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New rules for the Chatter forum


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#1 Admin

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 16:38

Dear fellow Members,


We would like to highlight the new Chatter Rules to you all.

Our thanks in advance for adhering to them.




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#2 amh210

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 22:04

QUOTE (FPN Admin Team @ Feb 21 2009, 08:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dear fellow Members,


We would like to highlight the new Chatter Rules to you all.

Our thanks in advance for adhering to them.




The FPN Admin Team.

I re-read the guidelines referred above. Is it the intent to now allow a free-flowing discussion about the substance of the guidelines? It does not appear to be against the guidelines to do so.

Of course, a discussion about the guidelines does not presume that they will change or be interpreted in a particular way.

Having been on the receiving end of moderator action for even discussing the guidelines and their application, I wanted to ask in advance if this is now permissible. If it isn't permissible, perhaps the prohibition should be added to the guidelines.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 00:48

I value the work of the moderators.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 00:49

Very sensible rules. Thanks moderators!
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:22

Andy,

Amusing. smile.gif Guidelines about the guidelines . . . Made my evening.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 03:30

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:44

Excellent guidelines. I support them.
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:52

"1. No overtly political or religious threads." bravo! finally! freedom from ranters! wink.gif

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:55

Good set of rules!

If anyone wants to flame/retard/swap freaky images/etc then there are about 3,000 other forums to do it at. I think I saw a forum that was specifically for flaming, in fact.

Another great job - thanks!
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 18:37

I understand and appreciate this change, but I have to say that there have been quite a few interesting and productive discussions on political topics that tid not degenerate into namecalling and flame wars. I have particularly enjoyed engaging with RussA and yachtsilverswan on a variety of topics. It's a very understandable change though, all things considered.
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:17

QUOTE (Opus104 @ Feb 21 2009, 06:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Andy,

Amusing. smile.gif Guidelines about the guidelines . . . Made my evening.


I recognize the irony but I actually intended it to be a serious question!
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:21

Thank You.

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#13 ethernautrix

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:23

QUOTE (AndyH @ Feb 22 2009, 10:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I understand and appreciate this change, but I have to say that there have been quite a few interesting and productive discussions on political topics that tid not degenerate into namecalling and flame wars. I have particularly enjoyed engaging with RussA and yachtsilverswan on a variety of topics. It's a very understandable change though, all things considered.

While I want to say that many folks benefited from these civil discussions, I'll be careful and speak for myself. I hope that this kind of discourse is allowed to flourish here.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 19:49

ethernautrix - One of the most difficult things for anyone who believes passionately in their politics or their religion is to realize that others of good will and intelligence, faced with similar "facts" may interpret them differently and come to different conclusions. For one, I sincerely appreciate the efforts of good souls like Russ and Ray to look at the other side of the coin on occasion. Their contributions have opened my mind as well. I hope that the avoidance of political topics does not make this type of dialogue disappear from these forums - it is rare to find them anywhere on the Intertubes.

However on any moderated forum it can easily become an impossible (and thankless!) task to police these threads. A forum I used to participate in is based on "free speech" principles and has been taken over completely by name callers and flamers. Even using a "virtual" ignore button is impossible there.

I do love talking about economics, history, and military affairs, especially on subjects where I feel qualified to venture an informed opinion. It does those of us with strong views some real good to realize that those who disagree do not necessarily fit the stereotypes of an Ann Coulter or Michael Moore.

Anyway, thank you for your opinion - it's always rewarding to know that your participation in a discussion has been of some use or interest to others! smile.gif
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 22:43

QUOTE (ethernautrix @ Feb 22 2009, 02:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (AndyH @ Feb 22 2009, 10:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I understand and appreciate this change, but I have to say that there have been quite a few interesting and productive discussions on political topics that tid not degenerate into namecalling and flame wars. I have particularly enjoyed engaging with RussA and yachtsilverswan on a variety of topics. It's a very understandable change though, all things considered.

While I want to say that many folks benefited from these civil discussions, I'll be careful and speak for myself. I hope that this kind of discourse is allowed to flourish here.



I would like to say that the religious/political discussions I have seen here have been more fruitful than many others I have seen. Since we are so diverse, the exchange of ideas has been enlightening to me. I'd like to echo the sentiment that some discourse is allowed to flourish here.

Perhaps a politics and/or religion subsection is possible? That way people easily offended by those subjects could steer clear of them.
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 23:17

A long-overdue and thoroughlyconstructive tightening up of chatter.

As for a politics/religion subsection...as someone interested in both (politics was my career afterall), I'd have to vote No. I'm not easily offended by comments I disagree with, but find the childish nature often displayed in so-called discussions of these topics frankly quite pathetic. I wouldn't miss the absence of such baiting.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:16

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Edited by OboeJuan, 23 February 2009 - 06:35.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:07

Dear Members,

Just clear up some confusion. The New Chatter Rules were not created by IANAN on a whim. IANAN was the excellent 'Project Manager' for the creation of these rules, drafting and circulating endless revisions to the Moderation and Admin team, incorporating the latest ideas and re-circulating the product. For his pains he was given the dubious pleasure of posting that final release version that you see here today. (The real reason was that he was the only one we could trust to have the latest and greatest version headsmack.gif )

So please do not attack IANAN either publicly or by PM, don't shoot the messenger! These rules are sanctioned by the whole of the Moderation and Admin team and therefore any complaints should be addressed to FPN Admin Team

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:31

QUOTE (jmkeuning @ Feb 22 2009, 02:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:41

I'm personally glad the discussion of politics and religion are going away. smile.gif
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