Post by Doppelgänger on Dec 15, 2011 20:51:27 GMT -5
Hi all. After deliberating with the other mod/admins for the board we think a few rules are in order. They're pretty straight forward and common sense. We'll add more if we have to, but only if we have to.
First and foremost, respect each other.
Personal attacks or disrespect toward other board members will result in a warning and/or ban if necessary. We're all here to have fun and talk about our favorite show. If someone says something that offends you, really think about how you respond. If you can't be nice, as my Mother always said...you know the rest. If you feel it breaks the rules, report it using the moderator button and let one of us handle it. Absolutely no personal attacks, please. We want everyone to feel welcome and cared about here even if we won't always agree.
No arguing inside other ships threads. No dragging what a member says into another shipper thread to cause upset. We haven't felt the need to monitor general complaining about other ships, just so long as it isn't this board or member specific. So far it hasn't been a problem.
Anything you want to have a healthy debate on, take it to the debate forum and make a thread. There you'll get your chance to express your opinion on controversial things and maybe understand why the other side feels the way they do, even if you still don't agree. Debating is completely optional but some of us enjoy it. Just keep it friendly and respectful toward other members.
The characters on the show are fair game to complain about in ship threads, anti threads or the debate forum, only. Some critiquing of the actors is allowed but please do so as respectfully as possible. In other words you can say you don't like their acting style but don't say you think they are hideous. That sort of thing.
Do not use extreme profanity. There will be a few words we decided to moderate. Some people use them all day long, but some people find them offensive and may have little ones around. So, we felt this rule was necessary. The board will automatically change the word. If a word is a censored word you will see stars instead of letters.
Don't post nude stuff on the board. I'm sure you know where the line is for that. R rated in a link is as far as we really want anything to go on the board. If a fan fiction or video is rated M, just post a link and make it clear what the rating is so the other readers can decide whether to click it or not. Please, no links to porn, no blatant explicit sex talk allowed on the board.
Sexual labeling is not allowed. Most of the common labels used are already disallowed words. If you imply such in your posts you are subject to being moderated. In other words, claiming someone r@ped another is not allowed unless it is made clear in the show that it is accepted as a fact. Claiming someone is sexually promiscuous by using a derogatory term to describe their sexual behavior is never allowed.
Racism, sexism, anti-gay talk and any other form of discrimination toward other people is not allowed.
Advertising of other forums or websites is not allowed. Copying and pasting posts from members of other forums is not allowed. Attempts to lure members to another forum whether by PM or on the board is not allowed and will result in a ban.
Do not post something as factual without being able to give a source for said 'facts.' When posting articles, give a source link if at all possible, if one is available or can be readily available or if you can't link to the source, but it is being touted as true, admit that you don't have a source and therefore do not know if it is factual. If you are posting that something is a fact, you need to be able to back it up with sources so that other posters can view the link to the information and decide for themselves if it is true. Some things are open to interpretation but if there are no sources available they can't be claimed to be facts. This is only necessary when claiming something is a 'fact.' Opinions are just opinions and therefore not claimed to be facts. Make sure you specify the difference. Just because you think something is true, doesn't make it a fact and therefore others may not agree with your interpretation of it. There are certain fandom myths that are accepted as fact by parts of the fandom when they cannot be backed up with any credible source material. We want to keep the spreading of those myths off this board as much as possible. Credible sources would be direct quotes from the writers, actors, producers of the show in videos or articles from acceptably credible sources and readily available to be viewed by other members of the board on the original source site. If something cannot be acceptably verified to be factual when it is being claimed as such, it may be removed from the board by the Admin or Moderators. A warning or ban may be given for continual breaking of this rule.
If the Admin or Moderators make a decision, do not argue with them or cause trouble within the board because of it. This will result in a permanent ban. We're all human and we make the best decisions we can under the circumstances to try to keep the peace. You may not agree with those decisions, but arguing about them will not be tolerated. A polite PM is acceptable to ask questions, clarify, etc.
In most cases your first offense will result in a warning. Continuing to break the rules will result in a ban. It is completely up to the moderator's discretion how they decide to handle any given situation. Extreme rule breaking, even on a first offense may result in a permanent ban if the moderator feels you are too disruptive to the board to allow you to continue to be a member.
That's all I can think of for now. Less is more, in my opinion, when it comes to rules, so govern yourselves accordingly.