|Mountain Buzz Community Guidelines
The goal of Mountain Buzz is to provide a friendly and informative place for people to share beta, safety alerts, meet fellow boaters, plan trips, post trip reports, learn about paddle sports, and hang out in general. Over the years Mountain Buzz has grown from a small group of elite paddlers (mostly from Colorado) to a larger regional site with paddlers of varying degrees of skills. Our forum is intended to reflect our sport and the paddling community in general. That is why it exists, please respect your fellow boaters online just as you would on the river.
This forum is largely self-policing, the Buzz Crew (moderators and administrators) have no desire to censor or control the conversations that happen here. Most of us, while we welcome perspectives on all sides of any issue, would not invite a frequently and apparently intentionally disruptive or rude person to paddle with us, nor to any other gathering of friends that we are hosting.
Respect Each Other: Our underlying philosophy is that we want Mountain Buzz to be an online reflection of the paddling community. Treat each other with respect just as you would on the river. Talking smack or challenging others' points of view and opinions is fine as long as you do so in a somewhat respectful manner.
Here are some general guidelines that we expect you to follow:
- Its very easy to be misunderstood when sending emails and making posts due to the readers' inability to pick up on nuances as they would in speech or face-to-face conversation. This especially applies to sarcastic remarks.
Someone has to interpret these guidelines and how they apply to this forum. Ultimately it's up to our site moderators and administrator to make this decision. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please feel free to contact a moderator or administrator.
About the First Amendment, censorship and your "right to free speech": You do indeed have a right to free speech. However this forum is privately owned and requires members to abide by our guidelines and by the decisions of our moderators. If you cannot accept these guidelines please feel free to contact one of the many good web hosting companies out there to set up an account, create your own discussion board and exercise that right to your heart's content.
Site Management & Member Concerns: If we feel site rules are violated we may remove, edit or delete posts and if necessary ban or restrict account access. Abuse toward our administrators or moderators may result in suspension of your account. Complaints about a moderator's decision regarding a particular post are not to be made in posts; instead send a private message to a moderator. 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.
Account Management: Requests for changes to your account should be made by using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every forum page.
Disabling 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 (if requested and at our discretion) disable your account in some or all of the following ways:
Change the user name, remove signature content, subscriptions, avatar and any info from the profile that might be identifying or replace it with fictitious info, change account options to refuse contact and ban 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 to everyone for keeping the tone appropriate for a group of
friends, at least the vast majority of the time. Please keep it up!
Registering and participating on Mountain Buzz constitutes agreement to abide by these rules and to abide by the Social Knowledge Network Terms of Service (Social Knowledge, LLC is the company that owns this forum) We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without prior notice.
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