Compilation of Supernatural Forum Notes On Resolved Issues
RECAP DISCUSSION ETIQUETTE: Please don't say anything about a recap that you wouldn't be allowed to say about another post; don't say anything to/about a recapper that you wouldn't be allowed to say to another poster. You can politely disagree all you want, as your focus is the show, and as long as you abide by site rules. If you have something to say to Demian that doesn't fall within site rules, e-mail or PM him, just like you would any other poster.
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, because it so very much is not. I don't tend to take action against posts complimenting the recapper, because I don't tend to take action against posts in which one poster is complimenting another.
CHARACTER DEVOTION: You may watch the show for one character, but that's not true for everyone here. Please you don't state your opinion as fact, and please don't post the same lament, all the time. That sort of poster is no different than the 'shippers referred to in the following section of the FAQ:
Q: What's the difference between a personal attack and taking it personally?
A: Consider the situation, here. If you're talking about a faction within the fandom of a given show -- like, if you're a 'shipper for a particular pair of characters -- what that boils down to is your turning one opinion you have about the show (that X and Y should be a couple) and choosing to define your entire identity as a poster by that one opinion. In that case, you may take it personally when another poster disagrees with that opinion about X and Y, but unless that poster denigrates you by name, it's not a personal attack.
If you choose to pledge allegiance to a particular sect of fandom, that's your business and your right. But it's not the same as aligning yourself with a political party, religious faith, or sexual orientation protected under anti-defamation laws.
To put it even more succinctly, just because you choose to take it personally doesn't mean it's a personal attack.
To put it in context for this forum, people are free to love and/or hate any character on Supernatural, and to express that love and/or hate, here. What they're not free to do is take offense at differences of opinion, and they're not free to keep posting the same opinion over and over again, which leads me to my next point...
REPETITIVE POSTING: From the Rules:
DON'T post the same opinion over and over in the hopes of wearing other people down or "winning" a discussion; just move on.
If, after every episode (or after each new spoiler you read), you post something like, "Dean never gets to be a part of the 'mytharc'," or "Sam's character never gets any development," you're posting the same opinion, over and over, even though new material inspired you to make the same bone tired complaint. If you don't have anything new to say, don't say it.
THE D.E.M.I.A.N. TREATY:
Devolving English Makes Itchy Angsty Nastiness. Damn Everyone Moderator Is Angry Now. Demian'll Eviscerate Initial Abusing Nimrods.
We aren't posting in code. We're posting in English, or at least American. Please spell things out. If your poor little fingers are too tired to do so, then you should probably rest up, and maybe not post at all. At the very least, please spell everything out once in each post. If you've already typed out, "What is and What Should Never Be," once in a post, nobody's going to object (aloud) if you then abbreviate it to WiaWSNB in the same post, but nobody's going to object (at all) if you spell it out each time, either.
Darlings, Endless Meaningless Initials Aren't Nifty.
Edited by TWoP Barnes, Jan 19, 2009 @ 1:29 PM.
to remove spoiler information -- policy updated 1/19/2009 -- see post