Respect your fellow Members

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community.
The hard regulations can be found at the Terms of Service in which you will find our content policy, under Acceptable Use.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks

Furthermore, when members disagree and become displeased with each other as a matter of the emergent nature of community, how members go about expressing this displeasure can be considered to be one of three levels: Harassment, Inflammatory, and banter. Harassment is established by its repeated and targeted nature (see the TOS), banter by its flippant nature. Inflammatory exists in a middle ground. We ask that you use proper labeling and containment procedure on Inflammatory posting. Such is a way of saying “I’m not asking you not to be edgy, I’m asking you to not splatter it everywhere and force other users to see it if they haven’t ignored you yet. Take it to pms, a different thread, or spoiler it.”

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

Flagging helps increase our awareness of issues. Please make sure to use this feature to flag actual rule violations, and not as a tool to down-vote what you dislike.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

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. So:

  • 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.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Keep the ‘Labeling Required’ clauses in mind when considering what should go where.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.