Forum Rules (PLEASE READ!)

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Forum Rules (PLEASE READ!)

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Forum-Wide Rules
  1. Use Your Filter. Please look over your post once. If something looks gratuitous, please consider deleting it. If something looks like it is just plain mean-spirited, please consider toning it down. Or, stated negatively: no direct insults, i.e., comments that are obviously hurtful and explicitly insulting to another person on the forum. Posts that don't follow this rule can be moved.
  2. Assume Good Faith. If someone states that they believe a proposition, always allow that they seriously do believe the proposition. Stated negatively, posts that accuse other members of not really believing what they claim, when the accusation is not supported by the other member's statements, do not follow this rule and can be moved.
  3. Be Moderate. What you write should be reasonable and proportionate in its rhetoric, compared to the rhetoric of that to which you reply. Be considerate. Or, stated negatively: a post thoroughly saturated with severe invective should not be written, and posts that escalate rhetoric brutally shouldn't either. Posts that do not follow this rule can be moved.
  4. Stay on Topic. Posts with little or no substantial content relevant to the purpose of the thread and the forum can be moved. This includes any posts that have any memes, videos, or non-informative images or that concern modern politics.
  5. Personal Matters are Off-Topic. A post containing comments on other posters in a way usually considered to be exceedingly personal such as regarding nationality, race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation can be moved.
  6. Forum Business is Off-Topic. A post containing any comments about the forum, about the forum rules, about the moderation of the forum, about moderation actions taken or not taken, and so on can be moved to Forum Business.
  7. Be an Adult. Respect the moderation team and the mess that is public discussion. People will say things that are silly and annoying. Ideas will be floated that make no sense. Egos will be bruised by criticism. Action won't always be taken.
  8. No Bullying. This forum is meant to facilitate the free exchange of ideas. It is not meant to be a safe haven for people to take advantage of this for any possible abuse. A pattern of harassment of any specific user can lead to a suspension or ban.
  9. No Doxing or Sock Puppet Allegations. Attempts to "dox" or "unmask" other users of the forum by posting personal details or speculating on their identity (including any allegations of being the same as another person on the internet, however identified) can lead to a suspension or ban. Any accusation about another user presenting a fake user profile or being a sock puppet can lead to a suspension or ban. Doxing will be deleted.
  10. No Spam. Spam will be deleted. Spammer accounts will be deleted.
Forum-Wide Moderation
  • Excepting doxing and spam, posts are never edited or deleted.
  • Please report posts that do not follow the rules above.
Academic Discussion

This particular forum has its own rules.

Suspensions

A suspension of 3 to 7 days can be issued for not following any of the rules.

Longer suspensions are possible for bullying, doxing, and not respecting the moderation of the forum.

Bans

Posters that break the rules can have their accounts reviewed for whether they are contributing to the forum positively on balance, taking into account both their behavior and their effort to provide reasonable and substantial on-topic material for discussion.

If you want to know about what can lead to a ban, try sorting through the posts of the already banned. In general, posters that do not contribute to the forum positively, on balance, are at risk of being banned.

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Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

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Certain things have to be made clear, legally, when running a forum. Here are the terms of use and privacy policy for this forum. They were last updated April 18th, 2014.

Also, if you ever have trouble getting into the forum (lost your password or something), I can help: e-mail peterkirby@gmail.com.
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Re: Useful links & Forum rules

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Here are the searchable archives of the forum:

http://bcharchive.org/

Here are some useful links:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11673
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