|Mountain Buzz Rules|
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 respectful manner. Here are some general guidelines that we expect you to follow:
Gear Swap (Classifieds):About the First Amendment, censorship and your "right to free speech"
Our classifieds system is offered as a benefit of membership, and is for individuals selling off personal gear and for BUZZ Partners selling off seconds, demos, and consignment gear. No other sales are permitted except by prior arrangement with VerticalScope Network. We expect ads placed to be related to the topic of this forum.
BUZZ Official Advertising Partners
To support our commitment to provide a member based paddling resource community, Mountain Buzz Forum accepts sponsorship and advertising from companies providing quality products and services. We value our site Partners and the expertise and experience they bring to the paddling community.
Any member with a boating-related product, service or company, whether for profit or not for profit, may make a request to become a Commercial Member. The forum does not discourage nor endorse any commercial entity and is not intended for soliciting business by commercial entities (advertising info). Commercial Members must adhere to all forum policies including the following which specifically pertain to Commercial Members:
This forum is not intended to be a mechanism for people to vent frustrations about vendors or sales from private parties. Please settle your differences with sellers, manufacturers and dealers through the long-established legal or arbitration systems or the Better Business Bureau but not through our community.
Do not post protected / copyrighted content
Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the forums without the consent of the owner. Copyrighted material includes images and text produced and owned by others. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. You cannot legally post entire articles or news on the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly itís still copyright infringement. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. The exception to this rule is press releases; they are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.
We believe in public freedom of speech but that right does not infer that others have to publish your speech. MountainBuzz.com is not a public resource; it is privately owned and we require members to abide by our rules and by the decisions of our staff. If you post outside these guidelines your post may be edited or deleted - this does not violate your right to Free Speech.
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).
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. Thanks to everyone for keeping the tone appropriate for a group offriends, 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 VerticalScope Network Terms of Service (VerticalScope Inc. is the company that owns this forum) We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without prior notice.