Mountain Buzz - Forum Rules

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:
  • Do not engage in personal attacks.
  • Do not post libelous remarks or directly misleading information.
  • Do not post the same discussion more than once or in many forums.
  • Please post discussions in their proper forums.
  • Do not take every opportunity to express your disagreement, incite argument, insult each other, or fan flames. Voice you opinion and then let it go.
  • We will not tolerate bigotry in any form, including posts intended to incite expressions of such bigotry from others.
  • This is a sport dominated in numbers by men; as such the Forum can easily take on a little too much of a "boys club" tone. We do have a lot of women visiting and posting, we want them to feel welcome at our party. Rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to a group of women you just met in the bar at the end of the day, you probably shouldn't post it on the Forum either.
  • Our user base is not an unlimited resource to be "mined" by individuals, groups, or businesses, for profit or not for profit. If you want to solicit the board for any reason, please ask a moderator first.
  • Participants may not post affiliate links.
  • Posts containing personal or private information including correspondence, explicit, obscene or vulgar language, images or links to websites with adult content/images or punctuation marks designed to "trick" our obscenity filter may be removed.
  • Trolling or Cyberstalking are NOT allowed and grounds for account restriction.
  • Be mindful of yourself and others. This forum is not a democracy; it is privately owned and we make the rules. If rules are violated we retain the right at our discretion to remove, edit or delete posts and if necessary ban or remove members. Any abuse toward our staff may/will result in immediate suspension of your account. Complaints about moderator decisions may not 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. Do not repost deleted material.
  • Fair warning; discussions about politics and religion are likely to be closed or removed if they turn into flame fests.
Gear Swap (Classifieds):
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.
  • Include the name of the item in the title of your post
  • Place only one ad per item - do not post or repost an ad in more than one section of the classifieds.
  • Do not place ads directing others to an e-bay or other online sales or directing others to another website.
  • Ads may be removed by our staff at any time for any reason.

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.
  • BUZZ Partners will be designated as such and become part of our Vendor Group, enabling them to post in the Partner Forum. The Partner Forum is the only forum area specifically designed to post announcements about products and services. BUZZ Partners are encouraged to answer member questions in regard to their products and may quote product prices and promote sales specials in this forum only.
  • Partners are encouraged to post and join in general forum conversations.
  • Official BUZZ Partners may not solicit our membership or advertise in any other section of the forum except as specifically allowed in these policies or by prior arrangements with VerticalScope networks. Partners may post information about their products and answer questions about their product posed by any party that requests the information.
  • Sponsors may offer information that points out the differences between their product and a competing product only if it serves to clarify an issue but may not post in a disparaging way about a competitors product.
  • Partners signatures may contain a link to their company website or a commercial banner (with embedded link) to promote their product or company. Phone numbers or e-mail address may be posted in member profiles but not in signatures.
Commercial Members
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:
  • Commercial members may place a (1) embedded link to their company website in their signature line (font size 2) but may not include any other any commercial content in their signatures. An embedded link looks like this: VerticalScope Network
  • Members with a commercial interest in participating in our community may be identified as commercial members at our discretion.
  • Commercial members may post sales and deals in the Commercial Posts forum.
  • Commercial members may not solicit our membership or advertise except as specifically allowed in these policies or by prior arrangements with VerticalScope networks. This includes: posting prices, directing members to phone for more info or directing members to any pages at their own commercial website or website in which they have a commercial interest in, including informational pages.
  • Commercial members will refrain from making direct, emotionally charged, posts to, or about competitors.
  • Commercial members may not post product comparisons.
  • Commercial members may not use any section of the forum (except the commercial posts forum) to discuss their products or services unless answering a direct question and even in this case may not quote prices.
Dealer/Vendor and Customer Disputes
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.

About the First Amendment, censorship and your "right to free speech"
We believe in public freedom of speech but that right does not infer that others have to publish your speech. 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.

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