NAXJA Forum Policy

The basic rules for discussions on the NAXJA Forums are simple: be polite, use common sense, don't break the law and don't post any message that even hints at advertising. The only exceptions are the Advertising specific forum, and the Den.

The Den is not a place where no rules apply. Refer to specific rules posted in that forum.

NAXJA  is a "family friendly" forum. Any profanity used will be at the discretion of the moderators. Absolutely no profanity in thread titles. The decision of what is profane will be taken in context and all decisions by moderators are final. Anyone found to be circumventing the forum word filter will be issued an infraction/further disciplinary action. Please use your best judgement to keep the forums appropriate for participants of all ages.

We don't intend to censor messages based on the opinions expressed within posts, but we will enforce the policies outlined both here and on the individual Forums. We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation. If you have any questions, please e-mail the moderators.
In addition to the rules posted here, forum users are required to read any individual forum rules, which may be posted at the top of specific forums as Important threads or Announcements.
In light of our policy of encouraging candid, open exchanges of views and the rapid distribution of information originating from many sources, NAXJA cannot determine the accuracy of information that may be uploaded to the Forum. In participating in these Forums, each user acknowledges that NAXJA is only providing a medium for communication between and among individuals, and that any and all opinions appearing on the Forums are the opinions of the individual posting the message. The only messages that may be construed to be from or by NAXJA are posts by the President or an elected officer when such message specifically and explicitly transmits the actions or opinions of the Board of Directors (BOD) acting as a whole.  

NAXJA  Forum Rules

Members are permitted a maximum of one account per person. You must maintain a VALID and functional e-mail address in your profile. This e-mail account shall not use “auto responders”, “out of office auto replies” etc… If your e-mail address continually bounces messages back to NAXJA, our staff may modify your e-mail preferences or you may be subject to suspension of Forum privileges..

Advertising in the Advertising Forum is restricted as follows: NAXJA Members may not post more than 2 posts per month, and only one post in any 15 day period. Official NAXJA Sponsors may post one Advertisement post every 7 days.

There shall be NO solicitation of our members by Forum participants except in those Forum sections where advertising is expressly permitted.

Participants shall not create duplicate threads (cross-posting) or direct others to threads they have started except when the referenced thread provides an answer to a question in a newer thread.
Participants shall not post to instruct users to check your e-mail, check your PM, or inform them that they've got mail or a new PM, or any variant thereof
Participants shall not “bump” threads. Bumping can refer to posting useless information, making corrections or updates in a new post, posting one-liners (such as “BTT”) or any other action to deliberately keep a thread hot or to bring it to the top of its Forum.
In general, messages on the Forums shall be written in English unless the writer’s native language is other than English. Forum participants who elect to respond to non-English speaking participants in a language other than English are encouraged to do so when it will facilitate communication. In such instances, the non-English text shall include a translation into English in the same post.
Rudeness toward another Forum participant will not be tolerated. Any participant who is intentionally unpleasant, obscene, or disruptive will receive one (1) warning. Any participant who offends after receiving a warning may be suspended for a period of time determined by the BOD, or banned permanently without further warning.
Personal attacks directed toward another Forum participant will not be tolerated.
Threats of bodily harm or other threatened consequences are not permitted and will be deleted without warning. A first violation will result in a suspension of Forum privileges for a period established by the Board of Directors, but not to exceed one (1) month. A second violation will result in permanent revocation of Forum privileges.
Members may not use custom titles to impersonate, or attempt to impersonate, NAXJA Staff, officers or directors, other members, or other Forum participants..
Participants shall not post URLs that are censored by adding spaces, dots, or substituting characters; or by any other means in an attempt to defeat the censors put in place by NAXJA
Privacy Policy: NAXJA will not release any member information unless under court order to do so.
NAXJA reserves the right to modify and amend these terms at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to remain informed of current NAXJA policies.
NAXJA Officers, Directors and moderators are volunteers who serve without pay. Abuse toward these individuals will not be tolerated. Any abuse directed toward the Officers, Directors, Moderators or forum provider will result in the immediate suspension of forum privileges.

Ignorance is never bliss. Violation of Forum rules will have consequences, which may include limitation or suspension of posting privileges to the forums, temporary banning, permanent banning, or expulsion from NAXJA

NAXJA Disciplinary Actions

There are several different ways situations with members/forum users are handled. This section covers all of the various disciplinary actions, in order of severity.

Warning - A formal warning that may be logged by a moderator. Usually given to those that have refused to acknowledge a previous caution, or those that have committed an offense worth more than a caution. Forum privileges may be suspended for 48 hours. In the event of abuse of the PM or email functions of the forums, those options may be removed from your account.

Forum Access Removal (FAR) – Removal of posting privileges for a specific forum. Generally used when a user habitually breaks a specific forums rules. IE: Advertising forums, Den, etc…

Suspension of Forum Privileges – A ban of longer than 48 hours. Duration of Ban to be determined by the BOD. Also will include suspension from All NAXJA activities and membership privileges.

Account (Permanent) Ban –Serious or repeated violations may result in a Permanent Ban as determined by the BOD.

Ban On Sight (BOS) Status – If a Banned member creates a new User account with the intent to cause trouble, a member can be placed on "Ban On Sight" status. This means that if the member is identified under a new account, notifying an administrator can automatically ban him.

IP Ban - Members that are on a static IP address can be completely banned from registering by having their IP address logged and stored on a list of IP addresses that are not permitted to register accounts. Members on dynamic or proxy IP addresses cannot be IP banned; they are placed on Ban On Sight status as an alternative.

ISP Notification - Members that are a constant problem can be reported to their Internet Service Provider for violating the Terms of Service for their Provider, and this Web site. This can result in the Internet Service Provider canceling the members' Internet Service.