IS THIS A PUBLIC FORUM?
No, this is a private forum open to the public in general, but with certain restrictions including but not limited to those listed herein. Using this forum is a privilege, not a protected right, and this privilege can be revoked at our sole discretion.
IS THIS A MODERATED FORUM?
Yes, but moderation occurs after the fact, that is, we don't monitor a post before it is published, you publish it and then we eventually read it (or not). This forum receives between 1500 and 2500 posts every day, on average, too many posts to read and monitor. Accordingly, anything you see that you consider abusive or in bad taste; if you read a post that you think ought to be brought to our attention; please apprise us of this. In such case, the editorial email prompt is at the bottom of every page of the Slowtwitch.com editorial website (www.slowtwitch.com). That email address to use for such concerns is: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPECTATION OF ANONYMITY
You have none. There is none. Slowtwitch.com does not warrant that your anonymity will be protected, nor that we will protect it. If the preservation of your anonymity is vital to you, don't post on any Slowtwitch forum.
WHAT CAN I POST HERE?
Anything associated with swim, bike, run, or triathlon in general. Off-topic posts belong in the Lavender Room. Notices belong in Notices, jobs sought or advertised in Jobs, items for sale in Classifieds. There are rules for each of these forums posted in "sticky" threads on the tops of each of those forums.
WHAT CAN'T I POST HERE?
We are especially cranky about trial-by-internet. Do not register to post on this forum only to have your first post be a complaint against a company doing business in the sport of triathlon. Do not lodge a complaint against a named entity unless you yourself are willing to be identifiable, that is, no anonymous rants. Do not EVER say somebody's product is unsafe unless you have rock-solid demonstrable proof. This is as much for your benefit as anyone's (we'd prefer your hot temper doesn't result in a lawsuit a manufacturer lodges against you). Do not accuse anyone of taking performance enhancing drugs.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED ABUSIVE?
We don't know, but we know it when we see it.
WHAT IF MY POST IS PULLED?
You might find that something you posted is no longer on the forum on which it was originally posted. In all likelihood, you posted something that really belongs in either our Classifieds or Lavender Room forum, and you might find your post there (we'll just move your post or thread to the right forum). If your post is pulled entirely, you wrote something inappropriate—at least in our view—and we pulled the post.
WHAT IF I'M BANNED?
Then you *might* have been (according to us) a very bad boy (or girl). We reserve the right to do this, and at our sole discretion. If you want to keep your account active, be civil. But you might be posting from a location inside a bloc of IP addresses we banned in order to weed out a spammer or bad actor. Email us privately and we'll find out of that's the case.
MULTIPLE USER NAMES:
A big no-no. Stick to one user account. You can change your user name, but no creating multiple accounts. Note that your string of previous user names appends to your user profile.
COMMENTS ABOUT RETAILERS OR RACES:
Neither complaints nor praises belong on the reader forum. They should be lodged as "comments" attached to the profiles of these business entities, which reside on our databases listing them. You'll find links to these databases on a blue bar across the very top of our reader forum pages. Likewise bike fitters, coaches, and tri clubs.
If the data is merely a reprint from another website or publication, all that is needed is a link or a reference to the original source (and as much information is provided by the original publisher). If the data is coming from you, as a private individual, simply do your best to explain your testing protocol and methodology. You should be prepared to answer questions to the best of your ability. If the data is coming from a company that you work for or are otherwise affiliated with, you need to explain your affiliation to that company.
ARE THESE ALL THE RULES?
No. But these are most of them, in broad strokes. There may be others we place here from time to time. As you become familiar with this forum, and this community, you'll see that we interfere only when we need to. If you take a deep breath before you post, and give your idea a second thought before you push the "send" button, you probably won't write anything with which we'll take umbrage.
This is a very loosely moderated forum. We do not and cannot see everything written here, and we may not see an offensive post for awhile or indeed at all unless it is brought to our attention. We are hosting a global digital "water cooler," around which triathletes gather to "talk shop." As such we cannot and do not accept any liability for what others post here. We can simply make our best effort to monitor abuse that is brought to our attention.