Message Boards Rules

The Steamboats.org Message Board is a semi-moderated discussion board for exchanging relevant information about steamboats, paddlewheelers, riverboats, the US inland rivers and related stuff. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information, advice, suggestions, and discussion about facts and history, not to serve as a forum for chatting and exchanging personal messages (please use e-mail or private messages for these purposes).

Registration is only being accepted with your full real name (first and last name), while first and last name must be separated by a blank. The purpose of this guideline is to try and keep information posted on the Steamboats.org Message Board as accurate as possible by asking people to stand behind their posts.

Although the administrators and moderators of Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Message Boards, nor vBulletin Solutions Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

The Steamboats.org Message Board requires all posters to adhere to a high standard of courtesy and civility. Polite, constructive criticism, and polite responses to same, are acceptable. Insulting or inflammatory language; explicit language; argument and debate for their own sake; and personal attacks on other posters ("flaming") are all prohibited. Please note that this standard is inherently subjective, and is considerably more restrictive than the standards on many other forums. Some people may not find it possible to express their full views and stay within this guideline. Other people may have legitimate philosophical objections to posting under inherently subjective moderation. In either case, we must respectfully ask them to express their views in other forums than this one. No profanity. There will be zero tolerance for this, and posts containing profanity will be deleted on sight.

Defining what constitutes uncourteous, uncivil, or unconstructive speech, and deciding when continued discussion of a subject is no longer constructive, shall be within the sole discretion of the moderators. They may choose to issue a back-channel warning, may delete posts without warning, or may close threads to new posts. Where possible, the moderators will try to explain the cause for their decisions, either back channel or through an announcement on the board.

Commercial advertising is allowed on a case-by-case basis. In general, we do not want to see a great deal of regular commercial advertising on the board. However, do encourage people to announce the availability of products and services of immediate relevance to other posters. If you have something for sale that may be of interest to the list, please ask the moderators for permission first.

The owners of Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any content item for any reason.