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REQUIRED READING FOR ALL FORUM MEMBERS

Welcome to the Forums


THIS IS REQUIRED READING FOR ALL FORUM MEMBERS

We will post a questionnaire on it later. The Title Fairy will consider your score before acting.


FordTough.ca and Ford-Truck.ca Forums are a community for Canadian Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Please take time to read this document through to get a feel for what the forums are like, how to start your life among us and how to make the best out of your time here. We are often referred as "CDNFTC"(Canadian Ford Truck Club).


The FordTough.ca Culture

When you start your journey with us you will notice a strange combination of relaxed mood and serious dedication to Trucks and SUV's. You will learn why bolts are important. You will also notice how people who know a lot share their experience and talent without hesitation. This culture has been developed and refined over years, combining witty humor and having fun is what our members value most: the FordTough.ca mood is unique and enjoyable.

FordTough.ca has members from all countries, male and female, diverse ethnic backgrounds. Please respect this diversity and do not push your views down other people's throats - discussion, fun, knowledge, sharing and caring is what we value most.

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Then, let's get on to some practical issues:


Registering to FordTough.ca
You must register as a user if you want to
view attachments
create new threads
reply to posts
use search
see hidden content like our Region and Tech sections plus more..... .
Registering is free.

When you register you will receive an email which you must read and act upon before your account is fully activated. That mail is from [email protected] or [email protected] and often you will find it in your spam folder. Make sure that the email address you give is active, the mailbox is not full and you can access it.

Note that multiple registrations are not allowed. If you for some reason registered more than once, PM moderators about it. If and when we detect multiple identities all those accounts will be banned.

Think carefully in choosing a user name which describes you best. Do not use email address as username. Use only western alphabet and numbers.

Lost your password?

You can have the forum software send you a new pass if the old one is lost. Make sure you write down what email you used when registering because that is the mail address to which FordTough.ca will send instructions how to create your new password.

Posting

CDNFTC uses the English and yes French language. We all can't speak perfect English or French (even those who are native English speakers), but with each try we all get more fluent with it. It's not a spelling contest. Firefox browser has a good English spell checker if you feel you need one.We write using western alphabet.


Take care where you post

FordTough.ca and Ford-Truck.ca Forums is divided into several subforums.

Take the time to read the forum descriptions on the front page so that you know what is where. Pay close attention to the larger divisions:
  • New Member introduction - its only for member introductin
  • FordTough section - Dedicated Truck Specific community and pro discussion
  • General Truck/SUV - places you post photos for others to enjoy and general truck talk with our picture contests
  • Ford Tough Tech and Help Section - is for how to or looking for help section
  • Canadian Region/Chapter Talk - is where our regions can discuss event and news dedicated to their region (and not for sale and trading section)
  • Classifieds section - selling, buying, trading and wanted only
  • Forum Feedback' section - things related to FordTough.ca forum software and server
  • When you post, you should take time to post in the correct forum as this will give you the widest and most interested audience for that particular subject.


Think before you post

Think of CDNFTC as public plaza where everyone can hear what you say and everyone can reply to you. A place where you meet regulars every day and all the strangers know you too even if you don't know all of them yet. Remember:
do not post when you are angry or under the influence (seriously!).
respect members (especially newbies) by giving full answers, "do a search" or "rtfm" is banned here.
personal attacks or harassment are not tolerated at all.
political and religious discussions are not allowed.
you must own copyright to all photos you post, or have permission from the author
image posting rules are important for making FordTough.ca more readable to all
Search first! When you think of posting a new question, do a search first to see if that has been already discussed.

Rules

Signature rules are also important, signature size is limited for readability reasons.

Main rules can be read in http://www.fordtough.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=3170. Read it through. If you behave like you would normally behave with friends, strangers, family and elderly you'll be fine. Respect others!

REPORT IT!

You seldom see any spam in FordTough.ca. To fight it we rely on our members, you, to always report (by clicking ) any post that is either:
  • spam
  • rule violation (too many photos, rude, racist, politics, religious, hate, personal attack and so on).
  • in a wrong forum
  • you want your post removed
  • you see in title spelling errors that matter
  • Marketing ANYTHING using forums' PM or email system will be considered as spam, and that activity will end very fast into permanent ban for the offending member. Please report those as well.


By reporting you help keeping CDNFTC spam free and flowing well. When you report a post, all mods will see it immediately in their own moderator area, and it will be handled ASAP. Moving posts may not happen if mods do not feel it needs to be moved. Reporting a post is also a quick way to bring some urgent matter to moderator attention.

Thank you for reporting posts!

Spam

Posts deemed as being spam (unsolicited advertisements for products or services) will be deleted immediately. Users that post spam will be banned immediately.


Subscribing to threads

Subscribing to threads can be done in User CP. We recommend that you do not use emailed subscriptions because of the vast amount of data FordTough.ca gets every day, this saves our resources. Select "no email notification" in CP http://www.fordtough.ca/forums/profile.php and your subscribed posts will then appear in http://www.fordtough.ca/forums/subscription.php . If you wish to subscribe to threads manually do so by setting "do not subscribe" in User CP options and then using Thread tools.


Searching

We have a very fast search tool. Use it as much as you like! Put all keywords exactly as they should be, in whole. The engine does not have wildcards. So if you seek info on rim photos, try


rim photos
rims
wheels
tires

and so on. Try searching titles first and then posts. If you see a recent thread which has just what you wanted to discuss continue that discussion instead of starting a new one.

Also, check out stickies on each forum. Master Sticky list is available on 'Forum Talk' forum. It is a good way to start, a vast array of information gathered by members.
At the bottom of every thread we have a section called Similar Threads which looks for 20% much in threads


Common problems

Where did my post go?

If moderators finds your post in the wrong area they will move it to correct one. If you misplace your own posts you see a list of them through your post subscription page.

If your post is deleted this was done for a reason. Think back and you'll know the reason why the post was removed. Sometimes mods move controversial thread to storage before the actual decision of removing or locking is done.

I get an error page when I try to post or reply!

Read the stickies on those forums and you'll see how it works and if you have access to this section.

If you get an error page when reading a thread you have already been to, it is most likely that that thread has been removed from public view, or its getting updated

If there are database errors admin is instantly notified.


The Staff

The Moderator is your friend

Please respect and obey our moderators. They are volunteer workers, active members of FordTough.ca and Ford-Trucks.ca , who help maintain CDNFTC. If they ask you to do something or else comment on your behavior just learn from the experience and simply comply. Remember: if you start a fight with a mod, you will always lose. If you are polite and respect the voluntary work mods are doing, you will be treated well even if you blunder. Mods are there to help you.

..but when you are bad the moderator is your jury

Most serious offenders will be banned from the forums, forever or for a specific length of time. Moderators discuss ban decisions together, banning is not done on a whim. Complaints are put to the bottom of bottom drawer. Don't let things come to that, read the rules and oh, behave!

Admins

White Pearl and FordTough.ca are admins. They have absolute power on everything.

Donations

Servers cost money, FordTough.ca and Ford-Trucks.ca is free for all

If you feel CDNFTC Forums and great and should go on and on and on and you have some extra dough in your pocket feel free to donate some for server & bandwith costs. More info Coming soon
Have fun with CDNFTC!

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