Trolls, Shills, and Disruptive Visitors
TimeZone's forums were created so that people who share a common interest can communicate with each other in a positive spirit in an atmosphere that is relatively free from aggravation. Accordingly, trolls, shills, and disruptive visitors are not welcome.
A "troll" makes a provocative post primarily to upset forum participants or to provoke an argument or heated exchange. A "shill" has an undisclosed motive or agenda, usually posting praise for, criticism of, or inquiries about dealers or products without disclosing some relationship to the dealer or a competitor, or the fact that value was given or received in exchange for or to motivate the post. Disruptive users include those who instigate or who provoke others, those whose posts consistently generate negative responses, those with bad attitudes who do not seek to participate in the positive spirit of the site, those who exhibit largely negative or anti-social behavior, those who seek to upset or cause distress to others, and those whose contributions are largely in the form of complaints and negative comments. These visitors are not welcome. Their posts may be removed without notice and their posting privileges may be suspended or revoked.