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Welcome to Biker.ie
Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.
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 bulletin board.
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 forums.
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.
Get to Know the Moderators
Our volunteer 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.
Moderators 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).
Moderators 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.
Use 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.
Create Descriptive Titles
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.
Post 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.
Stay on Topic
Please keep your posts on topic. Posts that stray from the subject of the thread may be removed.
Biker.ie is 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 newbies once.
Respect our Diversity
Biker.ie members 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.
Our diversity 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.
Guard Your Privacy
Keep personal information personal. If you want to share your personal information with another member of the community, do so via e-mail or private message.
Biker.ie respects members' privacy. None of your personal information will be posted on the forums unless you post it yourself.
Guard Others' Privacy
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.
Many 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.
Posts containing 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 programs.
If you spot a commercial post, please report it.
How to Report Bad Posts
Our volunteer 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 post.
User's 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 respond.
Members are not allowed to have multiple Biker.ie usernames.
Avoid 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.
Posting About Tragedies
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.
Members whose 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 signature:
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.
* 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, color, etc.
* Avoid putting your username in your signature as it's already on the top of each of your posts.
If you have any questions as to whether something is acceptable, send a private message to a moderator.
Examples of Actions That Will Lead to Disciplinary Action
Deliberately Misquoting Other Posters
* Deliberately misquoting other members
* Using more than one account to mislead posters
* Using Biker.ie for commercial purposes
* Posting private emails and messages without the author's permission
* Attempting to defraud any member
* Discussing specific moderator actions
* Personal attacks or threats on other members or groups
* Obscene or offensive language/material
* Furthering illegal activity
* Invasion of another's privacy
* Posting copyrighted material
* Padding post counts
* Post stalking
* Repeated posting of disruptive posts
* Abuse of private messaging and emails obtained through Biker.ie
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.)
Using 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.
Using Biker.ie for Commercial Purposes
Biker.ie prohibits 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.
Posting 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.
Attempting to Defraud any Member
Anyone who uses Biker.ie in an attempt to defraud a member will have his or her membership revoked.
Discussing Specific Moderator Actions
On-board discussion 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.
Obscene 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.
Furthering Illegal Activity
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.
Invasion of Privacy
Members posting another user's private information, including but not limited to phone number, address, name or frequent flier number, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Posting Copyrighted Material
Information 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.
Padding Post Counts
Posting meaningless 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 moderator.
Repeated Posting of Disruptive Posts
Posters who repeatedly post items that create disruption within forums will be subject to disciplinary action.
Abuse of Private Messaging and Biker.ie E-mails
Biker.ie's private 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.
Communications of 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)
You must laugh at Admin's jokes, even if you don't think they are funny.
Types 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:
Types of Discipline - Summary Revocation
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.
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.
Discipline imposed 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 time period.
Biker.ie reserves 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 and administrators.
Biker.ie reserves 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.
Biker.ie reserves 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.
Biker.ie reserves 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 on the forum, you agree to abide by our rules.