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Forum Rules and Disciplinary Guidelines

In an effort to make the management of the forums as transparent as possible, we have refined our member and forum rules and have created a set of administrative guidelines. It is our hope that members will find this satisfactory by being upfront and clear about what our expectations are from members who participate in the forum.

We want to provide all of our members as much freedom as possible while maintaining an environment that encourages productive discussion. Micromanaging every member, thread, post, or word is not something we care to do, and the administrative time and effort involved is simply too demanding. Every situation is unique, and we firmly believe we cannot provide the type of forum everyone desires by attempting to over-regulate the members and/or content on Stormtrack.

We highly encourage respect and responsibility among members in order to maintain order and civility. Our social forum (The Bear’s Cage) will have a more relaxed atmosphere, but other forums are expected to remain on-topic and posts should be helpful, relevant, courteous, and professional. Several forums (and sub-forums) have their own specific rules, so please be aware of this before posting to these areas or interacting with other members. In order to accomplish the goals we have set forth, members will be expected to abide by the Forum Rules and Guidelines provided here.

Stormtrack utilizes a forum software solution called Xenforo, which has the ability to aid the staff in better enforcing the rules. In order to maintain high quality forum content, staff members frequently review forum messages for those that are in violation of Stormtrack policy and/or rules. Any messages found to be in violation may be deleted without warning or explanation. Stormtrack reserves the right to edit or delete any posts, messages, or threads for any reason and without prior notification or explanation to the author. Breaking any of the forum rules may result in the loss of posting privileges and possible loss of your forum account.

If you break the rules and receive a warning notice (disciplinary action), you will receive a notification via the Conversation system, stating the reason why, along with a quote of the rule(s) that were broken. It is the responsibility of each forum member to check the rules on a periodic basis for any revisions before posting to the forum. Stormtrack is a privately owned and operated forum - it is NOT a free speech zone.

As far as forum bans are concerned, the staff has adopted a three strike system for members who do not follow the rules. In its simplest form, three strikes means you are looking at a ban. Any form of complaining (publicly or otherwise) about disciplinary actions may result in further sanctions. Receiving a warning notice isn't a huge deal, it just means you broke the rules and need to modify your behavior. If you learn from it and don't do it again, all should be well. The most common way for established members to be banned or lose forum privileges is by taking up too much administrative overhead. We simply do not have the time to manage these issues with such granularity and hope that all members pay close attention and comply with the rules.

Additional Terms

1. Stormtrack reserves the right to change the aforementioned rules at any time without warning or notice.

2. By posting to the Stormtrack, you agree to abide by the above rules and terms.

3. All messages posted become the property of Stormtrack.

4. Stormtrack and its representatives will not be held liable for the result of the usage of any information provided on Stormtrack, and disclaim all liability resulting in the use of the posted information.

5. All opinions and views expressed on Stormtrack are solely those of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Stormtrack, WiseSky Holdings LLC, its owner Steve Miller, or its representatives.
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