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PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE.

These additional Term of Service goes into effect immediately, and is made part of the rest of the terms of service that you agreed to when joining The Friends of the Professional Car Society website. If you do not agree with these additional terms of service, then please notify the Webmaster to cancel your membership.

By using this site, you signify your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. The Friends of the Professional Car Society website may modify these Terms of Service and Conditions at anytime without notice. It is the users obligation to periodically check the Terms of Service and Conditions for updates.

The Friends of the Professional Car Society has created this website to engage the public in an informative conversation and dialogue about our efforts associated with the preservation and restoration of Professional Vehicles. We want our website to be an appropriate forum for everyone. The conversations should be constructive, respectful, and contain language that is appropriate for all groups and ages. Views and opinions expressed in posts on this website are those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect official policies of "The Friends of the Professional Car Society", or the "Professional Car Society, Inc.".

STANDARDS

We’re a community with quality standards and expect our members to make a sincere effort to contribute their thoughts on interesting subjects in a meaningful and respectful manner. Posting messages and otherwise interacting on this board is completely optional; many members often prefer to just read what others have to say.

If you do choose to post, we expect you to adhere to the polite standards of behavior that would be acceptable in any public group or place, and to respect the time of others by posting meaningfully.

VULGARITY

Stated simply, it WON’T be tolerated. If in doubt about a post, DON’T. As a community with a diverse variety of members and readers of all ages and backgrounds and beliefs, we ask members to post without using crude or vulgar language or images- PERIOD. In addition, the "masking" of vulgarity by inserting ** or another keystroke in place of one or more letters in a vulgar term is unacceptable in most cases. This applies to all content submitted by users including post text, images, PM’s, album pics, profile pics, avatars and signatures.

DIVERSITY

This is a public forum viewable by people of all ages, genders, and demographic groups. We expect you to conduct yourself in a mature, courteous manner. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Inflammatory, libelous, slanderous, lewd, obscene, bigoted, indecent, and threatening posts will not be tolerated. We are a diverse community of professional car enthusiasts, from many different backgrounds and with different perspectives on our hobby and life in general.

The mission of this forum is to provide a place for friendly, informative discussion of the commercial chassis vehicles throughout time. Opinions and viewpoints will vary. You agree to respect the other members of this forum, and to allow them the right to have and retain their own opinions and viewpoints. You have the option in your User CP to 'Ignore' those posters you find disagreeable.

HARASSMENT

Harassment occurs when a member insults, attacks, and denigrates another member at any time. We have zero tolerance for taking an argument about any topic to a personal level. For instance, the use of terms such as "idiot”, “moron”, "stupid", and other derogatory terms constitutes harassment. Repeated critical and sharply negative posts toward a forum member can also constitute harassment. This applies to all content submitted by users including posts, avatars and signatures. Offenders may be warned, given a "time out" from the forum or an outright ban depending on the severity of the harassment. Criticizing others spelling or sentance structure is a form of harassment.


IDENTITY:

When you register to become a Friends of the Professional Car Society website member, all information about you must be truthful, and you may not use any aliases or other means to mask your true identity. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your member identification and password information, and for restricting access to your computer. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your member identification name and password.


MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

Each individual may open only one membership/user account using their real name and location. Members are not to share their account with others. When multiple accounts are discovered, the member may be warned, or any and/or all accounts may be permanently banned at the sole discretion of management. In households with more than one member in residence, each should have their own account. We do not delete user accounts because it can harm the database. If you choose to leave, simply leave your account will be dormant. Banned members who register again will be banned again and their IP may be blocked.

FREEDOM of SPEECH

We hear a lot about "MY Freedom of Speech can't be restricted!"
You are wrong! These forums are a privately owned property that is made available for free public use within our Rules, Terms of Service (TOS), conditions and guidelines. Everyone who registers here has agreed to be bound by all of these.

The 1st Amendment protects the right to freedom of expression from government interference. However, you are currently posting on www.professionalcarsociety.org, a private web property and your comments are bound by our site's policies. We have a zero-tolerance policy for comments containing violence, threats (direct or indirect), threatening acts, racism of any form, crassness or profanity (any word or phrase considered by courteous society to be profane), all caps (a violation of Internet etiquette), discourteous behavior (calling names, rude or insulting statements directed at another user or post) or violations similar in nature to any of these offenses. Posts violating our policies of posting are subject to removal and the user may face suspension or banning. Thank you for joining with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discussion about Professional Cars, and other topics.

This means we have the right to forbid, limit, or restrict certain topics, crude language as defined by us, and types of behavior. You have the right not to post here if you disagree with those Rules, TOS, or guidelines. You have the right to go elsewhere.

TROLLS!

A troll is a person who posts something which is bound to stir people up and then sits back and watches as dozens of people jump in and start arguing. Sometimes trolls get their friends to join in or post under different names. Generally they will do anything it takes to get attention. If you see a message like this, please refrain from replying to it, and REPORT it!

Trolls are sometimes deceitful and may be very subtle in insulting, intimidating, or inciting a person or persons for their own sadistic pleasure. They often pick their words very carefully and are therefore able to defend their masked attempts at creating unrest, often redirecting the blame onto the forum community and its failure to understand them properly.

Also considered to be Trolling:

Running a topic into the ground incessantly, as in “beating a dead horse”, and or dragging up an argument long after the original discussion has been put to rest.

POWER-POSTING

Power-posting is when forum members post 'empty' messages on the forum, in order to simply increase their number of posts more quickly. Power posting is generally frowned upon. Examples of power-posting are replying to a message with only '+1', 'LOL' , 'Thanks for the heads up' or 'I agree', but failing to contribute anything further to the discussion. If you reply to a message, make sure you have something to say. Power posting clutters up the forums, clutters up the 'new posts' function, and uses extra bandwidth and server space. We don't mind people using bandwidth to chat usefully on the forums. If you're not sure if you're power-posting, take a moment and think it over before you post. If all your post contains is an emoticon, it's a power-post. If it adds something to the discussion, it isn't.

CROSS-POSTING

Cross-posting is posting the same question or statement to multiple forums. This is not permitted. Any cross-posted topic will deleted.

MISPLACED POSTS

Try to place your posts in the correct forum for the topic. Our forums have been carefully categorized so that most Professional Car discussion fits into one of the specific forums. Any post that is deemed by the staff to be in the wrong forum will be moved to the correct location without warning, or may be deleted. There is usually a redirect link to the moved post that lasts for a few hours, however, this is not a guarantee of a redirect. Some of our forums have restricted posting privileges. If you don't have the proper class of membership (i.e. PCS Membership or Site Supporter) to post in a restricted post forum, then please contact a moderator or administrator for guidance.




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THREAD HIJACKING

Thread hijacking is the process of replying to an existing thread with a different topic. This is not tolerated but, sometimes is unavoidable, but discouraged. It is always better to start a new thread if you have a topic that is clearly unrelated to the topic of the thread. On the other hand, it is always better to respond to the existing thread with additional information or knowledge, or questions about the topic at hand.
Posts that hijack a serious thread with off-topic discussion are strongly discouraged and may be deleted or edited by forum staff.


DISRUPTION

Posts which intend to disturb the peace and create needless fights and arguments. Disruption can include harassment, using multiple user accounts, multiple posting of the same post and posting completely off topic messages. Intentional disruption of the forum will be dealt with severely.


IMPROPER REDIRECTING

Defined as posting comments or links, whose purpose is to drive traffic to another professional car website without specific permission of the Website Administration Committee of the Friends of the Professional Car Society is prohibited.


HIGH MAINTENANCE

Any member who requires excessive moderation and/or supervision can be banned at the sole discretion of the management.
Constantly or repeatedly ignoring the Rules for the Classified sections can result in removal of your access to those sections.

CONTENT

Any messages you post in these public discussion forums may remain available to the public for as long as this discussion board is on line. Please post carefully, with due consideration to the content of your post. The forum is not obligated to delete any post once made. We reserve the right to leave, move, close, or delete any thread without notification. We reserve the right to leave, restore, delete, or move any post as we deem appropriate without notification. We may also edit a post for the purpose of deleting objectionable content without notification.

No portion of this website, including text, images or code, may be copied, reproduced, published or distributed in any medium wtihout the expressed written permiss of the Friends of the Professional Car Society, www.professionalcarsociety.org

PERSONAL DISPUTES

Please do not use these forums for personal disputes, heated debates, flame wars etc. You are expected to treat each other with respect in the forums and take any personal disputes to a private mode of discussion off the forums. If you should find that your discussion is becoming too heated or someone is becoming far too passionate about their argument, please take the discussion to private message or email.

PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS

Personal discussions are threads that, while posted in the public forum, are intended for a discussion between only a few members. These kinds of topics are frowned upon and will be locked or removed as soon as they are discovered. Public posts should be open and inviting to all members. Personal discussions among a select group of users should take place in private message.

RESPECT OTHER USERS

Sometimes people can write something that you may find offensive. Before launching into a public condemnation though, please consider that the person may not have intended to cause offense. It is very easy to misinterpret a post on forums since we cannot see expressions and hear the tone it is spoken in. This is especially true when dealing with multinational citizens. There is absolutely no need to resort to insults. Respect others' views even if you disagree with them. Don’t automatically assign the worst possible intent to a post you do not quite understand. If you believe that it is offensive, please use the notify moderator icon, and a moderator will make the determination.

REPORTING POSTS & SPAM

Despite our best efforts, you will very occasionally see spam on the forums. Simply click the Red Triangle at the top of any post to report it. DO NOT RESPOND TO SPAM POSTS!
Repetitive posts by one user or posting a new thread when one is already easily accessible will be considered spam. PLEASE USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION FIRST, especially when starting a new thread about an eBay auction, Craigslisting, or a For Sale From Other Websites Forums.

DO NOT FLAME

Flaming is saying something negative in an attempt to get a negative response. This is completely unacceptable. It will not be tolerated, and will result in suspension or termination of website membership. Never resort to personal insults, never extend a debate beyond the topic on hand needlessly, and avoid patronizing language.

DO NOT FLAME THE STAFF

They have the final say on all forum matters. They're charged with making this community as enjoyable for as many people as they possibly can by enforcing our rules and standards. They can not always be right, nor can they please everyone with the decisions made, but they're doing their "jobs" and doing their best to ensure a good and peaceful community here. We're not here to make life difficult for anyone. Any decision taken by the administrators and moderators is final and must be respected. Failure to do so will not be tolerated, and will result in suspension or termination of website membership. Do not post staff complaints on the open forum. If you receive a Warning or Infraction, read the Rules before asking why. If your thread or post is deleted, consult the rules before contacting the staff. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, or would like further explanation, please post your question or concerns in the HELP FORUM. A member of the staff will usually answer it within 24 hours.

Website Administration Committee reserves the right to move directly to permanent banning with no warning if they feel that the member is intent on disrupting the forums or simply will not comply with the rules, regulations, and / or standards of the forum.

DONATIONS

Donations to the Friends of the Professional Car Society are non-refundable.
Donations to the forum are NOT tax deductible.
Donations to the forum will not exempt a member from the required adherence to the rules, moderation, suspension or termination of website membership.

REMINDERS, INFRACTION POINTS, BANNING

You may be issued a warning or an infraction points for violating the rules. Infractions carry different point values for different offenses. Points expire after a given time period which vary. Repetitive offenders will be considered for permanent banishment.

Website Administration Committee reserves the right to move directly to permanent banning with no warning or discussion if they feel that the member is intent on disrupting the forums or simply will not comply with the rules and standards of the forums.

AGREEMENT

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Friends of the Professional Car Society (www.professionalcarsociety.org), its Owners/Administrators, its Moderators and staff for any injury resulting from exposure to the contents of this forum, and from using any data, material, advise, or service contained herein.

Your participation on this forum in any way constitutes your total and complete agreement to be bound by these Terms of Service, Conditions, Rules and Disclaimers posted in the various categories of this forum.

It is further agreed, and understood, that being a dues paying member of the Professional Car Society, Inc. gives you no additional privileges on these forums.


These Terms of Service, and the Rules and Disclaimers posted on this forum may be amended or modified at any time at the discretion of the Website Administration Committee, without prior notice.

Paul Steinberg, Senior Website Administrator
Dan Herrick, Website Administrator / Head Moderator
Robert Shepard, Website Administrator
Jerry Jacobson, Moderator

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