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14-Apr-2011, 12:46 PM #1
New community guidelines
GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
Controversial Topics and Random Discussion Forums


Although the primary focus of this site is and always has been technical support, we also have a non-technical community area where members may enjoy interacting socially with each other in the Controversial Topics and Random Discussion forums. Please remember that these forums are provided as a courtesy and as such, all we ask in return is that you respect the site, its administration and the guidelines put forward in order to ensure their continued existence for many years to come.

The Random Discussion forum is intended for more light-hearted socializing, such as talking about hobbies, music, weather, sports or sharing recipes, jokes, etc.

The Controversial Topics forum is for more serious subject matter and consists of two distinct types of threads; those intended for members who enjoy serious debates without undue interruptions or distractions and those intended for more general membership participation.

Members entering the Controversial Topics forum for the first time will be presented with a screen where they must agree to these guidelines before they can proceed. This may also occur again on occasion should cookies be deleted or become corrupt.

Members who wish to designate their topic for "serious debate" must do so when starting the thread as only a moderator will be able to make the change afterward. Every time you start a new thread in the Controversial Topics forum you will be asked if you want to designate your thread for serious debate and you must reply "yes" or "no" before proceeding. Topics designated for "serious debate" will have the tag "Debate" in bold red preceding the thread title so that they are clearly indicated as such.


GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • We consider this a "family site" and the guidelines we use to moderate the discussion forums are loosely based on the "PG-13" rating for movies. Therefore, profanity should be avoided, as well as any other inappropriate conduct, as outlined in the general site rules.

  • The TSG membership reflects a wide variety of ages, native languages, nationalities and cultures. One of the most common causes of conflict is simply the failure to understand and respect their differences so please keep this in mind when posting.

  • Relationships develop here that result in some degree of banter between members. These may appear to be personal attacks but they are acceptable as long as they are made in good fun and not in poor taste. If you are not the member being addressed in these situations then please do not report these posts unless, of course, their content is particularly offensive and/or violates any of the other general site rules.

  • Moderators are not here to enforce personal or individual views of what constitutes "good taste. The "Ignore" button is provided to help users do that for themselves, if they find another member to be particularly annoying.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS

  1. There shall be no "billboarding" or irrelevant posts in threads that are designated for "serious debate". If you do not intend to participate in serious debates, where you are expected to rise to challenges and defend your claims/assertions, then do NOT post in these specially tagged threads. Any such posts will be deleted without notice or explanation.

  2. In threads that are not designated for "serious debate", although assertions may be challenged to a certain extent, repeated "hounding" of members who choose not to respond is not allowed. This only serves to disrupt the flow of the thread. Once a member is warned about "hounding" someone, they are expected to comply by dropping it and allowing the thread to move forward.

  3. Should you find a post objectionable or offensive, do NOT address the poster in question on the boards. This is inflammatory posting and only serves to incite retaliation and escalate the situation.

    Please use the report button to notify the community moderators of the situation and they will take any action that's deemed necessary. However, please be sure not to abuse the report button by overusing it or making unfounded and/or frivolous reports.

    If you don't agree with the action taken (or not taken) after reporting an incident then contact a Community Moderator privately for further discussion. If the matter in question involves a Community Moderator then contact another Community Moderator. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond.

    Following that, should you require further clarification then contact one of the site Administrators, Cookiegal or LauraMJ.

    Finally, if you're still not satisfied with the explanations given then, as a last resort, contact the site owner (TechGuy) whose decision is final.

  4. Moderators and Administrators are not obligated to explain or justify any actions or decisions imposed although they do generally post the reason for any such action in the thread in question as a courtesy and to avoid any confusion.

  5. Under no circumstances shall any action, decision or rule change made by the administration (moderators and/or administrators) be discussed, argued or criticized on the message boards. Any such posts or threads will be promptly deleted without notice or explanation.

    Any disparaging or disrespectful remarks regarding this site and/or its Moderators, Administrators, rules and/or actions taken will not be tolerated in order to preserve the integrity and mutual respect within the community that we all enjoy.

    Members are welcome to contact a Community Moderator or an Administrator for clarification or to express their concerns and/or appeal any action taken for review.

  6. Off-topic posts are inevitable and can be fun but these should be kept to a minimum so as not to cause too much distraction or disrupt the flow of the threads. "Hijacking" a thread for another purpose is not acceptable and any such posts will be deleted without notice or explanation.

  7. It is illegal to post copyrighted articles in their entirety. Therefore, do NOT post full articles. If you see anyone who has done so, please report it so that it can be removed. You may quote a small section of an article as long as you also provide a link to the source.

Failure to comply with any of these guidelines may result in a warning, infraction, expulsion from the Controversial Topics and/or Random Discussion forums or a temporary/permanent ban from the site, at the discretion of the administration.
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Last edited by Cookiegal; 14-Apr-2011 at 12:56 PM..
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