1. If you see somebody or something violating the rules please report it.
This contradicts this announcement yesterday. Can we get clarification?
2. Do not make one-line posts, unless it adds something new or interesting to a discussion. Likewise, do not just quote another member and simply write "I agree", "quoted for truth", "no", etc. In these cases, make sure to at least explain why you agree or disagree.
This isn't enforced. I'm pretty sure I've even broken this rule a couple times in the past week.
5. Do not derail threads, i.e go off-topic for more than 3-4 posts.
This is also not enforced, and I'm not sure that it should really be a rule, at least with how it's worded. It's a little too vague, because topics can start out being about one thing and turn into being about another thing without too much of a problem. Side-conversations are a little different, and I think that's what this rule is referring to, but it's a little too vague to really be useful.
6. If a topic has not been posted in for 1 month, any non-contributing posts made in that topic will be considered necroposting, which is forbidden. Instead, if necessary, simply make another topic. This rule does not apply to art topics, hacking projects, and other threads of similar nature that need to be updated.
Again, see this.
7. No image macros are to posted outside of the Introductions and Far from the Forest forums.
This isn't enforced, and it's a little vague. Does this mean no posts with only image macros (which would presumably fall under spam), or no using image macros period outside of Intros/FftF (which seems a little excessive)?
1. Show respect towards ALL members, no matter who they are.
This is definitely not enforced, and really vague. It's better to list things that are not allowed than to make a rule trying to get everybody to do one thing. In other words, a rule that says, "No flaming. No trolling," with explanations of what that means is infinitely better than what's above, because it's easier to defend a warn for the "No" rule.
2. Do not publicly question us on policies. We will listen to a well reasoned opinion on why policies should be different, but this needs to be done through PM.
Doesn't this rule make the Questions/Suggestions forum useless, and every topic starter in this forum worthy of a warning? A staff should allow questions and suggestions, including those that involve policy. It also sets a scary precedent: don't question the staff, even if they're doing something unethical or not good for the forum as a whole. That makes me nervous.
3. Do not flame people, or bait them into flaming you.
Not enforced. I also don't really see how this is different from rule number 5 below it, about trolling. Also, what constitutes as flaming or trolling here? The definition varies on different forums.
6. Don't take everything too seriously; the Internet is not serious business. That said, use common sense to avoid making jokes which are clearly out of place.
How does one enforce this rule exactly? Do you warn people for getting offended? And isn't it contradictory? "The internet isn't serious but don't offend people."
1. Your whole signature (including text/image etc) must be no higher than 400 pixels.
2. Signature images can be no longer than 550 pixels, total. The maximum height is 300 pixels. The maximum size is 300 Kb per image.
A little contradictory. If the whole signature can be no higher than 400 pixels, then why can't one image be larger than 300px high? Also, if that's the case, this isn't enforced.
Thanks for listening... or reading, rather.
Edited by Crystal Shards, 06 July 2009 - 04:16 AM.