The Grand Am GT.com Forum was set up to foster an enthusiastic group of Grand Am and N-Body owners in sharing their technical expertise and experiences, and to provide a place for social interaction between members of this select group of automotive enthusiasts. We need to keep this focus. People should come here to share some pointers, talk about local events, ask some questions, etc.
This forum IS NOT designed for people to come in here and pick fights with each other. Nor is
it designed to encourage totally non-automotive banter about issues that some
might consider offensive in nature. Most web-access providers allow usage of e-mail
through the ISP, so we expect
Remember, posting on the forum is a privilege not a right (just like driving your car). Just like the DMV, we can take that privilege away.
Here are some simple rules to follow while using our site:
1. Flaming and Insulting
Replacing an i with ! or removing a letter is also unacceptable. Posts that break this rule will be deleted. Users that continue to post profanities will have their access privileges taken away.
You many not use any such images in a post, your avatar or your signature. If your avatar is suddenly missing then assume that an admin or moderator thought it was too obscene for the site. Links to pornography are also not allowed.
5. Site Sponsors
If you have an issue with a product or service provided to you by a sponsor, please contact them directly. If you are having an issue that a sponsor is not helping you with, then you my post on the forum in a civil manner. Going crazy and threatening the sponsor will only result in your thread being deleted.
6. Site Moderators
If you need to discuss your issues, please do so in a PM or an email. Remember to keep a mature tone to your message as immature and profane messages will most likely be ignored.
If your account has been disabled then the first step will probably be to admit you did something wrong. Next, PM or email an admin to discuss a course of action. Most of the time if you keep your head on straight your account will be reactivated.
7. Racing Stories
We don't care what other forums allow racing stories. We don't want them here. Posting times from a track -- FINE. Posting that you beat the hell out of a Civic at the track -- BAD. Road racing stories aren't even remotely allowed. Posts dealing with racing stories will be deleted immediately. If you become a habitual racing story poster than your account will be deleted. This is one of our biggest sticking points and is dealt with very harshly.
Simple thing to keep in mind: If you think it's a racing story, it probably is. If you posted what you thought might be a racing story and a few minutes later it is gone, then just let it go. If you contact us saying that your post was deleted we will ignore it.
8. Bashing GrandamGT.com
If you hate the site or site policies so much that you have to bring it up in a post then we don't want you here at all. Expect that if you make a post that bashes the site it will get deleted. If you continue to bash the site you account will be gone too.
9. ALL CAPS
10. Post in the Correct Section
Fight the urge to make you post in the General section thinking more people will read it. Chances are the wrong people will read it. If a moderator finds your post in the wrong section they will move it without a redirect. So if you made a post and it's gone, check for it in another section.
11. The Search Button
If you do post a question and someone responds back with a link to another thread your thread may get locked my a moderator. If you need follow up answers, post a reply in the old thread.
For all the old users, if a new user posts a questions we've all heard a number of times, don't jump all over them. Sometimes new users don't read the guidelines carefully or don't know how to use the search. Cut them a break. I'm sure at one time we cut you a break.
12. Off Topic Posting / Upping your Post Count
Second, don't make silly posts to try and up your post count. Post counts mean little on this board since we purge old useless threads often. You post count will drop often, especially if you make posts in the "Anything Goes" area. If we see that you are posting in every thread, but adding very little we will reset your post count to 0. If you continue this after the warning then posting privileges will be taken away. If you need to test your avatar or signature, there is a test forum in the 'Newbies & FAQs' section.
13. For Sale / Wanted and Other Classifieds
In addition, the selling of products that compete with our sponsors in not allowed. If you would like to become a sponsor please contact either Jeremy or Ryan.
14. Copyright Images and Tradedress
Fair use allows you to link certain images to the site as long as you provide credit to the original author. If we recieve a complaint about use of a copyright image/ sound clip/ video we will remove the material without warning.
Because of past legal issues, we will not allow images or other material that is or appears to be associated with AED (Automotive Engineering and Design). We have been legally threatened in the past and we no longer wish to be hassled. Any thread that deals with AED in any way (positive or negative) will be removed by an admin or moderators. If you wish to discuss AED topics please visit http://www.aedcentral.com or http://www.gmpower.net.
If you break any of the above rules you can expect the following:
The nature and level of the offense may result in immediate locks. Every attempt will be made to contact you via email to explain the lock on your account.
Threads or replies that do not comply with our guidelines may be locked, edited, or deleted, depending on the nature of the offense. We will make every effort to state why such action was taken via private message, e-mail, and/or moderator reply in the offending thread. For this reason, we ask that you check your private messages often. You can find out whether or not you have received any private messages by logging into your user CP. You can set your options so that the board notifies you when you have received a private message.
If you notice a problem with a post please click the "Report this post to a moderator" link at the bottom of the post. This will alert the moderator of that section to the problem post.
We have created these rules to make GrandamGT.com a fun and valuable place for Grand Am enthusiasts. If you feel that you cannot abide by these rules, or don't agree with these rules, please refrain from using our forums.
The Staff of GrandamGT.com