So the guy at the top has changed but the purpose and intent of this Board has not.
Quite simply the purpose of this Board is to share knowledge, encourage the continued resurrections and use of these undervalued machines, and enjoy the camaraderie associated with a common interest.
I think we generally do extremely well sharing information and encouraging new and old Members alike with their projects. The area I see us falling short is with politeness and that is critical to the Camaraderie.
In keeping with that intent we have a FAQ and Forum Rules http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=35370 that focus on Good Personal Behavior and Mutual Respect. The cornerstone of civility is politeness.
The Moderation team and I are tasked with walking a fine line between maintaining good order and over Moderating. Over Moderation can destroy a Board in short order and we are well aware of this. We discuss many posts in the background and will not interfere with a heavy hand unless we feel it is necessary. The Moderation Team is a VERY Diverse group to ensure we look at things from as many viewpoints as possible before taking action. The one thing we have in common is the best interest of this site. We believe in NGW, and are devoted to seeing it continue to be one of the BEST Motorcycles sites on the net.
It seems like every few months we go through a cycle of “Bad Manners” (for lack of a better term) and we all need a reminder about the rules of the site.
These are the last 4 lines in the Forum Rules from the link above:
Please respect each other above all else.
Use common sense and be courteous. Treat each other with respect and dignity and everyone will get along just fine. In other words, let's all play nice!
Please notice a common theme here about mutual respect
Please read our FAQ faq.php
I will say it again "The cornerstone of civility is politeness", we are here to encourage each other in our endeavors not to criticize or ridicule. Sometimes folks make a comment without realizing how it may come across.... so while they thought they were being clever, it can be perceived as hurtful or snide. A part of politeness is being able to say "I'm sorry, I did not intend it that way"
If you do not have anything nice to say and can not be supportive of others then don't say anything, or use your words and change the tone of your response. Keep it polite. Keep it respectful and have fun. And remember were all here to help one another and get help when we need it.