Here are the guidelines for posting messages on the NTHOG Guestbook:
- No vulgar profanity will be permitted in posted messages.
- Messages with instructions for building illegal devices or advising anything illegal will be removed. Immoral or fattening postings won’t be removed, but you are responsible for purchasing your own flame-retardant underwear...
- Don’t post recommendations or suggestions for other businesses that compete with our sponsoring dealership, Harley-Davidson of North Texas. That’s not nice...
- No for sale items, or advertisements for for-profit services or businesses will be allowed. The Guestbook is not a replacement for paid advertisements - the sole exception being Harley-Davidson of North Texas, our sponsoring dealer. Non-profit events are fine to post, as well as regional rallies. Poker run postings are also allowed, as long as the sponsor isn’t throwing the event to profit monetarily. Remember, events or rides posted in the Guestbook are for the NTHOG chapter members’ benefit - which means that scheduled NTHOG events and/or rides come first; any conflicting posts may be removed, at the chapter officers’ discretion.
There are pages on the NTHOG website that are specifically tailored for non-NTHOG event flyers and another page for selling stuff, and it is encouraged to use them.
- No defamatory remarks or insults - remember, the Guestbook is a public forum. Try to think about what you post before posting it... you’ll save yourself some embarassment later. Think of it this way: What would you post on a billboard in your front yard for all of your neighborhood to see? Because the effect is just the same.
- The Guestbook is moderated. There will be occasions where postings will be removed by the webmaster, for whatever reason, and without notice. If you want to exercise your First Amendment rights, pay for your own site and rant all that you wish. Otherwise, you are free to state whatever you wish in your posted message, as long as it doesn’t violate the guidelines in this policy.
- The previous policy item withstanding, the webmaster will not, in any way, shape, or form, change whatever is posted in a message, except to occasionally enhance a posted message for benefit (such as inserting a HTML hyperlink to allow viewers of the message to click on the text of a URL, to take them directly to a web page, for example). Another instance is automatic replacement of certain words - there is a text filter that transforms letters of vulgarities to other characters, which is a feature that is part of the software used to execute the Guestbook.
- If you are organizing an FYI ride (not an official NTHOG ride), then your name and a valid e-mail address is required. This rule makes sense, as folks who are interested in participating will need someone to contact. If a bogus name or invalid e-mail address is posted, the message will be removed without notice.