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  • Welcome to the 3rdPlanIt Forum!

    Introduction

    On behalf of the El Dorado Software, and the administrators, moderators, and members of this site, welcome to the 3rd PlanIt Forum. Please be aware of the following rules and regulations regarding usage and membership to this forum. The 3rd PlanIt Forum is established to be an authoritative reference site for 3rd PlanIt, and one of the premier track planning forums on the Internet. As such, it’s important that we keep the site as friendly and on-topic as possible. The following rules outline how we try to keep this a place where anyone can feel comfortable and welcome.

    Enjoy your stay!


    User conduct

    1. Be respectful. This is hard to define, but will be moderated. An example would be disrespecting users designing catenary layouts, and "sneering" at them or acting like they're idiots for the choice they made. If a moderator believes you are being purposefully disrespectful to a fellow member, you will be notified. Bashing for the sake of bashing will not be tolerated.

    2. Keep in mind that this is not a democracy. We have the right to refuse service to anyone. If you make yourself too big of a pain in the butt to the moderating community or otherwise are a bad influence on the forum, your access may be revoked.

    3. This is not a flame war site, so please do not engage in such. No distinction will be made between the instigator and those who merely participate.

    4. Personal attacks against other forum members will not be tolerated, nor will any type of "trolling" for a fight. This includes political attacks, slurs, or sneering at any viewpoint or political party.

    5. No racist, homophobic, or misogynistic remarks, including derogatory slang, be it overt or covert, will be tolerated.

    6. Don't make slanderous accusations. If you have a problem with another member or business, and cannot prove it absolutely, don’t bring in into the forum. It could be treated as grounds for a lawsuit if you do. Provide your proof in any such posts. Post with accusations but no proof will be deleted, and the poster will be notified.

    7. Attacks on moderators will not be tolerated, and may result in an immediate permanent ban. Moderators sometimes have to make difficult judgment calls, but remember we *are* human (well at least most of us are!) Hopefully we'll make decisions that are considered "correct" by the majority of the community. Do not post complaints, criticisms, or moderation questions on the forum. These posts will be deleted and no explanation will be given. If you have a concern about a particular moderator, send a private message to a Super Moderator or Administrator. And if you have constructive suggestions on improvements that can be made to the forum or its moderation, please post them in the Suggestions area.

    8. No sexually explicit material, nudity, or graphic violence are to be posted. The rule of thumb is that if it's something you wouldn't see on network TV, don't post it. The forum strives to maintain a welcoming and family type atmosphere for its members. Any attempts, overt or covert, to undermine this goal will not be tolerated.

    9. If you are posting a new thread, do not use vulgarity in the title of the thread. Inside a thread, profanity will only be allowed if used in a controlled manner, and not directed at a particular forum member. Again, just try and be respectful of other forum members.

    10. Attacks on new forum members (or "Noobies") will not be tolerated. Remember we were all new to the forum once.

    11. Do not post a thread solely aimed at getting the attention of another forum member (i.e. posting ATTENTION FRED SMITH!) The forum provides a private messaging system for contacting individual forum members.

    12. Posts soliciting for multilevel marketing schemes, nor are any posts soliciting donations for ANY reason without special permission from forum Administration.

    13. Multiple posts about the same thing across many forums are considered "spamming" the site and may result in the poster being banned.

    14. Please include a descriptive subject for your thread. People shouldn't have to open the thread to find out what the topic is!

    15. Do not deliberately inflate your post count, aka "post-whoring" by responding to a thread with multiple responses when one would do, or "contributing" to threads with a constant string of "me to" or "yeah!" type comments. Deliberately inflating one's post count does nothing but waste server space and turn otherwise useful threads into impossible to navigate pages of junk.

    16. Do not start threads on religion or politics. Experience with the forum has proven that political or religious discussions inevitably become flamefests, which are prohibited. So don't start them.

    17. The 3rd PlanIt Forum has a very useful search feature. Many questions that new members might have will already have been answered - we recommend that you do a search first before posting a question.


    How We Handle Violations

    Failure to comply with ANY of the Forum rules may result in disciplinary actions being taken against you, including a ban on your forum account. These actions are usually as follows, though the moderators may, at our discretion, skip steps as we deem necessary:

    - For the first violation, a warning may be sent via private message (PM) and the offending post is modified or deleted.

    - For the second violation, a warning may be posted in the thread(s) or other "public" place.

    - Third violation and it’s 3 strikes you’re out. The result is usually a permanent ban, although temporary bans of varying duration may be given on occation. We only use temporary bans occationally, and only when we're convinced that the person getting banned just needs a lesson, but will play nice when they return.

    - We will not get into a debate with a ban-ee or follower of them, here or on other forums. If you would like to discuss the reasons for a ban you may email us at 3pi@TrackPlanning.com. Any threads opened to discuss/debate/complain that a user was banned will be deleted, and the thread participants may also find themselves banned.

    - After banning, we will frequently edit the banee's title to reflect why they are banned.

    - If you're banned, do not register with another ID -- we *will* find out eventually, ban you again, and we may take further action, including the possibility of contacting your ISP to report the violation. Violations could possibly constitute federal charges.

    - The forum Administrators and Moderators retain the right to modify, edit, move, or delete any posts made on the forum by virtue of their position and in compliance with the aforementioned standards. Further, if you continually or repeatedly violate the rules of the forum, your account may be banned.

    - Before we unban someone who wants back, we require they provide a verifiable real name, age, address, and phone number; and if under the age of 18, parents name, address, and phone number. Only when we verify this info will we consider them coming back. Idea here is this removes the anonymity of the Internet and may lead to people who have been banned thinking twice before they start becoming an internet tough guy.
    Last edited by Randy; 10-25-2007, 08:50 AM.
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