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Proto-Layouts is for modelers interested in prototype-based model railroads. We operate on the principle of collective group ownership without restrictions on topics or message content; each member of the group has the right to express his or her opinions on any topics that may come up.

We want this principle to allow a minimum of rules. Everyone can feel free to post pretty much whatever they find of interest without worrying about getting dinged for minor or arbitrary infractions-but staying on topic, avoiding foul language and other common courtesies fall within the general guidelines of mutual repect and consideration.

While there are few rules and getting to know one another is encouraged, mutual consideration also demands that we refrain from personal attacks and straying too far off the general topic of prototypical model railroading. Banter and constructive criticism is to be expected; however, personal insults directed at other members or associated individuals and vendors, partisan political statements and arguments that are unrelated to the main topic at hand will not be tolerated. Such posts may be deleted by the moderators and members who violate these terms of their membership may be moderated or terminated without notice.

Proto-Layouts is not an anonymous forum. When subscribing, new members do need to include their full names if it is not evident in their email addresses, a note about their interests and why they want to join as we try to guard this list against spammers. When posting, members must sign their posts with their first and last names at the end of their comments so everyone knows who we are talking to. Location is optional. Oversights and omissions are expected, but if a member is contacted by the moderators and fails to respond within a reasonable period of time, corrective action up to and including termination of membership may be taken at the discretion of the moderators.

PHOTO: Dennis Daniels

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  • This is a restricted group.
  • Attachments are permitted.
  • Members cannot hide email address.
  • Listed in Yahoo Groups directory.
  • Membership requires approval.
  • Messages are not moderated.
  • All members can post messages.

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