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Forum Rules

As with any community, rules and guidelines are important to keep the community running smoothly. Please keep in mind our rules whenever posting to keep our community pleasant for members and guests alike.

The Ebikesforum.com community is primarily a support community for electric bikes. It is a community built around people getting and giving help and guidance. Your behavior should reflect that. The rules here are not exhaustive and will be modified over time as necessary. Please use common sense.

Access to the community is a privilege, not a right, and members who continually breach these rules will find themselves limited or removed from the community, regardless of the other contributions they have made.

1. Please do not post anything which is inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to, profanity, sexual, sexualized or illicit content, hateful, threatening, provocative or vulgar content, links and websites and discussion encouraging the use of piracy or warez distributions, or any otherwise illegal content or spam. Innapropriate content may be edited or deleted as required.

2. Be courteous and respect your fellow members. To be clear, personal attacks, aggressive messages, and passive-aggressive behavior is unacceptable. If you take particular issue with another user and are unable to reply in a civilized and constructive way to their posts, you should ignore the user.

3. Posts should always be constructive and on topic. For common issues, simply telling someone to search is not acceptable. If you disagree with a post and feel the need to reply as such, it’s important that you explain why. Off topic posts may be moved or deleted as required.

4. Do not bump threads unless you have something else to add to the discussion. Additionally, replying to discussions which have been inactive for several years or longer should be avoided unless you have something of value to add.

5. If you feel another user is attacking or being aggressive towards you, report their message to staff. Do not respond publicly. This simply continues the back and forth that derails topics and makes them uncomfortable for other users. If someone attacks you and you respond with an attack, you will be warned regardless of who started it.

6. Personal information and private discussions may not be posted publically unless it’s clear that all parties involved have consented.

7. If a moderator or staff member takes an action or posts a directive (for example, to stop with a particular topic), you must adhere to this. If you discover a directive only after you’ve posted a message that contravenes it, delete your post or it will be taken to be ignoring moderators.

8. If you have a problem with or question about a moderator’s decision, contact the moderator privately or submit a message through the contact system. Posts or topics discussing moderator actions will be removed.

9. Each user may only have one account. If duplicate accounts are discovered, the duplicates may be banned or merged together.

10. Be kind to new members. Newbies may post annoying and silly questions which lack information. Please be patient with them and ask them for more information. Everyone started out as a newbie once. If a newbie double posts or posts in the wrong forum, please report the post. Treating newbies with respect is much more likely to turn them into valuable community members.


Content Moderation Is Not Synonymous With Censorship

"The First Amendment only applies to actions undertaken by the government, so-called “state action.” As private entities, social media platforms are therefore free to make their own editorial decisions and develop their own community standards. Users of these platforms still have broader free expression rights that are important to recognize, but they go beyond the narrow First Amendment rights discussed here. Further, some content moderation practices can amount to censorship, just not the kind scrutinized by the First Amendment. Whether or not this type of censorship is beneficial is an entirely different issue. For example, we believe it is acceptable for a privately-owned social media platform to establish community standards that allow for the removal of pornography. The First Amendment gives individuals the right to free speech and is intended to protect the American people from government censorship. It is not intended to empower the government to dictate what platforms can and cannot remove from their websites. There is a balance, and calling all content moderation “censorship” as a means to political ends throws this balance completely out the window."

Reference: https://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/content-moderation-is-not-synonymous-with-censorship/