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Since we seem to have a lot of new members to this forum lately, I thought it timely to post this.

These Tips are to be read in conjunction with the Sites AUP:

1. Read the “AUP” Acceptable Use Policy before posting for the first time.

Also worth watching:

2. Search the other posts to see if your topic is already covered.

3. Use a meaningful title for your thread. This will ensure some one being able to search for it based on topic or content.

4. Fill in your User Profile, so that other users will at least know where you are and what sort of bike you ride.

5. Be civil, Personal differences should be handled through email or PM and not through posts displayed to everyone. Threads used in this manner will be removed.

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A. Do not post new problems on someone else's thread and interrupt a topic of discussion.
B. Do not use someone else’s thread for a private conversation.

7. Report spammers to the moderators.

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A. Do not submit a post that requires the downloading of large attachments ie pics. Either explain the attachment or, better yet, provide a link to the information.
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C. Do not double post (same message twice in one thread)
D. Do not cross post (place the same message across several forums).
E. Write concisely and do not ramble.
F. Do not use words like “urgent” or “important” in your subject line.
G. Do not post “empty” or useless responses, such as just “lol” or “cool.”

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12. When replying to a post, do not quote more than needed from the previous post than you have to. Over use though can create problems for others. The following is a suggested manner to use or not use the quote button:
A. When replying in a thread, keep in mind those users that are on dialup or on limited bandwith connections.
B. If you quote the entire previous posting especially if it is long or includes a pic, it increases bandwith required to view the thread and makes it slower to download.
C. If a number of people respond to a posting in the same manner, the thread gets filled up with the same stuff over and over and it takes up more disk space on the server and most of us do not need to read the same stuff again to understand the flow of the thread.
D. It is best if you trim out what is not required to refer to what it is to which you are replying. Better still, if it is obvious, do not quote at all in the reply.
E. In other words, try to use the 'REPLY' button rather than the 'QUOTE' button.

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