Here's some general stuff I had to post in other forums after a while. I'm posting it here ahead of time, just in case people are new to the site and unclear about how things work at TWoP. I hope it helps.
NOTES and WARNINGS
Notes are just used to bring your attention to rules and guidelines. Notes are not warnings. They are issued to help you avoid warnings, while gently clue-sticking you about the rules.
Warnings are to be taken seriously, because you get one when you break the rules, but they're not the end of the world.
SPOILERS and SPECULATION
Please familiarize yourself with the FAQ and the TWoP's spoiler definition and rules.
Generally speaking, first party promotional materials are not spoilers on TWoP. If you want to speculate based on what's happened in the episodes, media mentions, and promos, please use the speculation thread.
If you are not sure whether or something is a spoiler, please ask before posting it.
When you're posting in the spoiler thread, please don't use spoiler tags.
Don't talk about the BOARDS on the BOARDS
Please read all the FAQ entries on manners and respect, including the Boards on Boards answer to understand this rule against discussing the board on the boards.
Please understand that generalizations such as, "Everyone but me..." and "I don't get the hate/love," and "Why does everyone think..." and "People are just jealous because..." are considered boards on boards violations, site-wide. You can get your points across without them.
One way to do so while avoiding boards-on-boards violations is to respond to specific comments, rather than announcing what you perceive to be the general temperature of the thread. Focus on the post, not the poster, when you're responding to comments.
BOARDS on BOARDS in the Mod thread
- You may talk about the boards in the Ask the Mod thread, in that you may ask questions, or give feedback
- You may not disregard TWoP-wide policy regarding manners and respect while doing so
- Generalizations (such as and similar to the ones in the previous section above) are not allowed in the Mod thread (or anywhere else on TWoP)
RECAP DISCUSSION ETIQUETTE
Please respond to recaps the way you respond to other posters -- abiding by the same rules. Disagree all you want, just please be polite in the doing. Please do not post things about (or to) the recapper that you would not be allowed to say to another member, because the recappers are also members. And along the same lines, if you can't say it about a post, you can't say it about a recap.
I hope this gives you enough leeway to express disagreement when necessary, and I hope that you understand that you do not have license to bash TWoP staff on TWoP forums. Responses to the recaps can be a great jumping-off point for conversations that really are about the show, and not the quality of the recap. I want to allow for that, without giving you all the false impression that it's open season on the recappers.
That all sort of reads cranky to me now, but I originally wrote it for another forum, so any crank is not directed here. In addition to the Ask the Mod thread, or you can contact me via PM.
Edited by TWoP Barnes, Nov 30, 2009 @ 9:13 AM.