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Community Policy

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion community with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource - a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

The policies below are primarily guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

This community is lightly moderated. Spelling or linefeeds errors will not be edited to make your post look nice. However, posts may be edited or deleted as necessary to tidy up the information and/or to comply with the policies.

Please, no signatures

This system provides your name and aircraft information, including the N number, in the title block. To update this information visit your Profile page.

As you are already well identified, please don't add an additional signature to the bottom of your post. In other system these signature blocks can historically grow very large, so the developers of this system have found that a 'no signatures' policy best supports the flow of information.

If you do add a signature, the editor may choose to edit that signature out of your message. Recently single first-name signatures have been allowed as they are minimally invasive, but generally anything more will cause the entire signature to be removed.

No aircraft advertisements

The CFO system has a classified system for your ads, which will allow you to edit your ads, make them visible to non-members and lets you delete them when the item is sold. As a result, aircraft ads are not allowed in the community.

We have created a 'Hangar Sale' category for small items that you may wish to offer to Community visitors. You are still better off putting your aircrafts ads into the Classifieds, as there are buyers there who have notifications turned on.

Members will need to visit or 'watch' the Hangar Sale category to see ads in that category. To 'watch' or 'track' a category, view that category then click on the bell icon to set your preference.

No commercial advertisements

While we encourage folks to share information on where they found a good product or had a good experience, we don't allow banner towing, where someone actively encourages others to do business with their own company or a particular entity. While this can be a thin line, please seek to provide information but not promotion.

If your comments seem to promote a particular commercial entity or product rather than informing, your post may be edited or removed, with a private message explaining the reason.

Similarly, if you operate an aviation business, you are welcome to share your knowledge as a participant in the community, but please avoid the appearance of promoting or advertising your business or product through this system. Rather, consider becoming a CFO Sponsor. Cost-sharing of parts purchases would be an exception.

Our CFO sponsors are suppliers who we know to be excellent suppliers who are responsive to our members, open to feedback and supportive of CFO. They receive their own web page in the system and may promote their business throughout our system. Please contact Keith if you wish to discuss becoming a CFO sponsor.

Focus on Cardinals, aircraft and aviation: NO POLITICS

Let's keep the discussion with that focus and avoid wandering too far into other subjects. In particular, politics can become a lightning rod for unhelpful discussions. While aviation issues may touch on political matters at times, in those cases stick to the facts and avoid editorializing.

Posts or topics which seem to put forward conspiracy theories will be removed, even in cases where there may be some aviation content. Unfortunately there are some who find it difficult to separate facts from strong opinion and the resulting discussion detracts from our goal.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you'll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That's fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people.

Please avoid:
  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post's tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction
  • Criticizing someone for making an error
Instead, provide reasoned new information or counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be - and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else's, too.

Let's leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don't reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone's time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove or edit any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
  • Be civil. Don't post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don't post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don't harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don't post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions - avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you're unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Readable

Make your topic titles specific and readable, as if reading it as a sentence. Summarize your topic in a way which will be meaningful when that topic comes up in a search list. Topics like 'Where do I start' or 'Please help me with this' are not helpful and will be edited by the moderators or community leaders.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
  • Don't start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don't cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don't post no-content replies.
  • Don't divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don't sign your posts - every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting "+1" or "Agreed", use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone's intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the About This Community category and let's discuss! If there's a critical or urgent issue that can't be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves - and by extension, you and your data - against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.

You may also read the policy within the community.

Note that failure to comply with the policy may result being silenced or blocked from the Community. Such actions may be taken by the moderator and at the moderator's sole discretion.