I wanted to take the opportunity to solicit the group for feedback. I have drafted some guidelines that we will be implementing in the near future for forum members. I wanted to give everyone the chance to read over these and give their thoughts and opinions before they are put into place. We want members to play an active role in guiding the direction of the forum as we move forward. It's important to us that we maintain a friendly, amicable environment for members to exchange ideas, knowledge and feedback.This thread will be left open for comment until Monday, September 14th.
As we have already discussed, we will be selecting a number of members to serve as forum moderators. I will also be posting another thread momentarily that will list the proposed rules for forum moderators.General Forum Guidelines for All MembersBe nice, or don?t post.
This forum is meant to be a valuable source of information. We really pride ourselves on being a friendly forum and we take it very seriously. We do not tolerate rudeness. If you have something rude to say - do it in a personal message (PM). If you don't like what you read, the best choice is not to respond at all to avoid conflict. Any member who is intentionally disruptive or violating this rule will be subject to posting probation or banning.No political, religious or racial discussions.
We try to promote a community atmosphere here at the FOG and allowing such volatile topics simply creates conflict. Therefore, we do not allow threads that are specifically about religion, politics or race. If you wish to discuss these topics, please find a forum that is more open to these subjects. This is a power tool forum, so please stay on topic.No typing around the word filter.
You may not post words or URLs that are censored by the website. This includes adding spaces, dots, or substituting any other characters that are intended to defeat the censors in place by the FOG forum.Keep it clean.
Please remember that this forum caters to a general audience and we have members of all types. Posting offensive material including, but not limited to, text, images, and links will not be tolerated by the FOG. No use of explicit, obscene or otherwise vulgar language, images or messages including innuendo.Keep it legal and safe.
Any posts that encourage illegal or unsafe activity will be removed. The member posting the material may face posting probation or a permanent ban as a result of the infraction.No excessive thread bumping.
?Bumping? a thread means intentionally posting in order to have the thread displayed at the top of the new posts listing. This creates clutter and frustrates readers. Threads or posts in question may be permanently removed at the discretion of the FOG moderators.No spam.
You may not advertise any business or product (including within signatures) without prior written permission from the FOG. If you are interested in promoting products via FOG, please review our vendor policies and guidelines (to be written) for more information.No cross-posting.
Cross-posting is not allowed on the FOG forum. Cross-posting refers to posting duplicate threads or posts, or linking the threads or posts already started with the intent to gain additional exposure. These threads or posts may be removed at the discretion of the FOG staff.No posting for banned members.
You may not post on behalf of any member that has been banned or put on probation from the FOG. This includes forum posts, private messages, signatures, photos, videos, or any material that is on behalf of the restricted or banned user.No multiple usernames.
Only one user account per member, no exceptions. If you have lost your password or account information, please email email@example.com
for assistance.NO SHOUTING.
Remember, using ALL CAPITAL OR ALL BOLD LETTERS OR LARGER FONT SIZES is considered yelling and it makes the forum more difficult to read.Keep posts on topic.
No irrelevant or off-topic posts will be allowed. Posts which are not relevant to the thread or forum topic may be moved or removed at the discretion of the FOG moderators without prior notice. Country of Origin
This forum serves an international community of members. Because products, services, terms and conditions vary from location to location, please provide your country of origin in your profile. The FOG reserves the right to add the country of origin to your member profile based on your internet IP address. This will help other members understand whether a post is applicable in their region.Post editing & deleting by FOG Staff
FOG moderators and administrators may edit or delete posts for any reason, at any time, without prior notice to conform to the forum rules. Please do not debate these rules publicly or via personal message (PM). The rules are simple and designed to promote an enjoyable experience for everyone. Your adherence is appreciated.Respect FOG Moderators
Do not disrespect the FOG moderators. Be respectful in both public and private communications. Moderators are volunteers that donate their own personal time to help manage the forums and offer everyone here a great place to collaborate and learn. Violations of this rule will not be tolerated and may result in posting probation or a permanent ban.Content Ownership
The Festool Owners Group encourages active participation on the forum in the form of posting content. If any member or visitor uploads content including, but not limited to, photos, audio, or video, the contributor shall retain copyrights to their original material and may modify content at their discretion. Content may not be removed in mass and modification should leave the content largely unchanged with the exception of spelling, grammar or other minor changes. By contributing content, the contributor is offering the content into the public domain and gives FestoolOwnersGroup.com and Festool USA implied permission retain and use the content for its original intended purpose unless other provisions have been made in writing by all parties.
We reserve the right to add, modify, or remove any of these rules or guidelines at any time, for any reason without notice. Rules changes and additions apply to all past, current and future posts and applicable content.
Above all... have fun here! This is a great forum with great resources, phenomenal members, and a dedicated group of Festool dealers. Respect the space but also make it your own.