Admin Post Welcome to the TDPRI! PLEASE READ! First of all, glad to see you here, thanks for joining! COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE: When you register, please fill out your profile as completely as you can so we can get to know you. Put your hometown in your Profile. If you list your hometown you may find a new friend when someone else from your area sees where you live. REGISTERED EMAIL ADDRESS: It is especially important to keep your email address up to date in your Profile. The board software uses this address to send you notices that you request; such as when a Private Message has arrived, or someone has responded to one of your posts. FORGOTTEN PASSWORD: If you forget your password you'll click on the "Forgotten Password" link and a temporary password will be sent to your registered email address. (Another very good reason to keep your email up to date in your Profile.) POST OPINIONS NOT FACTS: Always respect other Forum members opinions even if they clash with your own. Give others room to have differing opinions. Don't state your opinion as FACT. NO PERSONAL ATTACKS: When someone says something you don't agree with don't turn on them and attack them personally. Don't call people names. Don't resort to school yard bullying tactics. USE CORRECT FORUMS: The TDPRI is the place to talk about guitars, amps, bands and music of any kind. Please try to post your message in the appropriate forum. RESURRECTING OLD THREADS: Over the years we have determined that resurrecting old threads can cause some problems for our membership. So, in general, we ask that you not post on threads that are not currently active on our thread indexes - such as threads more than 6 months to a year old. We think it's best if you simply post in current threads -- or start a new one of your own unless you have something really valuable to add to the older thread. If you resurrect an old thread with a "Me too" or a "joke." we'll probably remove the post as it's not adding any value to the thread. ALTERING QUOTED COMMENTS: Editing someone's words to alter the content of their quote is not permitted. This applies to "jokes" as well as for any other reason. NO GIRLY OR CHEESECAKE PHOTOS: The TDPRI is a "G" rated forum. And, because this is a largely male dominated forum, "guys being guys" leads to posts containing scantily-clad women from time to time. We don't allow ANY "Hot Chick", "Girly" or "Cheesecake" photos of scantily-clad women -- with guitars or not. FOR SALE POSTS: Don't ever post anything for sale, for trade, or wanted to buy. Commercial posts of any kind are never allowed. Use the Classifieds for such posts. If you are a Vendor we do have a Vendor Program you can join that will allow you to make some commercial posts in our Vendor Forum. ALL CROWDFUNDING IS PROHIBITED: Links to Crowdfunding campaings (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, gofundme, etc) or Crowd Donor sites (YouCaring, Crowdrise, etc) are never permitted. Please do not post these or link to them in posts or Private Messages on our website. Also, do not attempt to use our website to raise funds from our members for ANY reason. COMMERCIAL DEALERS: You cannot post links to your commercial website in any of your posts or in your signature. No Commercial Usernames for regular members. You cannot use the TDPRI to discuss your products, your pricing, your delivery schedule or anything pertaining to your commercial operation in posts on the TDPRI. Others may talk about your products... but you are prohibited from doing so. You can join our Vendor Program and gain posting access to our Vendor Forum, plus other Vendor only perks. See the other Announcement on Commercial Posting for complete details. Agenda Posting: From time to time we get people that show up with an AGENDA. Usually, they feel they've been burned somewhere. Or they don't like something. Or they believe strongly in some cause. And they want to use our Forum Community to "warn", "inform" and "protect" our members. But what they really want to do is to use our Forum as their personal soapbox and megaphone. Please be aware that we don't wish to have our community used by anyone for their personal soapbox to warn the world of anything. Such "Agenda" posting with Beware, Warning, Don't Buy From, etc topics will be removed. If you've got a problem with a vendor, or online seller, etc then you need to work things out with them. Do NOT bring your problem to our Forum Community. NO PROMOS FOR COMPETING WEBSITES: You may not post links promoting competing music/guitar website on our website. This includes using Posts, Signatures or Private Messages for this purpose. These kinds of promotions will be removed regardless of them being commercial or not. AFFILIATE LINKS: No one may attempt to use this forum to generate Affiliate income through the posting of Affiliate links in posts or threads. Any member caught doing so will be banned for spamming. CLASSIFIED NOTICES: Posting a notice in the forums about your Classified Ad listing is NOT permitted. FRAUDULENT PRODUCTS: Do not post about buying. selling or finding trademarked items such as counterfeit guitars, guitar products or decals. Nor may you post links to any such counterfeit goods. This creates legal issues for our website and we do not wish to promote these illegal items on our sites. OFF LIMIT SUBJECTS: Some subjects cause nothing but trouble, so no posting about: 1. Politics - ZERO tolerance of anything political 2. Religion 3. Sex (including improper photos or videos) 4. Drugs - usage, laws, legality or paraphernalia 5. Current Wars or national disputes 6. Gun rights or politics See below for greater detail... "POLITICAL" POSTS: At the TDPRI a political post is any post that directly or indirectly encourages discussion of politics, politicians, political parties, political media outlets, or government public policies. Our "off-topic" areas are not for discussion of foreign policy, global warming, job outsourcing, domestic economic policy, global trade issues, labor politics, gun rights, criminal justice policy or issues, any specific branches of government or generally any government policy on the local, state, national or international level. ANY POST CONTAINING A POLITICIAN BY NAME OR IN AM IMAGE -- EVEN AS A JOKE -- WILL BE REMOVED AS A POLITICAL POST. SENSITIVE SUBJECTS On a public forum it is best not to discuss intimate and sensitive subjects. Please do not post on subjects such as Divorce, Spouse Abuse, Family Fighting, Addictions, Sexual Identity, Transgender, Psychological, Mental Heath, STDs, Sexual Dysfunction, Bankruptcy, Credit Worthiness, Eviction or other subjects of a sensitive and intimate nature. Posts on Suicide will be removed. Threats of Suicide WILL BE REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES. SIGNATURES & AVATARS: All of the rules pertaining to posts on the website apply to the content of signatures, avatars, profile posts/photos and media gallery uploads and comments, as well. Any signature containing religious, political or other prohibited content will be deleted. So, please leave your political comments, Bible verses, drug references or sexual material out of your signature, avatar, profile info, etc on this website. SWEARING: Don't try to get by the word censor by using #@%$!^ instead of swear words. Excessive swearing (censored or not) will not be allowed. TROLLING: Deliberately posting something controversial that one could reasonably assume would cause disruption is never permitted. Posting an opposite opinion, in a determined stubborn way, simply to start a disruption is not permitted. Opposite opinions are NOT against the rules and are encouraged, but trolling for disagreement and arguments is against the rules of the page. GIVEAWAYS/CONTESTS/FUND RAISING/CHARITIES OR OTHER PERSONAL USES: You cannot use the TDPRI to stage or promote a giveaway, contest or fundraising event. Also the site may never be used to request donations for any charity or for any "personal" use that you may think of. This includes posting links to sites requesting charitable donations. This includes asking people to donate money or purchase items you are selling here or elsewhere to fund needs of any kind for family, friends, neighbors, pets, other TDPRI members or anyone. You cannot use the TDPRI to stage a contest or giveaway for any purpose. Lastly, please do not use the TDPRI to have everyone vote for you in a contest in which if you win you would receive anything of value -- money, trips, equipment and any other consideration. (Also see rules prohibiting Crowdfunding and Crow Donation links above.) MEDICAL/QUASI-MEDICAL OR HOMEOPATHIC DRUGS/SUPPLEMENTS: You cannot use the TDPRI to provide medical advice for others to use specific drugs or supplements. Offering specific medical advice and/or the recommendation of specific doctors, treatments, drugs or supplements will be removed. THREATS OF LEGAL ACTION: Any threatened legal action against the owners, administrators, moderators or members of this website will instantly result in your account here being permanently banned from future participation -- regardless of the issue. Legal demands via post, Private Message or Email will be ignored. Our attorneys will only respond to legal demands sent via certified mail to our corporate headquarters. MOD ACTIONS The Moderators here are volunteers that serve to make the site better by keeping things under control. It's a thankless job. Many times they take abuse from those that they contact. They do not need to be second guessed by armchair mods that think they could do a better job. If you have a question about a Mod action or another member that was banned, please do not start a thread questioning Mod actions or bannings as this thread / post will be removed. Instead, PM or Email the Mod directly. BANNING: If you violate our guidelines here you can get banned from the page. Sometimes without warning. There is no discussion about this. It is entirely up to the moderators and staff. If you receive an email with a warning about something you've done wrong here, be careful how you respond. If you reply with name calling, insults and/or swearing you will automatically be banned. Do not ever post for public discussion on our websites the statements or actions of moderators conveyed to you via Private Message or Email. These communications are between you and the moderator and are not open for public discussion. To try to do so may also result in your banning from the site. Enjoy your stay here, post long and come back often. Have fun. Tell your friends about us! Paul Green Webmaster PS. We try to make this list of rules as complete as possible to make it easy for folks to see what is and isn't permissible. However, this list can't cover everything that someone could possibly think to do with their posts on the TDPRI -- when in doubt ALWAYS send an email to the webmaster first BEFORE posting something that seems like it could be a problem.