Last Updated: February 12, 2015
Hi, and welcome to our forum! Since you’re here, it’s probably safe to assume you like bikes, right? Well, it just so happens that we like bikes too! So…let’s be friends and talk about bikes (preferably while procrastinating at work, because if we weren’t at work, we’d ideally be out riding our bikes, or at least at a bar, bike shop or coffee shop talking about bikes in person with our friends).
Unfortunately, every forum has to have a set of rules. Let’s face it; these rules aren’t really needed for the vast majority of us (who in this case just want to talk about bikes instead of finishing that spreadsheet). But, there’s always “that guy” (or “that girl”) who has to ruin things for the rest of us (thereby necessitating a list of “rules”).
To make this easy for the vast majority of Chainlink members, we’ll give you the “short version” of our forum rules:
Be nice. Don’t be a jerk. (In other words, just be the person we already know and love, and don’t be “that guy.”)
If you happen to be, “that guy,” We’re sorry for you and your family. Also, you must read on. Here are our official rules, stated in a terse, businesslike language in hopes that you’ll take these rules with the seriousness they deserve, and ultimately you will also be nice and our moderators won’t have to…umm…moderate you:
The following rules are the official community policy for members of The Chainlink. All Chainlink members are required to follow these rules. Members who break the rules may be warned, suspended, and/or banned. Posts may be edited or deleted.
Stay on topic. If you are responding to a thread, please stay on topic. While tangents are an inevitable part of online discussions, please respect the original topic discussion and do not hijack posts with material irrelevant to the discussion. Take “off-topic” discussions to another thread where they will then be the topic.
Do not personally attack another member. Debating an idea is okay. Attacking the person because of the idea is not.
Do not make threats to another member’s physical or mental well-being. If you need an explanation, you do not belong here!
Respect the privacy of other members. Do not publish another member’s phone number, e-mail address, or other address without that member’s permission.
Post new forum topics within the appropriate category. Choose from Bikes and Bicycling, General Discussion (Not Bike Related) Announcements, and Marketing. Please make sure your topic is appropriately categorized. Moderators may change categories as required.
You are solely responsible for the content you post. The Chainlink is in no way responsible for the content posted by its users. We do not and cannot review all user content posted on the site. However, we have the right (but not the obligation) to review, screen, delete, edit and/or move any content posted on The Chainlink.
We love to see your bike-related pictures. Please share your rides, new bikes, and bike-related adventures. Please use your best judgement when posting your pictures. Examples of less successful posts: many pictures of a non-bike related event, road kill (no pictures of dead animals), and offensive material. If you are posting an event with over 20 pictures, please go through them and select the best pictures rather than loading every single picture (blurry, repeat shots, etc.).
To report a forum rule violation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Our job is to enforce board policy by editing/removing posts, moving/closing/deleting threads, settling disputes, encouraging good behavior, issuing warnings, helping with problems and instituting temporary and permanent bans.
2) The moderators will do their best to be respectful and polite towards posters; but by the same token, respect is earned. If you're rude to a moderator, don't be surprised if you're treated the same, or ignored completely.
3) The moderators will do their best to be fair and patient, and to avoid pettiness; you will do your best to obey the rules and the judgment calls of the moderators without complaining or disrespecting their authority.
4) The moderators will not play favorites; you will not expect special treatment from any particular moderator.
MEET YOUR MODS
Rules, guidelines and moderators may be updated as needed.