Guidelines For Conduct on the KayakForum
- Keep on subject: kayak building,
- No anonymous postings: Please use your real name. Your email address is encouraged and is not posted publicly.
- Make your questions specific: provide background that will help others answer your question intelligently,
- Back up your opinion: if you want to praise or criticize a product, idea or technique, give examples as to why it is good or bad,
- No commercial advertising: promote yourself or your company by providing useful info that will help everyone, even your competition,
The goal of the KayakForum is to promote designing, building and using small boats and kayaks. It is an open forum for discussing subjects related to these activities. It is a place for people who have built kayaks to post their ideas on how to build them better, for people who are novice boaters to ask for assistance, and for people who are learning nesw skills to ask for advice.
The bulletin board is sponsored by Guillemot Kayaks to assist people who want to build kayaks. It is noncommercial in nature. It exists for the assistance of builders and users of all kinds of small human powered boats.
To this end it is requested that discussion be limited to those areas that will help the small boat community in general. This includes any question about how to do something. There are no stupid questions. Also included are any answers to those questions.
Questions regarding the qualities of various designs for home builders, both commercially available and public domain, are also within the areas open to discussion. Users and builders of these boats are free to post their comments in response to the questions. Try to keep the comments based on personal experience or otherwise supportable evidence.
The designers and commercial suppliers of boat designs, kits, kayaks, canoes and small boats, and boating related equipment are welcome to post to this bulletin board. Please limit your postings to areas that are of general interest to the readers of the Forum. This includes recommended techniques, recommended materials, recommended tools and equipment and recommended sources for any of the above. It does not include recommending your own products or criticizing other's products. For example:
- If someone posts, "Please recommend a kayak" respond to them via email don't post your desire for them to build your kayak on the bulletin board. Customers can post their recommendations.
- If someone posts, "Should I build X from company ABC or Y from PDQ" respond with how your boat X from ABC is good (keep it short and sweet w/o hyperbole), not with how yours is better than Y from PDQ. Customers can post any impressions.
- If someone posts, "I am considering building X from ABC, is this the right boat for me.", Respond by why you (from ABC) think your boat X is or is not the right boat.
- Back up your opinion: if you want to praise your product, substantiate your claims with objective characteristics.
- Don't criticize the competition. You're motivation is suspect and that way they won't criticize you. If you think the competition is misstating the facts, respond with care. This is not a forum for airing your dissagreements with what competing designers or builders are doing. You can use your own web site to do that.
If a question is posted asking specifically about one of your products, you are welcome to respond to it directly. Please respond by stating what is good about your design. Refrain from putting down the competition. If your designs or information is truly better than the competition's, please rely on your customers to point that out. If someone states something that you feel is in error or based on a misconception, please feel free to state what you believe to be correct. Respond to questions in a fair manner with a minimum of hyperbole.
Commercial postings are not allowed. Unsolicited postings extolling the virtues of your products or equipment your company designed or sells are not permitted. If you want to say something good about your stuff, wait for someone to ask on this bulletin board. Do not criticize products designed or sold by others.
If you are connected to or represent a commercial source of kayaks or kayak designs, you must include some notice of that in your posting. Include a notice with your name or include a URL to your businesses web site. The best way is to append the name of your business after your name (i.e. Nick Schade - Guillemot Kayaks)
Classifieds advertising finished boats made by home builders are allowed, however the BBS is probably the wrong place. People reading the BBS build their own boats, they don't want to buy someone else's perked. Classifieds from noncommercial sources offering excess materials, used tools, etc. are permitted.
I will only do so with the greatest reluctance, but if I feel a post to the bulletin board is out of line with these guidelines, I will delete the posting. Please do not force me to do so as it will lower my tolerance level for future postings from the offending party.
In general I will leave it to you the reader, to police yourself. You can figure out if you are straying from the guidelines. If you are unsure, email your post to me first.
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