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Author:   Dynamite
Date:   Feb 28, 12 at 6:52am (PST)
Subject:   The Lobby Posting Guidelines

The Lobby Posting Guidelines


Above all else, the forum values its positive, welcoming community. In order to maintain that atmosphere we stress that members refrain from making aggressive or passive-aggressive comments. If you have an issue with a member, take it to PM. In short, we are pro-positive, anti-negative.

This forum has no complex list of rules, merely hints to give you an idea of what we expect. We leave it up to your own judgement and common sense as to what belongs here and what constitutes a good contribution. The underlying ethos of the forum we're attempting to cultivate is one of mutual respect for each other as well as the promotion of interesting conversation in a mature, yet casual, environment. We ask posters to always keep this fundamental aim in mind whenever posting in this board.

Creating Threads
Make a decent opening post. It doesn't have to be an essay, but at least outline the topic and provide your own point of view on it as well in order to initially spark off the conversation. Topics To Avoid
There's a few things we'd rather not have here. This isn't a definitive list but to give you an idea:
Although topics concerning sexuality are allowed as long as there is a mature discussion, avoid being too crude or flippant Remember, just because a topic may not be the best fit here, don’t let that stop you from posting it in Loungin’ or elsewhere! We want to promote activity throughout all of Neoseeker; however, it is important to keep in mind the atmosphere of The Lobby when posting in it.
Topics We Want

We see this forum as more outward-facing than other boards meaning the subject matter, while not exclusively so, would tend to deal with more real-world and real-life situations. Along those lines, decent discussions could include: Replying To Threads
Most of us will be replying to threads mainly. Here's some hints to make decent contributions to topics: Maintaining Community Standards
We want this community to succeed. Hopefully you do as well. This is your community. This forum exists for you. Treat it as such and take an active role in ensuring the environment here is a positive one. This is easy to do; even just being a regular, interesting and positive poster yourself assists in setting the tone and atmosphere of this board and provides a clear example for others to follow.

If you see someone disrespecting your community by behaving in ways contrary to our ethos, take action. Don't just tut and sit idly by while whining that the forum is going downhill: use the tools you have as members like the report feature, which seems greatly underused in recent times, to both demonstrate to the offender that their behavior is unacceptable to the majority as well as to help the forum's moderator in dealing with it. Even if you're unsure about something, flag it for moderation anyway so he or she can take a look. You're not going to get into trouble for flagging something that is later deemed okay, so don't stress about reporting stuff that you think is even a little bit questionable.

As moderators and Councilmen, we cannot enforce an environment upon you with an iron fist. It has been tried; it doesn't work. The desire and drive to maintain the ethos of this board must be present from all of those who participate in it at every level. The reason for this desire should be to preserve the sanctuary we have set up here away from the community's more juvenile elements.

This board is your haven for decent, laid-back conversation about stuff that matters. This is a sacred place and one we must preserve, as such environments seem to be increasingly difficult to find online these days.

Don't let this opportunity pass us by, guys. This forum could well play a significant role in defining the type of member Neoseeker attracts heading into the future by being an immensely positive and marketable area of the site. You're the generation who have a chance to lead this new era. Let's not let this rare opportunity of a clean slate which has been afforded to us go to waste.

The Lobby Council

If you need further guidance or clarification or are worried that any ideas for threads or posts do not live up to the guidelines, please consult the Council and see what they have to say.

Forum Comments and Suggestions

If you have anything else that you would like to address, please see the Proposals, Grievances, and Innovations thread, talk to a moderator, or talk to the Council. Additionally, visit the Compendium thread to find threads that you want to make that might already exist and to see what kind of threads are preferred and essential in The Lobby.

Thanks for reading and adhering to our guidelines.

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