Another good page to read before posting is our general list of Dos and Don'ts.
STAY ON TOPIC
We have many threads so I'm sure you'll find one to fit you. Check your post and the title of the thread you're going to post it in. If it doesn't fit, move it to a thread that does. You're welcome to state that you're taking that discussion to the appropriate thread.
Please remember to be respectful of other people's opinions even if they differ from your opinions. Please be careful with the "I don't get why everyone thinks..." and "I'm shocked to hear so many people say..." and "I can't understand why people think..." phrasing. If someone expresses an opinion you don't understand, try asking a particular poster for clarification instead of just being shocked and amazed. The level of astonishment is a bit over-the-top sometimes, and even if it's not meant to antagonize, it reads as hostile.
There's a difference between "I strongly disagree with X," and "I can't believe anyone thinks X." Just about every opinion you can imagine is probably held by someone here at TWoP. We don't want anyone to feel like only certain views are welcome. So try to express yourself without implying that anyone who disagrees is self-evidently a lunatic.
The episode threads get busy so here are some things to keep in mind from our general Dos and Don'ts:
DON'T post the same opinion over and over in the hopes of wearing other people down or "winning" a discussion; just move on
DON'T post in a thread until you've read at least the last fifteen pages or days of content
DON'T post "Me Too!" messages; add something of substance to the conversation
DO use proper spelling, capitalization, punctuation, et cetera
SPECULATION IN EPISODE THREADS vs SPECULATION
You can speculate in the episode thread if it has something specific to do with that particular episode. If it gets more general, please take it to one of the Speculation threads.
Example for "Ji Yeon": I think Hurley was glad none of the other Oceanic 6 were coming because he and Sun are passing Ji Yeon off as their child and he didn't want one of the others to screw that up = speculation allowed in episode thread.
I think Ji Yeon is going to turn out to be special like Walt = general speculation.
Please remember that discussion about the preview for next week's episode does not happen in the current episode thread. Take it to either of the Speculation threads. Also, the preview (by itself) is not considered a spoiler.
Please use the media thread for linking to and light discussion of articles, and other Lost media. If you want to discuss or analyze something at length, please take it to the appropriate discussion thread instead.
And appropriating from TWoP Barnes and Demian:
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, "All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues," once in a post, nobody's going to object (aloud) if you then abbreviate it to ATBCHDI 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 Sun, Mar 4, 2009 @ 1:03 AM.