Forum Etiquette

Discussion in 'NOTD Discussion' started by Arturia, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Arturia

    Arturia Well-Known Member

    Help me revise this, and make it more universally applicable to the forums as a whole. It is getting irritating that people can't be bothered to think for themselves, and most forums, especially larger ones have a Rule Set of some sort, while NOTD currently operates off the Moderators judgement. You could say its like having a Police Force that arrests people without the people ever being allowed to see the laws.

    Forum Etiquette

    A brief summary of what is and isn't accepted on the forums.

    General advise / rules:

    1. Be civil in your posts.
    2. Be respectful of others.
    3. Avoid excessive usage of foul language.
    4. Review your post before posting.
    5. Avoid insulting others (friendly banter is allowed).
    6. Do not start or feed fires in the forum.

    What is allowed:
    - Discussion Threads
    - Debates
    - Guides
    - Interest Threads (so long as they are in the proper forum)

    What isn't allowed:
    - Hate Threads
    - Pornography
    - Advertisements (without moderator approval)

    1. By being civil in your posts, you will have a more pleasurable time debating / discussing any topic.
    2. Being respectful can earn you respect, and will show you have character.
    3. Spewing forth foul language like a sMG is not going to make you look cool, it will only make you appear increasingly immature.
    4. If your post is not acceptable to you, then it is not acceptable to others either.
    5. Telling a person they suck isn't going to do much besides make you appear immature and perhaps irritate them. Playing around is fine, but if you genuinely hate a person, this isn't the place to say it.
    6. Only you can prevent forest fires.

    For a more blunt explanation (Questionable Content):

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    1. This isn't the reddit, tumblr, or 4chan. Do not bring that shit here, it isn't wanted here, and doesn't belong.
    2. Just be respectful. Nobody wants to deal with an egotistical condencending asshole.
    3. Do not bring your hatred to the forum. Nobody gives a fuck that you hate so and so for whatever reason.
    4. Nobody wants to read a long block of text. It devastates our eyes and is painful to look at.
    5. This isn't the place to rage / scream / yell because you dislike a person.
    6. It takes way to fucking long to put out a fire and makes moderators look bad at times. That and its not beneficial.
  2. Zuriel

    Zuriel Well-Known Member

    Hi Arturia, I took the liberty of copying my old post back in February. See if There's anything that you think can help drive the message through.


    Hi guys.

    Many of us have lived in the previous version of the forums, and we know what it was like. Now that we have a fresh beginning, I would like to propose a fresh start for all, and lets treat each other with courtesy and respect.

    I have taken the liberty to suggest some dos and donts regarding posting stuff.


    Type in a clear and concise manner, so as to allow others to easily understand your idea/message/point.

    Think through your comment before posting. Does it aid in the discussion? Is it relevant? If so, fire away!

    Offer constructive criticism, not destructive cynicism. Many of us have a bad habit of showing an ugly side of us when we disagree with other people's views. Lets keep ourselves in check, and help rebuild this community.

    Try to use appropriate language. Keep swearing, cursing to a minimum, we are all mature enough to choose appropriate words to use.

    Give thanks. Your kind words can make somebody's day, and spread a good vibe in the forums. It doesn't cost a lot of time to post a thankful comment or PM.


    Don't do something that might potentially hurt somebody. We want to keep negativity to a minimum, so as to foster closer ties and greater understanding amongst fellow forum members. (This includes hacker accusation, keep all reports in a neutral perspectie, offer appropriate evidence, await investigation and discussion by the relevant authorities)

    Don't restrict your NOTD suggestions. More ideas help make this game more dynamic. Do think them through before posting, so as to weed out any half-baked ideas.

    Don't do anything that you don't like others to do to you. Pretty straightforward, unless you're a masochist, in that case uh... 

    Lets work together and move forward. We can make this place (and game) a better one for all. 
  3. ArcturusV

    ArcturusV New Member

    Here was a list I came for a forum I was moderating a while ago. It's served me well as a general guide line. Though NOTD forums being a different beast, some of it doesn't quite apply. Though on one hand I think you should go into a little more detail about what you mean, and why, instead of laying it down like it's the 10 Commandments.

    Just an example. Not saying to adopt it.
  4. Zuriel

    Zuriel Well-Known Member

    I think with all cases, forgiveness and the willingness to move on is as important as enforcing the rules.

    Evidently people will still break rules no matter how we try to remind them, after all, the internet is a free space. We can issue warnings for minor infringements, and for the major ones we shall let Shooz or Nite deal with them. Should it be necessary for a ban, then the powers that be shall decide it.

    But we must temper this with forgiveness as well.
  5. ArcturusV

    ArcturusV New Member

    Mention of Shooz and Nite also reminds me (No love for Reaper?)... three are times where Shooz's level of moderation... irks me. The reason for this being is that discussions naturally evolve. You start off on Issue A, which raises points B, C, and D, and to resolve Issue A you need to discus B, C, and D. Or at the very least B, C, and D are topics of merit that should be looked at. Nite tends to split them and let it carry on. Which works. Shooz tends to smack everyone involved and hand out warnings. Even if the topic grew out of the discussion naturally.

    Even this post is an example of that. It's not DIRECTLY related to the original post, strictly speaking. But it is relevant. Particularly suggesting where we are willing to set the line on things like the evils of wandering discussions if they are going to be punished for wandering.
  6. Zuriel

    Zuriel Well-Known Member

    Mmhmm. Which is why we must "temper justice with mercy". Not every case of going off tangent warrants a Warning.

    And sorry I forgot Reaper. :S
  7. Arturia

    Arturia Well-Known Member

    After reading over both of those Rule sets, I think a Hybrid of them would be best / combination. Both of them cover all the bases there are to cover when combined.

    ArcturusV's hammers away at not being an asshole / jerk, and delves into discussions, primarily peace-keeping. Zuriel's Promotes constructive discussion / posts, and a more positive community vibe.

    I'm planning on Hybriding them together, with a small portion added from my original (The What isn't wanted here on the forums part to be specific), with some paraphrasing / word changes in both. After that gets done, I'll work on making it pretty, bright and shiny.
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  9. ArcturusV

    ArcturusV New Member

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