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The Old Rules and Announcements Thread (v.2)

edited 2011-08-23 19:41:31 in IJBM meta
Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
Welcome to the It Just Bugs Me! forum!

Just take a quick read of these rules so you know them when posting.  We'd like to maintain a generally inviting, friendly, and informal atmosphere, but some rules have to be laid down just in case funny things happen.  Here they are:

0. Don't be a jerk or an idiot. Keep an open mind. This website is for discussing things.

1a. When creating new discussion threads, please put them in an appropriate category depending on their content.
1b. Threads are typically about complaining about something, but they don't have to be.
1c. It's okay if a thread goes off-topic naturally, but do not derail it intentionally, even if you don't like the topic.

2. Discussing, debating, arguing, and disagreeing are all allowed. However, when doing these things, target the opinions and arguments, not the persons you're talking to. Insults, mockery, needlessly rude or inflammatory posts, or other irrelevant material may be edited, blanked, locked, or deleted.

3. Do not import or export wars or drama from/to other websites. Users who do so will be warned if not banned instantly.

4a. Do not start or continue dramafests. If you have problems with other users, talk to moderators or to the users in question privately. Abuse, harrassment, and trolling (intentionally posting stuff to annoy people) are not allowed. Do not derail discussions with drama.
4b. If you are using a user-ignoring extension, you use it at your own risk, and you may not talk about the contents of your ignore list. You will still be subject to the same rules as if you were able to see the posts of users you ignore. Ignoring moderators is, needless to say, a bad idea.
4c. If you don't like a thread, and have nothing meaningful to add to it, don't post in it.

5. Do not impersonate any other users. Impersonating a user may result in instant banning. (If you truly have a username or avatar issue, talk to the moderators.)

6. Having more than one account is allowed, but discouraged. When creating alt accounts or sockpuppets, notify the moderators.

7a. Wonderposting (a.k.a. shitposting) is allowed but discouraged EXCEPT in the Wonderful Posts category; wonderposts outside that category may be blanked anytime.
7b. Do not derail discussions with wonderposting.
7c. The liveblogging category is only for liveblogging/Let's Playing/etc. threads.  The roleplaying category is only for roleplaying threads and threads for planning roleplaying threads.  Misplaced threads will be moved.

8a. Embedded images and videos in posts: If you have more than two or three (depending on size) of these in a post, make them links rather than embedded. The exception is in threads in the "Wonderful Posts" category. Moderators may edit posts to enforce this rule.
8b. Excessively large text is not allowed except in the "Wonderful Posts" category.  Moderators may edit posts to enforce this rule.

9. No spamming. Spamming is defined as an excessive amount of pointless posts, in discussion threads or on profile pages.

10. No advertising. Unless you are a respected member of the community, you will not use this website to advertise things like business interests. This may warrant up to an instant ban depending on the circumstances.

11. Do not do anything illegal. If you have to ask whether it's legal, chances are it isn't.

12a. This board may contain material not suitable for minors. If you post a thread about such material (to be described as "NSFW", or "not safe for work"), you MUST mark it as "NSFW" in the thread title. You may NOT post such material in threads not marked NSFW.
12b. If you are a minor, you understand that this board may contain material not suitable for a minor such as you, and that you view the material at your own risk.
12c. Do NOT post pornographic content (images, text, videos, etc.) on the forum. You may link to it but it must be CLEARLY marked.

13a. Moderators (including administrators) reserve the right to make changes to the rules, and to take actions and make decisions applying the rules to situations. Actions and decisions--including but not limited to warnings, bans, post edits and deletions, and thread locks and deletions--are final unless stated otherwise. Moderators may ask for community input on certain issues, but are not obligated to do so.
13b.  Once someone has stepped far enough over the line, this map comes into play.
13c. Just because the mods haven't gotten to something yet does not mean it's okay.

14a. If you believe there are issues that the moderation team should address, please flag the content in question, or send private messages to one or more of these moderators: Longfellow, glennmagusharvey, ninjaclown, INUH, Cygan, IanExMachina, and Everest. If you are sent a PM that you believe the moderation team should address, add any of the aforementioned moderators to your PM conversation. Issues concerning website functions/features should be directed to Unknown_Entity. This list of moderators will be updated as the team changes.
14b. If you have been banned and would like to discuss it, or if it was a temporary ban and you have not been unbanned after the specified date, please e-mail us at ijbmbans at gmail dot com .

15. This website shall not be construed to be fit for any particular purpose. You will not depend on this website for anything, including (but not limited to) your personal well-being; this website and the people who run it disclaim liability (including liability for user-generated content) to the greatest extent allowed by applicable laws.  You are advised to avoid using this website in places like schools and offices (due to the possibility of NSFW content) or anytime you need to focus on anything.

16. And last but not least: This is just an internet message board; you should really relax.

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These rules may be updated occasionally when the need arises.

Announcements about the site and community will be posted by moderators in this thread.

I'm going to leave this thread open so that people can ask questions about the rules.  However, I would like to keep the rules at the top of the page if possible, so I'd like to keep this under 50 comments, so anything you post here may be deleted--especially if it's off-topic.
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  • I added a line in rule 14 on what you should do if you receive an objectionable PM.
  • edited 2011-05-23 21:39:01
    La vie en rose
    Rule 14 has been updated again to include the new mods, Everest and Cygan.

    Also, there is some confusion as to how to use the categories. Here's a quick run-down.

    General: stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.
    Media: gripes about music, movies, video games, anime, etc.
    Philosophy: gripes about philosophies and religions. Threads in this category are expected to be more serious and derailing is less acceptable here.
    Politics: gripes about politics. Threads in this category are expected to be more serious and derailing is less acceptable here.
    Meatspace: gripes about things in your outside-computer life. "My boyfriend broke up with me" is a meatspace thread. "Christopher Columbus was a douchebag" belongs in General as it does not pertain to your life specifically, though it's no biggie if you mix up these two categories.
    Webspace: gripes about things in your computer life. "This guy from SomethingAwful doesn't like me" is a webspace thread.
    IJBM meta: threads about IJBM. They can be complaints or they can be useful threads like the sandbox or the rules.
    Wonderful posts: joke threads, snowclones, and shitposts go here. Threads in this category are expected to be less serious and derailing is more acceptable here.
  • Added the new category "Politics".
  • Let's say there's a user who consistently detracted from the quality of discussions and enjoyment of the forum for every other user, what would it take for a ban?
  • edited 2011-05-31 06:41:06
    If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    Clear cases of violations of the rules.

    If you feel a ban is already warranted, message me. I can bring the other mods in, and you can speak your mind without worrying about offending anyone.
  • If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    This thread would be the place to go to suggest new rules.

    (Discussion deleted, as it can be taken to the new thread.)
  • edited 2011-07-12 11:22:49
    If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    If someone has been banned and would like to discuss it, or if it was a temporary ban and you have not been unbanned after the specified date, please e-mail us at ijbmbans at gmail dot com.

    Thanks.
  • Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
    Okay, added rule 14b (and changed 14 to 14a).
  • Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
    I'd just like to remind everyone that there is a rule against importing drama to this site.

    You may discuss the matters of another website or community, but don't let it devolve into drama.
  • ☭Unstoppable Sex Goddess☭
    FUCK GAIAONLINE DAWG THEY SUCK AND THEY ARE MISOGYNISTIC ORWELLS


  • But how else are we going to get new members?
  • So, if one were to start a thread wherein they ignore different users at random (alternating which users are ignored and which aren't) for the sake of making a purposefully jumbled up and hard to follow thread, would that be against the rules or is it okay?
  • Has friends besides tanks now
    I think that would be okay, but the only recommendation I have is to put it under "Wonderful Posts" to clarify that it shouldn't be taken too seriously.
  • If one wanted to use an avatar featuring boobs, but it technically wasn't NSFW (no nipples), would that be cool?
  • If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    Would the average grandma viewing it be shocked?
  • Not sure, but, well, maybe? >_>

    What if I PM'd it to you and let you decide?
  • Well, do you like that avatar that much, or do you just want to make browsing this forum marginally more awkward?
  • The latter. Really, it's a total piece of shit, but I just want to add that much more shock value to my posts.

    You should know this about me by now, Noim.
  • If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    Yeah, PM it to me.
  • If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    I tentatively okayed it.

    If another mod disagrees, please send Bob a message. I thought, though, considering its' relative size and not very NSFW nature, it should be okay, especially when Alex's gets a pass.
  • Sweet.

    Naturally, if another mod objects, I'll change it ASAP.
  • Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
    New liveblogging and roleplaying categories have been added.
  • Has friends besides tanks now
    There seems to be a decent agreement that a new strike system we worked on is in order, so I'll go put it in the rules.
  • Hi! I’m a magical teenage princess from the faraway planet Asteria.
    Don't forget to update the thread title
  • edited 2011-08-01 03:08:12
    Has friends besides tanks now
    How the banning system works:

    Warning > Week ban> Permanent Probation
                                                            
       |                                     ^             \
       v                                     |               \
    Month Ban + Week Probation | Permanent Ban

    The path one takes for their first ban depends on the severity of their offense, but after that, they're deemed as being on thin ice either way, so a further infraction revokes their ability to make new threads, among possible other things (definition of "forum probation" pending). If they still persist in screwing up the forums, they're gone.
  • edited 2011-08-02 21:39:42
    Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
    Probation status means this: You may post comments in existing threads, but you may not create new threads.

    Also, editing the rules to account for the new categories, Liveblogging and Roleplaying.

    Also, changing the export/import ban on wars to wars and drama, explicitly.
  • If you must eat a phoenix, boil it, do not roast it. This only encourages their mischievous habits.
    Funnyguts is no longer an active moderator.

    We have added Ian Ex Machina to the Moderator list. We have also offered Ninjaclown a spot, but he has not responded yet...
  • Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the last Day.
    Funnyguts is no longer an active moderator.

    Huh?  Why?

    Also, grats, Ian and ninja.
  • edited 2011-08-17 21:37:40
    Has friends besides tanks now
    "Huh?  Why?"

    Because she's not on all that often, so it usually falls to me, Cygan, INUH, and Glenn to resolve issues (Longfellow, I'm not sure about, and Unknown_Entity seems to mostly do coding stuff).
  • When in Turkey, ROCK THE FUCK OUT
    Tip o' the hat to Ian, and... whatever they do in Germany to ninja.

    (That's where ninjaclown lives, right?)
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