Author Topic: FORUM RULES  (Read 6637 times)

Online Chris Bergin

« on: 08/07/2013 05:17 pm »
This is - especially for a site's forum of this size and visitation - a surprisingly polite place. However, we must - as a community - continue to keep to that standard, ensuring the new members who join every day fit into the forum netiquette by nature of its established tone.

We're finally into the major site development period behind the scenes, including the new forum (it'll still feel the same, but it'll have vastly updated software, appearance and functionality on the same model) - so let's make sure we have a forum rules one pager to have a point of reference for anyone who needs it.

Rule 1: Be civil. Respect other members. Treat other members as you would in real life face to face. An anonymous name on the internet does not give you the right to turn into a troll. Trolls will be removed from the forum.

Rule 2: Stay on topic. We have some long, specific threads here. They need to adhere to the thread title. Interesting side topics should be given their own thread - so by all means start splinter threads, and link in both threads to allow others to follow.

Rule 3: No "King of the Internet" attitudes. It can happen to anyone, especially someone who is well-versed in a particular subject matter. Under that guidance, remember you probably don't know who you're conversing with. It could be a nine year old kid who just got his first model rocket and about to become a space flight fan, or it could be Charlie Bolden....OK, maybe not the latter, but you need to show caution when responding to someone, especially if you're correcting them.

Rule 4: Copyright. Do not post the entire text of another site's article. Link and use the headline abstract only.

Rule 5: Not a biggy, but it is recommended you "attach" images via the option in your post. Embedding images should only be be done if the image is sized correctly, under the width of the post. Attaching automatically ensures this, so please always opt for that method when you can.

Any breaches of the above, hit the report to moderator option on the bottom of the offending post. Do not respond to such a post. Do not post "Oh, that's a bad post" - leave it to the moderators.

That's pretty much it unless I think of something else - which I'll edit into the thread at a later date.

In a perfect world, the internet would not require any moderation. However, we've seen how forums that have weak or no moderation always turn into a mess before dying. We won't allow that here.

If you are moderated, it's nothing personal, it's housekeeping and required.
« Last Edit: 08/08/2013 04:27 pm by Chris Bergin »
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