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Old 10-13-2014, 11:25 AM   #5
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Default 4. Make a positive contribution.

Make a positive contribution. Stay on the thread's topic, don't intentionally derail or otherwise assassinate a thread. If you don't like a thread, don't post in it. This isn't a forum for trash talking and flame wars.

Stay on topic. This is not to stifle thread drift, short asides, jokes, or similar things, but to prevent intentional derailing of a topic.

Don't register just to trash talk. We want discussion and interaction, not brainless trash talk. If two regulars get into a heated battle that's one thing, but if you register just to tell us how much we suck you'll be banned.

Thread Assassination. A good thread can be destroyed by flame wars, personal attacks, and posting of clever images. We don't want to stifle anyone's acid wit or neuter those who love to make fun of dumb threads, but this should be done constructively. Unfortunately, identifying this problem is highly subjective, which makes it hard to say exactly not what to do. Here are some guidelines:
  • Don't be a jerk for no good reason. An obvious failure thread that deserves mocking should receive it, but before the mocking begins someone should explain why.
  • Don't willfully derail a thread that has a purpose, or has already generated several on-topic posts.
  • Don't willingly inspire a flame war.
  • Everyone here is entitled to make threads. If a topic has a reason to exist, then either contribute or don't. People less savvy than you are not here for your amusement and derision.
  • In other words, don't be a troll
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