This Message Board, and the entire site of which it is a part,
is served from a University of California, Riverside computer.
Because of the public funding which supports this computer,
there can be no commercial advertising on the board.
This board has been in operation since November 1996 as part of my Baja
California Information Pages website. Due to my increasing retirement
travel, the burden of moderating the board has fallen more and more on
the shoulders of the other moderators. Much of the credit for a
successful board goes to those volunteers.
The personnel who keep this board running - ourselves, and the many others
who provide information and, occasionally, maintenance support -
do so as a volunteer effort. Irresponsible use of the message posting
facility requires that we take time out of our normal activities
to "clean things up." We all appreciate not having to do this.
If you wish to post a message which you feel might be
"borderline" relative to the prohibitions listed below, please
correspond with the moderator by email so any misunderstandings
can be cleared up before the message is actually posted.
For the reason cited above, we cannot allow (free) advertising
space for either commercial or private interests. Offering "for
a fee" advertising puts us in competition with commercial sites,
and operating a business off a publically-funded computer -
another area we must stay away from.
There are other formats for posting classified ads - see, for example,
the Classifieds Board at the Amigos de Baja site: www.bajanet.com/Classified.
Non-Baja California postings|
Such postings do not fit the basic goal of this site, namely, to
provide information to travelers to Baja California.
Furthermore, they clutter up the message board, leaving less
space for the Baja-related postings.
Some of the most flagrant examples of this, which are removed
In such cases, no effort to contact the poster will be made.
- Announcements of "get-rich-quick" schemes.
- Political speeches.
- Religious speeches.
When two posters begin a personal conversation using the Message
Board as the medium for their correspondence, the board can get
overloaded with postings which have no relevance to the other
readers. If we notice such congestion developing, our policy is
to remove such postings. In such cases, the individuals should
shift to email, which is where such back and forth chatting
should have been taking place.
We cannot allow copyrighted material to be posted to the board.
Such postings will be immediately removed, probably without
notification to the poster. This policy has to extend to any
materials which the moderators feel might be copyrighted - we're not
willing to spend time researching the background of materials
which might be copyrighted. Nor are we in the position of simply
being able to accept a poster's assurance that the material is
not under copyright protection. Common example of this involve
the posting of maps or articles taken from the Internet site of
a newspaper or magazine.
This is generally a difficult call. If a posting is
Baja-related and non-commercial, yet seems irresponsible for
some reason, an effort will usually be made to contact the
poster prior to removal of the posting. (If the poster does not
leave a valid email address, the posting will be removed immediately.)
One thing to note is that any follow-up messages in the thread
headed by the irresponsible posting will vanish without notice.
There are several ways in which this problem arises. One is the
unnecessary "wisecrack" or "flame." If the comment contributes
nothing useful to the discussion, then the posting will be removed.
Typically, such postings are done anonymously, or with a false
Another area where this has come up is in what might be called
mud-slinging. A posting which simply slanders some person or
persons, or a business, without discussing the background of the
problem, is a candidate for removal. If such slandering is done
anonymously, the posting will be removed immediately.