Rules and Terms of Service

NOTICE: Your registration and continued use of the site and any/all of its features is consent that you agree with all rules, policies, and terms of service. These Terms & Conditions are subject to change at any time, without notice.

Terms of Service
  1. elightbars.org is a private web club and visiting this website or being a member is a privilege, NOT a right. elightbars.org has full liberty to choose its members. We reserve our rights to accept or reject any member signups, remove or banish any member from the site, grant and revoke any privileges to members within the site without warning, prior notice or giving any reason and in anytime we find appropriate.
  2. elightbars.org can anytime stop or suspend its services without prior notice.
  3. The information published in this website may be outdated or wrong in one way or another, so no information should be used without consulting it with a professional.
  4. All content sent to elightbars.org by its members and visitors can be rejected, deleted, modified, edited by site administration.
  5. Legal rights of the content sent to elightbars.org by its members or visitors belongs to Site administration when they are submitted to the site unless it is clearly mentioned otherwise in the submit page. Site visitors/members can not ask the submitted content to be removed or unpublished from the site later.
  6. All site visitors who visit this website are obligated to obey site rules & site agreement and respect site principals and goals.


Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer
Site visitor agrees that the use of elightbars.org's services is entirely at visitor's own risk. elightbars.org's services are provided on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, constructive or statutory, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose.
elightbars.org makes no guarantee of availability, continuity or quality of its service and reserves the right to change, withdraw, suspend, or discontinue any functionality or feature of elightbars.org's services. In no event will elightbars.org be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of the use of or inability to use elightbars.org's services or any content thereon.
This disclaimer applies, without limitation, to any damages or injury, whether for breach of contract, tort, or otherwise, caused by any failure of performance; error; omission; interruption; deletion; defect; delay in operation or transmission; computer virus; file corruption; communication-line failure; network or system outage; or theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of any record.

Indemnity and Legal exemption
User agrees to indemnify and hold elightbars.org harmless from any loss, liability, claims, damages and expenses, including attorneys fees, arising from or related to the content, use, or deletion of User's Files, messages or use of any other feature or service in this site. This expressly includes:
  • User's responsibility for any and all liability arising from the violation or infringement of proprietary rights or copyrights.
  • Any defamatory or unlawful material contained within User's messages, private messages, emails, attachments, images and files.
  • Content submitted to the site by the user
  • Other content in the site
  • Communication with site administration


Legal Policy and Notice
elightbars.org's Terms of Service, site agreement, disclaimer, forum rules, site rules, indemnity clause, copyright notice and privacy policy are subject to change without notice. Such changes are reflected in the relevant pages of the site upon alteration and due when they are published in the site.

Copyright Notice:
All rights of this website is reserved. This includes the rights to its name, domain name, trademark, concept, format, content, style, skin, code, database and every other element in this website. No part of this website, its content, name, applications, documents, programs, texts, design elements, images, posts, look, feel, atmosphere or format can be copied, shared, moved, published or used without prior and explicit consent of its Author.
Except where diligently implied, absolutely NO part of elightbars.org may be reproduced or recreated without explicit written permission by site owner of elightbars.org and certified with written verification.

General Rules
  • Your registration and use of the site and any/all of its features is consent that you understand and agree to abide by all rules, policies, and terms of service.
  • By posting on eLightbars users are affirming that they have read, understand and agree to abide by all site policies.
  • Users must read, understand and follow all rules, polices notices, staff stickies and announcements. If you are unclear on what the rules require, contact a moderator before participating.
  • All activities on and stemming from eLightbars must not violate Federal, State or local Laws.
  • Content posted on eLightbars must not detail/describe or advocate violating any local, State, Federal or International laws.
  • Users participate at their own risk. eLightbars is not responsible for content posted by any user, whether in the forums, private message, or chat.
  • eLightbars or an official designee may remove, restrict or limit access to the site and/or any of it's features at any time for any reason.
  • Users agree to refrain from abusive behavior against other members in posts, private message, chat, or email.
  • Users must be 18 years of age to use the site. The site and it's staff are not responsible for content viewed by minors.
  • eLightbars has a policy of cooperating with law enforcement and official investigations. eLightbars may turn over any and all user data to an official agency or it's officer as long as such info will be used in the context of an official action or investigation. All user data becomes the property of eLightbars.
  • Copyrighted material may be posted only by the owner or with the written permission of the owner. Do not re-post full articles or documents, link them instead.
  • Once original material is posted on the site, it becomes the property of eLightbars.org and/or public domain.
  • Consider the site a public venue; there is no expectation of privacy once something is posted.


Format
  • Posts in the forums are expected to be written in English as it is the default language of our community. Be patient with those that do not speak English as their first language.
  • Posts should be clear, understandable and utilize correct grammar when possible.
  • Users agree to stay on topic and not spam via post, private message, chat, or email. Users shall not post or distribute unsolicited or off topic communications or information.
  • Users agree to post content in the correct forum sections.
  • When creating a new thread, users should provide a detailed subject and avoid using short, irrelevant or unclear subjects like; "Help me!", "Read this", "Anyone?", "What do you think?" etc.... This will also aide in attracting the proper attention from those that may be able to help.
  • Excessive posts on one subject shall be merged together. Staff cannot be responsible for sorting posts correctly. Posts merged by staff are the responsibility of the author to "clean up".
  • A thread/topic can be posted in one forum section only. If a thread is related to more than one forum, it should only be posted to a single forum in which it fits best.
  • Every thread/topic should be created in the relevant forum section and every post should be posted in the relevant thread. Irrelevant, off-topic posts and threads should not be posted.
  • Replies and questions related to warnings, site notices, reminders to others of site rules, criticism of polices and decisions, complaints, discussions of site administration, issues with site rules or the site itself, should be sent via private message to site administration or via reported post notification when applicable. Such discussions should not be pursued inside the public forums.
  • Do not use the edit feature to delete posts. Do not edit the post so much that no one can tell what it was about. If the content is altered (more than spelling corrections), post a line at the bottom explaining the changes.
  • Refrain from "key word spamming", or adding popular but inaccurate words to posts or titles. The content of posts should not be vastly different than the title implies. No bait and switch.
  • Formatting of messages with coloring, underlines, bold or italic, centering the text, indenting, using a different font size should be used to emphasize a small appropriate section of the post.
  • Do not TYPE MESSAGES IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This is perceived as shouting and is not necessary.


Accounts
  • Personal Accounts- Require one account per one person. Multiple accounts for one person, as well as multiple people using one account are both prohibited. A one person to one account ratio is required.
  • Business Accounts- May be allowed multiple clearly identified accounts for their various staff and departments on a case by case basis. Contact eLightbars staff for more info.
  • eLightbars will consider username changes requests on a case by case basis. Once a username change has been made, the user must post a thread advising the community of the change.
  • Users must provide accurate information. Providing false profile information is grounds for removal from the site.
  • Accounts must list a location at least as specific as region/state. Users with security sensitive locations may contact staff for exemption.
  • eLightbars does not delete user accounts or their content upon member request. Contributions to this site are the property of this site.
  • If the site does not appeal to you, you are expected to abandon it and never visit it again instead of insisting for a membership removal.


Etiquette, Conduct, & Professionalism
  • All messages posted within the forums should be in compliance with our site agreement, site principals and forum etiquette rules.
  • Borderline violation or exploitation of the rules, especially in the classifieds section, can be perceived as offensive by other buyers/sellers/users.
  • Members should refrain from posting messages which obviously or intentionally provoke, harass, disturb, agitate other members.
  • Posts which are found to be rude, unfriendly, disproportionately angry, ill-mannered, inappropriate, uncalled-for, gratuitous, excessively profane, disturbing, disrespectful, unjust or otherwise disruptive by administration may be moderated as deemed necessary. This shall be done only to keep the site readable, professional and on-topic.
  • Reminders or warnings from forum moderators should be discussed with staff private, not in public inside forum posts.
  • If a forum thread is closed by the site's staff for administrative reasons, a similar thread should not be started. Likewise, one shouldn't post a thread to query why it is closed, this should be brought up with a forum moderator or administrator via private message.
  • Before opening a new forum thread, users should search the forums to make sure that subject has not already been discussed. The advanced search options allow users to search for specific content types in specific sections.
  • If something is against or violates the rules, do not reply, post about it, quote it or discuss it inside the forum. Instead click "report this post" and notify forum moderators or administrators.
  • If you don't like a member in the forum, add him/her to your ignore list and never hear from them again. Refrain from following them around the forums and antagonizing.
  • If a post is missing, please look for it under "my threads/posts" before contacting staff. Threads/posts are moved and merged frequently.
  • Staff and other members are not your personal concierge service. Don't send unsolicited PMs to people asking them to help you find items. Post a thread in the appropriate wanted forum.
  • Text does not allow for body language, tone or inflection. Give others the benefit of the doubt before taking offense. Politely ask for a clarification if necessary.
  • It is considered rude to post "teaser" threads that don't offer any real information or don't deliver on promises.
  • Refrain from "which is best" or "Ford vs. Chevy" type threads. Please ask specific measurable questions vs. vague opinion requests.
  • Trolling, or offering a very unpopular or intentionally ignorant opinion or statement for the purpose of creating problems will not be tolerated.


Forum/Section Specific Rules
Site News & Updates
  • This section is for announcements about the site
  • Users may discuss the announcements in this section
  • Only site staff has the ability to create threads in this section
  • Off-topic posts will be deleted by the moderation staff

Site Technical Issues
  • This sections is for staff and users to identify and address site technical issues
  • Include as much info as possible. Screenshots of error messages are very helpful
  • Off-topic posts will be deleted by the moderation staff
  • This area is not for feedback and suggestions, only technical problems with the website, forums, or user accounts
  • Product support is NOT supplied in this area

Member Introductions
  • This section is a place for members to introduce themselves to the community
  • Be friendly and welcoming, remember that you were once a newbie on a forum
  • Obvious attempts to pad your post-count by replying to every new member will not be allowed

Comments & Suggestions
  • Lend us your comments and suggestions about the site and its features. No technical discussion permitted. Visual, Audible, and Other "Equipment" Forums
  • The tech sections are type-specific sections in which to discuss safety equipment.
  • Be as clear as possible. Pictures and videos always help.
  • It is especially important to search the tech sections before posting. Users can search a single section by selecting advanced search.

Vintage & Collectable
  • This section is for Questions, Info, Technical Data and general discussion pertaining to vintage devices; Vintage or Rare Beacons, Lightbars, Sirens, etc.

Tips & Tricks
  • This section is for user submitted tips and tricks; install methods, device mods, retrofits, etc.

Pictures, Videos and Other Media
  • Posts must include some sort of media. Posting and asking for ideas on an install belongs in the other discussion areas

Dealer, Vendor, & Installer List
  • A list of dealers, vendors and installers of emergency warning equipment, posted by eLightbars users.

Product Announcements
  • A section for posting product announcements; New, Major Update or Discontinuation.

User Submitted Equipment Reviews
  • This section is for user submitted reviews of all emergency equipment; Beacons, Lightbars, Sirens, Radios, etc.

Industry Events
  • This section serves as a place for users to post upcoming events; Trade shows, Musters, Conferences, Meet-ups, etc.

Contests, Give-aways, & Promotions
  • A section for Manufacturers and Dealers to offer Promotions, Contests and Give-aways directly to members.

For Sale or Trade Classifieds Forums
  • Ads can be created via the Panjo Marketplace, however it is not required. Only one item is allowed per ad and it must be accompanied by an asking price and photo of the actual item for sale. Multiple items can be in one ad if they are for sale as one whole lot. Bumping of For Sale ads may not occur within 24hrs of the last post unless an update such as a price adjustment occurs.
  • Deals and threads on eLightbars must not violate or advocate violating any Local, State, Federal or International laws. Items, their ownership, sales, transfer, transportation and/or possession must not violate any local, stated, federal or international laws. Items, their ownership, sales, transfer, transportation and/or possession must not violate the stated policies of any 3rd party brokering, shipping or financial company or institution.
  • Use of the classifieds may be restricted by administration at any time. eLightbars, it's ownership, staff and others trusted with it's operations reserve the right to restrict access to the site and it's features for any reason at any time and are not responsible for the items or transactions.
  • Please take note of the structure of the classifieds. They are divided by item type and for sale vs wanted. Please post accordingly.
  • The standard classifieds sections are NOT for general advertising for a company or person. Users must have actual items listed. There are separate threads for links to items listed elsewhere.
  • All for sale, for trade or wanted posts must go in the appropriate classifieds section. No transactions are permitted in other parts of the site.
  • Shipping cost or a shipping policy must be clearly stated somewhere in the ad. Terms of sale, fees and returns should be clearly stated in the ad.
  • No third party sales. Seller must be the owner of the item for sale. Links to deals on other sites should be posted in the appropriate section/thread.
  • Do not re-post the same item in more than one thread.
  • Do not bump your thread by locking it and starting a new one with the exact same item(s).
  • DO NOT edit the post so much that no one can tell what was for sale/wanted. The classified posts are kept in an archive and need to be intact so feedback posts can be linked to them.
  • Users must not violate any established policies of 3rd parties involved in transactions (ie payment or shipping companies). This includes but is not limited to providing false transaction information in order to avoid fees and duties.
  • eLightbars makes no attempt to verify any aspect of transactions. People who buy, sell or trade on eLightbars do so at their own risk.
  • In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, users are not allowed to charge buyers for PayPal fees. Do not request that buyers add additional costs to their total to cover fees. Do not incorrectly mark items as gifts or owed to avoid fees.
  • Use a shipping service with tracking when ever possible (staff will be unable to assist otherwise).
  • Use a verified payment method (staff will be unable to assist otherwise). Never "wire" money or send cash/money orders.
  • The condition should be clearly stated.
  • Items must have an accurate title and description. Descriptions and pictures must not be deceptive or misleading. Do not engage in keyword spamming or manipulation.
  • The listing must contain an actual picture of the item (unless item is sealed and new, then a stock photo may be used but is discouraged).
  • The listing must have an asking price for each item.
  • Items listed elsewhere must be disclosed.
  • Replies/comments made on items must be questions pertaining to the item at hand.

Wanted Classifieds Forums
  • ...to be updated

Wanted Services Forum
  • This section is for listing a Service as wanted; All Public Safety Related Services are acceptable.

Transaction Feedback
  • Ratings of eLightbars, off-site, all other public safety equipment transactions.

Dispute Resolution
  • A place for members to come to the table and resolve transaction disputes.

Off-Topic Lounge
  • Off topic discussions

Charitable Causes
  • As section to post charitable causes, events etc. Members may post both requests for and offers to donate goods, services and funds.

The Ultimate Sacrifice
  • Please Respectfully Submit Line of Duty Death Notifications in this section.

The Ring
  • This is a non-moderated section --WARNING-- possible adult content
  • Posts cannot be edited in this forum section
  • Threats against persons, racism, religious attacks, and similar discussion is not tolerated anywhere on eLightbars.org
  • Discussions or the posting of content containing illegal matter is not tolerated anywhere on eLightbars.org


NOTICE: Your registration and continued use of the site and any/all of its features is consent that you agree with all rules, policies, and terms of service. These Terms & Conditions are subject to change at any time, without notice.
Updated 5/29/2017