Introduction and Legal Disclaimer
First and foremost allow us to say that we firmly believe that the majority of our members are mature and self-guiding enough that these rules will fall into the category of common sense. Unfortunately there sometimes arise incidents when it is helpful to be able to refer to a set of written guidelines for what is considered "acceptable behavior".
TNGunOwners.com (herein referred to as Tennessee Gun Owners or TGO) and its staff are ultimately not responsible for what the members of the community upload or say within the confines of this web site. By using the Tennessee Gun Owners web site you indicate an acceptance of these rules and agree to follow them. Furthermore you agree to hold TGO and it's staff members harmless and indemnify them of any legal claim resulting from your use of this web site.
Because there are only a few rules and because they are so simple in nature, they are strictly enforced.
TNGunOwners.com Forum Rules
Revised June 24, 2016
1.) You are a guest here.
All members are reminded that they are guests of the forum Owner and should conduct themselves accordingly. No one has a God-given right to be here and all members are expected to follow the rules of the house. This site is not run as a democracy and majority rule does not prevail. If you have a question about or disagree with an action taken by a moderator, discuss it with them in private. Do not debate them in public. If you do not like the answer that you receive, feel free to contact the Owner or an Administrator. Anyone who engages in insubordinate behavior will be removed from the site without question.
2.) Keep it clean.
This forum is intended for mature audiences, however using foul language or posting lewd or otherwise inappropriate material will not be tolerated. Attempting to circumvent the software's automatic word censoring feature will also not be tolerated. This applies not only to using profanity but also posting dirty pictures, sexual innuendo, etc.
3.) Keep it civil.
Members should treat one another with mutual respect. Name calling, flame posts, racial slurs and other insulting remarks meant to cause conflict are not allowed. Debate is always welcome, however members must stick to attacking the issues rather than attacking the person or the profession. Members must handle disagreements, criticisms and opposing viewpoints with tact and maturity.
4.) Keep it on topic.
Making off-topic remarks or otherwise attempting to steer an existing thread of conversation onto a tangent unintended by the thread's original author will not be tolerated. Please do your part to keep threads on topic.
5.) Do not promote illegal activities.
Members may not use these forums to promote illegal activities and are asked to hold themselves to a higher standard, not only as a firearms owner, but also as a member of these forums. We would like to remind you that there are many eyes upon these forums. TNGunOwners.com is frequently monitored by the media and various law enforcement agencies. The Internet provides an almost indelible record of everything said or done on message forums such as this. What you say here today may haunt you elsewhere tomorrow.
6.) Do not post commercial advertising.
Advertising opportunities exist for businesses that offer goods and services of interest to the firearms community by becoming a Sponsor of TNGunOwners.com. Only Sponsors may post commercial advertising or solicit business on TNGunOwners.com.
Further, the Owner and Administration of this site take a zero tolerance policy regarding companies that attempt to engage in act of soliciting undercover. We consider soliciting undercover to be the act of manufacturers, vendors, dealers or firearms related businesses who register on the forum with the purpose of promoting and soliciting the products that they make and/or the services that they offer while pretending to be an average consumer. These acts will not be tolerated regardless if you are a Sponsor or not and all suspicious threads and/or posts will be deleted accordingly and the offending business will be blacklisted indefinitely.
If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor and promoting your business on TNGunOwners.com, see the related FAQ Entry and contact us. It is very important that you contact us and become a Sponsor before posting any sort of advertising material.
7.) Only Benefactor members can post ads in the Trading Post forums.
The sale or trade of all personally owned items must be conducted through the TGO Trading Post forums. The Trading Post forums are our online equivalent of the Classified Ads pages of your local newspaper. The ability to post ads is a perk granted to our Premium Members (Benefactors) for supporting the TGO community. Benefactor subscriptions are as cheap as $20/6-months or $35/year and help us raise much needed capital to pay our operational expenses.
Benefactors may post ads for sale or trade of items that they themselves own. Members may not make posts "selling this item for a buddy" or otherwise engage in 3rd party transactions. No one may piggy-back off of an existing ad in order to market their own goods or services.
By using the Trading Post forums to buy or sell merchandise, you understand that you assume the burden of following all local, State and Federal laws pertaining to the transaction. This site, it's staff and owners cannot be held responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, caused by the result of any transaction made between buyer and seller.
8.) Absolutely NO Vendor / Sponsor Bashing
Bashing our Vendors / Sponsors in the open forum will not be tolerated for any reason.
If you have a problem with a Vendor or Sponsor of TGO, contact them via a private message (PM) or email them directly. If they do not help you after you contact them via PM, let one of the site administrators know and we will check into the matter. Anyone bashing a Vendor or Sponsor in the open forum will be subject to being banned. The length of the ban will be up to the administrators.
We have yet to see a forum sponsor fail to help a member with a complaint if the complaint is legitimate and reasonable. These folks help keep the lights on around here and we will not be party to biting the hand that helps feed us.
Promoting Special Events on TGO
Revised September 16, 2016
Do you have an event that you would like to advertise on TNGunOwners.com? Read the following before posting!
You would like to take advantage of our reach and exposure to the shooting community, and frankly we might like to take advantage of your event to bring new members to TGO. If your event is deemed to be a good fit for our mission and good for our members, we might be able to work together.
We realize that organizers of special events may not require the type of long-term exposure that our Sponsors enjoy. To accommodate these needs, Non-Retail organizations (those not engaged in selling goods or services that would otherwise benefit from being a Vendor / Sponsor of TGO) may promote special events of interest to our members under the following provisions:
In exchange for using our web site and community to promote your event, you promote the Tennessee Gun Owners (TGO) community and website in your advertising materials and at your event. We can provide artwork suitable for online and printed media.
- You allow representatives of TGO to attend your event and set up a kiosk or table to promote our website and community.
TNGunOwners.com Terms and Conditions
Revised September 16, 2016
Use of the facilities provided by TNGunOwners.com indicates an acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions:
Guests understand that is the policy of TNGunOwners.com to NOT allow manufacturers, vendors, dealers, shops, firearms related businesses, competing websites or for-profit publications to participate in any way shape or form on TNGunOwners.com unless they are a sponsor. Guests also understand that TNGunOwners.com considers soliciting to include the contacting of members though private messages and/or though email as well as a user name, signature and/or user profile that contains a business name, phone number, email address, website URL or direct link back to it. Non-profit organizations are required to obtain permission from the administrators prior to participating on TNGunOwners.com.
Guests agree not to hold TNGunOwners.com liable for anything stated within the forums. Messages posted on this forum are the sole opinion and responsibility of the poster. TNGunOwners.com makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained within the forums.
Guests understand that TNGunOwners.com reserves the right, but does not assume the obligation, to monitor transactions and communications that occur on this forums. All on site private discussions (Private Messaging) with moderators/administrators related to forum policy/actions may be shared with administrators if necessary.
Guests understand that TNGunOwners.com is a privately owned website and that the ability to become a member here is a privilege and not a right. Guests also understand that the owners of TNGunOwners.com reserve the right to terminate my account, remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason and without any prior notice.
Guests understand that registering under more than one username is prohibited. Guests also understand that attempting to falsify or hide their true identity when registering is likewise prohibited.
Guests understand that the owners of TNGunOwners.com reserve the unconditional right to make changes to any and all forum Rules and/or Guidelines (including those created for special events and/or giveaways) at any time and without any prior notice.
Guests understand that it is their responsibility to be familiar with and remain updated with current TNGunOwners Rules and Guidelines. All users of TNGunOwners.com must comply with these guidelines. Infractions of any Rules or Guideline may result in revocation of forum privileges.
Guests understand that fees paid for Benefactor Memberships are non-refundable contributions made to the site and that the ability to list items for sale in the Trading Post forums is a gratuity shown to our Benfactors as thanks for their generosity.
Guests understand that by becoming a member of TNGunOwners.com, they are agreeing that Tennessee law applies to any dispute related to my membership and that any such dispute could only be brought in Williamson County, TN.
By agreeing to these rules, guests warrant that they will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws. Guests are also acknowledging that they have read the term and conditions outlined above carefully and agree to abide by them.
Although the administrators and moderators of TNGunOwners.com 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 neither the owners of TNGunOwners.com, nor Invision Power Services (developers of Invision Power Board) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
TNGunOwners.com Refund Policy
Revised June 10, 2015
Benefactor memberships provide immediate benefit to the member purchasing them and instantly expose premium features and enhanced abilities, such as the privilege to post items for sale in our Classifieds sections, to the member which cannot be "returned" for refund. As such, Benefactor memberships are non-refundable purchases. By purchasing a Benefactor membership, you acknowledge this policy and accept these terms.
Sponsor and Vendor Agreements:
Tennessee Gun Owners Administrators, and Moderators reserve the rights to cancel the advertisement at anytime, with or without cause. In such an event, the refund of any fees paid by the advertiser will be prorated.
If, for any reason, you decide to end your sponsorship/vendorship with Tennessee Gun Owners prior to the agreed termination date, you will forfeit your remaining fee balance.