What are the forum rules?

The rules exist for two purposes: to maintain the friendly community atmosphere, and to protect the integrity of this forum's intent. These rules are nonnegotiable. This forum has been made available, free of charge, to those who wish to use it. The only caveat is that the house rules be obeyed. If you wish to use this forum, you must obey the rules. The rules are as follows:

Treat others with respect.

No politics or religion.

No unsolicited advertising (covered in detail further down the page).

No concentrated attacks on individuals, organizations or the like. This includes so-called "venting" messages.

Identify yourself in the message "Name" field by using a full name. Using only initials, a nickname, or a "handle" is not sufficient. You must use a full name. We do not care if you want to be addressed by a nickname, we only ask that the above requirements be met in the message "Name" field. A valid e-mail address is required. The Men's Club Administration reserves the right to randomly send emails to ensure the integrity of any Email address posted on this forum. Those which are returned as "Undeliverable will result in the message being removed. Please understand that this is put in place to protect the integrity and friendly atmosphere for which this forum is intended.

Please be assured that the site has software in place to thwart all currently known e-mail "harvesting" programs. By using your e-mail address on TimberlinGC.com, you are not leaving yourself open to "Spam", merely further identifying yourself to the community.

The forum at TimberlinGC.com is moderated. A moderated forum is one in which the Men's Club Administration takes an active interest. It is closely monitored by the Men's Club Administration. This means that messages which violate the rules of the forum will be quickly removed and a warning issued. Further rules violations will result in a posting ban until the individual agrees to abide by the rules.

The forum at TimberlinGC.com is not to be used to debate the Men's Club Administration of this forum. Any such message will be promptly removed without fanfare. If you wish a clarification of the rules, send an e-mail to the forum administrator. All e-mails will be acknowledged, but please be aware that Men's Club Administration will not enter into a debate about the rules. As noted above, there is no charge for using the forum but if you wish to use it, you must abide by the rules.

The forum at TimberlinGC.com represents a community. This community is made up of real people and they have, over time, evolved a code of conduct which they wish to maintain. The number one mistake that new posters make is in not understanding that they are dealing with real people. These people expect to be treated with politeness and respect. Above all, remember that you should behave as if you were speaking to someone face-to-face. Treat them with the same respect you demand and you will quickly become part of the community of users.

Disagreements are part and parcel with any trade or craft but disagreements can be handled without personal attacks or name-calling. If you disagree with something someone says, it is a simple matter to say, "I disagree", without resorting to name-calling. Again, it is a matter of politeness and treating people with the same respect you wish to be treated with.

We don't do politics or religion. We don't use profanity. Messages containing politics, religion, or profanity will be removed.

Unsolicited advertising will not be tolerated at all.

Unsolicited advertising means any advertising without prior consent of the forum Men's Club Administration. This includes, but is not limited to, the posting of URL's to any site by anyone affiliated with said site; answering forum messages with "we've got that product, come visit our site for more details" messages, etc. Personal "for sale" messages; personal "wanted to buy" messages are welcome however & encouraged..

No links to other sites by anyone affiliated with that site are allowed without prior permission. The "add a link" function in messages is strictly for forum members to make use of in helping others find sites of interest or illustrating a point. They are not to be used to advertise, promote, or send folks to your own site. Due to potential abuse, this ban must also include "not for profit" sites. It is a shame it has to be this way, but Men's Club Administration just does not have the time to visit every site to determine whether or not it is a commercial site. No links to other sites in a forum message by anyone affiliated with that site are allowed without prior permission. This rule is not that difficult to understand: URL's or links in a message are perfectly fine as long as they are not to your site or a site you are affiliated with.

On the Internet, just as in face-to-face communications, there are social "niceties". One of the more common mistakes made by new users is the writing of messages using all CAPITAL letters. On Internet forums and Usenet, the use of all capital letters is considered shouting. New users will often use all capital letters in a message and then wonder why other users either don't answer their message or give a curt reply. Save the all capital letters for when you really want to emphasize a point - no one likes to be yelled at.

The Men's Club Administration reserves the right to modify these rules at any time without any advance notice. This is a privately owned and operated site. The Men's Club Adminisration reserves the right to refuse service to anyone disrupting the orderly operation of the forum.



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