Vital MX Posting Guidelines

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5/14/2009 12:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/2/2018 12:36 PM

Vital MX Posting Guidelines

The first rule of the Vital MX Forums is…well, we’re not a huge fan of rules. But having said that, nearly anyone with more than a smidgen of common sense will realize that you need some guidelines so you don’t step across the line in the sand, accidentally or otherwise.

The second rule is, the admins here don’t like having to mediate disputes, send brawling parties back to their respective corners, act like a hazmat cleanup team, or…having to click anyone, and that includes repeat offenders. Honestly, we’d prefer that you police yourselves. We'd prefer to spend time generating new content for everyone to enjoy. But…we will step in when necessary.

The price for the Motodrive/Vital Forums is free. A lot of the action is, too. But that doesn’t mean you can come in and be a complete…well, the name we’re thinking of starts with D, and ends with what sounds like oosh. We can get enough of that in real life, and we come here for fun, and to talk with like-minded motocross riders and fans.

We expect you to maintain at least a reasonable level of civility. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don’t post things that you wouldn’t say when face-to-face with another person. Name calling, insults, and personal attacks are lame. So is keyboard bravery. We’d like the activity to be more like Bourbon Street at 2:00 AM, not downtown Baghdad at 2:00 AM. Time spent here should be fun for everyone, not a painful experience.

Show respect. Not only to each other but when posting about riders, team personnel, officials, etc. If you can’t, don’t be shocked if you find your post(s) deleted, or moved to a more appropriate spot (like The Dumbgeon).

English is the official language of the forum, but we do realize that we have users from around the world, and English isn't always everyone's first language. On the other hand, we don’t speak txt. Spelling does count, as does punctuation, and the USE OF THE CAPS LOCK KEY for anything more than brief emphasis is not acceptable. If we need to decipher your post, you might be a target of ridicule. Posting while sober is also recommended. Don’t drink and type.

Language: In the past, the only word we used to c•ns•r was c•ns•rsh•p. We know that some of you like the freedom to speak your mind…but keep the language reasonable. We don’t want to be the language police. Let's at least keep subject lines safe for work. And remember, there are moms, wives, and kids (of all ages) running around here.

In the past, we've had people complain that their first amendment rights were being infringed. This is a private forum. You're not guaranteed the right to post anything.

Racial or ethnic slurs are pretty much one way to score an instant exit. Don’t assume that admins see everything. But if there’s a problem, let us know.

If you can’t follow the above rules, you may discover that you’ve been clicked. Occasionally we do this to separate dueling parties, to stop repeated attacks, or because you’ve proven that you have difficulty posting worthwhile stuff. If you get clicked? It happened for a reason. Check with the admin(s). Sometimes they’re firing a warning shot. Sometimes not. But it’s not just a written invitation to go out and sign up a new account.

Some suggestions:

If you’re posting on a particularly busy day (Saturday race days for example), scan the board for the topic you want to talk about. There are so many duplicates during a race, good stuff gets shoved off the first page faster than it should. The race threads on race days are a great place to bench race. It's as close as we get to a live chat.

One username per user. Even if you have multiple personalities, they’re just going to have to share.

Don’t post images that you think might not be acceptable, and especially don’t post those that you KNOW are not acceptable.

If you think you know something, state it as an opinion. If you know something as a fact, let people know. But don’t make up stuff and post it. That’s just lame.

If you’re new, take a while to figure out the vibe of the board. Some of us have been posting together for ten years or more. It takes a while to figure out all the private jokes, potential pitfalls, and character personalities. Even if you’ve been lurking a while, don’t assume that because you think you know a poster’s personality or history, you’re free to heckle them on something. Make your own history…and make it a good one.

Add an avatar to your profile to personalize it. The stock graphics here are about as exciting as the stock graphics that come on your bike. If you need help, let us know. We tend to think that these should be you, or representative of you. If that's the case, we have a disproportionately high number of hot women who post here. Things that are too out there may get replaced with a photo of a donkey...or a clown. You've been warned.

Noob-bashing has something of a history here. We’re not necessarily fans of it (and having a stagnant pool of board veterans isn’t completely healthy, either)…but be aware that it exists. Having reasonably thick skin is helpful. So is posting good stuff from the get-go.

Topics about a specific poster, topics about the posting habits of others are generally lame.

Signatures. If your signature at the bottom of your posts quotes someone from the board or references someone from the board, don’t be super-surprised if it disappears. If admins have to change it, they also reserve the right to replace it with something else. Also, large animated gif files slow the whole board down. Keep ‘em to a minimum, please.

Don't bring anyone’s kids or family into your battles.

Any thread over ten pages probably belongs in The Dumbgeon.

Added 5/2/2018...

If you're blatantly trolling, or working too hard to dominate the conversation, it's possible we may slow your roll.

If you've read the rules here line-by-line, and are trying to wiggle between technicalities, you're making it more work for us. That's generally not appreciated.

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5/23/2009 11:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2016 12:03 AM




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3/23/2012 8:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/23/2012 8:29 AM

GuyB, there seems to be some minor confusion among the forum members on posting personal pictures in the forums on Vital, and if it is acceptable to upload pictures directly to the Vital servers, or if this is a burden to the storage capacity of the site. I have been using my Vital Profile Manager>Manage My Photos to upload a few of my personal pics to post in the forum. Is this OK? I try to use other sources for pictures when possible so as not to tax the system here to much. Clarification would be greatly appreciated

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3/23/2012 9:19 AM

Uploading pics here is absolutely encouraged. Post to one of the photo sites? Why?

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9/12/2013 6:08 PM

Here is how embedding Youtube vids in a post works, Its really simple:

On the youtube page click the "share" tab, then "embed" see in this pic all the highlighted (blue) txt? simply copy, then paste it in your forum post, it does not matter because the forum re sizes the vid to fit the window. NO tags are necessary, just paste the blue highlighted text.

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-OC
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4/11/2019 1:20 PM

I think a good Guideline might also be for people to go back and look at the first post of a thread and review what the original Thread poster intended the discussion to be about. Do this before posting, especially for long threads. So many of these Vital MX threads wonder off the original topic or get hijacked.

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