August 18, 2010, 08:23pm
UPDATED: Protection rule & other rule reminders! All users must read and follow!
We should all respect each other's constructive opinions.
And for the most part, the vast majority of people here do that.
But there's a handful of fans who simply have to argue about everything, and that can sometimes drag down a thread.
So, we're bringing over the "Protection Rule" from the tar swamp to allow fans to discuss individual topics with people who share those interests, with no worry of someone derailing the thread or arguing with them.
***The MOTUC Discussion Protection rule is continually evolving process that we'll tweak as we go alone to streamline it. It's not the same as the Tar Swamp Protection Rule.
1. Thread protection. A user can specify in the initial post of the thread that the thread is only for discussion of a similar opinion/belief. Meaning, it is not open for debate or argument. These threads are for people to discuss a belief without fear of being attacked and/or challenged.
Remember: Please add "PROTECTED:" to the beginning of the subject of this thread,
and add the words "Protected thread!" at the beginning of the first post in the thread!
Please use this rule sparingly. We don't want to abuse this option!
Steps you must take in order to start a Protected Thread:
- users need to ask a MOTUC Discussion mod for permission first before posting a Protected thread. (click here for a list of Forum Mods and what section they moderate)
- When asking for permission, users need to provide the mod with a link to the previous discussion to see if there really is a need for a Protected Thread.
- If a Protected Thread is approved by a MOTUC Discussion mod, the user also has to post that link at the top of the first post below the words "Protected Thread!", directing users to the previous general discussion of the same topic.
- Below the thread link, add text indicating which mod gave you permission to start the protected thread (eg: "Permission given by JVS3")
2. No "call outs." If you disagree with something that has been said in a Protected Thread, you can't call that person out into another thread to discuss/argue about it. Nor can you use that user's post against them in another thread. Protected threads are just that: protected, and so are the comments inside.
If you disagree with the general topic and want to start your own thread to the contrary, then that's one thing. But Protected threads are not about fighting with individual users.
Here is a reminder of other basic guidelines from the forum as well,
that pertain to respect for your fellow users.
Please be sure to follow them, or you can and will face moderation and potentially account suspension!
3. No personal attacks or insults. This applies to each other, Mattel, other websites, etc. Keep your discussions and arguments respectable and well thought out. You opinion is welcome (please note protected threads), but keep it constructive!!! Attacks and insults will be deleted and the user responsible will be suspended.
4. No vulgarity. The edited vulgarity rule still applies. Any attempt to edit vulgar words so they are still legible may result in suspension. Just type out the vulgar word and let the censor edit it out! Do not try to bypass the vulgarity filter by self-editing words!
5. Moderation of threads/posts. As always, at any time just like any other thread/post on these forums, we reserve the right to delete any post and/or thread.
If you see a problem, please report it to the moderator of that forum and let them handle it. There is a Report Post button under the username of someone who makes a post. You can also look at the Forum Leaders list to find out who moderates a certain forum.
Remember that you shouldn't participate in this forum unless you are already prepared to deal with the intensity of some of the discussions
Also, everyone here should have read and be following our Board conduct guidelines, rules and how-tos (which we are going to be streamlining here in the near future along with the addition of an Infraction system).
But I want to call attention to some terms that have gotten out of hand, plus give you some helpful guidelines for communicating with each other.
For anyone here calls someone or a group of people here on the Org or another forum
- cry baby
- or any word of a similar nature (I will update this list if need be)
I have two words for you:
I'm sorry to sound harsh about this, but we're all supposed to be adults. Plus, we're also talking about toys.
There is no reason to get into insults just because you have a differing point of view.
But because some of you aren't getting the message, we're going to get a bit more hardcore about this.
Respecting your fellow members is one of our cardinal rules here on the Org!
So from here on out, expect warnings, suspensions and even bannings if you can't stop with the insults.
If you want to disagree with someone's opinion on He-Man.org, that's fine.
As long as you handle your opposing view point constructively and respectfully, and don't resort to childish insults, hostile comments and/or inappropriate remarks, you can always voice your opinion.
Therefore, remarks like the ones I listed above need to stop here on these forums.
Just because someone says something that you don't agree with does not make it okay to belittle someone else's opinion.
It's very disrespectful to your fellow fans, and we try not to do that here at He-Man.org.
You wouldn't want someone insulting you for what you hope to see in a toy line.
So let's show mutual respect in that regard.
If you see a comment or post that sparks an immediate response of a differing opinion, please count to 10 to relax first, then put yourself in the other person's shoes for a moment and think about where they are coming from before you reply.
It's very important to not immediately go on the defensive. Most folks aren't trying to be insulting. Yes, some are, but most really are not.
After you've taken a moment to reflect and you find that you still disagree, hopefully your reply will then be more even keel because you've thought about it a bit more.
It may sound silly, but it really does help.
We're all guilty of knee-jerk replies, where we let our emotions sometimes take control of us.
If we were all standing around face-to-face, it would certainly be different.
But online, it pays to be a bit more choosy with our words.
Also, for folks who feel they've been insulted or attacked by another user:
Do not take the matter into your own hands! That just makes things worse.
Instead, report it and let the mods handle the situation!
Click on the Report Post feature of the post you feel has attacked or insulted you.
The Report Post link is found at the very bottom of a person's name/avatar/location/post count box, and looks like a little white triangle with a red line around it and a black line down the middle.
When you click on it, you will be prompted with a box where you must explain what you feel is wrong with the post you are reporting, followed by a "Send Report" button that you click on.
Mods will review the post and take action in a manner they see fitting. You may or may not hear back from the mods about a reported post.
There is also a list of moderators and what sections they moderate found at the bottom of the main forum index under the View Forum Leaders link if you'd like to talk to them directly about another matter.
But, turn about is fair play:
If you want respect, you have to give respect. Even if you aren't using the specified terms at the top of this post, you can still end up sounding rude or insulting with your opinion.
It's very important we all do our best to be as constructive and respectful with our opinions as possible.
It doesn't matter if you're talking about other users, other forums or Mattel.
Please treat others the way you want to be treated. It's a very simple policy that will almost always help everyone out in the end.