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Terms and rules

Rules of Conduct on TGP

Last Revised April 12, 2021

General rules philosophy: Before reading this, please read the Terms of Use Agreement, which covers general guidelines.

How We Handle Things: We do not search the forums looking for problems. We depend on the members to report problem posts via the report posts function in our software. Please remember that our moderators are musicians, just like you, and that they are unpaid volunteers. A moderator may delete a post or send you a notice/warning to remind you of the rules. We take a neutral stance on what members post; we are not fair or unfair to either side of any issue. We are not detectives, judges, or juries. We ONLY enforce the rules of the Forum that allow for civil discussion. ONLY that matters to us. We are not arbitrators, lawyers, or judges - we do not verify the content, intent, or degree of truth of any member post(s). 

If the rules are broken and reported to us for review, we will moderate based on the rules. If there are broken rules, then please report them. Otherwise, we cannot act. Please do not report posts that do not violate TGP rules.

We ONLY implement the rules of the Forum that allow for civil discussion. Other than expressly forbidden topics, how you express yourself is more likely to be an issue than what you post. We are not arbitrators, lawyers, or judges - we do not verify the content, intent, or degree of truth of any member post(s).

Basic Philosophy: From a moderation standpoint, there are no wrong viewpoints. Please conduct conversations in a respectful, honest manner with common courtesy as a guideline, even when disagreeing.

THE RULES

  1. Don't Act Like a Jerk. Antagonizing other members or resorting to personal attacks is the most common reason for moderators to take action. Say what you need to say without insulting someone else. Following someone from thread to thread to argue with or insult them is not allowed. Private Messages/Conversations or emails are private, but the same "antagonizing" rule applies. Posting someone's PM, email, or personal information without expressed written permission is not allowed.
  2. No bashing of other musicians. We are a community of musicians, and slamming other musicians is poor taste. A lot of them are or have been members of this Forum. Yes, you can critique or state that someone's music style isn't appealing to you. What we don't allow is a personal attack on the artist. "They suck," "they can't play,” "are not a real musician,” "he/she is a**hole" kind of statement. 
  3. What is Not Allowed? Bigoted remarks, religious or political comments, trademark violations, and copyright violations are not allowed. Photos and posts must be safe for work and people as young as 13 years old. You may not offer to sell or promote any item that violates a trademark, even if you note that it is a replica, clone, copy, or fake. We allow discussion of guns as objects only; we do not condone debate about their appropriate role in society because of that discussion's political nature.
  4. No Spam. Posts for buying, trading, or selling are only allowed in the emporiums. You must be a Supporting Member to post ads in our emporiums. Soliciting members via unsolicited Private Messages or email is spam. Spam in signatures is still spam. If it's not music gear, it's spam. "Price check" posts that look too much like an ad will be deleted and treated as spam.
  5. One user account per member. Multiple User IDs are not allowed and will convert a temporary suspension into a permanent ban if you open a new user account while under suspension. If you want to change your username, you need to contact an administrator to do that.
  6. If you feel the need to mention a negative business deal you've had with a company or individual, keep it professional. Do not get personal, and don't attack the people involved; you may describe the situation factually. Personal attacks and insults can draw infractions, even if you're right. We cannot verify a bad business deal’s claims, and such posts are the author's sole responsibility.
  7. Do not argue with moderators. Moderators are volunteers who are musicians, just like you, and have a tough job. Please do not argue with them.
  8. Legal threats. If you threaten or insinuate legal action against TGP or its staff, your time on TGP is over.
  9. Emporium rules. There is a separate set of rules for the emporiums on each emporium area (sticky thread). Please read them. 
  10. Deleting user accounts. If you get booted or are unhappy with us, don't ask us to remove your account or posts. You joined and posted on your own, and we will not spend time deleting things just because you're angry. If you are under the jurisdiction of the GDPR, we will comply with legal requests to remove your content. 
  11. Rules for Businesses. - Supporting Vendor – Annual or Monthly

To function only as a Participating member, you do not need to be a supporting member. However, you must post a disclosure in your signature and ONLY answer direct questions. To Sell and Market as a commercial business on The Gear Page you must become a Supporting Vendor. This support membership level comes with permission to post one commercial listing in our member emporiums, unlimited posts in the Builder/Retailer section, list links in your signature, and open a Vendor tagged thread in the Member Discussion areas.

  • Vendor Banner - A supporting vendor member banner lets our members and moderators know you are a vendor.
  • Signature, Avatar, Profile - We require placing a disclosure and suggest a link and contact information in your signature. Avatar suggestions can be logos, products, or musician lifestyle images. When logged in, to edit your profile information, click your username on the top right of the screen, and you will see links to update your avatar, signature, and profile.
  • Suggested Content - Using the "Vendor" thread prefix, you may create and maintain one promotional thread in one relevant discussion forum at any given time. Older Vendor tagged threads will be moved to the Builder/Retailer section. When that thread loses activity, you may post new content but not more than once every 24 hours. In this one thread, you may post the following:
    • You may post Videos/Pictures that feature your products.
    • You may post event announcements, trade shows, seminars, etc.
    • You may post new product announcements.
    • You may use the "Vendor" thread prefix to maintain one promotional sales thread in the relevant Emporium (Classifieds) forum at a time. The Commercial Areas of the Emporiums are wide open - you can post as many threads as you would like there.
  • Some Things Not To Do
    • Comparing your products/services to the competition
    • Do not bump your thread with a new post(s) in the Discussion areas exceeding once every 24 hours unless you answer a direct question. Consistent abuse could result in the loss of posting privileges.
    • Double posting the same announcement in different sections of the site
    • Posting to other sponsors' threads (unless you have something nice to say)

Issues/questions - Don't hesitate to contact us. The fastest way to bring it to our attention is to click the "report post" button if you see inappropriate content. The moderators get an email of the report immediately.

SUMMARY: Your membership to TGP is a privilege, not a right. If you disagree with the rules, you should find a discussion site that better meets your expectations. Although we value every member and want you to be here, if we feel that your membership hurts others' experiences, we may choose to suspend or ban you. We reserve the right to suspend or remove any member for any reason, not limited to the above rules.



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