will be banned. One day is the standard... but it is at the discretion of the banning moderator as to how long it is. Just don't do it.