LS2 Forums Rules

LS2.COM's forums were established in 2004 to create a friendly environment for Muscle Car enthusiasts to interact in laid back, family-orientated environment. In order to foster this friendly interaction and create an environment where enthusiasts feel comfortable posting and hanging out, we have created a set of rules and guidelines which all members are asked to follow. These rules are general in nature, as it is impossible to spell out every possible reason that may result in a thread being locked, deleted, or edited.

The rules are as follows:

1) Expletives:

While using the occasional off-color word is okay in a post, profanity will not be allowed in thread titles. Also, many people are deeply offended by vulgar language, so if you feel you must swear to get your point across, please keep the amount of profanity in your posts to an appropriate minimum so as to not be overly offensive. Phrases such as "damn" or "pissed off" are not considered profanity.

2) Spamming:

Spamming or intentional business advertisements by businesses that do not sponsor LS2.COM are not allowed. Threads or PMs determined to be "spam" will be deleted or forwarded to the Administration, This type of posting could possibly result with privileges to our board restricted or denied without notice. The use of a company name as an ID is in itself an advertisement. If it is in direct competition to our paying sponsors it cannot be allowed. While this may seem unfair, your business name on the site is an ad and, as such, is a disservice to our paying sponsors. If you currently have an ID that is a business name and it is in a competitive market to our paying sponsors, contact an administrator OR make a request in the "Requests and Feedback" forum for a name change. We will allow 7 calendar days to satisfy the request before initiating action to arbitrarily change the ID to a non-business designation.
Lottery schemes being advertised on this board are considered Spam. Excessive advertisement of other "for profit" forums is also considered spam, and will be dealt with accordingly. If you are interested in sponsoring LS2.COM, please send inquiries to admin@ls2.com.

Soliciting for Members of this site to go and join another site is also considered a form of Spam. Mentioning another site for reference or as an information source is acceptable but direct solicitation aimed at our Members to bolster some other site's Membership is inappropriate and subject to Moderator disciplinary action.

Chain Letter type threads are not allowed on this site.

3) Flames, or Derogatory Insults:

Flames or derogatory insults are strictly against the rules. If you disagree with another member's point of view, do so in a mature and civil manner. If someone posts to discuss their personal problems or seek help from other forum members, please do not respond unless you have something positive or helpful to add. If you find yourself being flamed or insulted by another member, please do not dignify that person with a response. Notify a moderator and let us handle it. If you feel you must respond to a flame or insult directly, please do NOT do so on the board. Use private messages or e-mail. Suggestion: If you are particularly irritated by another member's posting habits and are constantly fighting the urge to flame them, you can click on that person's profile, and select "Add to ignore list." This will make that person's posts invisible to you.

4) Racism, Religion, or Sexism:

Threads or replies promoting or expressing intolerant views towards any group (race, religion, sexual preference) are not appropriate, and will not be allowed. This includes the usage of racial slurs, and making stereotypical statements that will incite intolerant comments on the board.

5) Threatening, stalking, or intimidating other board members:

Threatening other board members will not be tolerated. This includes threats of physical violence, threats of property damage, death threats, terrorist threats, or threatening to hack another person's online identity or computer. We prohibit the use of board resources to stalk members, cause members any type of harm away from the board, or for any use that involves intimidation or the threat of such things. Such stalking may include contacting employers, spouses, friends, relatives, or other associates for negative or harmful reasons, or even simply the expressed threat to do so as a means of intimidation. This offense is considered very serious, and may result in harsh discipline on the first offense, or permanent removal for subsequent offenses.

6) Porn, NWS, or Copyrighted Picture violation:

Porn is not welcome here. Pictures showing nudity may be allowed in our Lounge Forum section if an appropriate "Not Work Friendly" warning is posted in the subject line using the NWS post icon, and the picture is at worst, "R-rated." "X-rated" pictures, sites, or links are and will remain strictly against the rules. Any offensive topics (graphic sex, specific sex act, violence, snuff films or videos(human or animal) that depict graphic death, graphic violence, torture, and/or dismemberment, gore, dead bodies, or violent sexual acts will not be allowed.

"R-rated" means that you cannot show any genitalia, including the "crack" of the vaginal area, whether it's a picture, a cartoon, a drawing or whatever.. Pubic hair is okay, as long as there is no visible labia, penis, or testicles. This includes transparent clothing.. if genitals are even partially visible, it's not okay.

In addition, any pictures that depict minors posing in a sexually provocative manner are prohibited.

Sexual acts of any kind are not acceptable.

Any person that adds content to a thread that will give the thread a NWS status will be in violation of the "Porn" policy. You MAY NOT place content to the initial thread topic that will change the thread content to NWS. Members posting requests for PMs, or offering to PM material which violates our NWS policies will be considered in violation of this rule.

In addition to the above, posting or linking to, any copyrighted or watermarked pictures (to include any photo by Playboy) is expressly forbidden by www.ls2.com.

7) Avatars or Signatures:

Avatars and Signatures: Avatars, user titles, and signatures must be WORK SAFE (no swimsuits or lingerie or images that suggest nudity). Please keep that in mind when adding them. Keep them respectable. If complaints are made about your avatar due to work related viewing, your avatar could be removed from view. If you put something offensive or unsuitable in there, we will turn off "your" avatar and no one will see it but you.

All Avatars may be sized up to the following maximum limits:
100 X 100 Pixel maximum
20,000 Byte maximum

Signature tests and avatar tests will be allowed in "Practice" forum, where posts do not count towards your post count.

Avatars that promote other car sites or businesses that are not a sponsor will not be allowed.

8) Posting in Appropriate Forums:

Please post your topics in the most appropriate forum (i.e., tech threads only in tech forums, controversial topics only in the "Politics, Current Events, & Debate" forum, non-technical automotive and motorcycle related topics and/or Ford vs Chevy-ish debates only in the "Corner Garage" forum, GM-related news or Information only in the "GM News / Information /Discussion" forum).

9) Rude, Disruptive, or Immature Posts:

Threads involving topics such as toilet humor (i.e. poop, urination, vomiting, flatulation, restroom habits, /kill, boobs or ban, bag of dicks), graphic depictions of sexual acts and/or conquests, posting of IM conversations in an effort to shame or harass others, malicious parody threads, or other similarly disruptive topics will not be allowed.

10) Illegal Activities:

Threads/replies encouraging illegal/unethical action will not be allowed on www.ls2.com. For example, threads about using and/or obtaining illegal copies of copyrighted material such as software, music, videos/movies, and sharing registration and license keys of copyrighted material will be removed. Discussion of drugs is limited to the purpose of the drug. Soliciting information on obtaining illegal drugs or information on the use and purpose of the illegal drug is not appropriate on our site. Using the site's PM system to sell or obtain illegal drugs is expressly forbidden and anyone reported to be using the PM System for this purpose, and if the fact is proven by a copy of a forwarded PM to an Administrator, will be immediately banned from the board.

Sharing CarFax subscriptions is forbidden by the EULA of the CarFax subscriber. Therefore, no CarFax threads are to be run to share the CarFax service outside of the EULA in any of our forums.

Threads to promote organized gambling or lottery type money activities are not appropriate. We have no gambling license or affiliations with gambling businesses and therefore we cannot condone any real organized gambling activities on the site.

If the thread discusses illegal activity and provide links or directions on how to do, or participate in an illegal activity, the thread shall be deleted.

11) Trolling:

“Trolling" may include any of the following:
•Makings posts with the sole intention of creating discontent or problems on the forums.
•Registering an alternate ID to create problems, or any use of an alternate ID without permission.
•Using any means to circumvent ID bans, thread bans, or sub-forum bans.
•Creating posts on this site to organize, instigate, or stage trolling attacks on other sites. LS2.COM does not recommend or condone any such activity.

12) Posting Harmful URL's/HTML code:

Any Member of the LS2.COM site that posts malicious or harmful URL links that cause:

• Other Member’s PCs to become locked or have to be rebooted in order for the PC to regain functionality (Like the link to the "You're an idiot" page that ends up spawning countless little browser windows dancing all over your screen)
• “Screaming”, (cannot be viewed safely for content or sound at work)
• Links that add another forum member to your ignore list
• Links that log you off of the forum
• HTML code that disrupts or distorts the appearance or functionality of the site.

Will lose posting privileges for 3 or more days. A repeat offender may be permanently banned from the board.

13) Sponsor Bashing:

Our paying Sponsors deserve respect and restraint. Attacking a sponsor on the board is inappropriate. If you have a complaint with a sponsor, you may post the information in the appropriate forum and show the facts pertinent to the problem at hand. If you do post on the board about a specific problem involving a sponsor, please remain calm and state the facts. Do not let emotion cloud the issue at hand. We really hope situations can be resolved off-line but we will not prohibit a statement of fact BUT we will control the thread so as to stop the “Hate” or “Me too” replies these threads often generate.

If the situation resolution seems to be totally unacceptable or completely ignored, you should contact the Board Administrator directly with your situation. Send all pertinent information to [email]Admin@ls2.com[/email]

14) Attacking Forum Moderators:

Please utilize the board's Private Message function, or e-mail, if you wish to discuss a situation with a moderator. Please do not make posts or start threads asking about or discussing board discipline administered to you or others. As long as you bring up your concerns maturely and civilly to the moderator or administrator in question, we will do our best to address your concerns fairly and promptly. Continued attacks to a moderator on-line will usually result in restriction for some interval from our site even for the first offense. Starting or posting in threads to criticize or complain about a moderator action will be considered a violation of this rule.

15) Classified Policies:

#1 - You must own what you are selling. Do not post ads for friends.

#2 - You must list a price. "OBO" is acceptable provided you sell the item to someone that offers the listed price. Correct selling etiquette would be reserving the product to the first person that posts in the thread and offers the minimum posted price. A PM is not an offer for an item as it negates the purpose of the public thread. Any thread NOT listing a price will be deleted by the moderators.

#3 - There is absolutely no bidding allowed.

Going offline and using e-mail to conduct bidding is unacceptable. Prices must be listed. No "best offer" posts without a minimum price.

#4 - No retail sales that are in competition with our sponsors! They pay to advertise here and sell new parts. If you wish to sell retail items on LS2.COM, you may become a site sponsor!

#5 - Links to eBay auctions are OK on this site provided the following guidelines are followed:

The thread heading or subject line must clearly state it concerns an eBay auction. Subject line should look something like this:

1999 Black Z28 SS On E-bay AUCTION
Set of 2000 SS seats on E-bay AUCTION
Post ONLY your auction links. No listing for a friend or "Look what I saw on eBay" type posts.

#6 - Firearms or related items are not allowed to be offered on this site.

In order to protect this site from Federal problems we cannot allow the selling, trading, or buying of any gun or weapon related items. No “Gauging Interest” posts. Either you want to sell the item or you don’t. These types of for sale posts wind up being too close to an auction.

16) LS2 Site Communications:

Using the LS2.COM e-mail link or the LS2.COM PM process to send threats of violence, racial attacks, personal or sexually harassing messages is prohibited. You will be warned once and the 2nd offense is 7 days restriction from the board. Any additional offense of this nature will result in a permanent ban from the site.

Anyone that feels they are a victim of this problem should immediately contact a moderator or a site Administrator for assistance. DO NOT DELETE THE MESSAGE(S). Please keep the offending message(s) on hand so that you can forward them to the Administrator, as evidence, for action against the perpetrator.

We take great pains to provide security to our members and we ask that our members return the favor. Take precautions to secure your ID and Password. If your ID and Password are "used" by someone else that has access to your PC, YOU ARE responsible for their actions. If they get YOUR ID banned or restricted, then YOUR ID is banned and restricted as if YOU WERE the poster. Simply logging off will require that your password be known rather than automatically entered or cookied.

The above rules and guidelines are necessary to make LS2.COM's forums comfortable and enjoyable for ALL automotive enthusiasts. If you feel you can not comply with the rules above, please refrain from using LS2.COM's forums.