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Jan 12, 02 at 3:15am ^Forum Rules and Zero Tolerance Thread Rules
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This message was edited by Big Willie(moderator) on Oct 13 2005.
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Sep 09, 02 at 10:47pm ^re: Forum Rules and Zero Tolerance Thread Rules
INTELLECTUAL EXCHANGES RULES
Disclaimer: If you have suggestions or comments/feedback PM Rome, or use the Q&A, Feedback, Suggestions, Requests thread. The rules posted below are in addition to regular Neoseeker Rules provided by Redemption.
Please be advised that warnings will be issued or more extreme measures will be taken, at the discretion of the moderators, if the rules below are abused or broken.
1) No Flaming
Any flaming will not be tolerated. Do not put down other members or flame back in defense if someone does flame you. Please report the post or PM a moderator instead of flaming back. No name calling or telling members they are stupid, or other negative and hurtful things.
2) No Spam or Chatting
Please remember that spam is not allowed in any forum on Neoseeker. (See Forum Wide Rules.) We have a big problem with spam in this forum because it destroys the quality of the discussions, and makes them immature. In Intellectual Exchanges this is even more important, as spam posts are also those that do not ADD to the thread. We have a stricter guideline on what we consider spam. Very short, immature posts that do not add to the discussion may be removed at the discretion of the moderators.
Some examples would be:
a smiley with no text
"I agree with so and so!"
"Well that's YOUR opinion!"
"Ha ha ha that is funny!"
These sort of statements do NOT add to the discussion, and usually turn it into a chat session.
Chatting in this forum is strictly forbidden. We are trying to prevent chat sessions in this forum, and will delete chat-like posts, and issue warnings, bans, or post-per-day restrictions. Chats do NOT create interesting discussions. They just take up space. This includes polls. NO POLLS!
3) Clear Concise Thread Titles
Titles like "Uhhh!" or "Maybe..." are not clear concise titles. Upon reading the title of a thread the user should know whether or not it is in their interest to participate in that thread. Unclear threads will be deleted/closed upon discovery. Ambiguous titles will only be allowed if it is a play on words or has a useful multiple meanings. If the thread has already been started and there is a lot of activity, a PM warning will be given, and the name of the thread will be renamed. If you cannot find a good title for your subject, PM Wo or I.
4) Clear Subject Matter/ Spelling/ Grammar/ Punctuation/ Capitalization/Length
Whoever posts a new thread must take their time and post a clear subject matter. If you are in a hurry to type fast, post your thread later when you have the time to spell correctly with good grammar so other members do not have to decipher your first post. It is confusing, and time wasting. Threads with unclear subjects will be closed/deleted. Posts adding to threads also should have clear subject matter, and good grammar and spelling as well as proper capitalization, for those of you who are dim bulbs. Also, make a thread of sufficient length. Don't post a thread on a subject and provide little or no information. The readers of the thread should not have to do the work of figuring out what you are talking about. We may ask people to edit their post if it is especially lacking in these areas, or we may delete it.
It is very important that we maintain a certain level of maturity. This is for professional criticism, and responses. If someone asks a question, answer it for them. If you cannot, do not bash it, just wait until someone does answer the question. If someone states a false fact, set them straight if you know they are wrong (without flaming). Before you claim something, unless you are knowledgeable in that area, do some research. We are here to learn and discuss these mature issues.
6) Personal Opinions
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Do not flame other's opinions. Especially religious ones. Don't claim a member's belief cannot be proven and therefore they're wrong. You can however express why you believe your belief to be right. Confused? Here's an example:
Don't: How can you not believe that CleavesF and Blackheartedwolf are the supreme gods of MD?!?!?! They will ban you to NeoHELL!!!
Do: I believe CleavesF and Blackheartedwolf are the supreme gods of MD because they are the moderators. They keep things under control, and the troublemakers in check. They've banned several immature members to remind them of their omnipotence. Only a few greater gods can overpower them. *cough* Admins *cough* Supermods *cough*
7) Multiple Threads
If a current event happens, I don't want 18 threads with different names saying the same thing. I already have an "Iraq", "Saddam", "Bush", and an "Oil" thread that can all be in one. You don't need another thread to motivate subject matter. Unless it's completely off subject then don't make another thread. Multiple threads will be deleted. Check the Thread Index and especially Current Events category to eliminate this problem.
If you're going to post up an article, please site the source. If you're going to quote someone, make sure it was said by that person. I would use the quote feature to post both. It gives credit where credit is due. Plagiarism of any materials is an immediate ban.
Discussions about violent events are fine. But I don't want discussions on plans to harm/hurt/kill anyone. This is Mature Discussions (how many times did I say that already?)! Don't say any threats or blunt statements. They're immature, and we're here to solve things in assertive ways. Unless the event has to do with violence/threats, I don't want to hear people saying they want to kill, harm, threaten anyone.
10) Slangs and Slurs
Slangs are fine to use in everyday conversation, but are inappropriate in this forum. Slurs are not acceptable in this forum. Racial, sexual orientation, or any other type of slur is forbidden to be used. If a member is found to be using slurs not in the context of discussing them, they may be instantly banned.
11) Sexual Topics
Sexually related topics may be started. But they cannot turn into immature discussions otherwise the thread will be closed or deleted. As for the thread, the same rule applies. If the sexual topic is warranted as immature, the thread will be deleted/closed.
12) Bumping Threads You can bump threads to prevent starting a new one once you've found a similar thread using the Thread Index. But, you must add to the discussion, not just "bump" for a post. And don't bump multiple threads.
13) Posting Images
You can post images but only if the image is small and quick to load. If the image is large in size or width/height then just post a direct link to the image. You know your image is too large if you have scroll horizontally or vertically to see it completely, or if it is bigger than 50 Kilobytes in size.
14) Sexual Orientation
You can discuss different sexual orientations such as Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transsexuals etc... (if I forgot some) but if you use any demeaning terms towards any of these groups I will delete/edit/ban/warn you. I don't want people using slang or verbs either. Using fag for cigarettes is acceptable though. Otherwise it is inappropriate. I don't want people saying "blah blah blah, but I'm not gay or anything." That is equally immature as using the word "gay" as a verb. This is discrimination, and it is on the same level as racism.
15) Reporting Posts/Moderation Queue
If any of the rules above are violated, please help out and use the 'Report' feature. Note that you need to achieve a high enough post count to use this feature. (Which I believe is most of the posters in IE.) Please do no abuse this feature. Unless there is a geniune reason, do not excessively report posts.
If for some reason you are banned from this forum, it IS NOT acceptable to create a new account and continue posting in the forum from which you were banned. If it is found that anyone is doing this, they will be reported to a Supermoderator and recommended for a Permanent Forum-Wide Ban. Yes, that means a ban from the ENTIRE SITE.
17) Quoting Posts/Double Posting/Over-Quoting
If you're replying to the last post, please don't quote the last post unless you're replying to parts of it. This should go without saying, but don't double post. If you do, please delete the duplicate. That's what the Delete Post feature is for. Do not over-quote. Quoting people who've quoted other people is excessive and makes the thread longer than it needs to be. It is useless and takes up server space.
Example of over-quoting:
quote *****[size=1]This message was edited by Rome(moderator) on May 23 2009.
Sep 21, 02 at 4:27am ^Zero Tolerance Rules 10/13/2005
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
Attention: Offenses in threads labeled "Zero Tolerance" may result in INSTANT BANNING depending on the severity of the offense with discretion to the moderator. Consider reading this statement your FIRST AND ONLY WARNING.
1) ALL IE and Neoseeker Rules apply to Zero Tolerance Threads
For a review of this rules: [Neoseeker Rules][IE Rules] Please review these before posting in these types of threads, it may save you a banning.
2) Religious and Sexual Orientation Threads
No putting down other religions or sexual orientations. No preaching or evangelism. Just answers and questions for LEARNING. It's to answer people's questions about religion/God and sexuality.
3) Specific Thread Rules
Certain Zero Tolerance threads have special rules within them. Please read the first post in Zero Tolerance threads to be sure.
4) Zero Tolerance Eligibility
If you wish your thread to be considered for "Zero Tolerance" please PM one of us. We will decide if it is warranted by the sensitivity of the subject matter. You can request special rules such as no emoticons etc...
5) Subject Matter
If "Zero Tolerance" subject matter is too sensitive for you, and causes you to request closure of such a thread or if you're easily offended, then DO NOT PARTICIPATE in these threads.
6) Multiple Bans
Multiple Zero Tolerance bans (2 or more) will lead to longer bans which are considerably longer than standard IE bans. If you receive one of these don't expect to be posting in IE for a long time. We give these out as punishment for not respecting the thread/forum rules.
This message was edited by Justin Time(moderator) on Nov 20 2007.
May 24, 09 at 2:23am ^re: Forum Rules and Zero Tolerance Thread Rules
I have decided to implement two new rules, in order to improve some flaws in the forum. They are the following.
More Regulation on Flaming
The best way to abide by this is to follow this simple rule of thumb: If it could somehow sound offending, then don't say it.
I will crack down on anyone who breaks this rule. You will only be warned once for a mishap. If it happens again, you will receive a ban.
Some regular threads will require citation, but as of the writing of these rules, none do. This regulation will be applied as seen fit. You may request for a thread to require citation. In which case, I will examine the thread and the content of the discussion and see if it is necessary.
In the event that you provide no sources or inefficient sources, your post will be considered spam and deleted. Make sure that your sources are credible and recent and that they support the content of your post. Also be aware of the fact that repeated violation of this rule will not be tolerated well. You shall receive three warnings for breaking this rule. After those, you will be banned for further offenses.
A note on moderators:
IE is supposed to be a forum where the best and brightest can exchange ideas responsibly. As moderators, we represent the site, so it is even more important that we follow the rules, as we are expected to do so. Any and all moderators shall receive no warnings for rule violation, and they will be banned immediately upon the violation of these rules or any other already established in this forum or on the site.
I can still edit. ROME4PROMOTE
[size=1][color=#666666]This message was edited by Rome on Aug 04 2009.
Edit: May 23, 09
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