We guarantee, You've Never read an "Agreement" like this
If you're anything like me (and most of us, FTM) we just scroll to the bottom and look for the check box or whatever. Please don't do that. :o) (besides I can always tell if you cheat o). SlideMeister's different and so is our Agreement; there's some pretty important stuff in there and I'd hate to actually have to reprimand anyone for breaking a rule.
This agreement actually has changed a few times over the years and may will continue change as time goes on . The following is NOT the standard, legalese "fine print/liability" stuff. Reading this may actually even surprise you, but it will tell you what SlideMeister is all about. You may even find it refreshing. :o) Okay, here we go:
If you sign up USING A VPN, and are rejected as a SPAMMER, (it can happen) subsequent applications will cost you another five dollars, so, turn it off, at least long enough to apply. While acceptance is quick and easy; it's not automatic. You will not be a member until you have received a confirmation email from the approval department. (check your SPAM/junk folder just in case) You can expect your approval to take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours. Please be patient & welcome to SlideMeister Forums!
You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, threatening, flaming other group members, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. Most profanity is automatically "filtered" and attempts to express lewd/filthy language with alternate spellings will be deleted, possibly along with the poster. If you can't keep it decent, (and kind) you don't belong here! You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. SPAN, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum. Anyone caught SPAMMING or even attempting to "mass mail" the membership for any reason will be banned for life.
Membership approvals not "activated" by the applicant within seven (7) days are deleted, and it will cost you another five dollars to try again. (There are no "do-overs") Vetting is done every time, it's time consuming and we only do it once for free.
SlideMeister is a place for Chromatic harmonica discussion, not a place for retailers to "hawk their wares," promote themselves or otherwise "milk the group." If this is your intent, save yourself the embarrassment of being publicly booted off the forum and banned for life.
Again, SlideMeister is primarily a place for "Chromatic harmonica discussion." We all have our favourites; that's "personal opinion" and that's fine, but any discussion on the superiority of either Chromatic or diatonic is prohibited. While diatonic harmonicas can certainly be mentioned anywhere, they may only be discussed on the "diatonic" board. Likewise, Chromatics will not be discussed on the diatonic board. Neither Chromatic or diatonic harmonicas will be discussed in any way that would constitute "competition" between the two. Threads that begin to lean towards Chromatic/diatonic competition will be deleted in their entirety. Any thread or subject deemed to be "going south/turning ugly" will be locked and/or deleted. This is SlideMeister; we don't do UGLY!
ALL actual "discussion" is to be done in English only.
Grey areas: Anything not blatantly Chromatic, (like trying to make a Chromatic sound like a diatonic or vise-versa) must be discussed on the diatonic board. We are not here to argue, but not unlike Politics and Religion, Chromatic and diatonic passions are easily aroused. Grey areas ALWAYS invite controversy anywhere they're introduced, and we don't "do controversy" here. Veiled innuendos, and/or snide remarks toward other group members are not allowed. If you want to sword-fight, "take it outside" i.e. go to another forum as there are more than a few out there that seem to thrive on that sorta stuff. THIS IS SlideMeister.
With members from all over the globe, SlideMeister does not allow members to spell or grammar check other members.
SlideMeister is NOT A DEMOCRACY, but rather: a "Benevolent Dictatorship," and therefore will not provide dissenting members with a platform from which to voice their opinions on the forum's rules. This policy IS STRICTLY enforced. SlideMeister is SlideMeister, and while its policies aren't actually "carved in stone" for all intents and purposes; they are. If you think you can do it better; start your own forum. If you think you're coming here to change things; spare us all the drama by leaving now!
Remember, we're all about opinions here; so in effect, WE'RE ALL RIGHT. Challenging someone's personal opinion (besides being stupid) is prohibited, and can even get you kicked off the forum. We either agree, or agree to disagree and move on.
No "framed" or animated mugshots/avatars allowed
NO DISCUSSION OF KAZOOS - EVER, PERIOD! Don't even ask why!
NO Religious, Political, COVID-19, transgender, Global warming, esoteric stuff is permitted. This SlideMeister, not "WokeMeister."
DO NOT JOIN SlideMeister TO SELL YOUR DADS' HARMONICAS. Only CONTRIBUTING members may list items in our classified section. Breaking this rule will earn you a "SPAMMERS" title, get you reported to the WWW as a SPAMMER, and get you kicked out quicker than not. ("Non-players" should just sell their stuff on eBay like everyone else) Also no "trading/swapping" till you accumulate fifty (50) posting credits. Again - goto Ebay or whatever.
SlideMeister membership is easy, private, secure and will never fill your email inbox with SPAM and "offers" from outside sources. Posting to this group for any non-member (without express permission from management) is also strictly prohibited; AS-IS CROSS-POSTING or cutting and pasting from other websites, to or from SlideMeister. If SlideMeister isn't good enough for some folks to JOIN, it's certainly not a good place to share whatever they have to say. Of course, obituaries and the like may be forwarded to SlideMeister management.
Unless otherwise approved by management, only 1 (ONE) user account per IP address will be allowed. Unauthorized multiple accounts will be deleted when found and the IP addresses will be closed and banned.
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Your username must be just that: a NAME or even a word, but not an email address. We want one that's is easily pronounceable; that sounds like a real name. SlideMeister reserves the right to reject an application for membership if it feels the applicant's username is objectionable or otherwise inappropriate.
With this user account, you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except for an administrator, for your protection, and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason. We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.
After you register and log in to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information SlideMeister determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.
Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.
Finally, in all fairness, SlideMeister is not looking for "numbers," just "participants," so if you have no intention of ever posting or joining in the with the dialogue, you can do just as well as a "guest." In other words: as a member, we ~will~ be expecting to hear from you. Every so often, we clean out the "dead wood." Bottom line: if you don't even "poke your head in the door" (USING YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD) at least once every 150 days; you're just a "number," and again, we're not here for "numbers."
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Now was that a "fun" read or what? ;o)