We guarantee, You've Never read an "Agreement" like this
If you're anything like me (and most of us) we just scroll to the bottom and look for the check box or whatever. Please don't do that. :) SlideMeister's different and so is our Agreement; there's some pretty important stuff in there and I'd hate to actually have to reprimand anyone for breaking a rule.
This agreement actually has changed a few times over the years and may will continue change as time goes on . The following is NOT the standard, legalese "fine print/liability" stuff. Reading this may actually even surprise you, but it will tell you what SlideMeister is all about. You may even find it refreshing. :o) Okay, here we go:
DO NOT BLOW THIS OFF AND SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM! I know, you're tempted, cuz none of us ever really read these things, but please read this V.I.S. (very important stuff)
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You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. Most profanity is automatically "filtered" and attempts to express lewd/filthy language with alternate spellings will be deleted, possibly along with the poster. If you can't keep it decent; you don't belong here! You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum. Anyone caught SPAMMING or attempting to "mass mail" the membership for any reason will be banned for life (or more ;o)
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SlideMeister is a place for Chromatic harmonica discussion, not a place for folks to "hawk their wares," promote themselves or otherwise "milk the group." If this your intent, save yourself the global embarrassment of being publicly booted off the forum and banned for life.
Again, SlideMeister is primarily a place for "Chromatic harmonica discussion." We all have our favorites; that's "personal opinion" and that's fine, but any discussion on the superiority of either Chromatic or diatonic is prohibited. While diatonic harmonicas can certainly be mentioned, they may only be discussed on the "diatonic" board. Likewise, Chromatics will not be discussed on the diatonic board. Neither Chromatic or diatonic harmonicas will be discussed in any way that would constitute "competition" between the two types of harmonicas. Threads that begin to lean towards Chromatic/diatonic superiority will be deleted in their entirety.
All actual "discussion" is to be done in English only.
Gray areas: Anything not blatantly Chromatic, (like trying to make a Chromatic sound like a diatonic or vise-versa like diatonic tuned Chromatics) must be discussed on the diatonic board. We are not here to argue, but not unlike Politics and Religion, Chromatic and diatonic passions are easily aroused. Gray areas always invite controversy anywhere they're introduced; and we don't "do controversy" here. Veiled innuendos, and/or snide remarks are not allowed. If you want to sword-fight, "take it outside" i.e. go to another forum, as there are more than a few out there that seem to thrive on that sorta stuff. This is SlideMeister!
SlideMeister is NOT A DEMOCRACY; therefore, it does not provide dissenting members a platform from which to voice their opinions on the forum's rules. This policy is STRICTLY enforced. SlideMeister is SlideMeister, and while its policies aren't actually "carved in stone" for all intents and purposes, they are. If you think you're coming here to change things; spare us all the drama, and yourself the embarrassment; DO NOT JOIN!
Remember, we're all about opinions here; so in effect, we're ALL right :o) Challenging someone's personal opinion (besides being stupid) is prohibited, and can even get you suspended, or kicked of the forum. We either agree, or agree to disagree and move on.
No "frames" or animated icons in personal profiles without permission.
No discussion of Kazoos - ever!
DO NOT JOIN SLIDEMEISTER TO SELL YOUR DAD'S HARMONICAS. Breaking this rule will probably get you "un-registered" quicker than not. You are free, however to sell Dad's stuff on Ebay like everyone else)
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Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.
Finally, in all fairness, we're not looking for numbers here; just "participants," so if you have no intention of posting or joining in the with the dialog, you can do that just as well as a "guest." In other words: as a member, we ~will~ be expecting to hear from you. Every month or so, we clean out the "dead wood." Bottom line: if you don't post or at least "stick your head in the door every 180 days" you're just a number, and we we're not here for "numbers."
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Now was that a "fun" read or what? ;o)