In recent weeks there have been several outbursts in the General Forum that are unacceptable. Since this happened I am going to gently remind EVERYONE that you MUST follow the rules or you may be banned. The Forum Rules can be found easliy enough but if you can't find them, PM a Mod and we'll point you to them.
Remember Gentleman... This Forum is NOT any single individuals' Forum. This means that stating your political leanings, religious beliefs, or just poking at other personal aspects of other members will NOT be tolerated.
The Mods here try to allow the edges of the rules to be straddled as long as everyone involved remains CIVIL. Civility has taken a back seat lately and the Mods are tired of it.
We rarely ban members because we realize that sometimes guys have a bad day, or maybe someone stepped over the boundaries unintentionally. Please don't mistake our patience for a weakness when it comes to banning someone. If you break the rules, have received one or more PMs from one or more Mods, and then continue with whatever you were doing.... you will probably get banned.
If other members are complaining about you, especially long time members that have never been a problem, you will probably get banned.
So clean up your act if:
1) You've threatened or harassed someone either in the open Forum or by PM.
2) You've blatantly used cursing or abusive language in the open Forum or a PM to another member.
3) You have a political statement of any type in your signature or under your avatar.
4) You've been asked by any Mod in a PM(s) to stop something.
If a member is banned you can be assured that it was only after multiple warnings by PM or for just plain blatantly disregarding Forum rules. We do NOT take banning lightly and there is ALWAYS discussion among Mods before a member is banned. Being belligerent, with any Mod in a PM if they contact you about something, will NOT ingratiate you to that Mod or any of the others.
I will be looking at Signatures and comments under avatars more closely and if there is something inappropriate I will contact you by PM to ask you to remove it. Once removed, please do not replace it with something different but similar... that won't fly here.
I had somewhere around 20 PMs yesterday with concerns about these types of things. That alone means it was time for me to post this. Clean it up Gentlemen.