This is a Civilised Place for Civilised Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilised public discourse.

This is a ‘No Drone-Police Zone (NDPZ)’

You are responsible for your own actions; nobody else.

The Grey Arrows Drone Club committee are not the ‘drone police’.

Similarly, Grey Arrows Drone Club members are not the drone police either.

Do not police other members.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, not everyone will be as experienced or as knowledgable as you.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to be constructive in your criticism. Criticise ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

The Discourse forum software provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Think about what you are posting.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep this in mind when posting.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

We, the Grey Arrows Committee, reserve the right to edit any post title or content in order to make it more relevant to the wider member base. We may also edit a post in order to fix or remove broken links and to adjust embedded media.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other applicable law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local drone operators and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Membership Levels

We operate four different levels of membership at Grey Arrows Drone Club.

Your membership level is based on trust and is managed automatically. The more you participate, the more you become trusted, the higher your membership and trust levels become.

Trust Level 0 — Newbie

By default, all new members start out at Trust Level 0, meaning trust has yet to be earned. These are people who have just created an account and are still learning the community and the way our community works. New users’ abilities are restricted for safety – both theirs and yours.

We also selectively hide some of the more “advanced” functionality of the forum from new users, in order to make our user interface UI less confusing for them as they gain more experience.

Members at Trust Level 0 cannot

  • Send personal messages to other users
  • “Reply as new topic” via Link button
  • Flag posts
  • Post more than 1 image
  • Upload any attachments
  • Have more than 2 hyperlinks in a single post
  • Have links in the ‘about me’ field of their profile
  • Mention more than 2 users in a post
  • Start more than 3 new topics
  • Post more than 10 replies

Trust Level 1 — Basic Member

Here at GADC, we firmly believe reading and understanding is the most fundamental and healthy action in any community. If a new member is willing to spend a little time reading, they will quickly be promoted to the first trust level, that of “Basic Member”.

We also believe that members should be able to vouch for other members. Therefore, all Newbies that are invited here by an existing Member will automatically be promoted to Basic Member / Trust Level 1 status.

Existing Newbies can get to Trust Level 1 by…

  • Entering at least 5 topics
  • Reading at least 30 posts
  • Spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts

Basic Members at Trust Level 1 can…

  • Use all core Discourse functions; all new user restrictions are removed
  • Send Private Messages (PMs)
  • Upload images and attachments
  • Flag posts

Trust Level 2 — Full Member

Basic Members that keep coming back over a series of weeks; have not only read, but actively participated long and consistently enough to be trusted with full membership.

Basic Members can get to Full Member status / Trust Level 2 by…

  • Visiting at least 15 days, not sequentially
  • Casting at least 1 like
  • Receiving at least 1 like
  • Replying to at least 3 different topics
  • Entering at least 20 topics
  • Reading at least 100 posts
  • Spend a total of 60 minutes reading posts

Full Members at Trust Level 2 can…

  • Have full access to all of the hidden Member-Only categories
  • Use the “Invite others to this topic” button for one-click onboarding of new users to participate in topics
  • Invite outside users to PMs making a group PM
  • Daily like limit increased by 1.5×

Trust Level 3 — Advanced Member

Advanced Members are the backbone of our community, the most active readers and reliable contributors over a period of months, even years. Because they’re always around, they can be further trusted to help tidy up and organise our community.

Full Members can get to Advanced Member / Trust Level 3 by, in the last 100 days…

  • Must have visited at least 50% of days
  • Must have replied to at least 10 different topics
  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25%
  • Of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25%
  • Must have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*

* These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.

All of the above criteria must be true to achieve Advanced Member / Trust Level 3 status. Furthermore, unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status.

If you dip below these requirements in the last 100 days, you will be “demoted” back to a Full Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Regular Member / trust level 3 during which you will not be demoted.

Advanced Members at Trust Level 3 can…

  • Recategorise and rename topics to make them more relevant
  • Have all their links followed (we remove automatic nofollow)
  • Immediately remove posts by Newbies that have been flagged as spam
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.