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Please read, understand, and follow our rules as outlined below. Rules can be added to or taken away from without notice.

Members are expected to conduct themselves in a civilized manner. That means showing courtesy and respect to ALL other members,moderators, administrators, and staff.

Absolutely no personal attacks, bashes, flames, or bigotry comments.

Give and receive criticism with an open mind. You will be held responsible for your actions, so post wisely. If you can't handle posting wisely, don’t post.

There is no "Freedom of Speech" here.
If we don't want you to say the word "the", you have no right to say the word "the." This is a private website that we allow people to come and register for. If we decide you are no longer welcome, you're not. This is not a government site, the bill of rights doesn't really apply here just as it doesn't if you invite us into your home and we scream obscenities at your relatives. You have a right to make us leave, and we have a right to make you leave here.

We trust you will find the site both informative and fun, but first things first: By using our website, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. If you do not with to comply with these terms and conditions, you shouldn't request posting privileges on Cumminsforum.com. Please note that we reserve the right to change these guidelines at any time, and your continued use of the Website indicates that you agree to comply with any new or modified guidelines. So remember to review the Cumminsforum.com posting guidelines from time to time.

Infractions?
As you read you will notice that there are infraction points given under each rule. Infractions were created to help the Admins and Mods keep track of people that have already been warned. Most people will never get an infraction and it is not something that we, the staff, will use for no reason or that the average user should even be afraid of. Please see Section 7 for more information on Infractions.

1. Username and Access (please read this guideline carefully)

1.1 Subscribers may select a username of choice (all usernames will be screened for appropriateness - no profanity or vulgarity, etc. Using symbols to mask profanity is also prohibited)
** INFRACTION POINTS: 2, EXPIRES: 30 Days **

1.2 There is a limit of 1 username/account per individual. This is for board security. "Ghost Accounts" are not tolerated because they become outlets for abusive/ inflammatory posting.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 5, EXPIRES: 90 Days, (IMMEDIATE 3 DAY SUSPENSION) **


1.3 By requesting posting privileges on Cumminsforum.com, you certify that all information you provide during the registration process is honest and accurate.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 30 Days **

1.4 Vendor Note: Each active vendor/commercial subscriber must have his or her business name incorporated into his or her signature block.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

1.5 Site sponsorship: All vendors wishing to sponsor the site should PM any staff member for direction with the proper channels.

1.6 Company Usernames: Usernames that appear to be a company name, or that could be perceived as a company name are reserved for paying site vendors.  If you would like to obtain site sponsorship, please contact a staff member to get the current contact information for the sales group at Autoforums.

2. Conduct
Cumminsforum.com encourages lively and informative discussion among Discussion Forum participants. But keep it clean and productive. Do not use or allow others to use your account to:

2.1 Repeatedly post any material that the moderators feel is antagonistic to others or instigates non-productive conflict between users as well as vendors/sponsors.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 5, EXPIRES: 90 Days, (IMMEDIATE 3 DAY SUSPENSION) **

2.2 Post any material or comment that is considered to be "baiting" others into an unproductive conflict online. Baiting is considered to be any post that intentionally badgers, heckles, or leads another user(s) into an antagonistic discussion;
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

2.3 Post any form of solicitation on any Discussion Forum;
** INFRACTION POINTS: 2, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

2.4 Post or transmit any material that is mean-spirited, abusive, obscene, hateful, fraudulent, threatening, vulgar harassing or defamatory (the use of symbols or characters to mask profanity and expletives is prohibited and undermines the spirit of these guidelines);
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

2.5 Post, transmit or link to sexually explicit material;
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2.6 Post or transmit any material that you don’t have authorization to transmit under the law (copyrighted material);
** INFRACTION POINTS: 8, EXPIRES: 90 Days, (IMMEDIATE 7 DAY SUSPENSION) **

2.7 Intentionally violate any applicable law or regulation;
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2.8 Knowingly post (or threaten to post) or transmit (or threaten to transmit) any file that contains computer viruses, corrupt files, or any other contaminating or destructive features that may damage computer equipment.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 15, (IMMEDIATE/PERMANENT BAN) **

2.9 Acceptable signature lines would include information about your truck, modifications, hobbies, career, or family. Signature lines should not include information about race, religion, political views, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercions, or uncivil, insulting, vile, or obscene language. It should also not include false, profane, or malicious statements concerning any member of Cumminsforum.com. Posting videos or oversized pictures are not allowed in signatures either.  Links to businesses other than paying site sponsors are not allowed.  Members will be informed of any violations by moderators/administration and enforcement will be conducted at their discretion.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 5, EXPIRES: 60 Days, (IMMEDIATE 3 DAY SUSPENSION) **

2.10 Occasional recommendations of vendors/sponsors by users is encouraged. However excessive promotion of vendors (cheerleading) on the forums is discouraged and may be subject to removal.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 2, EXPIRES: 60 Days **

2.11 Spammed Advertisement
** INFRACTION POINTS: 15, (IMMEDIATE/PERMANENT BAN) **

2.12 Moderator may delete posts as needed for any reason.  Openly calling out the staff or talking about how you disagree will not help your cause.  If you would like to discuss something, PM a staff member.  They can figure out who deleted it and put you in contact with someone who can explain things further.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 5, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

2.13 Avatars are allowed on this site.  It's acceptable to have pictures of your wife/gf, but please choose a non provocative picture. We know some avatars of women are pleasing, but the problem becomes people trying to one up the next person until we're seeing avatars of women barely in clothes.  Pictures of your truck are highly encouraged. 
** INFRACTION POINTS: 2, EXPIRES: 30 Days **


3. Discussion Forums
Cumminsforum.com Discussion Forum is designed to help owners solicit input from others on the proper maintenance and operation of their truck. Most truck enthusiasts want detailed information, thorough analysis, entertaining reading, and friendly (accurate) guidance. We recognize that while we have a lot of truck information in this forum, people sometimes post replies that are misleading, deceptive, or downright wrong. They may do this unintentionally or, sad to say, intentionally. Let's change the timeworm axiom to read, "Let the reader beware." Use good common sense. Remember, we do not have the staff to mediate or "police" all of the information that is posted. Analyze thoroughly before taking any advice offered. The fundamental concept is that you should not rely solely upon any information or opinions you read. Rather, you should use what you read as a starting point for doing independent research on products and maintenance techniques.

3.1 Keep your posts relevant to the topic at hand.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 2, EXPIRES: 30 Days **

3.2 Post your topic in the correct forum. Moderators will move posts that are incorrectly located.

3.3 Moderators may delete posted items offered for sale within any Discussion Forum or move them to the appropriate forum.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 60 Days **

3.4 Classifieds are provided as a means of users to buy and sell used items for their trucks.  There is a list of classified rules posted in the classified section.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 30 Days **

 

4. Sponsors/Vendors Participation
Input and commentary is welcomed in our Discussion Forums, however, direct solicitation is not. Sponsors/Vendors have proven to provide insightful conversation and commentary. Demonstrate professionalism in all posts to the Cumminsforum.com Discussion Forums. Sponsors may sell their works in there own provided forum and will respect other sponsors forum.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 60 Days **

4.1 The Cumminsforum.com discussion forums are not an appropriate forum for emotionally charged discussion between manufacturers, distributors, dealers, shops and/or users. These forums are intended to be technical resources for members interested in learning more about the proper care and maintenance of their trucks. All Sponsors/Vendors will refrain from making direct, emotionally charged, posts to and/or about competitors. All Sponsors/Vendors posts must be civil and technically oriented.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 5, EXPIRES: 90 Days, (IMMEDIATE 3 DAY SUSPENSION) **

4.2 No direct solicitation and/or pricing discussions are allowed on the Cumminsforum.com discussion forums. The discussion of prices is best left off-line in a private PM, e-mail or in your Sponsor Forum to those with interest. We require this because our members did not join to read sales pitches or solicitations in our technical discussion forums.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 1, EXPIRES: 30 Days **

4.3 Sponsors/Vendors must have their business name incorporated into their signature block. Sponsors may include their phone number, website or email address. No sales pitches are allowed in your signature ie (Call for the best deal on MBRP Exhaust, 10% off of everything, etc...) Sponsors/Vendors are allowed one, non-advertising image in their signature. If its an image of your truck and it has your logo on it, great!
** INFRACTION POINTS: 1, EXPIRES: 10 Days **

4.4 We understand it may not pay to get a full sponsorship to sell a $5 widget.  Users wishing to sell items without becoming a full vendor is possible, however you should contact your favorite site vendor and try to market your product through them.  Please do not advertise your product or create threads about your product in this manner though.  Also, openly promoting your product or shop is not allowed.  Remember, you are still a registered user, not a paying vendor.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3 EXPIRES: 60 Days **


5. Sponsor/Vendor Promotions and Group Purchases
Commercial solicitation is not allowed in any Discussion Forum with the exception of the sponsors provided forum.  We encourage answering questions, troubleshooting, and helping out members who experience a problem with a product you are knowledgeable in, however, you cannot try to offer to sell them something in the discussion forums.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 1 EXPIRES: 60 Days **

5.1 Sponsors/Vendors promotions should clearly state a start date and an end date. Its terms must be specific.
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5.2 No group purchase or Sponsors/Vendors promotion will imply that it has Cumminsforum.com’s endorsement nor will it imply any affiliation with Cumminsforum.com.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 90 Days **

5.3 Group Buys/Purchases are NOT permitted on the forum unless set up by an authorized Cummins Forum Sponsor. Members should not post up any "feeler threads" or any Group Buy solicitations. If you want a group buy started, please PM the vendor of your choice and ask them to set it up.
** INFRACTION POINTS: 3, EXPIRES: 90 days **

6. Educate, Don't Irritate
Generally, nobody enjoys posts that offer little or no information, contains emotion at the expense of reason, or attacks another party. And remember, it is entirely possible to agree to disagree with others . . . respectfully. Diplomacy, discretion and common sense should be your guides. A click to the private e-mail icon and an off-line discussion is suggested to resolve difference.

7. Infraction System
On a Discussion Forum of this size, responsibility and accountability are important. No one wants to log onto a chaotic, mean-spirited forum. The consequences of non-compliance are outlined below.

7.1 Violations of the guidelines will usually warrant a warning prior to infractions bearing points being issued. We ARE adults after all.

7.2 Five points awarded or accumulated will result in an immediate 3 day suspension.

7.3 Eight points awarded or accumulated will result in an immediate 7 day suspension.

7.4 Twelve points awarded or accumulated will result in an immediate 30 day suspension.

7.5 Fifteen points awarded or accumulated will result in your account being immediately suspended. Moderating Staff will attempt resolution with the member Via a special forum. If no resolution is found the account and originating IP address will be banned.

7.6 Please note that we reserve the right to issue Warnings or Points, extend point durations, and/or skip steps if we feel the violation so warrants. We also reserve the right to change the infraction point values at any time with or/without notice.

7.7 Cumminsforum.com reserves the right to remove any inappropriate post or terminate your posting privileges to the Discussion Forums at any time, with or without prior notice.

8. This is the WWW
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