January 15, 2013
Forums Code of Conduct
The Solent Wargamers forums act not only as the virtual extension of our community, but also as the public face for those looking for a club in the area. As such, we want our forums to be a place where everyone, regardless of who they are, can gather to socialize and talk with like-minded people in a safe and welcoming environment. In order to make that happen, we have certain rules which we ask all users to adhere to.
Most of these are guidelines but there are a few rules at the bottom of this page which must be taken very seriously.
Conduct which goes against these guidelines will only lead to a reprimand if they are frequent. Mostly you'll just receive a nudge in the right direction.
These guidelines are relaxed in the Off-Topic forum and will not be enforced. The rules at the bottom of the page will still apply. Users automatically gain access to this forum once they have attained the rank of Battle Brother (made more than 15 posts).
Don’t Be a Dick
As with any war game, this guideline trumps any other. Any loophole you think you’ve found in any other guideline is covered by this one. Here are a couple of pointers:
- No Flaming
Calling people names when the intention is to cause offence.
- No Excessive Trolling
Posting inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Some gentle banter is not to be discouraged but outright and excessive trolling is not cool.
- No Offensive Posts
Please read what you wrote before you post it and think if anyone else could find it offensive.
- No Crazy Rants
You can disagree with whatever you like but don't use large amounts of obscene language and CAPS. We are sure you can find another way to voice your opinion without being aggressive, regardless of at whom it is directed.
- No Griping
By all means have an opinion, but be constructive. There are already 90,000 topics out there on other forums about GW price increases.
- Represent YOUR Club!
Think, before you post, how your comments may be perceived by those who aren’t familiar with the group. Welcome new users. If you are the first person to respond to a new user's query, post something of value to the discussion.
Have Respect for Others
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but no one is entitled to attack others for sharing, or not sharing, that opinion. If you can’t communicate without using combative, aggressive, or demeaning language, then please keep those comments to yourself. Deliberately inflammatory threads; posts written with the sole intention of irritating people; attacks toward or inappropriate commentary regarding other posters; or attempts to derail a thread are not cool.
Put Some Effort Into Your Communication
A well-made thread or a well-written comment engages its audience and facilitates discussion. We do ask that users take just a little time to make their posts as legible as possible and keep their responses on topic. We also ask that you take a moment to check your spelling and grammar. Here are a couple things to avoid:
- Low Content Posts
Try to avoid posting with minimal content. These forums are used for discussion and low content posts can halt discussion. In order to participate in conversation one should present an explanation of the reasoning that informs one's opinion.
- Pictures, Links and Videos
These will all be considered low content posts if not accompanied by some text, preferably a well thought out opinion, debate or reasoning. Pics, links and videos should help to strengthen your stance or opinion, not the other way around.
- Pointless Thread Creation
Posting a thread without any discussion value. This includes creating a poll without an accompanying discussion.
- Unhelpful Topic Subject
Want someone to read the topic you have created? Then give it an appropriate and descriptive subject. If the topic is worth discussing, it is worth the small effort it takes to describe it. This helps people know whether or not they can answer a question and allows people to find answers easier in the future.
Moderators don’t enjoy having to rename the title for you.
Our forums are a place to talk with like-minded people, not a place to advertise.
Please, let other users know about your personal site, but no user should do this without introducing themselves first and attempting to become part of the community. Commercial enterprises, excluding private painting services etc., should be mentioned to a council member in advance of any posting.
Avoid posting too much information about rules which are only available when purchased. Discussion of unit capabilities and abilities is generally fine, but it is best to never post points values.
Got an idea for running an event? Fantastic! But before you jump straight in by starting a topic, talk to a council member. They will be able to tell you if the date you want conflicts with any other event (whether SW club or British Legion) and will more often than not be able to provide prize support.
Rules - the really serious stuff!
This is the part which should go without saying. Posts including, advocating, or linking to illegal or adult material are absolutely unacceptable. A first infringement against any one of these will result in a warning. Subsequent infringements will result in appropriate action being taken.
An example of these are:
- Illegal Drugs in the United Kingdom
- Illegal Acts in the United Kingdom
- Sexist, Racist or Perverted Remarks
- Pictures or videos that are vulgar, racist, hateful, spam or contain advertisements or nudity.
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