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PostSubject: Rules of the Forum   Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:48 am

We are laid back here and we let a lot of things fly; however, there are some things that will NOT be tolerated!

1. Be cool like Neville.
Don't be a flagrant d-bag. Don't spam. Don't advertise. Don't excessively flame others. Respect the community and the staff. Act like a civilized human being.

We're even cool with things like light swearing. However, if you start swearing too much, you're probably simultaneously not being Neville-cool, so you're breaking Rule #1.

2. Keep your conflicts private.

Nobody wants to hear you squabbling with others. In fact, chances are you're only squabbling with others because you have an audience. And let's face it: You're probably not squabbling about anything that's not pathetic, so I don't want the rest of the community having to feel sorry for you. That consumes a lot of energy and I don't want a community of exhausted zombies because they spend all their time listening to pathetic e-fights.

We all come here for social interaction. Conflicts are part of social interaction. We aren't Neopets. Nor do I try to pretend like conflicts don't happen. Just have them in private messages.

However, if someone isn't leaving you alone, DO contact a Moderator. We do draw the line between conflicts and serious personal attacks. If you're attacking someone privately, you're also breaking Rule #1 because you're not being cool.

3. There IS a difference between arguing and debating.

This is where we will talk about Twilight and other fandoms. If you don't like it, then you don't like it. Don't hate on others who do. However, debating about whether the plot is valid is different.

"You suck eggs because you like sparkly vampires. You are so gay." is different from: "I disagree with Meyer's choice to have the vampire's skin translucent. It feels cartoony and it doesn't have much appeal."

4. Report Problematic Users

When you press the Report Post button, your complaint goes into our private Moderator forum where Moderators can discuss the nature of your report privately. We depend on you to report issues because I don't want a staff of Nazi Gestapo patrolling the forum. I believe that a community can weed out its own issues.

DO Report:
- Spammers
- Advertisers
- People that are extensively flaming.
- People that don't belong in your thread.
- People that obviously aren't here to be a member of the community.
- People disrespecting Guild staff authority.

What probably doesn't need to be reported:
- People disagreeing with you.
- People that are only moderately swearing.

We understand that you don't want to be babysat, but we DO want to ensure that you have a good experience here. Sometimes you just need to ignore other users or add them to your ignore list.

Don't worry about reporting something that you're not sure breaks any rules or not. There's almost always a grey area and by bringing these to our attention, you can help us spot users that may be more problematic in the future or point out rules that we may need to adjust or even establish.

6. For Roleplayers: If you're going to cybersex, keep it in private messages

I don't have a problem with adult themes in IC threads if they're presented tastefully and maturely, but I will ask that all blatant cybersex be kept to private messaging. Cybersex typically involves fast back-and-forth sexual exchanges.

Bottom Line

There aren't many rules, here. Use common sense and use good judgment.

Most important of all: Report disruptive/problematic users.

We depend on you to help us keep the community clean. Why have Moderators painstakingly scan the forum for problems when we have hundreds of active users?

Thanks,
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