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Community Policy

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion community with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource ó a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and youíll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. Thatís fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a postís tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be ó and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone elseís, too.

Letís leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, donít reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyoneís time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove or edit any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
  • Be civil. Donít post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Donít post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Donít harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Donít post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions ó avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If youíre unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Readable

Make your topic titles specific and readable, as if reading it as a sentence. Summarize your topic in a way which will be meaningful when that topic comes up in a search list. Topics like 'Where do I start' or 'Please help me with this' are not helpful and will be edited by the moderators or community leaders.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
  • Donít start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Donít cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Donít post no-content replies.
  • Donít divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Donít sign your posts ó every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting ď+1Ē or ďAgreedĒ, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someoneís intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the About This Community category and letís discuss! If thereís a critical or urgent issue that canít be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves Ė and by extension, you and your data Ė against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.

You may also read the policy within the community.