The following rules apply to each forum on this site and exist to protect you the member. All members are expected to follow these rules without exception.
NYCAviation cannot be held liable for any information you offer about yourself to others. Please be responsible with your personal information. Keep in mind that content on NYCAviation.com is public, and can be viewed by your employers, friends, family, law enforcement, or anyone whose notice might put you in a compromising situation. Keep this in mind when creating your username.
Size: Avatars may not exceed 200x200 pixels in size and not more than 40K in data size.
Content: It may also not be overly offensive, sexually explicit, or overly distracting, as deemed by NYCAviation Staff.
Violation of either will result in deletion of the avatar by an administrator, or a request for the member to remove it within 24 hours before action is taken.
Signature content: Content of an offensive or extremely sexual nature, as determined by NYCAviation staff, is not allowed as part of your signature.
Images: With the exception of site-provided "smilies", images, regardless of size, are not allowed in signatures.
No HTML or BBCode: Beyond a URL or italicized text, no other HTML or BB Code will be allowed in a signature. Bold words are also not allowed.
Links: Links may be posted to another website, or a collection of your own photography. Links determined to be advertising for yourself an NYCAviation competitor will be subject to our rules pertaining to Advertising (see "Advertising" below).
Lines of Text: Signatures may not contain more than three stacked lines, and more than 125 total characters in length.
If it is deemed any part of your signature breaks any of these stipulations, it may result in deletion of the signature by an administrator, or a request for the member to remove it within 24 hours before action is taken.
Personal Conversation: Speaking directly to another member should be done by PM and not publicly, unless it's a topic that you'd like to include others in, which is the point of The Galley forum.
Descriptive Posts. For the protection of other members, new threads or posts that contain a link with no written description of where it goes or what it is may be deleted. This does not include the description that is required in the thread title; the post itself must also have a description. The only exception will be replies where someone is asking for a specific link.
Attacks/Debate/Trolling Trolling is considering the posting of messages that aim to create conflict, bait people in arguing or attack other members.
Respect: Passionate discussion and debate is understandable and expected for certain subject matter. However, please remember to keep your posts respectful. If it is deemed a poster is out of line or purposely attempting to provoke other members, their posts may be removed or edited and the poster will be notified. Please notify an Administrator if any abuse occurs (see "Reporting Posts" below).
Profanity: Cursing, as defined by NYCAviation staff, is filtered out with asterisks. Though filtered (revision 12/30/07), these terms must be kept to a minimum and cannot be used in a way that is directed at another member, their views, or in the context of anger. This behavior may result in a warning or ban depending on its severity.
Inside Jokes: Making a joke or poking fun at a friend can still come across as an attack to people whether they know you are friendly toward that person or not. Be mindful of how your post may come across to all readers. Private messages are an excellent alternative for inside jokes.
Personal Attacks: There are no personal attacks allowed. This includes name-calling. Refrain from making small snide or sarcastic remarks. Learn to disagree without telling the person that they are stupid, even indirectly with sarcastic comments. Explain your points with terms like "I feel," or "I think," to be less aggressive. Address the post and not the poster. Remember, calling someone's opinions or posts stupid is also a personal attack.
Baiting: Baiting other members into an argument is not allowed. A sarcastic remark or a topic that you know (or even if you don't know) will cause an argument, be taken personally, or create drama, will be edited or deleted. This includes unconstructive or aggressive comments in regards to photo database sites such as Airlines.net or JetPhotos.net.
Retaliation and Engaging: If you read a harshly worded comment about a company that you happen to work for, do not interpret it as a personal attack. If you, as an employee, have some information that might constructively add to the conversation, please share it, but otherwise please do not respond angrily to the poster just because you feel obligated to defend your company. Similarly, responding angrily to any post, whether it violates a rule or not, is subject to moderator action, as it adds to unnecessary conflict. Such posts should be reported instead of responded to. (Revision 7/19/08)
Discrimination: Any posts that blatantly display discrimination over a person's race, gender, religion or sexual orientation or employment will receive at least a warning or a ban.
Photo Critique: Do not negatively criticize anyone's photography on this forum, whether they are members here or not. If they ask for criticism, keep it respectful and constructive. (Ex: Not a bad photo. Your composition is good but I think you could use some more Levels work in Photoshop.)
Smilies: Though often used to set a friendly tone, "smilies" do not necessarily make otherwise aggressive comments or tones acceptable and may still be subject to moderating.
Size: With rare exception, do not post any photos larger than 1200 pixels wide or 800 pixels high unless you are specifically looking for assistance where the original file is necessary. For those unique shots (unique aircraft or individually appealing photo), do not post many in sizes larger than 1200. Threads with a collection of rather "normal" photos (as defined by NYCAviation moderators) will be sent back to the photographer for resizing. (Revision 1/10/10)
Quantity: Post no more than 12 photos in a thread's page, per user, unless a special circumstance and moderators deem it acceptable. Please use judgment.
Load Warning: Any new thread that has more than 9 photos in the first post must have a warning in the thread title (Ex: "Many Photos!" or "56K = NO").
A link to your website or another's is allowed in your profile only, as long as it does not compete with NYCAviation or deemed to be inappropriate. Links in Signatures is allowed as per the Signature rules, stated above.
The level of punishment may also be modified as per the moderator/administrator discretion.
Modifications and revisions to the rules will be posted in this list with a date for its addition at its end. A post pointing out the new addition will also be made.
--> Rumors: "News" that is unconfirmed, or flat out rumors, are to go in the General Discussion forum, and not the News forum.
--> Foreign News: Even news from outside of New York City, or even out of the country, can be posted and discussed here.
--> Aircraft Visitor Photos: New threads with photo coverage of a special aircraft visitor may be posted in either the Spotting Planning forum or in this one, but not both. This does not include the Daily Report threads, which is fine for posting there and in a new thread in either forum.
--> Daily Reports:
-Be sure that aircraft visitors you post in the "Daily Report" threads for any airport are not regular service. Your post might be edited or deleted.
-Do not use this thread to discuss runway configuration, weather conditions or other "news" for the airport.
-New threads for more unique visitors are more than welcome to be posted in a whole new thread.
--> Dates: If a thread already exists for a certain airport and date (Ex: JFK 3/18), you must use that thread for posting your own review or plans. New threads will be merged with the existing one.
--> Aircraft Visitors: New threads with photo coverage of a special aircraft visitor may be posted in either the News and Aircraft Visitors forum or in this one, but not both. This does not include the Daily Report threads, which is fine for posting there and in a new thread in either forum.
--> Spotting Photos: Reviews of a day's photography are only allowed here if you are asking for photo-related help, but may be posted in either forum.
--> Thread Creation: You don't have to be NYCAviation staff to start a thread on an event, but if you do create one, try to be as descriptive as possible. If new information is added in a later post in the thread, add it to the original post as well, maybe italicizing or bolding it.
--> Event Types: Events are to be aviation-related only, or for NYCAviation members, but open to any member of the public who would like to attend (unless there is an alcohol-related age limit). Events that exclude anyone for other reasons will be deleted. I will also crash that event in a drunken stupor.
--> Thread Titles: Always post the date in the thread title, and do not use all caps.
--> Reviews: Use the same threads for both planning and review of the event. This includes the photography coverage of such events.
--> Anti-Authority Sentiment: Any comments considered to bash or attack law enforcement, government or airport authority will result in deletion of the post/thread, and probably a warning or even temporary suspension as well. Sharing your disappointment or upset feelings about an encounter is fine, but keep it respectful and constructive.
--> Thread titles: For the organization of the threads, titles should state the date of the vent, the airport, and perhaps the specific location after that. (Ex. LGA 4/1/05 – Planeview Park). Limit your personal comments in the thread title.
--> False Comments: Any gross exaggeration or false explanation of events will result in deletion of the thread, and probably a warning or even temporary suspension as well. Accusations of false posts are to be sent to administrators by PM or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with evidence or a witness report, and are not to be posted in the thread.
--> Names: Do not post any real names of officers, official or civilians in the explanation of your encounter. This includes other members, as sometimes they may not want to be associated with your report. Violations will be deleted or edited, unless the mentioned member has no issues.
--> Log Registrations: All logs, unless it is a vintage log from years ago, must contain the registration of most of the listed aircraft, not just airline and type.