Only one account per person is allowed i.e. one username per person. Any additional usernames registered by the same user will be deleted, the user sent a warning and their account temporarily suspended. Further violation of this rule will result in the members original account being suspended for an extended period.
Profanity and profanity directed at others in an insulting manner will not be tolerated, nor will obscene, vulgar, hateful, racist, threatening or language violative of any laws. The swear filter is there for a reason, namely to filter out inadvertent instances of words not suitable for a family forum - these words having the letters replaced by the character *. Any posts where the swear filter has had to go into overtime will simply be deleted - no PM sent, no posting up of reasons and possibly a warning sent.
Equally, bypassing of the swear filter will be dealt with on a firmer basis. By bypassing we mean where letters have been selectively starred out, but other letters left, to make it obvious what the word is.
This is a family forum and members don't want their children asking what those words are/mean, nor do the majority of people wish to see a post/thread littered with this sort of thing.
Repeated breaches of this rule will result in an infraction and/or ban at the discretion of the forum moderators.
Harassing, flaming and threatening other users WILL NOT be tolerated. Moderators / Administrators reserve the right to delete any posts if they find them inappropriate in any way.
4. Explicit Material
Posting or even linking to sexually explicit remarks or any type of pornographic images is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Offenders may be subject to account suspension.
5. Copyright material
Discussion of copying, sharing or distribution of copyrighted material is forbidden. This includes such things as CDs, music files, movie files, DVDs, Vauxhall SatNav discs, TIS and EPC software. Linking to sites that promote or host illegal copies of copyrighted software is also forbidden. Any such posts/threads will be removed, with a warning sent to the originator. Subsequent breaches of this rule may end up with posting privileges being removed.
Spamming/Trolling: DO NOT post off topic nonsense to raise your post count. Always respect members at all times, do not go into a persons topic purely for the purposes of causing trouble. Please try to stay on topic, it is understandable that sometimes topics wonder off and consideration will be given to this.
7. Private Messaging
Private messages are private, hence the name. Please respect the privacy of other members, do not post a PM in public without their permission. You have the right to report a PM to a Vectra-C.com Administrator if you feel you are being harassed by another member via the Private Messaging system.
A quota system is in force as follows; new members have a PM quota of 5, once you become a regular member (after 14 days and 10 posts) your PM quota will be 25. Fully paid up members PM quota is 200
8. Thread closure/deletion
On occasions the Moderators or Admin will deem it necessary to close and/or delete a thread on the forum - for one, or several, reasons. The thread starter 'may' be PMd by the Mod/Admin to inform them why it was deleted, but often in cases it will be blatantly obvious why the action was taken. If you don't receive a PM informing you why, it may be because that Mod/Admin is busy with something else and just closed/deleted the thread quickly. Either way, DO NOT start up a thread on the forum along the lines of "Why was my thread closed/deleted?" as that thread will simply face the same fate.
Threads are closed/deleted for a good reason, not simply because the Admin/Mod was bored and just felt like it! - it will usually be because the thread had, or was about to, head off in a direction that we simply don't want to see on here. So if a thread is deleted/closed and you genuinely don't understand why, then PM The Moderators account initially to ask. If the reason for the thread closure was blatantly obvious and you still PM a Mod/Admin to have a rant, then don't expect a reply. We all have better things to do with our time than reply to unnecessary PMs
Attempts to hack the forums or access features you normally are not allowed to, will result in an immediate ban - the duration of which will be determined by the Admin. If you discover any problems with the board that may be abused please report them immediately. Taking advantage of any problems with the forum, before reporting it to Admin, will also be considered as hacking.
When posting photographs / images of vehicles, wherever from, please make sure you blank out their Registration Plate. The exception to this is your own car, you have to make that decision. the maximum size limit for normal pictures is 700x525 (100kb), profile pictures is 640x480 (80Kb), signatures is 400x75 (50Kb) and avatars is 150x100 (40Kb). Any picture deemed as possibly rude or offensive must not be used for signatures or avatars. Any violation to this rule will result in the offending photograph / image being removed and a warning sent to the offender. Three warnings and the right to use Avatars or Signatures will be removed for the offender. Continuation will result in a ban.
Only 'Paid Up' members will be allowed Signatures. New and Regular Members will not be allowed signatures
A signature may contain one or more images but they must fit within a box with maximum dimensions of 400 x 75 pixels (width x height) and with a maximum (combined) file size of 100k.
A single of line of text, linking to an external photo host (car pics etc) is also permitted under the above graphic signature.
If no images are used then up to 4 consecutive lines of normal (size3) or smaller text is permitted. Do not pad out your text lines with blanks lines. A line of text is defined as having a maximum length of 400 pixels. If you want to turn the signature off in the future, you can come back and edit your post. If you have specified a signature in your profile, the box will be automatically ticked for you.
Signatures should not contain any 'ads' for items you have for sale, nor links to any threads in the For Sale section. They should also not contain any links to external web sites (too much scope for people abusing it if we allowed that). Any signatures not adhering to this will be edited accordingly with no notice given.
Although any interested member is welcome to take part on the forum, we would ask that signatures are kept in keeping with the intended theme of the Forum, ie Vectra C’s and Signums. The majority of members are here due to that common interest and we would like to maintain some consitency. Avatars are more relaxed and as long as it is not offensive then subject matter is unrestricted.
Static avatars are permitted for new members, regular and paid up members may use an animated avatar
Avatars are viewable by everyone, so any user Avatar must be free from any lewd or profanic material. The maximum size permitted for Avatars is a 150x100 pixel frame with a file size of no more than 50kb. Lightly animated GIF files are allowed, but static JPG files are preferred.
The Vectra-C.com classified forums are for the use of private individuals to buy and sell their own personal property. Commercial Trading, i.e. buying and selling of items specifically for profit, is strictly prohibited by Traders who are not members of our Approved Traders scheme, without seeking permission from the admin team first. Promotion or advertising of any 'for profit' trading/business is also prohibited. This includes any promotional/advertising material or links in posts, signatures, avatars or profile pictures or contacting members via PM. Usernames should not consist of any company names unless that member is one of the traders on the site.
Applications to Join our Approved traders scheme are welcome. Applications should be made by email to the admin team, stating the nature of your Business and what offers you would bring to the scheme.
Group Buys are something that are either initiated by an Approved Trader or by Admin with a specific company and product that would be of benefit to members. Group Buys should not be started by any member off their own back without consulting with Admin. This is more out of courtesy than anything, but also to make sure it doesn't clash with anything an Approved Trader deals with. Any such threads started by members will be considered as unofficial Group Buys and closed/deleted. If the product in question is not one that clashes with anything that an AT deals with, then the member could contact Admin with a view that they (Admin) could look further into a potential Group Buy of the product.
You are kindly asked to respect the Administrators, Moderators and all other users of Vectra-C.com at all times.
15. Account Suspension
Under normal situations, where a User is thought to have broken these rules, a warning will be issued to the offender. A Second warning for the same offence will not be issued - a possible account suspension will be enforced, at the discretion of the Admin team. Any offence, serious enough to be viewed as Gross misconduct, eg, racism, harassment, attempted hacking etc. will result in an instant ban with no prior warnings given.
16. Disputes and concerns
If any member has an issue or problem with any member of the forum, management team or forum policy, then please contact a member of Admin, Moderator or your regional organiser via email, PM, phone, MSN or in person etc. Please do not post disputes on the open forum. Any dispute posted on the forum will be removed. Disputes or concerns are often easily resolved, yet have the tendency to go out of control on the forum and do not portray a welcoming face to new and other existing members alike.
Although the administrators and moderators of Vectra C / Signum Owners' Club Forums will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and the owners of Vectra C / Signum Owners' Club Forums will not be held responsible for the content of any message.
The owners of Vectra C / Signum Owners' Club Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.