Welcome to Mazdas247. The purpose of this website is to serve as a community of Mazda owners and enthusiasts and as a database of information on Mazda's vehicle lineup. In order to provide the best environment for everyone, we promote a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect between users. These are our rules and guidelines. Please read and understand them thoroughly and direct any questions to a member of the Mazdas247 Team. These rules and guidelines are subject to change and revisions as deemed necessary by the Mazdas247 Team.

Your cooperation and understanding would be greatly appreciated, thank you and enjoy Mazdas247!

I. Accounts, Registration and Levels

1. Users must have a valid and active e-mail account in order to successfully complete the user registration process. Upon registering, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the address specified during sign-up. This e-mail message contains an activation link that must be visited in order to verify your e-mail address and allow you to post messages. The confirmation e-mail is sent out immediately upon registering, but, depending on your ISP and e-mail provider, may be delayed for several minutes or hours. If you do not receive this message in your inbox, be sure to check your 'spam' or 'junk mail' folder, as some mail filters have been known to incorrectly mark this message as spam.

2. Absolutely no distinction or benefits are given to users with high post counts. All profile options are immediately available upon registration.

II. Profile

1. User avatars may contain a single image.

2. All images and text for avatars, signatures and all profile options including custom user title must abide by the decency standards outlined in Section IV.

III. Posting

1. Words of less than 3 letters are not indexed and cannot be entered in as search terms. If you have any questions about the search feature, please contact a member of the Mazdas247 Team.

2. Mazdas247 is split into many different forums and sub-forums to help organize threads. When posting a new thread, please post in the forum or sub-forum that most closely relates to your topic. This will ensure the quickest response. If your thread is misplaced, it may be moved to a more appropriate forum or sub-forum without notice.

3. Posting the same message in multiple forums (also known as "double posting" or "cross posting") is prohibited without the consent of a super moderator or administrator. If the content of your post spans multiple categories and you are unsure where to place it, please contact a Mazdas247 Team member for assistance.

4. The creation of useless threads and replies for any reason, especially for increasing your post count, is prohibited.

5. Posting threads and or replies which portray illegal racing of any form in a positive or entertaining manner is strictly prohibited.

6. Placing personal items for sale is allowed only in the Marketplace. All items for sale on Mazdas247 must follow our For Sale Rules and Guidelines.

7. If you are a vendor and wish to sell products on this site, you must be an "Authorized Vendor" (AV). Being an "Authorized Vendor" means you are trusted by the Mazdas247 administrators, moderators and members. Any violation of that trust and your vendor status may be terminated. To obtain "Authorized Vendor" status, please fill out the AV Application.

8. If you are a member who does not have an official business but you produce a limited or custom product independently (at home for example) for sale on Mazdas247, you will first need to be an "Approved Merchant Member" (AMM). To obtain "Approved Merchant Member" status, please fill out the AMM Application.

9. As a Member of Mazdas247, you agree not to post or otherwise make available content that constitutes or contains "affiliate marketing," "link referral code," or *unsolicited commercial advertisement".

IV. Conduct and Decency Standards

1. Be respectful of others at all times. The purpose of Mazdas247 is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. Occasionally, there will be conflicts that arise when people voice opinions. Be courteous when disagreeing with others. It is possible to disagree without being insulting.

2. Personal attacks are prohibited. Commonly known as "flaming", personal attacks are posts which are designed to personally berate or insult another member. Posts of this nature are not beneficial to the community and will not be tolerated. Personal disputes should be settled through private messages or email.

3. Be tolerant of new members who are unfamiliar with how Mazdas247 is set up or with the search function. Instead of "newbie bashing", politely give them the information they seek.

4. Profanity is prohibited.

5. Pornography is not permitted anywhere on the forums including links to pornography on other websites. Mazdas247 defines pornography as images with exposed genitalia (for images of either sex) or topless images (for female images).

6. Any form of discrimination is prohibited.

7. Make an effort to limit potentially offensive posts or material. Posts deemed too offensive will be edited and or deleted.

8. Illegal or "pirated" software or content of any kind must not be accessible via Mazdas247. Any link or connection between Mazdas247 and illegal software or content is not permitted.

9. Vendor and merchant disputes from customers must be handled privately. Negative reviews for vendors can only be posted after (a) direct communication to the vendor has failed and (b) you have contacted an administrator explaining the situation and have gained permission to post a negative review. Personal attacks towards a merchant or vendor authorized to do business on Mazdas247 is strictly prohibited. Mazdas247 has a zero tolerance policy towards unwarranted attacks on vendors and merchants (users with the title "Authorized Vendor" or "Authorized Merchant Member" under their username). They are the lifeline of the Mazda aftermarket. Making unwarranted attacks or negative reviews without proper permission, against vendors or merchants can result in an immediate and permanent ban without warning.

10. Disputes between vendors and or merchants must be handled privately or off Mazdas247. All Authorized Vendors and Authorized Merchant Members are required to act professionally at all times, including when resolving any disputes with another vendor or merchant. Mazdas247 has a zero tolerance policy towards attacks by one vendor or merchant to another. Vendors or merchants who do so may have their status revoked without refund.

11. The act of intentionally posting inflammatory threads or replies for no other purpose than inciting or provoking others, also known as "trolling", is strictly prohibited. Mazdas247 has a zero tolerance policy towards trolling, meaning users who engage in such activity can be immediately and permanently banned without warning.

12. Spam is strictly prohibited. Mazdas247 has a zero tolerance policy towards spammers, meaning the use of Mazdas247 for unapproved advertisement can result in an immediate and permanent ban without warning.

13. Circumventing a temporary or permanent ban is strictly prohibited. Mazdas247 has a zero tolerance policy towards users who re-register additional account(s) to circumvent their ban, meaning those accounts are subject to an immediate and permanent ban without warning.

V. Disciplinary Action and Punishment

1. Several levels of disciplinary action can be instated when a member breaks any of the rules listed in this document:
a. Informal warning
b. Formal warning
c. Temporary ban
d. Permanent ban
e. Infraction System

2. Informal warnings and formal warnings can be given by any member of the Mazdas247 Team.

3. The exact level of disciplinary action or punishment is determined by the severity of the infringement as well as the user's history of previous infractions.

4. The appeals process for disciplinary actions taken against a user account is initiated by sending an e-mail to Antoine@Mazdas247.com with the subject "Mazdas247 Disciplinary Action Appeal" and the following information:

a. Forum username.
b. Date the action was taken.
c. Username of the Mazdas247 Team member who instated the disciplinary action (if known).
d. Brief explanation of the situation. Include links to the thread(s) and attach any correspondence to and from members of the Mazdas247 Team relating to the situation.
e. Brief argument(s) for reversing the disciplinary action.

5. Permanent bans instated for breaking any of the "zero tolerance" rules in section IV are final and are not eligible for appeal.

6. If you have a legitimate concern regarding an infraction you have received by a moderator, feel that it was unwarranted/erroneously issued, or wish to document wrongful moderator-abuse of the infraction system, you are encouraged to contact an administrator with your complaint. For the sake of clarity, please document the relevant infractions, posts and or PMs.

VI. Mazdas247 Team Members

1. Administrators: Antoine and Enry

2. Moderators: Please visit the Moderator Directory for a current list of Moderators and the Forum(s) they moderate.

*Special thanks to jersey_emt as well as the Moderator Team for assisting with the creation of Mazdas247's Rules & Guidelines.