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JetBoaters Community Forum Code of Conduct
Welcome to the JetBoaters Community Forum! We’ve provided these Rules of Conduct to provide guidelines for new and old members alike on behaviors and activities that are acceptable and encouraged as well as those that are not permitted. Your continued use of the JetBoaters Community Forums is based on your adherence to these Rules of Conduct.

These Rules of Conduct apply to all threads, posts, private messages (AKA Conversations), visitor messages on user profiles, social groups, and any other form of communication within JetBoaters Community Forums (collectively “Forum Content”).
Why have these rules? It is most important to the founders of this forum that we avoid any mis-understanding and mis-communication about how we want our community to work. The word “OUR” in intentionally used as we don’t want this forum to EVER be considered by anyone to be considered “MY forum” or “Mine” or “My Way or the Highway”. So some fundamental decisions were made when we founded this forum. Ownership would be by committee, not by a single member. If committee members leave, they are replaced by another member who is voted in by a simple majority of the committee. The key here is to focus on the community as a whole, and to ensure that decision of the committee are always made with the community’s best interest in mind.
Moderation and moderators: No one moderator will ever make a descision to suspend or ban a member. These decisions will be made in accordance with our code of conduct described below. We want to avoid the inevitable clashes that will occur as a result of our differing opinions and personalities. So we made these rules to ensure things are fair, and again, to ensure the community and sense of community come FIRST!

Our Pledge to Our Members and Our Community:
1) We will do our utmost to provide the latest and best information on all things Jet boats
2) We will disclose our financials and be transparent on the operations of the forum
3) We will NEVER ban or suspend a member for joining another forum or any other community on the internet!
4) We will never ban or suspend a member for linking to another forum or other community (we welcome this!)
5) You will never face a suspension without notification of the offense for which is was imposed, and a warning will always preceed this (unless a flagrant violation occurs—and even then you will be informed of that violation).
6) We will listen to our members and guide the community based on member input.
7) We will keep our promises to the community, or notify the community if a promise cannot be upheld. We would like the same from our members.
8) We will review complaints about our volunteer staff (we are all volunteers!) and respond in writing.
9) We welcome your input on this code of conduct and will change it as needed.

1. JetBoaters Terms of Service

The JetBoaters Terms of Service <LINK> govern all use of the JetBoaters Service, including JetBoaters.net and the JetBoaters Community Forums (“Forum”). Violation of the Terms of Service can result in suspension of your forum account and other JetBoaters services.

2. Courtesy and Respect

Forum Content must be civil and where possible it should be courteous. The JetBoaters Forums are a place for positive and constructive interactions between people that own Jet Boats or that have an interest in Jet Boats. Forum activity such as overly bumping, petitioning, lobbying, cross posting, etc is not constructive and is not permitted.
Forum Content must not:
-Be abusive, disrespectful, harassing or hostile and must not haze or attack others.
-Discuss politics or religion as they do not relate to JetBoaters and have a tendency to provoke disagreements. (except where explicity allowed—like a politics forum)
-Incite, promote or endorse legal actions against JetBoaters or any other entity or member.
It is inappropriate for members to repeatedly use the "Dislike" or Thumbs down post ratings as retaliation to other members with whom they have a disagreement. In the event this occurs, moderators may:
  1. remove the permissions from members to rate posts
  2. delete the dislikes members added that were deemed inappropriate/retaliatory
Moderators may delete spurious "dislikes" or thumbs downs that appear to be entered in error - this can happen on mobile devices by accident.

Forum Members and their Forum Content must not impersonate or attempt to impersonate other Forum Members.

3. Privacy

Private communications between forum members, moderators, and affiliates or partners of JetBoaters.net should remain private.

Forum Content placed in public channels should not include copies of private communications, including support tickets, emails, private messages, and chat logs, unless both parties agree to its release.

4. Viruses and Hacks

Forum Content must not:
-Contain viruses, adware, spyware, worms or any other malicious code.
-Promote or describe methods for circumventing or manipulating these Rules of Conduct, the JetBoaters Terms of Service, or the mechanics of any aspect of the JetBoaters Site.​

5. Illegal Content and Copyright

Forum Content must not:
-Contain (i) pornography; (ii) obscene images; (iii) threatening or defamatory remarks or images; (iv) hateful, racially or ethnically offensive remarks or images; (v) descriptions or promotions of illegal activity; or (vi) provide links to sites that contain any of the aforementioned content.
-Violate any applicable laws, contractual restrictions or any other third party rights.
-Nudity is permitted in NSFW (not safe for work) Forum only-membership to this forum is by request.​

JetBoaters will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights infringement.

6. Commercial Activity: Spam, Selling and Scams

Forum Content must not:
-Spam other members or the community.
-Resellers are asked not to spam the board with their links and sales pitches. Resellers who do will be handled like any other member breaking the rules.
-Contain content that encourages other forum members to participate in commercial activity or scams that violate JetBoaters’s Terms of Service or Rules of Conduct.​


7. Singular Identity

Each community member is limited to one forum account.

8. Signatures

We encourage Forum members to exercise positive self-expression. Forum members may include signatures in their posts.
-Signatures should not include more than Five lines of text and one image (except staff and moderators who have added site links to their signatures). Images should ideally be limited in height to reduce the need for scrolling.​

Signature images should not exceed a file size of 200 kb (ideally)- please respect the bandwidth!

Signatures and signature images that are not consistent with these Rules of Conduct may be removed or edited. Members will be contacted when this occurs.

9. Violations of these Rules of Conduct

Forum Content and activity must not violate the letter or spirit of these Rules of Conduct. Forum Moderators and the JetBoaters committee will review whether Forum Content or activity is in violation of these rules.
Responses to violations may include, but not be limited to: issuing a warning; removing Forum Content; suspending or terminating use of the Forums or other aspects of the JetBoaters site.
Jetboaters uses a Three Strikes approach to handling conduct violation. All conduct violations will be reviewed by the forum committee or the moderator committee (depending on the need for expediency). If a member has been warned about a particular behavior or conduct violation and continues to do it. The committee will vote on applying a Strike to that member. Strikes occur in the following order:
Strike One: 24 hour suspension of account
Strike Two: 1 Week suspension of account
Strike Three: 1 Month suspension of account​
In the event we have an issue with a member beyond strike three, the committee will meet to consider banning the member permanently, but we don’t expect to ever have to do this, and it is not our intention to run the community with this in mind.

A failure to enforce any aspect of these Rules of Conduct does not prevent Forum Moderators or other JetBoaters staff from doing so in the future.

Appeals Process: Members with questions or concerns about these Rules of Conduct and Forum management may direct their questions to a Committee member or moderator.

All of that being said, we really hope to NEVER need to suspend or ban a member. We should be able to get along.

10. Changes to the Rules of Conduct

JetBoaters may revise these Rules of Conduct at any time by making changes to this page. You should check this page from time to time to make note of any changes.
 
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When in the course of human events...
 

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Nope, you don't need to read all of that. It is pretty basic forum etiquette. But we did want to lay down the rules to make it clear that transparency was a founding objective. When we were kicking the idea around of starting doing this, we wanted to make sure we created a forum for members, run by members, and policed by members. Not singular in any of those statements. You'd never run a home owners association with a board of 1. Same here.

So lets be better than that other place. Treat each other (and them) with respect and take the high road.
 

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etiquette... oh, that!

We should have an OATH:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Jetboater Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

;)
 

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morally straight...I can expect to be banned in two minutes...:nailbiting:
 

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Tough to read it all. But it is nice to have it in writing.
Thanks to those who took the time to put it on paper.
 

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Tough to read it all. But it is nice to have it in writing.
Thanks to those who took the time to put it on paper.
I borrowed the bulk of it from somewhere and modified it for our goals and objectives! Namely....to ensure the site supports our members interacting/discussing our favorite pastime!
 

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The code of conduct has been updated as follows:

It is inappropriate for members to repeatedly use the "Dislike" or Thumbs down post ratings as retaliation to other members with whom they have a disagreement. In the event this occurs, moderators may:
  1. remove the permissions from members to rate posts
  2. delete the dislikes members added that were deemed inappropriate/retaliatory
Moderators may delete spurious "dislikes" or thumbs downs that appear to be entered in error - this can happen on mobile devices by accident.
 

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Stupid question.. Does the thumbs down button have a more serious meaning than just disagree with a post?
 

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Stupid question.. Does the thumbs down button have a more serious meaning than just disagree with a post?
Nope....it doesn't impact your post ratings scores in any way - it is "Neutral".
 

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The code of conduct has been updated as follows:

It is inappropriate for members to repeatedly use the "Dislike" or Thumbs down post ratings as retaliation to other members with whom they have a disagreement. In the event this occurs, moderators may:
  1. remove the permissions from members to rate posts
  2. delete the dislikes members added that were deemed inappropriate/retaliatory
Moderators may delete spurious "dislikes" or thumbs downs that appear to be entered in error - this can happen on mobile devices by accident.
Good, Noko was disliking tons of my posts because he evidently does not like me.
 

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Good, Noko was disliking tons of my posts because he evidently does not like me.
This is the sort of behavior we want to discourage. The purpose of post ratings isn't to use it as a weapon against other members when you disagree. We will all have disagreements (heck, you and I have had our share! LOL), but disliking each other's posts doesn't do the other members and guests any good.

This is also something we'd prefer not to have to "police"...the less of that we do, the happier we will all be. So we felt it appropriate to define this in our code of conduct so expectations and use of the forum are clear.
 

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Good point @jetboater4life ... if we are constained by the emojis ... replace the rainbow or paintbrush ... I can’t see myself using either one of those on this forum
 

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How about:

emoji?

:D

--
 

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@llmmct see, there are places for the rainbow and paintbrush [flag] Do you really want to live in a place with no rainbow or paint brush option?? [flag]
 
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