I am risking my fanatic status by chiming in here, and I realize that, but I think TWOP has changed so much, I am not sure if posting here is worth it anymore anyway.
Here is a list of the rules and notes from this season about what is OK to post in the RHBH thread. While I agree that mods end up spending a lot of time, perhaps it's because the rules are so long? By the way, I keep trying to post them all, but get a "the post is too long" message, so it may take a few posts to get them all in. I would hope that the mods will take a look at this list honestly and ask themselves the chicken and egg question.
The truth is, I have pretty much given up on TWOP, and it's largely due to such a complete change in policy. It USED to be "spare the snark, spoil the network" but now seems to be "spoil the network, spare the snark." Criticism of shows and networks use to be the focus at TWOP, and in a reality show, that would include the REALITY of what the network shows with their editing, vs what the "real" reality IS, as reported in blogs, the legitimate news, and the rest. This season had a bunch of that with Kim going to rehab (which we were not allowed to discuss even when she appeared drunk or under the influence on TV) and of course had a member who was now dead of suicide, and a wife pretending all kinds of things while facing lawsuits that showed her to be lying. Old TWOP? Would have torn that apart.
We couldn't even mention it.
We also had 3 nitpicky traffic cops who reported everything from a missed capital letter to a response being boards on boards for simply saying, "Loved that post, made me laugh, couldn't have said it better myself." and then went on to say a few more things. The hell?
Anyway, the rules we were to follow will be posted in subsequent posts. I would hope mods would try to look at these as a poster would. I hope I can do them in one post but we shall see.
The TWOP rules for RHBH: updated as they appear at the bottom.
Rules to follow if you want to keep the thread open:
The only things on topic in this thread are events as seen or discussed on the show. No outside links are to be posted unless theyíre to blogs or videos on the Bravo show site.
No more discussion of Russellís gift of a dog. Itís old news. Let it go.
If you want to play Nancy Drew and dig up info from Taylor or Russell's past, please find another place to post it, because it's off topic here. In other words, see #1.
If you want to assign any kind of blame or responsibility to anyone for Russell's death, please take it elsewhere. Discuss how sad it is, discuss how it will affect the family or show, but thatís it.
No nicknames. Also, please keep in mind that words like "bitch," "slut," and "whore" have specific meanings, and arenít collective nouns for women we dislike. A better choice would be to discuss and label someoneís behavior, rather than labeling the person herself. Please keep in mind that the site is here so that we can snark on TV shows, not foam at the mouth about them. Vitriol is not the same as wit.
Read the boards on boards rule, and then make sure your posts follow it. If you are posting here, you are expected to do your fellow posters the respect of posting your opinions about the show. Please keep your opinions of other posters here to yourself. Please keep your opinions about what the thread should be discussing or saying to yourself.
If you believe that another poster is breaking a rule, your choices are to ignore it, or ignore it and report it. Any other kind of response is boards on boards, and is just as much of a disruption to the thread as the original post was.
Weíre back open in time for the newest episode. Please stick to talking about what youíve seen on the show. The thread isnít here so that you can try and convict either Taylor or Russell, so stay away from assigning blame or deciding what terrible/faultless people either of them are.
Stick to talking about the behavior you see on the show.
Posters, please move on from the discussion of whether or not Taylor was abused, and if sheís acting as if sheís abused, and all of your detailed knowledge of abused people. Itís been going on for weeks now, and itís beyond repetitive. The same thing with Russell and why he would commit suicide. I get that much of the show has been about that, but itís time to move on before it gets contentious in here.
Talk about the other housewives for a while, and what they actually did, and give up on the idea that you can get to the bottom of why Russell committed suicide by posting more about it, please.
Just a couple of reminders: No nicknames. Some of you are getting a bit sloppy in using Taylorís name. I havenít warned anyone for it yet, but consider this a heads up.
Also, some of you are throwing the word "fact" around far too loosely. A "fact" is that Camille and Taylor had words on the show. An exact quote of those words is a "fact." Anything beyond that is your interpretation of those facts. That makes it your opinion, which is not the same as a fact, so please donít present your opinion that way.
The same thing with the word "obvious." Assuming that because something is obvious to you it therefore has to be to the entire thread is telling other posters what they should be seeing on the show, and thatís boards on boards. Please donít.
NOTE: THE REST OF THE LIST OF NOTES AND RULES POST (because they wouldn't all fit here) HAS BEEN DELETED. FEEL FREE TO PM ME OR SIMPLY CLICK ON ALL POSTS BY HOWARD TO READ THEM FOR YOURSELF.
Edited by Lady V, Mar 2, 2012 @ 12:33 AM.