"The Rules"

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"The Rules"

Postby BillTheCat » Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:03 pm

It has come to our attention that there have never been any forum rules publicly posted here at Sunshine MINIs. This is probably due to the fact that SSM was started by a small, closely-knit group of MINI enthusiasts, and the "rules" were fairly well understood without being spoken. SSM has grown over the years, and it appears that a lot of folks would like to know what the rules are, so let's give this a shot. Please remember that none of these rules are set in stone and they will not be enforced by Nazi Stormtroopers. We ask that members do their best to stay within these guidelines, and the Administrators & Moderators of the site will try to be understanding about an occasional bending of a rule or two, within reason.

"The Rules"

1. Be nice. Seriously. A lively discussion is encouraged, but please respect others' opinions. Refrain from personal attacks, excessively vulgar language, or unrestrained "venting."

2. No porn links, or links to sites that contain porn. Please err on the side of caution. If you'd be embarassed to show a web site to your grandparents, it might not belong here, either.

3. Please remember to resize your photographs to no more than 800x600 pixels before posting them. This helps to ensure that they will fit on the large majority of people's screens.

4. Want to create a new local chapter? Just organize a local meet with 6 or more attendees, post photographic proof (Oh my, but we do love our pictures here!) and consider your chapter official!!! You'll get your own local forum under the Regional Clubs section.

5. Please keep your avatar at a manageable size- both file size & screen (pixel) size. 150x150 pixels is the general guideline. Also, remember that some members may be using dial-up internet. Those animated avatars are cool, but can really slow folks down. We aren't disallowing animated avatars, but please keep them to a reasonable size. We have not come to any concensus regarding what file size limits there might, or should, be, so just do your best to limit it on your own.

6. Please keep your signature banner manageable as well. The general rule for signature banners is up to 500x100 pixels. (500 pixels wide, 100 pixels tall)

7. Anyone in SSM is welcome to plan & announce events. If your event is likely to attract participants from multiple local clubs, please post the event in the "Statewide Events" forum. Then post an announcement in any local forums where you think there might be interest, and post a link to the original "Statewide" thread. Then PM an Admin to lock your "Local" threads. This reduces clutter & keeps all discussion regarding your event in one thread where it is easy to track & manage. If you have any questions about this policy, or if you might need a little help organizing an event, please contact an Admin. Most of us have organized events in the past & may be able to help you with the process.

Suggestions for more productive posting:


1. Remember that "Mini" forums are for Classic Mini discussion, while "MINI" forums are for New MINI discussions.

2. Before posting a reply in a thread, be sure to read to the end of the thread to make sure your reply is valid & still relevant without being redundant.

3. When asking for technical help with your Mini/MINI, remember to include all relevant details. What year, model, engine, current mods, etc.?

4. Don't be embarrassed to use the emoticons (smilies). They're not just for kids. They are there to help add unspoken meaning to your posts, because nobody can see your body language or hear your tone of voice online. Adding an emoticon can be the difference between ticking someone off & having a good laugh.

5. Don't be afraid to use the "New Topic" button if you want to reply to a thread, but feel that your reply might "hijack" that thread.

6. Sunshine MINIs has a "Spell Check" feature available when you are composing your posts. It's not required, but don't be afraid to use it. (No picking on people (Snooter) who don't use it, as it may hurt their (Snooter's) feelings.

7. If posting an event or meeting, remember to include location, date, and time in the Subject line (Title) of your post. Within the post, provide detailed address info, a link to any relevant web site (such as a restaurant's web site) and possibly a link to an online map with directions available. This should help keep questions to a minimum & let folks decide more easily if they wish to attend.


Finally, as of September, 2009, your Sunshine MINIs Forums Administrative Team is as follows:

Snooter (Barry)
MINIBee (Jack)
BillTheCat (Bill)

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to us. We're not here to run things- just to keep the Forums running as smoothly as possible. Also, remember that concerns about discussion threads can also be addressed to the Moderators of a specific forum. Moderators are listed under each Forum name on the main Forums page.

***This post was edited on 9/17/09 to delete 2 outdated/irrelevant entries, and to update the Admin Team info.
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Re: "The Rules"

Postby BillTheCat » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:40 am

Note: First post edited. Because the site is no longer commercially sponsored, advertising rules have been removed.

Also updated info on Admin Team.
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