last update: 31 December 2010
These guidelines are intended to make things a little easier on the hard working volunteer moderators and to help foster a sense of community. Let’s face it, the internet has a bad reputation for some pretty nasty stuff. These guidelines will help keep HBA from falling into that same stereotype. Please help make this community one of the friendliest of its kind by taking a few minutes to read through this page before posting. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions feel free to contact me. I'll do my best to accommodate any reasonable request. Enjoy the site!! - Jake Crause, HBA Admin
HBA Code of Conduct
1. Participate - Be yourself, have fun, invent, innovate, chat, plan, day-dream, and enjoy any other activity associated with this wonderful sport.
2. Respect Others - Personal attacks are strictly prohibited. Its fine to debate and challenge one another’s ideas, but when the discussion turns personal it’s no longer acceptable. What crosses the line will be left to best judgment of our exceptionally good looking and hard working moderators.
3. Inappropriate Content - Never post anything that is sexually suggestive or sexually explicit. This includes, but is not limited to, links to pornographic sites, pictures, or suggestive language.
4. Vulgar Language - Please keep your posts clear of foul language. We are committed to keeping this site as family friendly as possible and ask for your help in doing so.
5. Off Topic / Hot Button Issues - Non-aviation topics, especially those topics that are likely to cause division, should not be discussed here on HBA. Liberal vs. Conservative, Baptist vs. Catholic, support the war or don't support the war - these are all examples of conversations that can cause emotions to run high and divide our members. There are many other places on the internet to discuss those topics.
6. Before You Ask - One of the most amazing things about this community is the large number of experienced homebuilders and designers who are willing to give so much of their time to answer our questions. This is a resource to be used carefully - please take the time to prepare your question before taking it to the group. In many cases, your question has already been asked by another poster and a brief use of the search function will turn up your answer. In addition, several of our members have volunteered to create threads which answer many of the basic questions related to different subject matters. These "sticky" threads can be found at the top of the list of threads in many of the forum areas. If, after doing a thorough search of the forums and browsing the above mentioned threads, you do not find the answer to your question than you are encouraged to ask the group. Try to provide as much information as you can about what you would like to know and what you have learned about the subject up to this point. This will ensure the very best chance of receiving a thorough answer. You will be amazed at just how much knowledge and experience will be brought to bear to solve a well written and thoughtful question!
7. Copyright - Posting, selling, or advocating the piracy of aircraft plans or books that have not been released to the public domain is against the policy of this website. Aircraft designers and authors work very hard to bring a design to market and I would hate to see anything taken away from that effort. Because a design is no longer offered for sale or is no longer supported by the designer does not automatically mean anyone can make copies of the plans and offer them for free or for sale, nor is something posted on the internet automatically "public domain". Anyone who is interested in doing this should contact the designer or his estate to acquire the rights to the design.
8. Quoting Outside Sources - When quoting the text of a book, article, or website please only quote a small portion of the text and then provide a link or reference to where the remaining content can be found. Exceptions to this are content from public domain sources such as government publications.
9. Customer Experiences - There are many vendors we as homebuilders rely on to do what we do. Some vendors provide a great product and some don't. This website is a natural place to discuss these matters but, we must do so in a responsible way. The internet is an amazingly powerful means of spreading information about a company - both good information and bad information. An unfounded rumor can seriously impact the business of a hard-working individual and their employees. To this end I'm asking all members to be cautious about the wording of their posts when describing the actions of a vendor who has wronged you. State the facts, but do so in a rational, coherent, and non-inflammatory way, limited to your own personal experiences. Unfounded rumor, character defamation, and other such posts will not be tolerated.
10. Allegations of Fraud - The use of terms such as thief, criminal, shuckster, etc is considered by me to be allegations of criminal activity and won't be allowed unless they have been proven in a court. Most members who use these terms have good intentions and only do so to warn others of a poor product or service. However, much of what happens in the marketplace is really just a matter of poor business practice and should be stated as such. Accusations more severe than that should be made in front of a judge and not on this website.
11. Hot Linking - Hot linking is the practice of posting images or files from one website on another website when the original website maintains the file on their servers. Doing so can adversely affect the performance of both websites and may also violate copyright laws. Some hot linking is appropriate, such as posting your personal images from websites such as photobucket.com or imageshack.com.
12. Avatars - Avatars are the small images that can be displayed under a member’s username. It is my hope that every user would choose to have one as long as it is in good taste.
13. Double Posting - All forums have a main topic. When starting a new thread, make sure you do so in the proper forum and do not post the same question in more than one forum at a time. This cuts down on confusion and helps participants find the info they need.
14. Vendor Participation - If you are a vendor, I would like you to know that you are welcome to participate here on HBA. You may encounter a situation where a member criticizes or posts negative information about your product, service, company, or staff. As the vendor, you are welcome to address those concerns in a positive and professional way. However, it is not the policy here at HBA to censor or remove negative feedback based on firsthand experience unless it violates the guidelines of this site. If you feel you are being unfairly treated and don't wish to post to the open forum, please contact us and we will review the situation.
15. Advertising - Please limit any posts that directly advertise or promote your product or service to the Supplier / Manufacturer Announcement area. If your product or service is directly relevant to a discussion being held in another area, please feel free to discuss it in that light, although again, advertising or direct promotion in the general forum is not allowed. The Supplier/Manufacturer Announcement area exists for you to discuss new products, company information, or to answer potential customer questions. You may include a link to your company website in your forum signature if you like, but please keep any other promotional text in your signature to an absolute minimum.
16. Private Correspondence - Private messages and emails should remain private. Never post the contents of a Private message except with the permission of the individual who sent it.
17. Violations - These guidelines are a living document and will change from time to time. I'll make every effort to let our members know when significant changes have taken place but I would like to encourage every member to review these guidelines occasionally. Any posts that violate these guidelines are subject to removal. If you come across a post which does not uphold the standards we have just discussed above, please do not respond to the post but instead report the post by clicking the exclamation point icon at the bottom left of the post. You can also report a post by using the contact me link at the bottom of any page. Any help you can give in this area would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
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