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The Bylaws
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This document changes over time. Please check back frequently if you have questions. If your questions are not addressed in this document, please send your questions to the group or to the Moderators for answers.  If you have suggestions for changes in this document, or would like to recommend a policy change, please email the Moderators.



The BGT Survival Guide
How to Become a Tester in Three Easy Steps


Introduction: What is BackpackGearTest? 
Chapter 1: Requirements for participation

Chapter 2: Mailing Lists
Chapter 3: Owner Review requirements
Chapter 4: Tester applications
Chapter 5: Test report requirements
Chapter 6: Minimum Report and Review Requirements
Chapter 7: Sending files to the list
Chapter 8: Editing Reports
Chapter 9: Uploading files to the site
Chapter 10: Test Monitor Requirements
Chapter 11: Including Pictures in your Reviews 
Chapter 12: Beta Testing 
Chapter 13: Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations 

Chapter 7: Sending Files to the List

This is the process to follow when ready to present your Review or Report to the group.

  1. Owner Reviews and Test Reports should be sent to the appropriate list.
    1. Owner Reviews are posted to
    2. Test Reports are posted to
  2. Post Reviews and Reports to the list as either plain text (preferred) or very simple HTML (no images) to help keep email size in check.
    1. The brand, model, and gear type should appear in the subject line.
      1. Example: "Owner Review of Nomad Lite Tent by John Smith"
      2. Example: "Initial Report: Yakima GrassHopper Child Carrier by Shane Steinkamp"
    2. Test Reports do not require approval to upload after they are edited.  Owner Reviews are usually required to be reposted to the list after editing for a second check.
      1. Testers can upload their Reports at their discretion, however, any edits should be incorporated and the uploaded Report replaced as soon as possible after editing.
      2. A Report is not completed until it is edited, uploaded, and all links are working.
  3. Upload Reports and Reviews to the appropriate Test Folder when you post them to the list.
    1. The test folder root is found here:
    2. Place your report in the appropriate sub folder.
    3. You are required to upload your report to the test folder, and then include a link to it when posting your report to the list.
    4. After you upload your report to the permanent folder, you should delete the report from the test folder.
  4. Follow the list after you post your Report or Review to answer any questions. 
    1. Welcome constructive criticism and incorporate it into your review if appropriate.
  5. Your report will be 'officially' edited.
    1. In the case of an Owner Review, the edit will be done by an Edit Moderator.
      1. The word 'EDIT' will be prepended to your subject line.
      2. Depending on the volume of list traffic, it may take as long as two weeks for an Edit Moderator to edit your Review.
      3. If you have not received an edit in seven days, send a gentle reminder to the list.
    2. In the case of a Test Report, the edit will be done by the Test Monitor
      1. If, after five (5) days, the Test Monitor has not edited your report, the List Moderator will follow up.
  6. Once you have received your edit, and incorporated those changes, you may upload your report.
    1. In the case of an Owner Review, the Edit Moderator will create a folder for your Review and inform you of its location.
      1. You will usually have to REPOST your Owner Review to the list once you have incorporated the edits.  The Editor will create the folder for your Review at that time.
    2. In the case of a Test Report, the folder will already have been created by the Test Moderator.
      1. If you notice that there is no folder for your Test Report, notify the Moderator.
    3. All files uploaded to the wrong folder will be deleted, and you will be required to upload it to the correct folder.
    4. Your report must be uploaded in HTML format.  
      1. Reports and Reviews uploaded in any other format will be deleted. 
      2. Only information between <body> and </body> tags will be included. 
        1. Cascading Style Sheets are not supported.
      3. The BGT Report Writer is provided for your convenience in creating HTML reports.  The BGT Report Writer generates the HTML report format for you.
    5. Up to fifteen images may be uploaded with your Review or Report. 
      1. Please read Chapter 11 for complete information about using images with your review.
  7. If you have any difficulty either formatting or uploading your report, seek help on the BGTFileUploadHelp list.  A team of dedicated veterans is on hand to help you with any difficulty you may have.  The link to the group is:
  8.  Material uploaded to is copyrighted by and is the sole property of
    1. By uploading your report to, you agree to this automatic transfer of all rights.
    2. For more information, please see Appendix 8.
Chapter 6: Minimum Report and Review Requirements


Chapter 8: Editing Reports

Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to Upon completion of the Test Series the writer is permitted to keep the product. Owner Reviews are based on product owned by the reviewer personally unless otherwise noted.

If you are an avid backpacker, we are always looking for enthusiastic, quality reviewers. Apply here to be a gear tester.

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