Rules of Conduct
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User's Agreement and Rules of Conduct for the Pilots of America Message BoardsUse of and participation in the Pilots of America message board (hereafter referred to as "the forums") is contingent upon your acceptance of the following terms and rules. By participating in the forums, you acknowledge your acceptance of these terms. For the purposes of this agreement, "Participant" refers to you. "The forums" refers to the Pilots of America Message board and all content associated with PilotsOfAmerica.com.
Pilots of America is a non-profit organization operated by pilots for pilots.
Rules of ConductThese forums are primarily for discussing aviation and aviation-related topics affecting pilots in the United States of America, although membership and discussion of aviation topics are open to pilots worldwide. These guidelines are posted as a Code of Conduct, and if all of our participants will subscribe to this code of conduct, these rules will be easily observed.
Goals of the Forums
Enforcement of Rules of Conduct
The Management Council utilizes a clearly-defined “warning points” system on a 0-100 scale. If a Participant accumulates 100 unexpired points, they’re automatically (and permanently) banned from the forums. A 3-day suspension occurs automatically at 25 accumulated unexpired points, a suspension for 1 week occurs at 50 points, and a suspension for 1 month occurs at 75 points. The Management Council reserves the right to issue suspensions and bans immediately, regardless of point accumulation, if the situation so warrants.
In general, points that participants accumulate for warnings issued by the Management Council are not permanent. Warning points expire after a specified period of time (consider this “points off for good behavior”). This means somebody would only be automatically banned if their behavior over the period of a year (the longest “expires after” period) continued to be particularly awful.
Warning Points are based on severity of the offense. Thus, the system is structured so that personal attacks, at 20 points each, would automatically escalate into a 3-day suspension after a second attack in a one year period (20 x 2 = 40, exceeding the 25 point time out threshold), OR a one week suspension after three attacks (20 x 3 = 60, exceeding the 50 point 1-week suspension threshold), OR a one month suspension after four attacks (20 x 4 = 80, exceeding the 75 point 1-month suspension threshold).
The full list of pre-defined warnings, their standard point accumulation, and their standard warning expiration period, are defined below. The Management Council always retains the right to override any of these settings on a case-by-case basis, but will generally only do so in particularly egregious situations.
ClassifiedsThe Classifieds forum is for the posting of items or services for sale or rent and requests for charitable donations. No illegal items or services may be posted in this or any forum. POA reserves the right to delete any posting that is distasteful. Pilots of America does not, endorse, warrant or guarantee any item or service being offered for sale or rent and offers no opinion on the authenticity, safety or warranty for a particular purpose of any item or service being offered.
Participants who are selling items must comply with the following rules:
Chat FunctionPilots of America has a Chat feature available for all members. Virtually all topics are permitted for discussion in Chat, as long as they are discussed in a civil manner; however, exclusionary or hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and may invoke a temporary or permanent suspension from the Chat function and/or the forum. Pilots of America also reserves the right to remove any content that it finds in violation of the Rules of Conduct or otherwise objectionable for any reason.
Rights of Pilots of America / Disclaimer of LiabilityThe content of these forums are supplied by its members with occasional responses from Pilots of America. Pilots of America shall not be responsible for policing, monitoring, or editing such content, exercises no more editorial control over such content than would a public library, bookstore, newsstand, or other distributor of content, and accordingly, shall not be responsible for exercising editorial control over such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Pilots of America shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor such content in order to respond to or comment upon communications by Participants and in order to determine compliance with the foregoing Rules of Conduct. Pilots of America shall have the right and sole discretion to edit, to refuse to port or to remove any content whatsoever which it finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or which it finds in its sole discretion to be otherwise objectionable for any reason.
The opinions expressed in the forums are those of the individual posting the comment and not those of Pilots of America. Pilots of America is not responsible for any materials provided by users which are deemed harmful or offensive to others. Pilots of America is not responsible in any way for any injury, loss, or damage which occurs as a result of a statement or opinion expressed or information provided in these sections of the site. Pilots of America is not responsible for the content of any sites linked to the Pilots of America site.
Pilots of America makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content in the Pilots of America site or the accuracy or reliability of any information or statements contained therein. All statements, advice and opinions made by Participants in Pilots of America message boards are those of such Participants only, and Pilots of America neither endorses nor shall be held responsible for the reliability or accuracy of same.
Pilots of America will use any information obtained from the user as a part of our own private database, which may be used at any time by Pilots of America in order to gather or provide information specifically pertaining to the topics provided within our set of message forums.
TerminationPilots of America shall have the right to immediately terminate any Participant's use of the Pilots of America site if Pilots of America determines in its sole discretion that Participant has violated the Rules of Conduct set forth herein or otherwise breached this agreement, or has engaged in conduct which Pilots of America determines in its sole discretion to be unacceptable.
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