Rules & Guidelines
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Please take a moment
to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to
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Please remember that
we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant
the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not
responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express
the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this
bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is
encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove
objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a
reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through
your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any
material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive,
vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening,
invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You agree not to
post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this
We want you to get
the most from Biker.ie. While we make every effort to ensure these forums are
enjoyable and valuable, the ultimate responsibility rests with those who
contribute. As with any community, Biker.ie's standard of living depends on the
goodwill and consideration of its citizens.
The rules are based
on respect and good manners. Biker.ie is a moderated board. Posts that don't
comply with our rules will be removed, and members who violate the rules may be
suspended or have their memberships revoked. Use common sense and you'll feel
right at home. Biker.ie Chat is subject to the same rules as the Biker.ie
forums. While Biker.ie is full of great information, we cannot guarantee the
accuracy or completeness of any information provided on the boards.
Biker.ie is founded
on the principles of support, empowerment, information and entertainment. Use
good judgment when considering how to use information derived from the forums
and consult representatives from the appropriate programs before doing anything
that might affect your travel or put your miles and points at risk. Remember
that what's right for one person may not be right for you.
Biker.ie is not
liable for any loss or damage caused by information obtained through our
It might be
intimidating at first to post a message or to join in a live chat. No problem.
You're welcome to hang out and read posts until you feel comfortable. Of
course, we encourage you to join the discussions. We have a very supportive
community and we welcome your contributions.
Before you can post,
you must register with Biker.ie and establish a username. Your username is a
unique and consistent identifier. Your username may not be a Web site or email
address. If you register your username as such, your account will be closed,
and you will need to reregister. If you have concerns that a new username is
very close to your own, contact an administrator.
Before you post,
browse the board to become familiar with the community. Read the forum
descriptions to determine where your post best belongs. Misplaced threads will
be relocated by moderators.
to Know the Moderators
moderators are responsible for welcoming new members and assisting all members.
They have been screened and were selected to serve based on their judgment and
ability to uphold the Biker.ie rules. If you have questions, contact a
moderator. The moderators for each forum are listed at the bottom of that
forum. Moderators are also labeled as such under their usernames when they
post, and a full list can be found here.
contribute to threads just as other members do. They are held to the same
standards when posting as any other member.
They do moderate
their forums and look for rule violations. They may delete and edit posts and
close threads without notice. They may discipline and suspend members who fail
to adhere to the rules (see Discipline and Appeal for more information).
understand that the various Biker.ie forums have slightly different tones.
What's acceptable in one forum may be considered out of line on another. Senior
Moderators are available to handle problems in unmoderated forums.
Sometimes there are
openings for new moderators. If you are interested, find out more about
becoming a volunteer by clicking here.
the Search Feature
Before starting a
thread, use the search feature to see if there's a recent thread on your topic.
Many questions come up repeatedly on Biker.ie. If you're wondering about a
specific Hilton property in Chicago, for example, there's a good chance a
thread - or 10 - already exists. The search link is located in the navigation
menu near the top of the Forums page. Keeping information on the same topic
confined to as few threads as possible helps members quickly find the
information they need.
Make thread titles
as specific and descriptive as possible. Sometimes posters will start a thread
with a very general title such as, "Guess what?" or "Strange airline
policy". Be as helpful as possible in your thread titles, and if you want
to improve or change your thread's title after you create it, ask a moderator
in that forum for help.
Your Thread to Just One Forum
Don't post the same
thread more than once. Our members read many forums, and weeding through the
same message in multiple forums can be frustrating. Duplicate threads will be
deleted, combined or locked.
Please keep your
posts on topic. Posts that stray from the subject of the thread may be removed.
friendly, informative, fun and thriving. When newcomers arrive, welcome them.
By helping folks learn, you provide a shining example of what this community is
about, and you help ensure that Biker.ie continues to flourish. New members may
not understand Biker.ie and its history as well as you do. Remember we were all
come from all walks of life and all parts of the world. We are as diverse in
our makeup as we are alike in our passion for frequent flyer programs. Because
we all bring a unique perspective to the forum, our collective experience is
broadened, and we gain new insights.
demands that we respect each other. Due to the inherent constraints of the
Internet, humor, sarcasm, language and slang can be easily misinterpreted -
especially when crossing cultural boundaries.
When posting a
message, pay extra care to how it might be interpreted. And when you come
across a post that offends you, read it with an eye toward giving the poster
the benefit of the doubt.
If you have an issue
with a post, please contact the member privately or contact a moderator. Do not
make a situation worse by publicly responding.
information personal. If you want to share your personal information with
another member of the community, do so via e-mail or private message.
members' privacy. None of your personal information will be posted on the
forums unless you post it yourself.
With the exception of public figures, do not post names,
addresses, phone numbers or e-mails of other Biker.ie members. This information
will be removed by moderators. Respect the privacy of non-management travel
service employees by not referring to them by name.
Posts that ask
members to submit personal information will be removed. This includes, but is
not limited to, communications that ask for personal information submitted via
e-mail, mail, telephone, surveys, or research studies unless this request is
specifically asked for from a recognized administrator of Biker.ie.
members get together socially, and there are often Biker.ie events throughout
the country. Members may plan and announce events on that forum. Events
announced on Biker.ie must be open to all community members (no women-only
events or gatherings limited to those under age 30, for example). Biker.ie is
not a dating service, and posts of that nature will be removed. Post of events
deemed to be of a commercial / recruiting / touting for business nature may
also be removed at the discretion of the moderators however all bike related
charities will try to be facilitated.
promotional messages for commercial or charitable products or services -
including but not limited to Internet sites, business advertisements and
solicitations to donate miles or points - will be removed. Unfortunately, it is
impossible to verify the validity of each charitable organisation; therefore,
to protect Biker.ie users from fraud, we prohibit solicitations for charities.
We reserve the right to post announcements for donations of miles or points to
recognised charities directly associated with various frequent flyer/guest
If you spot a
commercial post, please report it.
to Report Bad Posts
moderators read as much as they can on Biker.ie, but they can't get to every
post so your help is appreciated in keeping Biker.ie a polite community. If you
see a post that does not comply with the rules, report the post by clicking on
the report post icon, which looks like this and is at the bottom left corner of
all posts. Your message will be sent to forum moderators who will review the
Grant of Limited License
While members own
the content and interest in their posts, posting on Biker.ie grants Biker.ie
and its subsidiaries the right to reproduce the content in any medium without
notification or compensation. Members' posts cannot be printed or duplicated in
any way by a third party without the consent of the authors. Once you submit a
post, Biker.ie has no obligation to remove or edit that post's content.
Several airline and
hotel chain professionals post or lurk on Biker.ie. We welcome their
participation, but be aware your posts may be read by representatives of
various travel companies.
Many news stories
have been generated by reporters who read Biker.ie. Reporters may contact
members through private mail or e-mail, or they are welcome to contact Biker.ie
administrators for assistance. It's up to members whether or not they wish to
Members are not
allowed to have multiple Biker.ie usernames.
Bumping Very Old Threads
Unless there is a
compelling reason, avoid bumping threads that are more than two years old.
Often the information is out-dated and it clogs the forums, making it difficult
to find current threads.
Biker.ie has had its
share of tragedies, having lost several members to another world. We continue
to celebrate their contributions through posts on Biker.ie. These matters are
always personal and should be treated with respect. However, some morbid &
gruesome threads may be removed.
We do not wish to
restrict your right to display personal views, ideology, etc. but do ask that
you remain respectful of others in your signature lines.
signatures include any of the following will be subject to disciplinary action:
* Affiliate links
* Commercial links
As a courtesy to
members we suggest you follow the these guidelines when creating your
* Use the normal
posting font size.
* Limit your
signature to two lines.
* Text should comply
with our regular posting rules. No all-caps, no alternating caps, etc.
* Do not make your
signature too long or obtrusive through overly creative use of punctuation,
* Avoid putting your
username in your signature as it's already on the top of each of your posts.
Should you wish not
to view signatures, you may shut them off. To do so, go to MyBiker.ie and click
on Edit Options on the left-hand side of the page. Scroll down to Thread
Display Options and remove the check from the Show Signatures box.
If you have any
questions as to whether something is acceptable, send a private message to a
of Actions That Will Lead to Disciplinary Action
misquoting other members
* Using more than
one account to mislead posters
* Using Biker.ie for
* Posting private
emails and messages without the author's permission
* Attempting to
defraud any member
specific moderator actions
* Personal attacks
or threats on other members or groups
* Obscene or
* Furthering illegal
* Invasion of
* Padding post
* Post stalking
* Repeated posting
of disruptive posts
* Abuse of private
messaging and emails obtained through Biker.ie
Misquoting Other Posters
You may use the
quote feature to respond to specific posts from other members. However,
changing the meaning or words of a quote while still attributing it to the
other member is a violation of Biker.ie's rules. Anyone doing so will be
subject to the disciplinary process. (The use of ellipses to show a quote was
abbreviated is allowed, so long as the original meaning is not lost.)
Multiple Biker.ie Accounts to Mislead Posters
Members are allowed
one Biker.ie account. In the past some members used multiple handles to harass
other members. Multiple accounts will be closed and involved members will be
subject to the disciplinary process.
Biker.ie for Commercial Purposes
advertising, commercial sales and solicitations through posts, private messages
or emails accessed through Biker.ie. Anyone using Biker.ie for commercial
purposes will be subject to the disciplinary process.
Private Emails and Messages Without the Author's Permission
This is an invasion
of privacy, possibly unlawful, and members who violate this will be subject to
the disciplinary process.
to Defraud any Member
Anyone who uses
Biker.ie in an attempt to defraud a member will have his or her membership
Specific Moderator Actions
of moderator decisions - including post deletions and member discipline - is
not allowed and will be removed. Members will also be subject to disciplinary
action. If you have a question about a moderator action, contact the moderator
directly or Randy Petersen.
We encourage a
healthy exchange of opinions. If you disagree with another member, challenge
the opinion or idea - not the person. Personal attacks, insults and
"flaming" will not be tolerated and will be removed, and the violator
will be subject to disciplinary action. You may challenge others' points of
view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully. Attacks against
groups or classes of job holders (such as Transportation Security
Administration employees) will not be tolerated.
Do not retaliate or
respond to a personal attack. Too often, when an initial attack is made, others
join the fray and, instead of becoming part of the solution, become part of the
problem. Do not accuse others of being trolls. Should there be members whose
posts you don't care to read, you can put them on your ignore list. To do that,
click on UserCP and then on Buddy/Ignore Lists in the Miscellaneous section on
the left-hand side of the page. Enter the name of a Biker.ie member in one of
the fields under Ignore List and click the Update Ignore List button.
If you feel that you
are being attacked or harassed, contact a moderator.
or Offensive Language/Material
Any posts containing
communications or hyperlinks that are knowingly false and/or defamatory,
inaccurate, obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, offensive, vulgar,
abusive, hateful or bashing - especially those aimed at sexual orientation,
gender, race, color, religious views, political orientation, national origin,
or disability - will not be tolerated and will be removed. Individuals who post
offensive material or links to such will be subject to disciplinary action.
There is no public
list of prohibited words; if you believe a word is questionable, don't use it.
If you find a questionable message in any of the forums, contact a moderator
who will determine whether the message meets our objective of offering a
friendly and flame-free community for frequent travelers. Using spaces,
symbols, acronyms and other methods to express vulgarities while avoiding
Biker.ie's censors is still a violation.
Posting to Biker.ie
is a privilege, not a right.
Posts that further
illegal activity (i.e., buying and selling of awards, direct fraud upon any
program) will be removed without notice and posting members' Biker.ie accounts
subjected to revocation.
another user's private information, including but not limited to phone number,
address, name or frequent flier number, will be subject to disciplinary action.
copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting
should not be posted on the forums without the consent of the owner. If such an
event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely
responsible. Biker.ie shall not be held responsible for information posted by a
member that may violate copyright law. If there is a news article or other
piece of information you'd like to share from the web, credit the source of the
information and/or give a brief two- to three- paragraph recap of the news and
provide the appropriate link to the source.
information in an effort to increase one's post count is not permitted. Posts
will be removed and the post count reset. Members who engage in this are
subject to disciplinary action.
A few members have
in the past followed others around the board and posted sarcastic or hurtful
comments in response to many of their posts. We consider this harassment, and
will delete such posts. Anyone engaging in this activity will be subject to
disciplinary action. If you suspect you're being stalked in this way, contact a
Posting of Disruptive Posts
repeatedly post items that create disruption within forums will be subject to
of Private Messaging and Biker.ie E-mails
messaging and e-mails obtained through Biker.ie while "private",
still fall under the rules established here. They should not be used for
commercial purposes, to send spam, to solicit cash payments for travel awards
and points, or to threaten or harass members, moderators or administrators.
Members who use them to circumvent the rules of the community will be subject
to disciplinary action. If you receive this type of communication, report it
immediately. Do not publish it on the board.
Biker.ie members to Biker.ie moderators are subject to review by other
moderators and Biker.ie administrators at the discretion of the moderator
recipient when deemed necessary for consultative purposes. Moderators reserve
the right to share such private messages with other moderators and/or the
staff, administrators and owners of Biker.ie at any time.
The purpose of
discipline for violating the rules is not to punish members, but to protect
Biker.ie users and to facilitate effective discussion in Biker.ie forums.
Moderators and administrators may consider all relevant facts before imposing
discipline, including the likely effect of the member's conduct on the forum,
the experience of the member, the nature of the violation and the history of
discussion in the forum. Discipline may be imposed even if the member did not
intend to violate the rules or even if similar conduct was tolerated earlier in
the same or other forums.
Clause 10(1)(b) Subsections 5, (VII)
Hot blondes on
Ducatiís are automatically qualified to talk about whatever the hell they want
to talk about.
of Discipline - Progressive Discipline
If a moderator or
administrator deems it effective, progressive discipline may be imposed for a
rules violation. In general, progressive discipline has the following levels
and each level need not be used if the moderator or administrator deems the
violation to call for a different progression:
1. Warning. The
moderator or administrator identifies the member's improper conduct and
notifies the member that future violations of that or other rules will result
in suspension or revocation of membership.
2. Suspension for
one week. The moderator or administrator suspends a member violating the rules
for one week and notifies the member that future violations of that or other
rules will result in suspension for one month or revocation of membership.
3. Suspension for
one month. The moderator or administrator suspends a member violating the rules
for one month and notifies the member that future violations of that or other
rules will result in revocation of membership.
4. Revocation of
membership. The moderator or administrator revokes membership privileges for
repeated or serious violations of the rules.
of Discipline - Summary Revocation
A moderator or
administrator may revoke membership privileges as a first discipline if deemed
reasonably necessary to prevent immediate and serious disruption in one or more
forums. Examples of rules violations which may result in summary revocation
are: posts from members which constitute "spam" or unbridled
commercial posting, repeated cross-posting to multiple forums or posting
obscene, fraudulent or defamatory material.
by an administrator shall be final when imposed. If discipline was imposed by a
volunteer moderator, the disciplined member may appeal to the administrator
within 20 days of imposition. The appeal shall set forth the details of the
discipline imposed, including the moderator's stated reasons for it and a
concise statement of basis of the member's appeal. The appeal shall be
addressed to the admin. The administrator's decision on the appeal shall be
final when communicated to the member.
Not less than six
months after revocation of membership, the former member may request
reinstatement. The member shall address that request to the administrator and
set forth a concise statement identifying fairly the date and grounds of
revocation and the basis for seeking reinstatement. If the request is denied, a
later request for reinstatement may not be made until at least one additional
year has passed, unless the decision denying reinstatement sets forth a shorter
the right to remove any content posted on our site at any time for any reason
and to organise topical forums in order to best serve the majority of our
visitors and members. Biker.ie reserves the right to revoke members' accounts.
Decisions as to whether content violates our rules will be made by moderator's
the right to delete messages that violate applicable laws or that may be
harmful to others. Biker.ie does not have the ability to restrict conduct or
communications that might violate our rules prior to transmission on the
Internet, nor can we ensure prompt removal of offending forum posts.
the right to limit access to specific forums to members who meet experience
requirements or other criteria and to change those requirements at any time.
The content of
messages does not constitute approval or necessarily reflect the views of
Biker.ie. You participate at your own risk on the forums, in chat and in
e-mail. You take responsibility for postings under your identification and use
the information provided here at your own risk. Biker.ie takes no
responsibility for the content or opinions posted here.
the right to makes changes to the rules without notice. As it's impossible to
address every issue that could arise on these forums, just because an issue is
not covered in these rules, does not mean it will or will not be allowed.
By posting to a
forum or chat on Biker.ie, you agree to abide by our rules.