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Community Guidelines

First off, welcome to GMC4x4!

At GMC4x4, we put a slightly different spin on tradition forums by being active in local communities, holding events and working closely with many of the industry's best manufacturers and retailers to bring our members a truly remarkable experience.

Throughout the year we will have meet-and-greets, trail rides, expeditions, shows etc etc, throughout the country, so please take this opportunity to become involved and enjoy yourself! If you have an idea for an events and/or would like to host one, please message me (Hedge) directly and I will support you as best I can.

There are a lot of great things going on in this forum and I sincerely hope you will take advantage of everything we have to offer - be it tech reviews and install advice, comradely or just a place to go to find out what's going on with fellow GMC owners.

With that in mind however, we do have guidelines to make this community an enjoyable experience for all. When you first join, please take a moment and read through them. If you have any questions, either myself or the other team members of GMC4x4 would be happy to help.

Community Guidelines:
These guidelines are not all-inclusive and as our community grows, may be modified at our discretion. Even if it is not covered below, I reserve the right to handle any situation in any manner I choose. Any content that violates our User Guidelines will be removed. Interpretation of our guidelines is at the discretion of the staff.

Participation in the GMC4x4 website constitutes agreement to the following guidelines, which apply to posts, profile information, avatars, signatures, any other content on this site and participation in general. This includes private messages, which we have the ability to read, but only do so when a violation is reported to us or we have a legitimate reason. This is an incredibly rare occurrence, so do not be the first person this happens to.

Because of the live nature of the discussions on this community, it is not possible for us to review and/or confirm the accuracy or validity of a message before it is posted. If you believe that someone has violated our User Guidelines or you have spotted content that may otherwise require attention, please click "Report" (located within the post) or send a message me or a staff member with a link to the content and a brief description of what you believe is wrong.

Notification is voluntary, but in no case should a user respond personally, thereby aggravating the situation further. Responding to a violation in an inflammatory manner is a violation in itself and will result in appropriate action.

General Guidelines:
1. Respect is the name of the game. You must respect your fellow members. Please refrain from inflammatory and defamatory comments as well as flaming, taunting, and general disrespect. Do not simply put down the opinion or advice given by others. If you don't agree with it, say why - respectfully. Don't just tell them they're wrong.

When an opinion-based discussion is being had, do not state things like "there is no argument" as if your opinion is the only one or the only one that matters. This is a friendly discussion community, allow people to have their opinion.

2. Vulgar language and inappropriate material is not allowed and will be removed. Abbreviations, self-censoring, and attempts to circumvent the word censoring feature of the community software also violates this guideline. If your post contains a word that is censored by the software, you must remove that word or the post will be removed. If you feel that the censor is acting in error, please contact us.

We try to maintain a family friendly atmosphere whenever it is possible within the main subject matter of this community. Please keep this in mind when participating.

3. Cross posting is not allowed and will result in the removal of one or more posts. Cross posting is defined as posting the same information in two or more locations. When posting your topic, please try to post it in the most appropriate place within the organizational structure of our community. Identical topics posted in the same or different forums will be removed.

4. While member post count has meaning, it should not be taken too seriously. Attempts to artificially increase your post count are prohibited. This includes the mass creation of short or meaningless posts that do not add value to our forum.

5. Advertisements are not allowed. Generally speaking, posts made specifically for the promotion of a website, product or service are considered advertising or, at least, posts made that unnecessarily send people to a website that you are in some way affiliated with. It does not matter if it is a commercial website, a personal website, a nonprofit website, etc. We do authorize and/or sell advertisements on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in utilizing this option, please contact us.

Anyone found to be posting excessive links to their websites or suspected of using "sneaky" advertising methods is in violation of this guideline. You may only post a link to your site/a site that you are in some way affiliated with if the link specifically answers the question that is being asked and the answer cannot be simply posted without the link. Even then, link directly to the page where the information can be found.

General and unnecessary links will be tagged as advertising. If you are found to be excessively posting links to your site (or you appear to be seeking out threads where your link may be relevant, so that you can post it), you will lose the ability to post links to your site.

6. You are not allowed to post an affiliate URL that leads to you earning cash, banner impressions, credits, points, etc; such links are also not allowed in signatures and profiles or anywhere else in this forum.

7. Do not post personal, real-life information such as home addresses and home phone numbers.

8. As this is an English-speaking community, we require that posted content be in the English language, so that it can be well received and properly monitored.

9. When linking to outside websites, you must ensure that the content of the link is appropriate for our community, in line with the guidelines laid out here. This includes mentioning or referencing a site, even if the mention is not hyperlinked. If you post a link and that link is automatically censored, it is considered to be an inappropriate link and you should remove it from your post immediately. If left, all posts that feature inappropriate links will be removed.

10. Posts that discuss illegal activities, transactions, or websites such as warez, cracks, etc. will be removed. This includes the posting of information that you have obtained illegally.

11. Political and religious discussions are not allowed on this website. Likewise, strong political and religious sentiments should be kept out of profiles, signatures, and other content. Invariably some discussions will lead to a political or religious and they will be allowed if they remain civil. However, if the discussion turns heated, the post will be removed.

12. Do not post copyrighted materials (articles, videos, audio, etc.) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute. For text articles, most of the time you may quote a small portion of the article (usually no more than 1/5 or 1/6) and you must link to the source (if online) or provide the source (if offline). Posting the entire article, even with the source, constitutes copyright infringement. This is not the place to illegally trade or distribute copyrighted (or those with questionable copyright status) video or audio clips.

13. Signatures are limited to number of lines and size of the image. The text in the signature may be customized by the BBCode in use on the forums. It is recommended that you stick with readable fonts and colors and that the size is not too large. You may mention websites and ventures that you are in some way related to, as long as they are otherwise appropriate for this community.

14. Each user is allowed to create one account. If you would like to change your username, please contact us and, most likely, we can do it for you while you can keep all of your profile data, posts, and other content. You are allowed one name change while a member of GMC4x4 and it is up to the staff's sole discretion to approve that name change.

15. Automated account creation, participation, and content scraping is not permitted.

16. We know that people will have to leave our community (of their own free will or otherwise) from time to time and to that end, we do not delete accounts, posts, or other content posted on our community. All content is granted to us with perpetual electronic publishing rights because any content posted on this community becomes a part of the community, even if you no longer are.

You may request an item to be removed at any time, but we will decide when and if to remove content from our community. If you wish to no longer be identified with our community, we will be glad to close your account and alter your profile information to remove all identifying characteristics. After account closure, you will no longer be able to participate in this community and this action is not reversible.

17. Moderators and myself have the final say on anything. If you have a problem, you may make a complaint to them directly and not publicly on the website. Creating threads or posts that question or reference administrative decisions or potential administrative decisions, such as post removals and thread closures, is not permitted.

We are not perfect and if you feel that we have made a mistake, please privately contact a staff member and we will review the situation. If you would like a copy of your removed post so that you can adjust it and repost, please contact us. As long as we wouldn't prefer you to simply start over, we'll be glad to send you a copy.

18. Whenever you are participating in this community, please keep in mind that we strive to create a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere. So, please have fun and enjoy the forums!

Also, freedom of speech rights do not extend to privately owned websites, such as this one. These guidelines detail the types of behavior and activities that are allowed here.

If a user violates our guidelines and shows a disregard for them, our staff and our community, they run the risk of losing their account. We reserve the right to deactivate any account and to edit or remove any content without warning. These guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice.

For both commercial and individual users, by accessing this site you are bound by these guidelines and accept them in their entirety. If a violation is deemed serious enough and at the sole discretion of the website owner, legal action will be taken. The offending user(s) is consenting in advance to binding arbitration chosen by the website owner. These violations carry a minimum $10,000 fine for each individual occurrence of an offense to be levied against the individual user and/or the entity the individual user is representing that caused the violation.

Do you have a question about our User Guidelines or anything else? Do you have a suggestion? Do you want to offer some feedback? Or are you experiencing some trouble with the site? Well, no matter what it is, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help in any way that we can.

Thank you for visiting GMC4x4!

-The GMC4x4 Team