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 forum members.|
Additional rules specific to the live chat feature of the forum are contained in
the Chat Rules.
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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, Terms Of Service, or RV Forum Rules.
RV Forum staff
may remove from public view any message which, in its sole discretion, appears
to be inconsistent with the Registration Agreement, Terms Of Service, 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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 menu bar. Additionally, you may post a question about forum usage or
features in our
Forum usage and quick tips message board.
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
Site Management, Member Concerns & Account Closure
If we feel site rules are violated we may remove, edit or delete posts and if necessary ban or restrict account access. If a moderator deletes or edits one of your posts and you disagree with the action, contact the moderator concerned or any other member of our site team. Do not repost deleted material. This forum is largely self-policing, which means that moderators will respond and react to problems reported through the REPORT POST option, via the CONTACT FORM at the bottom of each page, or via PM. Do not hesitate to use these tools to report any problems regarding the forum.
Requests for changes to your account should be made by using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every forum page.
Participants may only have one account. Moderators may consolidate or delete multiple accounts.
We may remove accounts that have no posts. If the account has many posts, completely deleting the account can significantly disrupt thread continuity. In that event, we may (at our discretion) disable your account in some or all of the following ways: change the user name, remove signature content, subscriptions, avatar and identifying information or replace it with fictitious info. We may change account options to refuse contact and/or ban the account. Where communication features were used to share information with other individuals (e.g., sending a personal message to another Forum user) we generally cannot remove content. If someone quoted your post, the original user name will be shown as having been quoted (which we cannot purge).
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.