MUST READ FOR NEW MEMBERS! STOP. DO NOT PASS GO, UNTIL YOU READ. TOPICS COVERED IN THIS POST: THREE THINGS TO KNOW AND TO DO BEFORE YOUR FIRST POST SIX SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW AS A MEMBER NOT ABOUT SCIENCE NOT A MUTUAL ADULATION SOCIETY DICK MODE / MINORITY REPORT BAN POLICY THREE THINGS TO KNOW OR TO DO BEFORE YOUR FIRST POST. Take some time to lurk and learn the culture here before posting. See @MuppetFace's bar analogy in the quote below. Introduce yourself here: http://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/new-members-introduce-yourself.17/ Ask gear advice here: http://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?forums/advice-threads.71/ DO NOT MAKE NEW THREADS IN RANDOM SUBFORUMS. SIX SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW AS A MEMBER Try to be nice. Don't be an ass (1). Try to be on topic. If you go off-topic, make an effort to eventually loop back. Don't be dumb. Like posting links to your phono rips of copyrighted work above and beyond fair use. Copyrighted works should be paid for. Whether the record companies are evil or dumb does not matter. The karmic consequences for stealing other people's ideas is that your own ideas will be stolen by others. Do not discuss politics. This is an audio site. But don't be oversensitive and make everything into politics. Use common sense. Get a clue (1). There are no hard and fast rules; but on the other hand, moderators of this site can do whatever they wish, however capricious their actions may seem to you. If you are an MOT, industry insider, blogger, reviewer, or provider of audio related software (free, commercial open source, GPL, etc.), introduce yourself as such to the membership and make this known to the moderators. Otherwise you will inevitably will be digitally tarred and feathered. (1) If several members are being asshats to you, and you happen to have the most reported posts; it might be a good idea to perform a realistic self-assessment of your own behavior rather than blame other people. In other words, if you are the nexus of asshatery, although you think are you not the one being an ass, then you are an ass. Bonus Guideline: Caring about your "likes" or "trophies" is a ban-able offense. NOT ABOUT SCIENCE For the 1000th time, this site is not about science. Despite the measurements, don't be fooled into thinking this forum is about the science of sound. A few Redditors seriously need to get over this. There are much better sites and forums dedicated to the science of sound: http://www.hydrogenaud.io, http://ethanwiner.com, http://www.tomshardware.com, etc. NOT A MUTUAL ADULATION SOCIETY Like any other web forum, or group of like-minded people, we have our favorites. But don't expect this place to be a mutual adulation society where you will get a pat on the back or receive confirmation that you made the right choice for your most recent purchase. All new members start off as "Rando" and can progress upwards to Friend status where all membership options become available (loaner program participation, secret meets, etc.). Just be patient. We like to get to know members and the best way to do so is over time. The site works as a meritocracy. Reviews and impressions from Friends and more established members tend to carry more weight. Succinct personal impressions detailing aspects of sound, comparing one piece of gear to well-known pieces of gear are most appreciated. HF style reviews with lots of pictures and verbiage cut and pasted from the vendor are extremely frowned upon. DICK MODE / MINORITY REPORT POLICY Every now and then, we will get into "dick mode" to rid the forum of persons or behaviors that the overall membership finds undesirable. Minority Report Policy: Moderators and Admins may choose to ban people before they do something bad, even if there is a minority report among the precogs. Looking back over five years of running a forum, I've come to realize that banning people sooner rather than later would have better served the greater good. As for lack of due process, constitutional rights, individual liberties, I guess my reply to that would be this: Tough titty said the kitty when the milk went dry.