MP3Car.com Forum Rules
I. Purpose or Mission Statement
A. MP3Car.com WebsiteMp3car.com is the parent site of all the mp3car sites. The main page has rotating news and information about the vehicle computing world.B. MP3car.com StoreThe mp3car.com store is where you can purchase hardware and softwre for your vehicle computer.C. MP3Car.com ForumsThe mp3car.com forums are for discussion of various topics related to vehicle computing.D. MP3car.com WikiThe mp3car.com wiki is an educational document meant to aid new members of the vehicle computing hobby. It is a public document, and all members are encouraged to add and edit the wiki with new and updated information.E. StreetDeck websiteStreetdeck is a front-end software designed for in-car use by the mp3car.com team. Streetdeck.com is where you can find news and information about the software.
II. Forum RulesA. Forum Leadership1. AdministratorsThe administrators of this forum work for MP3Car.com full time. They are long time CarPC hobbiests who have turned their passion for In Car Computing into a business. In addition to spending time on these forums, they maintain their other responsibilities outside of the forum with the company. Any detailed questions pertaining to the forum, the store, or StreetDeck in general, should be directed towards them.
- Zip-Lock - Forum Administrator - Store Manager - Any store issues should be directed towards Nat WIlson (Zip-Lock).
2. Super Moderators
- FiberOptic - Forum Administrator - Company CEO - Any inquiries into the company should be directed towards Rob Wray (FiberOptic).
- RedGTiVR6 - Forum Administrator - National Sales Engineer - Any forum modifications, issues, etc. should be pointed towards Jan Bennett (RedGTiVR6). If you are interested in becoming a commercial reseller of our products, you should contact Jan as well.The Super Moderators do their best to maintain order and civility on the forums. They are all long-time members of the mp3car.com forums and were chosen because of their fairness and objectivity, as well as their general knowledge about the hobby, which is often put to use assisting other, newer members.The Super Moderators are listed below:
3. Forum ModeratorsThe Forum Moderators are in charge of a specific forum, often because they have a vested interest in the content of that forum, such as the developer of a piece of software or a good deal of experience with the topic of that particular forum.The Forum Moderators and the forums they moderate are listed below:
- Ninja Monkey
B. Unacceptable Forum Behavior1. FlamingFlaming is considerend the angry or abusive behavior toward another forum member. This takes the form of calling another member insulting or offensive names, but can also take the form of other insults or derogatory statements, including derogatory statements about race, religion, gender, sexual identity or other characteristics.If a moderator feels that a members behavior is a detrament to these forums, they reserve the right to act accordingly. These forums exist as a community of hobbiests helping hobbiests, but also as a resource for other individuals to gain information about how to implement CarPCs in their business model.2. Spamming/Commercial sellersAs Mp3car.com is a commercial enterprise, commercial advertisers are allowed only with the approval of the mp3car.com forum adminstrators. If you would like to request permission to advertise on these forums, please email one of the administrators. We have implemented Google Ads for unregistered members for this purpose. Links to other sites that sell comparable products to the mp3car.com store are acceptable to point out product specs or comparison pricing as an aid to other members. Acting as an agent for another website selling similar products and advertising the website or products on the forums is not permitted.Spam is defined as unwanted, unsolicited commercial emails. While great lengths have been taken by the administration to prevent spam from appearing on the forums, it still happens. Members can help deal with spam by reporting the spam post. This will alert administrators & moderators so that they can take action.3. Harrassment of other membersActs committed on the Mp3car.com forums that are found to be harrassing other members to invoke a reaction, achieve monetary gain or simply annoy members will not be tolerated. This includes belittling, berating, or general harsh comments towards other members.5. Illegal activitiesMp3car.com will not tolerate any use of the forums to facilitate any illegal activities. Links to websites that share illegal software, music, movies, or other data are not permitted. Links to private FTP sites with illegal content are also not permitted. Discussions on how to circumvent software registration & activation, workarounds for software copy-protection, hardware hacks to bypass safety features and other discussions of obviously illegal activity will not be permitted.6. Reporting postsReporting a post through the use of the http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/4376/reportfx2.gif icon alerts the moderators and administration that there is a post that has a problem. It should be used to report spam, flaming, illegal activities, scammers using the Classified forum to find victims, and other violations of the Mp3car.com forums Terms Of Service.7. Posting images/galleryPornography and other adult-oriented material (including hate speech, violent behavior and other questionable material) are not permitted. Comments directed towards other members are also not tolerated. There is no warning for this offence. Please use your best judgement in this regard as there are no redos here.C. Special-Purpose Forums1. The FAQ EmporiumThe FAQ Emporium is a collection of informational write-ups that have been compiled by members over the years. This is not a forum to post questions, so please don't. It is recommended that you search in this forum for answers before starting a new thread.2. ClassifiedThe Classified area is for selling, trading and purchasing of goods. This area is not intended to be used as a primary means of income for any one individual. It is provided as a service for the members of this forum. MP3Car.com is not responsible for any transactions that occur in the Classifieds area. Please use your best judgement when purchasing from a user of these forums. We cannot prevent scam artists from registering on these forums. The format for the Classifieds area has been chosen to help cut down on the number of scammers and to help provide the users with a method to rate each other on the quality of their transactions. You can set up an ad in the following formats: For Sale, For Trade, Auction. We have even set-up a free parts section for those products that you would like to give away in good nature to help out other members of this community.Measures have been taken to prevent trollers from accessing the classifieds. This goes back to the intention of the classifieds on this forum: As a means for active users to buy, sell, and trade their goods. The intention of the classifieds is not to have members register on these forums for the sole purpose of accessing the classifieds.If you have any issues, please report them in the Suggestions/Comments forum.3. Show Off Your ProjectThis is where you can brag on your completed vehicle computer installation. Are they ever really completed?Please do not post your work logs in this forum. A seperate sub-forum exists for this purpose.4. WorklogsStart your own worklog and use it as a journal for the progress of your project(s). Pics are always welcome. The more the merrier!When you complete your project, it can easily be moved to Show Off Your Project, just use the http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/4376/reportfx2.gificon to report your post to the administrators and moderators. One of us will see it and we will gladly move your completed project thread to the 'Show off your project' forum.5. Car AudioThe focus of these forums is vehicle computing. The Car Audio forum is for issues relating to that, specifically. There are many members who are very knowledgable about car audio that are very helpful. They are more than happy to provide assistance in just about any area of the field, just keep in mind that this is not the place to come to ask generalized car audio questions as they don't relate to CarPCs.If your question(s) is/are about car audio only, you are mopre likely to get a timely response on a car audio-specific forum. Here is a list of sites. As stated in that post, it's not that you won't find an answer here, it's that you're much more likely to get a timely response in a car audio dedicated forum.6. Off-TopicThis is where you can post anything that's generally non-computer related. The rules still apply, and are enforced.There is a subforum called Deep Off-Topic (D.O.T.). That forum is pretty much a no-holes barred forum. The only rule that applies in D.O.T. is no pornography. A password is required to gain access to Deep Off-Topic.7. Suggestions/CommentsThis is for suggestions for the moderation/administration team in order to make the forums a better place for the community. Please keep in mind that all suggestions are read and are given consideration.If your suggestion is not implemented, please do not take it personally. The administrators of this forum have to balance upgrade paths, maintenance times, and general hazards when applying modifications to these forums. Because of this, modifications have to be taken into great consideration.D. Punishment for rules violations1. WarningsIf you recieve a warning, it is just that, a warning. The points system does not apply. If you are on the recieving end of a warning, perhaps you should take a step back and consider your actions.2. InfractionsIf you recieve an infraction, it is most likely due to the fact that a moderator or an administrator views your actions as breaking the rules of this forum. Members may also report posts to administrators and moderators to help police the forums when they feel that another member is out of line. This is a community that thrives on being helpful and willing. If you recieve an infraction, please take a moment to consider your actions and ask yourself if they are contributing to the overall purpose of these forums.If you feel that you have recieved an infraction for no reason, or a reason that you feel is invalid. Please feel free to voice your concerns in the appropriate area, the Suggestions/Comments forum. Please understand that your concerns will not be unheard. This forum exists because of the users, and we must all remember this.3. Banishment from Mp3car forumsInfractions are all asigned a point value, and will all last for 30 days. The infractions and their point values are as follows:If you recieve infractions worth 10 points, you are automatically banned for 3 days. If you recieve infractions worth 25 points, you are automatically perminately banned from these forums.This procedure is in place to help keep the forums a fair and just place.E. General Forum Etiquette1. Search toolsForum search is used to locate information on the forums themselves. The Search function in the navigation bar across the top also gives you quick access to search the forums. There is an option to search thread titles or posts, as well as the MP3Car.com Wiki. Below those options, you can opt to use Google to search these forums.This search service is provided as a means for another search method. Due to the nature of the built in vBulletin search, sometimes it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. Also, due to the shear size of these forums, using multiple search engines can yield the results you are looking for. Fell free to use them all.Google (and other WWW search engines) yield lots of information about topics that are not covered on the forums. Many times they can yield more information than is available on the forums alone.Searching for information is helpful because much of the information that members (particularly new members) seek is already present on the forums, either in the FAQ sections, the Wiki, or in forum posts. It is recommended that members seeking specific information search the forums before posting a question. Most of the time, the answers can be found without having to create a new thread or post. This helps future new members by not creating lots of threads about the same topic, making information easier for members to locate.2. Private messagesPrivate messages, or PMs, are, as the name implies, private communications between two forum members, similar to email. PMs are excellent for negotiating classified transactions or asking questions that, for whatever reason, you don't want visible to all forum membersForum staff can not read your PMs.3. Personal informationPersonal information such as addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and such should be kept off the forums. This is for members' protection and privacy. While the general forum membership would likely not use any such information maliciously, anyone with internet access could easily read the content of these forums, take the infromation and do who-knows-what with it.The MP3Car.com staff is not responsible for anything resulting from the information you post on the forums and will remove information upon request.4. Assisting other forum membersThis hobby grows because members help other members. Please respect the new members, even when questions are obvious. Not everyone knows the things you do.Also, remember that not everyone that offers assistance knows what they are doing, so it is possible to receive incorrect information. Again, the MP3Car.com staff is not responsible for anything that happens as a result of acting on information you receive on these forums.Please use your better judgement when following information on these forums. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask for confirmation. Chances are, other members will be happy to provide it or to question the advice offered. Afterall, two heads are usually better than one.F. Other forum features
As a registered member of these forums you have access to our image hosting feature. We feel that we have been very generous with the amount of space alloted for uploading your pictures, so host away! All that we ask is that you keep it clean and only use this service for pictures that are intended for use on this forum.This helps make things a bit easier when trouble shooting others issues or having them help you. This also means that you can save the space in your signiture for other important things that you may want to make note of. No need to clutter it up with your system specs.This feature was implemented as a way to help you see who else is around you in your neck of the woods.This feature was implemented as a way to help users host various files. This way, you no longer have to deal with a host going down and finding dead links in threads. If files are uploaded here, they will be here as long as the MP3Car.com forums are here.