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Hello All,

Hopefully the majority of us have become familiar enough with the new Forum layout. It is definitely a lot to learn and to become comfortable with.
If there are any questions at all how to use the forum, just click on those three vertical dots next to your avatar in the upper right corner of the page, then click on the FAQ link. Or you could start a Conversation (what used to be called a PM) with a Staff member. Click on your avatar in the upper right corner of the page, and click on “Conversations”.

Of course IMBOC is all about Bullitt Mustangs. But if you see a post which you believe is inappropriate, click on those three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the offending post. In the window which opens, click on “Report”.
When a post is reported, a “Report” flag appears in the upper left corner of all moderator/admin screens to alert them that an action is pending.
The moderators of this forum all try to minimize the drama here, but we have day jobs and we may miss something which needs attention, so we appreciate your help.

While I'm on the subject, I am aware that some members may be curious about what may occur if a member of this forum repeats inappropriate behaviour.
This forum contains a Warning System. A moderator handling an issue or inappropriate post can formally Warn a member. Depending on the infraction, a number of points are assigned to the user, as well as the duration of time those points are alive. Any moderator can monitor the points a user may have been assigned.
A typical Warning assigns to the user 1 point, with a 3 month duration, and this can be revised up or down at the time the Warning is issued. Should a member accumulate 5 points, there is an automatic 3 month temporary ban. At 10 points, the ban becomes permanent.

Have a Great Day!
Let's go drive our Bullitts!
-Webmaster


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The Great and Powerful OZ
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Is moderation in forums violating American's right to free speech?

No. A web forum is privately operated, so even if it's theoretically open to the public, they have every right to set ground rules and kick people out who don't follow them.

You can stand out on a public street and shout about whatever you want, even if it's nonsensical, or offensive, or whatever have you. Similarly, you can buy your own domain name, host your own website, and put whatever you might like on it (with a few exceptions such as libel, slander, copyright infringement, etc.). But do that in the middle of the grocery store, even though the grocery store is open to the public, and they can throw you out of there. It's still their property. You can, of course, proceed right out to the public street and get right back to it.

Freedom of speech just means that the government may not penalize you for what you say. It does not mean that anyone is required to hand you a microphone or let you use their private property to speak on. A privately operated web forum is in essence private property, and they have the right to restrict what may be discussed there.



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Reminder- Political Posts and Comments

There has been a recent rise in the number of thinly-veiled political comments.
With the unusually high level of political activity in the country these days it is easy to let some of that slip into the enthusiast forums.
It is not welcome.
This forum is about having fun with our Bullitt Mustangs and sharing our knowledge regarding these fine cars.


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