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  • The Official Hobby Squawk Code of Conduct

    Hobby Squawk Code of Conduct

    (Updated May 10th, 2017)

    Hobby Squawk is an RC aircraft-specific forum that was developed by Motion RC as a way to offer a friendly, inviting atmosphere for RC flyers to discuss, share information and commune with others regarding the hobby of remote control electric flight.

    The following are the rules, regulations and Code of Conduct we expect each of our members to abide by. By doing so, this keeps Hobby Squawk a fun, informative, friendly atmosphere for anyone who shares in the passion for RC electric flying.


    We do not allow Politics and Religion on Hobby Squawk as these topics have proven to be matches and dynamite. Threads with these topics can get heated in a nano-second, so it's best to take those types of discussions offline.

    The exception in regards to politics would be anything that is in direct relation to the model being discussed (such as the military movement and use of the A-10 in the Official A-10 thread as an example). Discussion about the military's movement and involvement with the aircraft discussed is okay, but any political discussion, labeling ("Right wingers" "liberals" left wingers" etc) propaganda, is prohibited.


    What's okay: "Did you see the A-10s are active in that region? They are giving ISIS a very bad day!"

    What's not okay: "Good ol' Trump and the left/right wingers are having their way...etc, etc..."


    Hobby Squawk encourages members to share their RC aircraft-related imagery. Due to the various off-topic and general forums, there will be instances were non-RC-related imagery is shared. Under NO circumstances are the following imagery allowed on Hobby Squawk:

    Pornography. The ONLY exception where nudity is allowed on Hobby Squawk – of any kind – is images that depict authentic nose art from real full scale military aircraft that actually flew missions/sorties during wartime (WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, etc).

    Some of this nose art may display a woman’s breasts and buttocks. Usually this is displayed in an innocuous manner and is not considered graphic pornography. If you are unclear if your image you wish to share is appropriate to share, please send a message to a moderator or administrator for clarification before posting the image.

    The gratuitous sharing of this type of imagery is NOT allowed. In other words, if it is to show simply due to the nudity factor alone it will be removed and you will be warned by a moderator. The image must be relevant to the topic of conversation (such as displaying nose art of a warbird for clarification or help in deciding on a livery choice as example).

    Offensive/Violent/Religious and/or Politically-Charged Imagery. ANY images that could be offensive to others – regardless of topic – are not allowed. Again, if you have any question or concern regarding an image on Hobby Squawk please contact a moderator or administrator.


    Spamming (where someone posts the same message in multiple threads) is prohibited. Posting a link offering services or product unrelated to the RC aircraft hobby is prohibited. If you have or know of a business that may not be directly related to RC electric aircraft however you feel it could be beneficial to the community, please contact a moderator or administrator so they can ascertain if the link would be allowable and appropriate.


    Trolling is defined as: To make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them. Trolling for ANY reason is prohibited. Often times a troll is someone who recently registered, is not engaged as a known member of the community, whose majority of posts are to shock or incite or anger. Trolls are looked at by Hobby Squawk staff as hostile and will be banned immediately and permanently with no second chances.

    Hobby Squawk has a ZERO tolerance for trolling.


    Hobby Squawk is a “PG-13” category forum. Simply put, this means the occasional lighter profanity such as Bullsh*t, b@stard, @ss, sh*t, godd@mn can be used but like photos of nose art showing nudity, it cannot be used gratuitously and should be done very sparingly. If members are offended and ask you to stop you must honor their request immediately or risk a warning.

    “Hard core” profanity such as “F Bombs” and similar vulgarity is NOT allowed.

    Good rule of thumb: If you cannot say it on standard cable TV shows, you cannot write it in Hobby Squawk.

    Any questions regarding the use of profanity on Hobby Squawk please contact a moderator.


    It is illegal to post any content that is copyrighted or trademarked, unless you hold the copyright or trademark. Any material protected by copyright may not be posted on Hobby Squawk without the expressed permission of the author or owner of the copyright on that material. This includes reproducing the full text of news stories, articles, etc. It is acceptable to provide a link to copyrighted material, to post brief excerpts, or to paraphrase other works, though we do strongly encourage you to cite the original source whenever possible.


    Hobby Squawk is a place for ideas and constructive participation, and not a place to violate any laws or to discuss illegal activities. This type of activity includes, but is not limited to, advocating or asking for information regarding software piracy or unauthorized emulators of software or hardware, sharing or distributing viruses, licenses, registration information, software keys, "cracks," or other information designed to do harm to or allow unlawful access to any computer hardware, software, networks, or any other systems. Please refrain from posting this kind of message on Hobby Squawk.


    Due to the organic nature of an evolving forum community, we look at each punitive situation on a case-by-case basis. For instance a troll will likely be banned upon first infraction. Whereas a known member who was having a bad day and posted content that he or she felt was regrettable upon reflection, a warning would likely be the result.

    A non-trolling member will likely receive two warnings – depending on the severity of the action - before a ban is considered. At that point if another infraction occurs it will be determined if a temporary or permanent ban is in order. There are many variables that come into play that determines what course of action we will take (such as tenure, type of infraction, history of issues, etc.) but as a general guideline a member will receive two warnings before a ban.

    If the ban is temporary it will be determined at that time the length of the ban. A standard temporary first-time ban is 7 calendar days. Upon returning, it is entirely up to the member if further action, including a permanent ban, is necessary.

    Hobby Squawk reserves the right to ban anyone at any time for any reason.


    Hobby Squawk members may upload an avatar to use as their profile image. Avatars must follow the guidelines found above in POSTING IMAGES. The one difference is that you may NOT use nudity (even if it is nose art) in an avatar. All other rules and guidelines related to imagery applies.

    Avatars are 125 pixels wide by 125 pixels tall. The standard file formats for your avatar are .jpg, .png, .gif. You can upload your avatar from your profile settings found at the top right menu of the site.

    You may use signatures that are found at the footer of each post. These, like avatars, are setup in your profile settings. Please refer to the POSTING IMAGES guidelines. Please keep signatures short. Anything under 3 sentences is appropriate (including links where applicable).


    Hobby Squawk offers their members a classifieds forum where members can buy/sell/trade RC aircraft product ONLY. The classifieds forum is NOT to be used for non-RC items. Hobby Squawk and the parent company Motion RC is NOT responsible for ANY of the transactions that take place in this forum. Any and all issues must be dealt with between the buying/selling parties.

    We hope this becomes a viable way to buy/sell/trade/barter RC aircraft between Hobby Squawk members. We ask the buyers to list their product and prices responsibly, and we ask the potential buyers to honor the seller's general requests in regards to shipping and costs.

    Any disputes related to the classifieds forum must be handled between the seller and the buyer.


    The Hobby Squawk Code of Conduct is an “active” document and as such can be revised, edited, updated and changed in any way by the Administrators at any time to reflect the growing community at Hobby Squawk. We thank you for respecting our rules and Code of Conduct and hope you enjoy your time spent here. Happy landings!

    (Last edited on 12:15PM PST, Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 by Aros)
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  • #2
    This all sounds perfectly reasonable I agree to the above code of conduct.


    • #3
      Why thank you! We do appreciate your cooperation.

      We trust the community won't abuse the relaxed rules on nose art imagery and light profanity. Everything else is pretty common sense stuff.
      My YouTube RC videos:


      • #4
        Good job Aros, and I do like the idea of an active document, we have a lot of members and their input is valued.
        I think that no one here wants to see way too many rules and regulations, but if we all have an 'understanding ' of what conduct is to be expected, then it should be pretty straightforward.
        Respectful is the key word for me, I want to receive it as well a give it to others.

        Team Gross!


        • #5
          Originally posted by Grossman56 View Post
          Respectful is the key word for me, I want to receive it as well a give it to others.
          Right on Gman, For all my many years I have always treated another individual the way I would want to be treated, a real no brainer to do.
          Nice document Aros, very sound boilerplate without the legal wherefores and whatnots. Back in my days of the purchasing arena, I hated dealing with some of that legalese nonsense in commercial contracts.
          Best regards,
          Warbird Charlie
          HSD Skyraider; FlightLine: Sea Fury; FMS 1400: P-40B, P-51, F4U, F6F, T-28, P-40E, 1700 F4U and a Fox glider; Freewing: A-6, P-51; VQ: P-39; Dynam: ME-262, FW-190, Waco; ASM A-26; ESM F7F-3; LX PBJ-1
          Incinerator Loss 16


          • #6
            That's right. I've always said for years, treat others in a forum no differently then you would face-to-face. With respect and courtesy.
            My YouTube RC videos:


            • #7
              I would love it too if this forum never reaches the levels,of anger that I've witnessed on "the other" popular forum. Let's share ideas and agree to disagree if something is not of the same opinion. It just gets way too serious over there sometimes. I love this forum for its friendly people and helpfulness, along with the photo and video shares.

              Let's keep it clean, engaging, and informative. Looking forward to meeting all of our brothers at some point!


              • #8
                This is the most civilized forum I have ever been a part of. I like that it isn't huge and full of toxic. The longer we can keep the toxic out, the better it will be.


                • #9
                  And you know what, its up to each of us to keep it that way, not just the Mods or Admins....all of us.
                  I think its safe to say that we have something unique here. A bunch of people who actually get along and are looking for the same thing in a forum. A place to learn and teach and to grow in the hobby. If it wasn't for a great many of people in this forum, I don't think I'd have survived my first flights. But the guidance I received from people like Bill 'Rocketeer' and Bryan"Hippie64" and Doc and Lon And Warbird, this list goes on and on, but if it wasn't for these people, setting aside their anger for some of the people who have been on the forum and sticking with us in spite of it. I know there are a lot of us who would be a lot worse off.

                  Thanks Guys, I could not have wished for a better club.

                  Team Gross!


                  • #10
                    Thanks guys...Yes it was purposely written without all the legalese mumbo jumbo. Nobody reads that technical blabber any ways. If anyone thinks of something I may have missed please feel free to bring it to my attention. Again, it's an active document and will grow as the community grows.

                    And Grossman56 is right, it's up to each and every one of us to keep Hobby Squawk a friendly, civil community that prides itself on sharing information with one another, not talking down to others or causing needless issues. A great forum community is self policing. It's a lot like your home. You wouldn't let someone walk into your house and start trashing you and your place. We watch out for either and if there's a problem we take care of it.

                    Happy Flights, Happy Lives!
                    My YouTube RC videos:


                    • #11
                      I like your dedication in making this forum great Aros. Keep up the good work!

                      Roy B.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by boomer108 View Post
                        I like your dedication in making this forum great Aros. Keep up the good work!

                        Roy B.
                        I echo that ! and agree treat others as you would like to be, show respect. Well done again guys... DJ
                        FMS: PT-17, Waco, B-25, P-40, P-47, J-3
                        DF: P-51D, Spitfire, geebee, Skyraider
                        Dynam: Grand Cruiser, A-10
                        J-pwr P-38, FZ Beaver + too many more


                        • #13
                          Well said Aros with the code of conduct. Hobby Squawk has grown quite a bit over the last few months and is becoming quit the site/RC community.

                          Thanks to all that make it happen.

                          Off with one helluva roar!
                          AMA 1085465


                          • #14
                            I have to say I'm just seeing this now - never made it to the bottom of the main page without stopping on a topic. I wish I had seen it before now, as I have made an "upset" post, for which I apologized for at the time, and again now. Sorry for my breach of conduct. Perhaps new members should have to read and agree to these terms before hand? Did I so that already and not read it? I don't recall being asked to agree to terms.


                            • #15
                              Nah, I think your good, there's a line in the sand, we are all entitled to our opinions and personal methodology, it just remembering that the other guys is too.
                              Keep an open mind and be respectful.

                              Team Gross!


                              • #16
                                Agree with, and will follow with the best of my ability. Pretty straight forward really. Everyone has an opinion, Respect it. Doesn't mean you have to agree with it?


                                • #17
                                  Precisely. Welcome to Hobbysquawk, Cleafblue! Love that Wowplanes A-10 of yours. It's nice to see another builder among us!


                                  • #18
                                    Welcome from me as well Clearblue, great to have you aboard!!

                                    Team Gross!


                                    • #19
                                      Oops... I just used profanity in two posts. I'll cool it in the future. Doc


                                      • #20
                                        It's all good Doc...We're just trying to have folks avoid gratuitous, profanity-laced posts and content. The occasional isn't our concern.
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