FORUM GUIDELINES - JANUARY 1, 2014


A draft of these guidelines was published here on November 1, 2013, and a survey requesting feedback from Lifetime Members was conducted until November 15, 2013. Less than 4% of respondents were opposed to the guidelines. Many excellent suggestions were made and they have been incorporated below as long as they didn't violate the spirit of our forum vision to simply honor and respect each other, and to be kind and helpful.


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Our vision for the forums is this: That every visitor, whether lurker or poster, will feel welcome and safe participating in a community where people respect and honor each other in spite of who they are, rather than because of who they are.


Here are some basic guidelines:


  1. Be considerate.
  2. Honor each other as human beings. If you have a pattern of dishonoring or disrespecting people because of who they are and what they do, rather than honoring them in spite of who they are and what they do, then you may have a hard time here.
  3. Positive encouragement goes a lot further than negative criticism. Praise in public, criticize in private - directly with the offending party.
  4. Don't gossip, defame, lie, make unsubstantiated claims, engage in libel or slander, or question motives.
  5. Give people a break. Life is hard. Don't make it harder. These are recreational forums, after all. If backpackinglight.com is your life, then you have a problem.
  6. Do not post profanity or vulgar material.
  7. Do not conduct yourself in a way that intentionally causes distress, embarrassment, unwanted attention, or other discomfort to any other individual.
  8. Do not post chain letters, spam, advertisements (except for commercial postings that are specifically allowed in selected forums), or other types of junk.
  9. Do not deviate from the primary topic of the forum thread.


This list is not necessarily exhaustive. We reserve the right to prohibit any type of conduct that we feel may be harmful to any of our site visitors. 


If you discover a post that you feel violates any of these guidelines, please click the little "flag" icon associated with the post, which reports it to the Forum Admins.


We appreciate formal complaints that are substantiated with references. Please send your complaints with a link to the offensive post(s) and/or the forum user's profile to our Community Moderator, Roger Caffin.


Consequences of violating these forum guidelines will result in one or more of the following, depending on whether or not the violation is a repeat offense:


  • Deletion of the violating post by a moderator, usually without warning or followup; or for threads that really get out of control, moving them to Chaff.
  • Marking the forum user as a spammer (which locks their account) - we do this only for spammers, not other types of bad behavior.
  • *Partially locking the user's account to prevent them from posting (temporary or permanent), with or without preserving their posts in the forums; a full refund of membership fees will be issued.
  • *Completely locking the user's account to prevent them logging in and accessing member services and privileges (temporary or permanent), with or without preserving their posts in the forums; a full refund of membership fees will be issued.

* Temporary bans will always occur in concert with a personal email explaining the reason for the ban. The user will usually be offered the opportunity to have the ban lifted if the conflict can be privately resolved between Forum Admins and the Forum User. Except in the most serious of circumstances, permanent bans will be made only when the user has been subjected previously to a temporary ban and is either unwilling or unable to resolve conflicts privately with Forum Admins, or the user's temporary ban has been lifted and the user continues to violate forum guidelines.


Commercial Postings: Any postings regarding commercial deals or product announcements should be posted in the Gear Deals forum only, and must include a full disclosure of any vested interest the poster may have in the product.