Hello and welcome to Off Topic. As Talkbass grows and grows, and more and more members join, I think its important to revisit some of the guidelines of this forum, and to provide some information about the forum. Who are the Moderators of Off-Topic? Blackbird, john turner, JMX and Jazzbo are the four moderators of the Off-Topic forum. Remember, all moderators are moderators by volunteer, we give our time and energy to the site because we care about it, enjoy it or because we like to give something back to it. All of us are extremely receptive to feedback from all members. What topics should be posted in Off-Topic? Any discussions regarding music, even if it doesnt pertain to the bass, belong in another forum. Moving a thread is not all that difficult, but this only behooves you. On occasion an OT moderator may miss your thread, not see it, and not be able to move it to the correct forum, which means you wont get the responses to your topic you were probably looking forward to. Placing new threads in the proper forum helps you get the information you want. Rules and Guidelines As a member you are responsible for knowing, understanding and adhering to all of the FORUM RULES prior to posting. You will be held accountable. Following is a explanation, although not comprehensive, of how the rules and guidelines are interpreted for purposes of moderating. This is one of the most important guidelines in the forum. Talkbass is a disparate group of individuals. Members from Talkbass are from most every part of the planet. The part of that guildeline that reads If you do not agree with a fellow member, be courteous in your reponse. This rule will be taken very seriously. Always be respectful and kind. Moderators may issuing warnings to individuals breaking these rules. After warnings, understand that a temporary or permanent banning may be enforced. I, Jazzbo, have moderated this forum for many years, and I've seen friendships broken and enemies made because of disagreements. If you feel you've been wronged, DO NOT REPLY. PM or email a moderator to deal with the situation. Please remember that we have members that are young and some that are older. Obscenity is not permitted. Do not attempt to mask the obscenity. It is not allowed. I cannot be more clear on this. Also, inappropriate topics, (usually topics involving sexual situations or violence), will be moderated very closely. This is a family site. Further, many people view this site from a job, and inappropriate content could be grounds for disciplinary measures at many offices. People come here expecting to have adult conversations about the bass. Something that doesnt seem offensive to you, very well may offend someone else. Ive often said that if you think it would offend the pope, dont type it. Its never worth alienating a member because of something that you believe, that they may not. Remember when posting about anything, (race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation), that there is more than likely at least one person of that particular demographic at this site. Any thread that starts to inflame emotions will probably be closed. Also, sometimes threads may seem to be going along without a problem, but the content may be directly insulting to another member. If it risks hurting a member or angering them, the thread could be closed, edited, or deleted. This is self-explanatory. Any violation of this rule will be dealt with harshly. If I see any occurrence of personal attacks based upon race, ethnicity, religion, political views, sexual orientation, or anything of the like, I will STRONGLY and RUTHLESSLY push for PERMANENT BANNING. If you notice an edit to your thread, your post, or a deletion of a post, or a thread, PM the moderator of the forum. DO NOT QUESTION A MODERATORS ACTIONS IN PUBLIC. Questioning moderators in public is not tolerated and also will be dealt with seriously. Why? For one, we moderators do this on a volunteer basis, and we need the support of the community to help our job. There has never been a history at Talkbass of abuse of power, and if there is ever one, it would be dealt with by Paul, the site administrator. Second, and most important, questioning moderators in public can escalate situations that can be more easily handled in private. Remember, the moderators are open to your feedback, but it should always be done in private. Also, concern yourself only with your actions. Just because you may have been contacted about a post or thread, do not feel that youre being singled-out. If a moderator contacts you regarding something, understand that thats the only side of the picture that you see. That same moderator is more than likely also contacting someone else. So please do not use defenses like, Well such and such said that, or Such and such is also violating the rules because Very self-explanatory. This community is based upon friendship and support. Any abuse of site privileges is highly inappropriate and will likely result in a swift and quick loss of membership. The site administrator will make all decisions regarding advertisements at this site. Do not post any threads that may be interpreted as spam or an advertisement. Moderators will delete this with impunity. A zero-tolerance policy is in effect for trolls Any member that posts with the intent to aggravate or antagonize will not be tolerated. An amazing aspect of this community is the members that go above and beyond the call of duty to keep this site running smoothly. Understand that not only will the moderators and site administrator deal with trolls harshly and quickly, but so do the members. Trolls, beware. You fight not just against efficient moderators, but also against dozens of members that help each other out in a truly symbiotic community IBTL: "In Before The Lock" I have a comment on "IBTL". Please don't do it anymore. If you know that a thread will be locked, why would you contribute to it. If I'm closing or deleting a thread, I may have to delete posts, and your "IBTL" will definitely be one that I delete. You won't bump up your post count, you don't seem cute or funny for doing it. In fact, here's the new rule. Don't do it. It creates mess and work for me and the other mods, and I would rather avoid that. So, if you do it so often that I keep thinking, "Wow, I've warned whoever about doing that, and I've seen him to continue to do that," than I'm gonna let you know you need to stop. If you're still doing it, then we're going to talk about you spending some time away from Talkbass. So, right here, right now, we're putting an end to "IBTL". Please. Okay? Thank you.