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Mission

The Drone Overdose online community brings together drone enthusiasts and industry professionals to discuss all things drone-related, with emphasis on overarching topics and drone use across diverse areas of interest.

We strive to be a global community of helpful peers who are enthusiastic about sharing ideas and opportunities to foster meaningful conversation. Drone Overdose is an independent website operated by drone enthusiasts in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Registered users can participate in forum discussions, contact other registered members directly, vote on polls, and share their drones in the showcase section. 
As features are continually being added to the site, it will grow and evolve with the community.

 

Supported Web Browsers

This site runs best on modern web browsers, including the latest versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera.
While usable on mobile devices, we recommend browsing the website in desktop mode. A more mobile friendly interface is planned for the future.

 

Registration

Registration is free, and a registered account allows you to:

  • Participate in forum discussions
  • Create new forum discussions
  • Earn points and badges
  • Contact other registered members directly
  • Vote on polls
  • Share your drones in the showcase section
  • Add comments
  • Save items to your Favorites list
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Post blog entries

To register for a new account (if you are not currently logged in under another account), click here. The registration page can also be reached by clicking the 'Register' link at the top of the page. You will be asked to choose a user name and enter a valid email address. Once this is complete, you will have to validate your email address by clicking on a link in an 'activation email' sent to your email address. If this email does not arrive in your inbox, check your spam folders. If the email still hasn't shown up, try adding noreply 'at' droneoverdose.com to your contacts list or as a preferred sender. Then use the Forgot password form on the login page to send the email again.

The link in the email will take you to a page where you will choose a password before being logged in. Note that on your first login, you will initially be taken directly to your account page, where you may configure account settings and enter optional information about yourself.

Registering with a Facebook or Google account

Users who log in with a Facebook or Google account will have an account automatically created during their first login, and will not need to go through the email validation process. However, they will still need to enter a unique username for their account. Account names cannot be changed once the account has been created. Note that you will not be logged in immediately after creating the account. You will need to click either the Facebook or Google icon once more time in order to log in.

Retrieving your account password if you registered with your Facebook or Google account

If you need to generate a password for your account so that you can log in using your username or email address, first make sure you are not logged in. Click the 'Log in' link at the top of the page and then click the Forgot password link. Enter your account username. An email will be sent to the email address registered with this account. Once you receive the email, you will be able to click on a link in the message to set your password.

 

Your Account

You may edit your account settings after logging in by clicking on "My account" near the top of the page and then clicking on the "edit" link. The following can be edited:

  • Email address and password
  • Private message (Contact) settings
  • Additional information about yourself
  • Avatar picture
  • Newsletter subscription
  • Comment follow-up notification settings
  • Locale

 

Avatars

Avatars are small images that members use to distinguish themselves. Some stock avatars have been provided for members to choose from in their account settings. Alternatively, members can upload their own custom avatar. This avatar will be displayed as part of the user info in forum posts, comments, and in the public profile. Avatars that contain violent or vulgar material, or promote hate or illegal activities, are forbidden.

 

Your Public Profile Page

Every member has a publicly viewable profile page. This page includes information about the member, provided from the information they have filled under their account settings.

There are a number of ways to view a member's profile. Whenever you see a member's name, clicking on it will usually bring you to their profile page.

The Members section, accessible from the main menu, allows you to browse registered members and click through to public profiles. The Organizations section allows you to browse registered members who have entered a company/organization name in their account settings.

When logged in, you can also view your own public profile by clicking "My account" near the top of the page.

You can also go straight to a profile if you know the username of the member by typing the following address into your web browser:

http://www.droneoverdose.com/users/<username of the member>

 

Using Facebook or Google Login With An Existing Account

If you created a new account by providing your email address as described above, it is possible to link your account so that you can log in using your Facebook or Google account as well.

In order to do so, first log in to the Facebook or google account that you want to link to your Drone Overdose account. Do not log out.

Next, in the same browser session (the same browser window or a new tab within that window), log in to your Drone Overdose account and click on 'My Account'. Click on the 'Login Management' link. Here, you will see a list of Facebook or Google accounts that have already been linked to your account. You may have up to one of each linked to your account at once. To create a new link, click on ether the Facebook or Google image at the bottom of the page, depending on which one you logged into in the previous step. The link will be created and will appear in the list if successful. You may now use your Facebook or Google account the next time you log in.

 

Favorites

Across the site, there are hyperlinks saying "Favorite this" at the bottom of certain items. These items can be saved to a "favorites list" in your account for revisiting later. Items that can be favorited include: forum posts, drones in the showcase area, items in the parts database, blog posts, and comments. Your favorited items can be found by clicking on "My Favorites" in the menu near the top of the page once you have logged in. Note that each account has its own favorites list, and your favorites list is only visible to you.

 

Posting Blog Entries

Every registered user account comes with its own blog. You can use it to post reviews, share news, or write about a drone-related topic that you want to draw attention to. Note that use of blogs strictly for advertising is forbidden unless explicit permission has been given by the website operators.  All blog posts that you publish will appear in your blog stream. A link to your blog stream can be found at the bottom of your blog posts and on your profile page, under the 'Blog Info' section.  In addition, published blog posts are shown in the main blog stream, which is accessible from the main menu. The most recent entries from the main blog stream are also highlighted on the website's front page.

To create a new blog post, you must be logged in. Once logged in, click the 'Create new blog entry' link at the top of the main blog stream or the 'Post new blog entry' link at the top of your personal blog stream. You can also find this link on your account profile page, under the 'Blog Info' section. Each blog post may have an image associated. This image will be displayed in the blog post, as well as in blog stream teasers. A youtube or vimeo video can optionally be embedded using the 'video' field. To embed a video, click the 'Browse' button. In the text box that appears, paste in the address for the video eg. https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ for a youtube video or https://vimeo.com/77091919 for vimeo.

After creating and saving your blog post, it will only be visible to you until you choose to publish it. A listing of your unpublished blog posts can be found on your account profile page. You may edit your blog post as many times as you want before publishing it. Once you are ready to publish your blog post and make it viewable by everyone, click the 'publish' link at the top of the post. Alternatively, you can publish a blog post automatically after saving it by selecting the 'published' publishing option at the bottom of the edit form. After publishing a blog post, you may still edit it. 

 

Submitting Drones to the Showcase

All registered members may submit as many drones as they like to the showcase section. After logging in, click the Add your drone link at the top of the Showcase page or under the 'Drones in Showcase' section of your account profile page.
A picture of your drone must be uploaded. This picture will be displayed when members browse the showcase, and when they view your drone's details. Additional images from elsewhere on the web can be linked to in the 'additional details' section. 
A video from youtube or vimeo may also be embedded using the 'video' field. In the edit view, click the 'Browse' button below the video field. In the text box that appears, paste in the address for the video eg. https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ for a youtube video or https://vimeo.com/77091919 for vimeo. Additional videos may also be embedded in the 'additional details' section.

After saving a drone submission, it will not appear in the showcase until you choose to publish it. To publish it, click on the 'publish' link near the top of the drone's page. Alternatively, you can publish automatically after saving by selecting the 'published' publishing option at the bottom of the edit form. You can find your unpublished drone submissions in your account profile under the 'Drones in Showcase' section. You may edit your drone's page as many times as you like both before and after publishing.

 

Personal Messaging

Registered members can send email messages to each other, provided they have enabled the feature in their account settings. A message may be sent to a user by going to their profile, then clicking on the "contact" tab, and submitting the message through the web form. Note that these messages are not stored in the website. They are simply delivered to the member's registered e-mail address on the sender's behalf. The recipient will see the Drone Overdose proxy email address as the sender. This email should not be replied to directly, as the response will not be passed back to the sender. Instead, the sender's contact web form in their profile should be used to send a response.

Why can't I send a personal message to someone?

If you cannot find a contact link for a member, it means that the member does not wish to receive personal messages from other members and has turned the feature off in their account.

 

Forum Policies:
 

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Use the guidelines presented here to keep this a clean, friendly and inviting place for civilized public discussion.

Nothing sabotages 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 or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

As this website is publicly accessible, discussions here may appear in search engine results. Keep the language, links, and images safe enough for family and friends.
If you're found to be creating a hostile or unpleasant environment, you'll be warned. If it persists, your account will be terminated.

Discussions to avoid:

While we do not forbid discussion involving politics and religion, we discourage conversations about any nation's foreign policies, the wisdom behind ideologies, or anything else that may trigger a hostile debate.
In addition, discussions that promote illegal or unsafe drone use are not permitted. On the contrary, we would rather promote discussion around responsible drone use
 

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

It's fine to disagree with something in a response. Just remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.
  • Typing in ALL CAPS. It's considered SHOUTING. Posts in all caps will be deleted by the moderators.

Instead, we encourage you to provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
 

Post Only Your Own Content

You may not post digital content that belongs to someone else without permission. In addition, you may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods of stealing someone’s intellectual property or breaking any other law.
Do not publish personal emails without permission. This is a violation of confidentiality and is grounds for account termination.
 

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. We encourage everyone to try to adhere to the following:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the 'Like' button.
 

What are moderators and administrators?

Moderators oversee the forums in order to maintain our community. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other actions. Moderators may remove any content at any time if they deem it to be in violation of the forum policies. Users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable are encouraged to consider becoming moderators.

Administrators are the people who have overall control of all website content. They oversee what forums to create and how to organize them, what information to require from members and who to appoint as moderators.

Commercial Posting Regulations

  • No spamming or commercial solicitation of any kind is allowed other than authorized individuals or advertisers.
  • Selling multiple items of the same product in the classified section is permissible, but postings of this nature may not exceed one per week. Businesses wanting to post more frequently must contact the site staff regarding an advertising solution.

      Any posts violating these terms will be removed at the discretion of the moderators and/or staff.

  • Using personal messages to solicit business is not allowed. Violating this rule may result in your ability to send personal messages being disabled, or your account being suspended.
  • Personal classifieds belong in the classified forum. If classifieds are posted elsewhere, they will be removed by the moderators and/or staff.
     

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This site is operated by the Drone Overdose staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions or feedback about how things should work here, open a new topic in the Site Feedback forum and let's discuss! If there's a critical or urgent issue that can't be handled by a forum topic, contact us via the contact page.

 

Reporting Abuse or Offensive Material

Staff and moderators have special authority and are responsible for maintaining the quality of the forums and site content, but so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, rather than janitors or police. If you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just report it.

You will find 'Report Abuse' links in many places throughout the website. These links allow you to alert site staff to anything which you find to be offensive, objectionable or illegal. Once the "Report Abuse" link has been clicked by several different users for a particular item on the site, appropriate action will be taken either automatically or by staff.

 

Points and Badges Explained

You will receive points every time you add a drone to the showcase (and it is approved for publishing) or post in the forums. Logins will earn points once every 24hr period, so login daily! Only registered users can earn points and badges. 

Points assignment is as follows:

Drone published to showcase: 10
Blog post published: 5
Forum Post: 2
Daily login: 1

Additional Points and badges may also be awarded to outstanding or helpful members at the administration's discretion. 

Once you have accumulated enough points, you will earn a badge that indicates your level of interaction with the site. The badges, and number of points required to earn them, are listed below:

Participant 5 points
Experienced Participant 15 points
Active Member 30 points
Senior Member 60 points
Senior Contributor 100 points
Star Contributor 200 points
Addicted 400 points
Seriously Addicted 600 points
Chronically Addicted 800 points
Beyond Help 1000 points