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Dubberz Rules & Guidelines
« on: Sep 16, 13, 14:32 »
DUBBERZ RULES & GUIDELINES

The Dubberz Rules and Guidelines serve as a foundation for overall site usage, what we expect all of our members to abide by. They are to help keep an informative and friendly environment within the Dubberz Community, as well as prohibit those that do not add anything good, positive, or informative to Dubberz. These Rules and Guidelines serve to aid in the growth and longevity of the site, as well as to preserve the tight-knit community aspect that has become the hallmark of Dubberz.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
   Intro/General Info
   Account Levels & Privileges
   Use of the Classifieds
   The Posting of Ads
   Offering Parts/Services as a Hobby
   Carfax Requests

   Signatures & Avatars
   Signatures
   Avatars

   Serious Offenses
   Harassment/Abuse
   Flaming
   Trolling
   Porn/Explicit Imagery
   Scamming/Defrauding
   Spamming/Unauthorized Advertising
   Off-Topic Posting
   Necro-Bumping
   Abuse of Report System
   Ban Evasion

   Warnings & Infractions
   Warnings
   Point System

   Common Forum Courtesy
   Search
   Mind your Caps-lock Key
   Don't Abuse the Emoticons


GENERAL INFO

Account Levels & Privileges
Dubberz has 4 account levels Regular member, Store Moderator, Global Moderator & Administrator all with different levels of access and control.

Use of the Classifieds
Use of the Dubberz Classifieds Section by our members (not including Official Dubberz Advertisers) should be limited to parts/items that are either used (IE: items that are no longer wanted/needed by their owner) or parts/items that may be new due to a change of plans. The Classifieds cannot be used as a regular means for profit on items being sold.

The Posting of Ads
For Sale, Wanted, and Trade ads other than those posted by our Official Dubberz Advertisers should be posted in the Classifieds Section. Under no circumstance can such ads be made in any other area such as the Main Model-Line Forums.

Offering Parts and Services as a Hobby
Offering parts and services, even if considered a side-job or hobby (EG: powder-coating, oil changes, timing belt or water pump replacements, etc), must be kept off of the Dubberz website. This would include posts on the forums, in signatures, or via the Private Messaging system. Doing so could lead to an Official Warning or account Infraction.

Carfax Requests
Requesting or offering CARFAX reports on the Dubberz Forums is strictly prohibited. Such threads/posts will be locked or deleted. Doing this repeatedly could lead to an Official Warning or account Infraction.
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Signatures & Avatars
« Reply #1 on: Sep 16, 13, 15:14 »
SIGNATURES & AVATARS

The following is a listing of the standards our Dubberz Members must subscribe to regarding the content in their signature area; from graphics (otherwise referred to as "Sig Pics") as well as the basic text and hyperlink content. If these basic standards are not met, you will be asked to make the appropriate changes or we may feel obligated to change or remove the image(s) or text for you.

The standards are put in place to make Dubberz not only easier to browse and navigate, but quicker to load, and more accessible for our viewers at work or home where certain content may not be tolerated. These are simple requests, and we feel the standards we set forth are not hard to follow and are quite simple to abide by. We do not ask much, but we do seek your understanding and cooperation.


• SIGNATURE
- Graphics/Images/Pics
N/A

- Content Allowed
We prefer that the text within your signature area to pertain to your vehicle(s), modifications done to your vehicle(s), links to an image of your vehicle(s), etc. You are limited to 400 total characters and 3 lines of text
 Content/Imagery NOT Allowed
We do not allow links to sexually explicit or offensive material. We do not allow racist and offensive text, political statements, or unauthorized advertising. Advertising and business information is only allowed by official Dubberz Advertisers. No links or information for any company, product, or business is allowed in the sig area except by that of an official advertiser.


• AVATAR
- Graphics/Images/Pics
65x65 maximum dimensions in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.

- Content Allowed
An automotive-related image, preferably of your vehicle.

- Content/Imagery NOT Allowed
We do not allow images containing any forms of racy, sexually explicit, and/or graphic and offensive material. We do not allow political statements, racial images, or advertising and marketing. Advertising and business information is only allowed by official Dubberz Advertisers.


We reserve the right to remove and edit your signature area or avatar at any time, as deemed necessary.

If you notice a Dubberz Member not adhering to these Signature Area Rules & Guidelines, please contact one of the Administrators or Moderators.
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Serious Offenses
« Reply #2 on: Sep 16, 13, 15:19 »
SERIOUS OFFENSES

The following is a fairly thorough list of what is NOT allowed or welcomed on the Dubberz Forums; actions and behavior that would get one's account either Warned, Suspended, or Permanently Banned via Infractions (more on Warnings & Infractions below). This covers all general interactive and social sections of Dubberz, site-wide. Individual subforums and sections may have their own more specific content guidelines which would need to be adhered to as well.

Harassment/Abuse
At no point is it ever OK to attack, taunt, or threaten another member of Dubberz. Any instance seen of doing so, whether on the Public Forums, Private Messaging, Classified Ads, Dubberz Email, etc will resort in a Warning, Suspension, or Permanent Ban of one's account.

Flaming
A form of Harassment and Abuse, Flaming is the act of attacking another member of the community in a direct fashion via the Public Forums, PM, Email, etc. Again, this will not be tolerated and will lead to a Warning, Suspension, or Ban of one's account.

Trolling
Another form of Harassment and Abuse, Trolling can be done directly to another individual user, to a specific group, or the entire community as a whole. This too is not allowed and will lead to a Warning, Suspension, or Ban of one's account.

Porn/Explicit Imagery
Nudity and explicit sexual imagery, as well as graphic or disturbing imagery, is not allowed or permitted. Nothing above a PG-13 rating may be posted on the Public Forums. NSFW threads there is to be no Porn posted, nudity is allowed as long as it is tasteful. Going against these guidelines can lead to a Warning, Suspension, or Permanent Ban of one's account.

Scamming/Defrauding
It is never OK to Scam or Defraud a fellow member of Dubberz. Anyone caught committing or trying to commit such offenses towards another member will receive an immediate suspension or permanent ban their account. Whether by the use of the Classifieds Section, Forums, or any other section on Dubberz.

Spamming/Unauthorized Advertising
This includes one's business/company name, nickname, or acronym within the Dubberz username, business contact info in an account's signature area (sig), and advertising within posts/threads in the Forums or ads in the Classifieds. Only our Official Advertisers are permitted to advertise and market their products and services on the Dubberz website. Depending upon the severity of the offense this can lead to a Warning, Suspension, or immediate Permanent Ban of one's account.

Off-Topic Posting
Repeatedly taking threads Off-Topic, or posting threads in the wrong forum to begin with, will lead to a Warning and eventually can result in the Suspension or Permanent Ban of one's account.

Necro-Bumping
Needlessly replying to or bumping threads that are more than six months old is considered Necro-Bumping. One must add legitimate, on-topic, and directly relevant content to the thread and cannot simply post in it for fun, with a simple "bump" or "TTT". Doing this can lead to a warning, suspension, or ban of one's account.

Abuse of Report System
Submitting excessive and/or needless "Report to moderator" (reports which are not in violation of Dubberz's Rules & Guidelines and/or Terms of Service) is considered Abuse of the Report System. Doing so can lead to a Warning, Suspension, or eventual Permanent Ban of one's account.

Ban Evasion
Ban Evasion is the creation of a new account or the use of another account (your own or that of a fellow Dubber) after one's main/original account has received a Suspension or Permanent Ban. Skirting a Suspension or Ban is not an allowable action and can lead to an extended Suspension or Permanent Ban of one's main account or any borrowed or new/duplicate accounts.
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Warnings & Infractions
« Reply #3 on: Sep 16, 13, 15:40 »
WARNINGS & INFRACTIONS

Warnings and Infractions go alongside the Serious Offenses as listed in the above post. This serves as a check and balances system, to allow for inappropriate, unnecessary, and unwanted behavior to be cleaned up or for the excessive and repeat offenders to be removed from the Dubberz Community entirely. The system is points based, with every account starting at 0. Like in golf, a lower score is better.

Warnings
Warnings are issued at the discretion of the moderator team and runs on a point system. The most points a moderator can issue per day is 20. Users lose 2 points per 24 hours.

Point System
Each level posts the status in the user information area. This is only visible to the warned user and the moderation team.

10 Points or Higher – User Watch (Displays “Watched” )
35 Points or Higher – Post Moderation (Displays “Moderated”)
60 Points or Higher – Muting (Displays “Muted”)


NOTE: Warnings and Infractions issued are not open for public discussion and debate. A member who has received a Warning/Infraction is welcome to discuss it with an Administrator via Private Message or email but these discussions should not take place publicly on the forums. They are not to be discussed publicly on other sites or forms of social networking ie. Instagram, Facebook, etc. Threads about members receiving Warnings/Infractions will be closed and/or deleted as such information is deemed a private matter between the member in question and the Admin/Mod Team.
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Common Forum Courtesy
« Reply #4 on: Sep 16, 13, 15:42 »
Common Forum Courtesy


While this list of items are not Serious Offenses - which can get your Dubberz account into major trouble - they are things that can and will upset your fellow Dubber and possibly lead to friction and animosity. For your sake and for the sake of others, please abide by these simple and easy bits of online courtesy.

First of all, SEARCH!
Before asking a question, and/or making a new thread about a topic, do a "Search". Dubberz has been around for many years now, and odds are the question you have has already been asked and answered. So please take the time to do a bit of research, and put that wonderful Search Feature to work! You might be surprised what you find. If you don't find what you're looking for, then go ahead and post away.

Mind your Caps-lock Key
Seems simple, but typing in all caps can really irritate other members. On the internet, typing in all caps comes off like you're yelling, and no one likes a loudmouth. So please, keep that caps lock key in check, and use proper capitalization, spacing, punctuation, and even try your best to spell your words properly. This will all go a long way in getting a helpful response.

Improper Use:
Quote from: Screamer
HEY I'M NEW HERE AND THINKING OF BUYING A VW.

Proper Use:

Quote from: You know that calm dude
Hey I'm new here and thinking of buying a VW.

Don't Abuse the Emoticons
Emoticons (AKA: Smilies) are a fun way to express your emotions on the internet, but overdoing it simply defeats that purpose and does nothing but clutter up a post. Use them sparingly and wisely.

Improper Use:
Quote from: Emotional whore
ZOMG your car is amazing  :admire: :yes: :thumbup: :toothy: :rockin: :hand: :g5: :love:

Proper Use:
Quote from: polite gentleman
Zomg your car is amazing  :admire:

Lastly, be Polite
As in real life, a friendly demeanor and attitude goes a long way. If you're rude to others and show a bad attitude on Dubberz, you will make enemies quickly and it will be a detriment to obtaining and sharing information. Your time spent here won't be enjoyable, and it certainly won't be long.

All of us here at Dubberz appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these rules and guidelines. Know that we are doing our very best to keep Dubberz going, keep it strong, and keep it moving in a good and positive direction.

Thank you,

The Dubberz Admin & Moderator Team
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