Why can't I post topics about modifying my machine so others can learn from it and save money by doing the same?A:
It's all to do with the legalities and the responsibility the site operators have much of the time, Sadly in the world of sue-me sue-you that has become the norm the site operators and moderators hold some degree of liability for anything that gets posted here, 99% of the people who read this page are quite able to do the mods suggested. Remember it's not only registered readers though, who can see these pages, for every registered user there are often 5 to 8 more guests online and as moderators we cannot make a judgement call of wether any given reader is competent to make such modifications.
Take for example the safety interlocks on the machine doors, they can be bypassed and for 99% of people who don't go sticking body parts into the machine it would be quite safe BUT for the 1% of absent minded people who forget you can't actually see the beam passing over the front of the machine it would present quite a high burn hazard or risk of eye damage.Hence in this example any discussion of bypassing door switches would be deleted.
Even though Daven and I don't work for HPC we do have "editorial control" over what is posted here hence it could be shown we have also a responsibility over the content of the posts.Basically if somebody is injured because we have failed to act over information posted there is a chance we could share liability for the outcome.
From a moral position we clearly don't want to see anybody get hurt ,from a legal point we can't allow anybody to act in a way that could lead to injury for others.
Sadly this does mean should a topic stray towards modifying machines in any way past simple, basic, safe mods the posts will either be edited or deleted,should a user find a need to repost topics that have been removed and ignore this policy then we would need to consider if their continued use of the site was wise or beneficial to other posters. This is applied to all of us (Dave and I included) and we hope is in the best interest of all of us
Mods discussed privately are not our concern, we only have a responsibility over the publicly avaiable content, as such direct contact between users on any subject isn't a problem