To provide a venue for discussion� information exchange� technical advice� etc.� related to marching percussion� in a casual and fun atmosphere that fosters friendships among its membership.
The cornerstone value of our community is mutual respect between members. We pride ourselves in having a mature� civil� yet fun atmosphere where members are able to debate their differing opinions without resorting to flame wars. Our community enthusiastically welcomes new members� and we are always eager to offer helpful advice to both the novice and seasoned veteran alike.
As a member of the Drumlines.org community� the staff expects you to abide by the rules� guidelines� and community values set forth on this page. We also expect you to practice common netiquette while participating in a discussion in consideration to the other community members. We have borrowed many of the below statements from the Netiquette Home Page (an excellent online resource) and have specifically tailored them to suit the Drumlines.org community. The Drumlines.org Staff expects you to review these rules and guidelines periodically� as we occasionally enhance them.
You consent� through your use of this service� that you will not use Drumlines.org to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory� inaccurate� abusive� vulgar� hateful� harassing� obscene� profane� sexually oriented� threatening� invasive of a person's privacy� or otherwise in violation of any law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless either you or Drumlines.org owns the copyright� or you have� and are able to present� express written consent of the copyright holder. When posting copyrighted material under these conditions (or any other material that is not your own), you must always give credit to the source(s) of your information. Furthermore, If you're a new member then you can only download music from the originals section. You're missing out on the other sections which include DCI, college, high school, warm-ups, and solos. To gain access to be able to download our entire sheet music section, you must first prove that you intend to be a part of the community and that you are not just passing through looking to score some free sheet music. This means you must gain this rank. For an explanation of ranks, please read the topic on Karma and Automated Promotions. You also agree you will not use any service of Drumlines.org with the intent of illegally soliciting copyrighted material. If your goal is to obtain non-copyrighted music� you must earn four stripes prior to making any requests. This is to prevent a mass incursion of newbies flooding Drumlines.org and its members with solicitations. It seems more and more people want something for nothing these days. These restrictions include both public and private means of communications through Drumlines.org. Private communications include� but are not limited to� private topics� emails� and instant messenger exchanges between fellow members of Drumlines.org. To recap, if you have less than four stripes, you make a request for sheet music, and a staff member sees or is notified of your request, you will be banned!
Members may not attempt to post censored words by adding spaces� dots� substituting characters� or by any other means in an attempt to defeat any censors put in place by Drumlines.org.
If Drumlines.org finds you in violation of any of the aforementioned offenses� the staff may ban you at their own discretion for however long or short of a period as they so wish.
To conform to Federal Regulations� the owner of Drumlines.org (DLWebmaestro) has chosen to restrict the participation of those less than 13 years of age. If you are under 13� we do not allow you to participate at Drumlines.org.
Do not release your home address� pictures� phone numbers� employers� or any other personal information with anyone unless you are certain you want that information out there in cyberspace. Be vigilant by knowing with whom you are communicating� what they will be using that information for� and why they are asking you for it. Be smart; be safe. While the majority of the members of the Drumlines.org community have good intentions and truly try to help each other grow� we are not your parents. We cannot control where you go and what you do� nor can we protect you. Utilize good judgment in all communications that you send through this� and any� website.
If� for any reason� you receive communications from any member in which the content is uncomfortable for you� notify one of the Drumlines.org staff members immediately with the details of the conversation� and we will deal with the situation as best we can.
We allow only one account per person here at Drumlines.org. If you are found to have registered two or more accounts (we have ways of knowing) all but your latest account will be permanently banned� and we may even ban all of your accounts if we feel so inclined.
Read the FAQ. The FAQ is an incredibly useful resources. The FAQ will answer basic questions such as
How do I edit my profile?. If you want to know some trivial fact that is not worthy of a topic for discussion such as
What does DCI stand for? then you should use Google to search the Internet instead of wasting everyone's time and patience by posting the question on Drumlines.org.
Use the search. We have provided a very powerful search tool whose link you can find in the main navigation bar. Before creating a new thread� use the search to make sure another member has not already posted the same or similar topic within the past year.
When posting� try not to ask stupid questions. We are familiar with the belief that�
There are no stupid questions � only stupid people. On the Internet� however� the first is not always the case. A stupid question is one that you could have found the answer to yourself if you would have just searched the website� or one that you are asking in the wrong place. If you search and do not find the answer to your question� and you have reason to believe that you are looking for the answer in the right place� go ahead and ask. Fortunately� most Drumlines.org surfers are kindly folks who will be happy to help you out� even if some may consider your question to be stupid. However� it is only polite to take advantage of their time if you absolutely have to� so be sure to search first.
In the same token� if you happen to stumble across any of the aforementioned travesties of member behavior� never provide the reprobate with any answers. However� if you are truly feeling altruistic� send your correspondence via PT directly to the asker; do not burden the entire readership with it by contributing to the delinquency of a stupid question. Doing so makes you an accessory to idiocy� which is a felony in these parts.
Post messages to the appropriate forums. It may seem obvious� but do not post stories or questions about high school competitions in the "Drum Corps" forum. If you think that Yamaha is the best thing to happen to percussion since drumsticks� do not waste your time in the "Composing and Arranging" forum� and do not make posts just saying
I HATE PEARL to a thread about Pearl. Nobody there cares. If you are in doubt� it is always okay to ask � but ask briefly and via PT.
Keep on�topic for the thread in question. Drumlines.org Staff will provide guidance and re�direction when topics venture too far into the gray area between on�topic and off�topic. Our purpose is to keep the community flowing in the right direction (as defined by the Drumlines.org Mission Statement)� not to attack anyone's position or thought.
When someone writes something that makes you mad (and someone will)� resist the impulse to flame. One angry response can beget a long and nasty flame war. Phrase your postings politely� and without resorting to cursing. If you want to express a strong opinion� cute euphemisms and made-up expletives are usually acceptable� just as long as you still keep things civil. Be careful about posting late at night or any time you are tired� sick� or having a terrible day. Your judgment may not be at its best. When in doubt� hold off until you feel better.
Make sure your postings are correct. This is particularly important with information about serious topics. Information � whether true or false � spreads rapidly through cyberspace. You would not want to be responsible for making people misinformed.
Do not assume that posted information is correct� and do not spread it around if you have any questions at all about it.
Avoid posting using all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE AND WILL BE INTERPRETED AS YOU ARE SHOUTING! Also� post using proper English spelling� grammar� and punctuation. It makes posts a lot easier to comprehend� and it represents you to the world. English shortcuts (neways� 2 instead of too� etc.) and slang in every other word may work for instant messaging� but it has no place at Drumlines.org.
Try not to post comments that do not add anything to the discussion. When you are just cruising through a thread in a leisurely manner� it is not too annoying to read many
I agree posts. However� if you are actually trying to find information� it is a nuisance. Therefore� save those curt responses for the "Off�Topic" forum.
Here at Drumlines.org� we have an edit feature. You have up to six hours after you post to edit the post. Do not post another reply within this period just to say you messed something up or that you wanted to add something. We call this no�no "double�posting." Utilize the edit feature instead. Also� do not reply to your own posts. If you have two or more back�to�back posts in a thread that you posted within a six-hour period� expect a Moderator to swoop in and shake his finger at you.
Use descriptive and specific subject lines. This helps others decide whether your particular words of wisdom relate to a topic about which they care. If you are just too busy to use a descriptive subject� then we're just too busy to read or respond to your thread.
While we protect your email address that is listed in your profile� (it only appears to visitors that are logged-in) we cannot guarantee the privacy of anything you post in a publicly accessible thread� and thus you should never post your email address to one. Spammers have gotten quite cunning in obtaining addresses from the Internet. Unless it is in a PT� (which are secure and only you� the recipient� and board administrators can read) anyone and anything can harvest that address for nefarious reasons. This is just a suggestion however� and not an absolute rule. Nevertheless� do not come crying to us if your inbox fills up faster than the space around a Blue Devil's drumline warm�up.
If you fail to follow any or all of the above rules� the Drumlines.org Staff reserves the right to delete� close� and/or move such posts or threads with or without warning and with or without explanation.
Drumlines.org is a moderated community. However� considering the real-time nature of this website� it is impossible for us to immediately review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Drumlines.org does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy� completeness or usefulness of any message� and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message� not necessarily the views of Drumlines.org� or any entity associated with Drumlines.org. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact a member of the Drumlines.org Staff immediately by PT or by using the "Notify" feature on the site. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable period� if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process however� so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
Any data, with the exception of most sheet music and musical recordings, passed to The Drumlines.org Server becomes property of Drumlines.org. Drumlines.org may do with this data as they please, including removing it from the Web Servers or keeping it there indefinitely. All aforementioned data may also be viewed by The Drumlines.org Administration at any time for reasons including (but not limited to) investigating complaints from fellow members, suspicious account activity, or criminal investigations. Send a PM containing the word rutabaga to DLWebmaestro within one day of registering and you will be awarded 50 Karma points and start out on the good side of the staff.
Although the Drumlines.org Staff do not and cannot immediately review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages� we do reserve the right to delete any message or lock any thread for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages� and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Drumlines.org� its staff� with respect to any claim based upon transmission of any message on this website.
Keep in mind that the moderators are here to help. They volunteer their time to help make this community an enjoyable place for all� and deserve your respect � whether you agree with them or not. If you feel that a moderator is treating you unfairly� take up the matter with either another moderator or an administrator. Bad�mouthing a staff member is a one�way ticket to Bantown� population: you.
Also� remember that moderators are moderators� and members are members. Even though you may feel compelled to step in� and we do appreciate that you are only trying to help� please leave the moderating up to the moderators. Otherwise� some may feel you are being bossy or butting into their business. While not all situations may end up this way� the possibility is there� and we would like to avoid it. We provide the "Notify" feature precisely for this reason, so feel free to take advantage of it.
The Drumlines.org staff reserves the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
All for-sale and wanted announcements and the like are restricted to the classifieds section. If you have an item for sale� or are seeking to buy an item� you must do so in the classifieds section. (The Classifieds section is temporarily unavailable, so these items may be posted in their appropriate forums until the Classifieds section returns.) Drumlines.org provides no warranty expressed or implied on any part or instrument offered for sale. All transactions are purely between the two private parties (buyer & seller). No one may hold Drumlines.org responsible in any way if fraudulent activity occurs. All parts and instruments should be considered as�is unless specific arrangements have been made between the buyer and seller. Drumlines.org will not arbitrate� or act as escrow agent for any transaction instituted here in. The Drumlines.org Staff expects both buyers and sellers to conduct their personal business here on the website in an ethical and non�fraudulent manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension of posting privileges.
E-Bay Auction Restriction: Drumlines.org prohibits posts (anywhere on Drumlines.org) referring to specific online auctions (such as E-Bay) for soliciting more auction bids. Replies to Want Ads here in the classifieds section that point to auctions� there-by pointing the person looking for something to a specific auction� we allow. The intent is to prevent the advertisement of auctions by sellers soliciting auction bids. You will find this general rule on most e�mail lists and message boards that are out there. In addition� we do not allow nor do we encourage posts with pointers to auctions with the intent of asking a question about some aspect of the item for sale. It boils down to� if you are the seller in an auction� you should not be posting an unsolicited ad pointing to that auction on the website. If you have a question about whether or not a post is appropriate� contact the Drumlines.org staff via E�mail.
You may set up a signature string within your user profile. The signature string will appear at the end of your posts. As a courtesy to other users (proper netiquette)� we ask that you limit the size of your signature string to no more than six lines. This should be more than enough space. Drumlines.org also allows you to embed an image or multiple images into your signature using UBB code. Each line within your signature is limited to contain no more than 450 pixels in width of images. Images in your signature shall not add up to more than 113 pixels in height� and shall be no greater than 35KB in file size. Drumlines.org reserves the right to modify your signature� with or without warning� for any reason at any time if we feel you have not adhered to these rules and guidelines.
As an added feature on the Message Board� you may embed UBB code in a post to enhance the post's style and presentation.
Aside from smilies provided by Drumlines.org� of which there is a limit of three in posts containing less than 101 words� we limit non-staff members to one full�sized sub�36KB image no wider than 500 pixels per post. If you wish to include more than one image in a post� you must either link to additional images or embed thumbnails (The total file�size of thumb nailed images and full�sized image in post shall not exceed 35KB. Thumbnails shall not exceed 100 pixels in either width or height) which link to full�sized versions of the images. We do not allow embedded images that contain multiple large auto�updating pictures� due to their size and processor time required to view/update.
All attached files� embedded images� and linked objects shall be in relation to the topic at hand. The Drumlines.org staff and community consider the aforementioned items to be spam and their posters to be spammers� and the staff will deal with them as such.
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Finally� remember that participation on this website is a privilege� not a right. Drumlines.org reserves the right to revoke that privilege for any user it deems has violated the website rules and guidelines at any time� without warning.