This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion
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 aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
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.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
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:
- Ad hominem attacks.
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- Knee-jerk contradiction.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
Your Participation Counts
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found 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.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
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 in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Always Be Civil
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
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.
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 New Topic.
Reviving Old Threads
Each thread can be revived or brought back within 6 months. Look at the thread carefully and consider if it is still relevant. Would it be better to make a new thread instead? Remember that you can link back to old topics. When a thread is brought back after 6 months, the post reviving the thread is reviewed.
Why only 6 months?
It is plenty of time to discuss a thread. Keep in mind this is 6 months from the last post in the thread.
Will a Revived Thread be Locked?
No. The revived post will be reviewed to determine the best course of action for it.
How is a revived thread reviewed by Admin, Mods, and Leaders?
The post that revived the thread is examined.
- What does it say?
- If it is asking a question, the post is moved to a new thread and linked back to the old one.
- If it is a bot/spam account, the post is deleted and the bot/spam account is deleted.
- If the post is low effort, it is deleted. The user who posted the low effort post is messaged.
- If the post that revives the thread is from the original poster of the thread and the post is adding new content or updates, then the post is not deleted.
- If the post that revives the thread would be better suited as a new thread, then it is moved into a new thread.
Are there exceptions?
Yes. Topics which continue for extended period of time like : TV Shows, Megathreads, the wallpaper thread, etc.
What if someone deliberately revives old threads?
If it is determined a forum member is deliberately reviving old threads that exceed the 6 month period, then the admins and moderators will treat the action like a forum rule has been broken.
Threads Will Also be reviewed after 6 months
Threads will be checked on after it is six months old from the 1st post. Leaders and Moderators will look at the replies to see:
- Are the replies still relevant to the topic.
- Do the replies contribute to the topic.
- Would the replies be better as a new topic.
- Is the topic still relevant
- Could the most recent post be moved to a new separate topic
Post Only Your Own Stuff
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
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.
Bugs and Glitches
We try our best to keep this forum running smoothly, but as with most software there do tend to be some bugs on occasion. If you run into any bugs, please, post them here, so we can help.
Official Servers and Services
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Community Servers and Services
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