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Rules, privacy and moderation information

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This site offers public and moderated services where members can exchange information, seek and offer help with any aspect of biking or simply have fun. Whether you have a question about motorbikes, an important message for humanity or a harmless observation about life, you are welcome to participate. This is a moderated site, in essence this means that within reason you can say whatever you like and express any opinion you like. However, this is a public site and as such abuse of the services offered or its community will not be tolerated.

This site has moderators whose role is to promote responsibility of speech (while preventing malicious personal attacks) and ensure that the security and stability of our network and services. Not everyone draws the line in the same place, therefore where moderators/administrators feel a site activity is outside the bounds of what is deemed acceptable, it will be moderated. The moderators represent the Administrator in all such matters, and their decisions are final.

If you object to the publication of any material placed on our site please let us know via one of the following methods:

Using the thread/content reporting tool available on most pages.
Sending a private message to an Administrator or Moderator.
Sending an email to
On receipt of your report we will take whatever action we deem appropriate, this is usually via any combination of private infractions/messages, public posting or content deletion. Unless further information is required to deal with your report you will not receive any reply, however the moderation team does review and where necessary acts upon all reports received.

General Rules & Guidelines

Any information/links you submit to the site (i.e. posts/threads/avatars/attachments etc) must not be obscene, pornographic, abusive, threatening, offensive, libelous, homophobic, malicious (i.e. links to URLs containing spyware) or defamatory or fall under the banner of piracy.
It is strongly recommended that you do not post personal information (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, images) or any other information considered private without the express permission of the individual. You must respect the privacy of other members. Any information you submit to public areas of the site (i.e. forums) immediately becomes available to all internet users. We cannot be held responsible if private information you have submitted to a public areas is used for purposes that you did not intend.
When posting copyrighted material, you should always observe all copyright laws. If the material belongs to someone else, you should always seek authority from and where applicable credit the original author. This also extends to anything that is covered by trademark, patent, trade secret or is bound by non disclosure or data protection agreements or effect any other 3rd party rights. If any party queries the copyright status of an item they will be directed to communicate with the submitter.
All opinions and views expressed within site are solely those of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of the site or its representatives.
Any automated access to any site servers or services must not exceed what a human could normally access in the same period of time, and may not adversely affect site performance. Any automated access that exceeds what a human could normally access will be interpreted as a denial of service attack. You will be immediately and permanently banned, your access blocked by IP address, and subject to criminal prosecution.
Any usernames etc that could be interpreted by other community members as being directly affiliated with the site or its representatives will be banned and locked, examples of these are "Admin", "Administrator", "Webmaster", Siteowner" etc. Interpretation on this matter is down to the site administrators/moderators and decisions are final.
We realise that sometimes it can be useful to have multiple/alias accounts. As an example sometimes you might not want to discuss something under your normal username. As such using an alias account will not result in any moderation actions. However, if an alias account is created with the apparent purpose of disrupting the forum and its community then all associated accounts will be moderated. Identification of account aliases is not an exact science therefore if you find that your account has been moderated and it is not a duplicate please contact a site administrator/moderator to rectify the situation. Regarding disruptive of comedy aliases, site administration reserves the rights to make public the main account behind an alias at anytime and for any reasons.
You agree to not advertise or otherwise solicit for funds or be a solicitation for goods or services unless agreed otherwise by the site administrator or within the scope of the Sponsor subscription available on the site.
Site administrators and moderators reserve the right to censor any words or content at any time.
We cannot be held responsible for the views of or content posted by community members, nor for any consequences arising therefrom.
Impersonating another community member or site administrator/moderator is strictly prohibited.
Any community member that is found to be attempting to circumvent moderation, i.e. creating an alternative account, will be moderated.
Any activity that is deemed to place us or our representatives in legal jeopardy will result in moderation and in some cases associated accounts being deleted.
Profile signatures should not contain any commericial information/links unless you have subscribed to a Sponsor account. The only exception to this is where you have become a Supporter and your signature contains a single URL text link and does not include any other contact/business information.
You must not use this site to harvest or otherwise collect information about users, including email addresses, without their consent.
You must not use the facilities available here to impersonate a Supporter and/or Sponsor, i.e. creating an avatar that is visually similar to the default Supporter/Sponsor tags.
You agree to extend full usage rights to this site for use within this sites domain any data that is visible to other site users.
Any site activity found to be in violation of the above will typically be deleted without warning or explanation. Continued abuse will result in temporary or permanent loss of some or all access privileges and possible termination of your site account. We and our representatives reserve the right to ban any user, at any time, and for any reason.

We also reserve the right to monitor content and may edit, reject or remove content if it does not comply with the information contained in this document.

Site activity will not be moderated because you say something that does not agree with site owners. However if a site activity degenerates into hateful flaming, it will be moderated. Discussion is the very heart of this community as such if a thread contains a heated discussion between several members, each of whom disagree, but each of whom are responsibly debating the issue at hand, it will stay open. In relation to the site forum, controversial topics make for the best threads, however we do expect a degree of respect between community members. We feel that censorship or heavy handed moderation of this site will make for an extremely biased and boring site, so please understand that deleting or closing threads is not our goal. Unpopular opinions, as long as they are not flames, racial or stereotypical will be protected. Everyone has an opinion, and you the readers and contributors to this site will gain more from hearing all sides than we you would if only the popular opinions were published. You should always use smilies to accurately convey your tone, correct use of available smilies will help site readers and moderators to determine if you are serious or just joking. This also extends to private messages and any other area of the site.

We recognise and understand that privacy is extremely important to those who use our on-line services. The following outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use our site, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard your information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

This privacy policy does not apply to any information that you submit that can be accessed by other site users, as an example (but not limited to):

Forums threads
Public profile
Blog entries and comments
Arcade comments
Sent/Received private messages (drafts are included)
Personal information and other data we collect

We only collect personal information when you voluntarily provide it. For example, through one of the contact forms.

We use cookies and other technologies to enhance your on-line experience while using this site, primarily these are used for:

Recording your "remember me" logon choice.
Our servers and software automatically record information when you visit this site, this includes the following:

The URL you are viewing.
The IP address you are currently using.
Browser type & system configuration (i.e. screen resolution).
Date & time of your page visit.
Pages visited (within the site).
Referring page.
IP based geographical information.
Data Sharing

Any personal information offered to us will only be used to provide the requested service to you or designated persons (by you) or answer a specific question to you or designated persons (by you).

We may also use personal information for auditing, research and analysis to operate and improve the services offered by us.

We will not share or sell any information, either person identifiable or aggregated non-personal information with third parties.

When we use third parties to assist us in processing your personal information, i.e. our internal accounting, we require that they comply with this privacy policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

In limited circumstances we may be required to share information with third parties, including when complying with legal process, preventing fraud or imminent harm, and ensuring the security of our network and services.

Your choices

You may decline to provide personal information to us and/or refuse cookies in your browser, although some site features or services may not function properly as a result.

We make good faith efforts to provide you access to your personal information upon request and to let you correct such data if it is inaccurate and delete it, when reasonably possible.

We reserve the right to transfer any data collected in the event of an acquisition, full or partial