Please familiarize yourself with the current rules set before continuing: Current Rules
There are two rules we’ll be focusing on here. They are Rule #2
Keep it relevant. If you have nothing to say on a particular subject, you can skip the topic and move on. If you want to address a specific individual about personal matters, contact the user via private message instead of starting a public discussion.
and Rule #7
Be friendly. We want our forums to be welcoming place for both old and new users. Please keep your comments and posts constructive and considerate in tone. If you observe a user breaking a rule, try advising the user in the right direction instead of posting insults or harsh criticisms. If the user persists, contact a forum moderator.
Earlier there was some discussion concerning Rule #7 and its relevance to this website. The argument was that many users have a tendency to “pull punches” with their comments and replies in order to not break the “Be Friendly” rule. Because of this, there is a concerning amount of praise but little criticism on entry comments, images/videos, and in forum threads. Several people believe that this limits any real productive conversation, and tends to stagnate conversation more than help it. People wish to say things, but do not out of fear of being reprimanded by moderation for their hard opinions.
People talk behind each other’s backs all the time on other websites, and yet they are active. It even happens here, on user walls and in content posts. Neither those sites or this one are really on the decline for it.
The suggested rule change is to remove Rule #7 entirely and/or merge it with Rule #2. People will be allowed to comment as they wish, however they wish, without fear of moderation stepping in when people get their feelings hurt. The only boundary is to keep the commentary productive to the topic at hand.
- Posting Deadpool images, “OP is a faggot”, and “+1 Confirm/Deadpool” in entries is not allowed, as it is not productive conversation. Replying to a user about the validness of a meme with the rough side of your tongue is allowed – you might come off as a dick for it, but you won’t be receiving any warnings from the mods.
- Off-subject banter on images and videos is not allowed if it is not about the media itself. Talk about that all you want. Post similar images and snide/polite remarks all you want, but keep it on topic.
- Forum threads will be moderated similarly to entries and media. Banter is allowed so long as the post is on subject in some form. You can give someone your hard opinion and you will not have any of the forum mods breathing down your neck for it. Call out mods all you like, in whatever tone you like, even – just keep it on topic with the thread.
* JFF and user walls are still subject to whatever the hell you want to post, even if it isn’t on topic. You can just be an open jerk about it if you want.
There is some limitation to this. If you’re telling another user that they need to kill themselves or that they’re a scummy pile of scat spewed out by their mother on blahblahblah, you’re probably going to get a warning. We want you to be able to voice your honest opinion, not lull others into committing suicide.
Please post your opinion on these rule changes. And, just for fun, practice this very rule change in your reply. I’ll add my own after a while, as I don’t want it to detract from the topic starter. Keep your comments on topic, and have actual content in them – you’ll get scowls from me if you don’t.
And I can scowl really, really hard.
Mods, please message me if you have any questions about why this came up. I’ll explain as best I can.