- There is no right or wrong way to watch a TV show. There are only opinions, and your posts need to reflect that you understand that your opinion doesn't hold any more weight than anyone else's here. Watching the show from the very beginning or mainlining the DVDs doesn't give you a claim on the "truth" of the show.
- Please don't lecture the thread on what the show is or isn't, or what the writers did or didn't intend. Nor should you be speaking for anyone but yourself. Using "we" and "us" instead of "I" comes off as a bit pompous, and as if you are trying to inflate the weight of your opinion by pretending you are speaking for others.
- Posting about fandom, the audience, the viewers, other sites, or taking the temperature of the thread itself are all boards on boards. Please stick to posting your own opinions of the show, rather than explaining other people's opinions to them, or counting up sides into haters and lovers of one character or another. Predicting how one "side" will react to a given situation is boards on boards.
- Make your point once or twice and move on. Posting over and over to explain your point over and over does nothing but derail the thread (see the pages of deleted and edited posts). Letting another poster's opinion go unanswered doesn't mean that he or she won. This isn't a debate or a court of law, and you're no one's defense attorney. Nor are we here to reach a consensus. The thread is here so that we can share our opinions of the show, and perhaps gain some insight that we didn’t pick up for ourselves.
- Rather than saying in several posts that you're done with the argument, just don't post. See the point above.
- If you see a problem breaking out in the thread, please don't try to mini-mod or make peace. Get a mod involved, and ignore the issue in the thread. Since it's not about the show, that kind of commentary is boards on boards in and of itself, and only serves to further derail the thread (again, see the pages of posts removed and deleted).
- If you can't disagree with someone and stay within the rules of the site, then walk away from the keyboard until you can.
Finally, enough of the Castle vs. Beckett argument. You’ve been rehashing it for years now, and no one is changing anyone’s mind. Don’t bring it up again until the new episodes air, and even then, keep your observations about the events of that episode itself. So, "I thought Castle/Beckett was deliberately avoiding the issue of where their relationship is going," is okay. "Castle/Beckett gave out mixed signals in this episode, just as he/she always does. I don’t see why she/he should put up with him/her, but no doubt the Beckett/Castle fans will jump on him/her right away," is not.
I’m closing the thread for a day just to give you all a chance to reset your posting habits.