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RV Forum Rules
The Recreational Vehicle Forum (hereafter known as the RV Forum) is a place to exchange ideas, obtain help and talk about anything related to RVs, RVing, the RVing lifestyle, activities conducted in conjunction with RVing and the hobbies and interests of RVers. These rules are provided for the purpose of making the RV Forum a friendly and informative experience for all members of the forum.

Additional rules specific to the live chat feature of the forum are contained in the Chat Rules.

Forum Membership

Membership in the RV Forum is open to anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing or related activities, subject to meeting the requirements of the Registration Agreement and RV Forum rules. There is no charge for membership or participation in the RV Forum. However, there are costs associated with operating the forum. Since we don't sell a lot of annoying ads that interfere with your enjoyment of the forum, we rely on donations from members to help offset these costs. You can donate to the forum and see where the donations go by clicking the Donate button in the toolbar above.

Forum Message Policy

While participating in the RV forum, we ask all members to observe the following RV Forum rules:
  • Acceptable Language
    In general, we accept language that is commonly heard on network television evening news. Gratuitous obscenity and/or explicit or implicit descriptions of sex do not belong in this forum. Messages containing vulgar language or profanity are not allowed. Partially masking an unacceptable word with asterisks or other symbols does not make the word acceptable if it is still recognizable.

  • Respect For Others
    While disagreements will understandably arise, we ask that members try to correspond in a friendly and good-mannered fashion. Personal disparagement, libel, slander, and harassment are unacceptable. Please try to focus on the issues, not on your correspondent. Attack the message, not the messenger! Personal attacks on other members are not permitted, regardless of the perceived provocation. If you are offended by someone else's message, you may bring it to the attention of the forum staff; but please do not respond "in kind" to any perceived offense by another member.

  • Member Names/Handles/Name Issues
    You are not required to use your real name in this forum. However, it is our forum's tradition for members to use their real first and/or last names, either as their forum name or in the signature line of their messages. We have discovered over the years that the forum is a friendlier place when you feel you're talking to a "real" person.

    The use of obscene or otherwise offensive forum names, handles or nicknames is not permitted.

    Impersonation of another user or a public figure, living or dead, is not permitted.

  • Unacceptable Messages
    The following types of message are NOT permitted in the forum:

    • Any form of direct or indirect personal attack on another forum member or any member of the RV Forum staff.
    • Inappropriate familiarity (alluding to another person's private life or asking personal questions of a person whom the questioner doesn't know well).
    • Messages that have the purpose of disrupting forum discussion. Such disruption can include one-liners, multiple postings of the same offensive message, and other forms of harassment.
    • Duplicate messages across the forum. In other words, posting the same message in more than one of our message boards.
    • Messages from other forums or privileged information may not be posted without the specific permission of the original author.
    • Repetitive messages of the same material which ignore the general discussion taking place in a topic. In other words, posting the same, or nearly the same message over and over again when replying to members.
    • Messages that are propaganda in nature and ignore a topic for the purpose of furthering a particular agenda of the person, a group or organization.
    • Commercial advertisements, ads for information exchange (petitions, surveys, questionnaires), and soliciting for funds. 'Associate links', such as amazon associate links, that pay a commission are considered commercial advertising, and such links are not allowed.
      We do, however, allow private for-sale ads, and these should be posted with For sale or Sale in the subject line. A sale is considered private/non-commercial if the seller is merely disposing of a personal item or asset rather than being in business to sell such items/assets. If you're unsure, please drop a personal message or email to the Forum Administrator.
    • Messages which attempt to disrupt operation of the RV Forum by directing users to competing forums, groups or web sites.
    • Bad mouthing the forum staff, the forum software or the software developers.

  • Attempts To Organize Boycotts
    Please do not attempt to use the RV Forum as a platform to organize a boycott against a company. Rants against a manufacturer, dealer, or repair shop for real or perceived mistreatment are generally not acceptable.

    On the other hand, reports of poor quality products or poor service, giving the circumstances, are generally acceptable.

  • Political and Religious Ranting
    Political and religious rants can lead to some ugly discussions and arguments, even among otherwise polite and friendly people. Over the years, RV Forum members have expressed a desire to avoid these kinds of discussions in our forum, preferring to maintain harmony. So, please post your political and religious views elsewhere such as one of the many alternative venues that cater to such discussions.

  • Copyright and Fair Use
    No forum message or library file may contain any copyrighted material of any kind or in any form unless the author/owner has given permission. The only exception is the exception of 'fair use' that is contained in the current copyright law.

    Quoting one or two lines or a paragraph of a copyrighted work (fair use) should be sufficient to get a point across and then a link (URL) to the article will permit other members to read the entire article. Alternatively, a member might summarize the main points of an article in their own words and then provide a link to the original work. We encourage members to NOT use extensive back quoting from copyrighted articles to make points during a discussion. We will not restrict members from using a back-quoting method, but the more quotes that are used the more at risk the message will become for copyright infringement under fair use and we may be forced to move the message out of view.

    Determining a possible fair use infringement will, in most cases, be a matter of judgment. We would ask that members use their best judgment in writing messages where fair use quoting is included, and the staff of this forum will use their best judgment in determining if the message has exceeded the limits of fair use.

  • Violation of the Registration Agreement and/or RV Forum Rules.
    The Registration Agreement reserves the right of RV Forum staff to remove from public view any message which, in its sole discretion, appears to be inconsistent with the Registration Agreement and/or RV forum rules. Based on the nature of the violation, a member may be banned the forum, or otherwise prevented from posting messages, by the RV Forum management. Members who are banned from the forum may contact the RV Forum Administrator to discuss the reason(s) for the ban.

    For further information, please read the official Registration Agreement.

General Guidelines On Posting Messages

  • Message Board
    Post your message to the most appropriate message board. This places your message so the most interested and knowledgeable Forum members will be likely to see it. Posting a query about TV satellite dishes in the Shade Tree message board may result in the most informed members NOT seeing it. Messages posted in incorrect/inappropriate message boards may be moved by forum staff to assist in you getting the most people seeing your message as possible.

  • Message Subject
    Give your message a clear and appropriate subject. Not everyone reads all the message boards. Some just browse, only reading messages if the title is interesting. If you're asking a question, you want to get others involved in answering you and an appropriate subject helps.

  • Message Content
    Be specific in what questions you ask in your messages. Please don't "shotgun" broad, general questions; Ask direct questions about what you want answers to. That way, more members will be likely to respond and with more informative answers to your questions.

  • Replying to a topic
    The nature of our forum software is such that, when you post a reply, you're actually replying to the topic, not to an individual. If your reply is intended for a specific member, please be sure to include the member's name or screen name in your message. Alternatively, use the Quote feature to quote a small part of the message you're replying to.

  • Grammar And Spelling
    We do not attempt to enforce any rules of grammar and spelling. However, please try to compose your message carefully so that it will be easily understood. A spellchecker feature is included on the message composition screen.

  • All Caps
    Please do not use all capital letters (or upper case) when typing your message. It is certainly easier to type with the CAPS LOCK on, but online it's considered somewhat rude and is perceived as the equivalent of shouting. It also makes your messages difficult to read, especially for the visually challenged who use software to read the messages to them.

  • Quoting In Replies
    The forum software allows you to easily quote from a message that you're replying to. This can help clarify what it is that you're replying to or commenting on. However, please avoid quoting an entire message in your reply since this can be annoying for others following the discussion and adds unnecessarily to the downloading time of messages.

  • Links to personal web sites and blogs.
    We have no issue with links to non-commercial personal web sites and blogs. However, these links should be placed in one of two locations:

    (a) Visit your Profile and insert your link in the field Website URL. At the same time ensure you enter something in the field Website title. These actions will result in a 'globe' icon appearing beneath your avatar in forum posts. Folks can roll their cursor over the globe to see the title of your site and, if they click on the globe, they'll be taken directly to your site.

    (b)Put the URL in your signature line.

    Links (URLs) that are primarily intended to invite visitors to other sites and are not in direct response to the subject matter of the thread are unwelcome here and will be removed by the forum staff.

    Links in the body of forum messages deemed to be commercial ads or solicitations will be cause for banning a member from the forum and their message(s) removed. We have zero tolerance for such links, otherwise known as spam.

  • Signature
    Creating a signature via your forum profile eliminates the need to repeatedly type the same information into every message. The signature will be automatically appended to your forum messages.

    Forum members typically include their name(s), location, and make and model of RV in their signature. Listing all your assests, family members, and pets really isn't really necessary, and results in unnecessarily long signatures.

    We ask that members follow the same guidelines as those listed for forum messages when creating their signature. This includes the use of appropriate language and avoiding political or other positions that could inflame or offend others.

  • Personal (Private) Messages
    Personal (private) messages are enabled in the RV Forum and should be used for private discussions between two parties. However, the Personal Message feature is not intended to replace email for the bulk of your private discussions.

Forum Navigation

We have a set of Frequently Asked Questions to help you find your way around the forum and explain the various features. You can access these at any time by clicking the Help button in the toolbar. Additionally, you may post a question about forum usage or features in our Forum usage and quick tips message board.

Indemnification

By participating in the RV Forum, you agree to indemnify the Forum Owner/Administrator for any damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, that accrue to the Forum Owner/Administrator as a result of or arising out of your activities on the Forum including, but not limited to, any claims for violation of any copyright, trademark, or protected material, or any claim of defamation, slander, libel, disparagement or the like.

Limitation Of Liability
You join and participate in the RV Forum at your own risk. The Forum Owner/Administrator shall not be liable for damages or losses which result to you from your use of, or participation in, the RV Forum.

Validity And Accuracy Of RV Forum Content
All information and advice provided by RV Forum members, staff and other contributors is solely the opinion of the respective author. The RV Forum does not verify the validity, technical or otherwise, of such contributions and the reader is advised to obtain help from a licensed professional before carrying out any repairs or modifications to their RV or other property. The RV Forum Owner/Administrator and forum staff cannot be held responsible for any direct or consequential damages arising from anyone using any of the material posted here as a basis for use, maintenance, repair or modification of their RV.

RV Forum members should seek the advice of respective legal or financial professionals before making any decisions based on the legal or financial advice or opinion of forum contributors.

Choice Of Law
By participating in this Forum, you agree that any disputes between you and the Forum Owner/Administrator will be governed by the laws of the State of California for all disputes arising out of, or related to, your membership or participation in the RV Forum.

No Warranties
The Forum Owner/Administrator makes no warranty, expressed or implied, that access to the RV Forum will be available at any particular time; that operation of the forum will be uninterrupted or error-free; or that any particular result or information will be obtained. Membership in the RV Forum is offered on an "as-is" basis without warranties of any kind, other than warranties which are incapable of exclusion, waiver, or restriction under applicable law.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comply with these RV Forum Rules. They will be reviewed periodically and updated as deemed necessary by the RV Forum management for the smooth operation of the forum.


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