Borrowing (okay, totally stealing) from Strega’s post in 16 and Pregnant
, here is a reminder of the rules posters seem to have the most trouble with: 1. Stay on topic.
The thread is not called "MTV’s Teen Mom 2
, and also a general debate about teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption, sociology, juvenile law, biology, your own personal family history, and anything else that comes to mind." Before you post, please reread what you've written and consider whether it is actually about the show.
You can certainly explain that you have some personal knowledge or experience that affects your opinion about the show
. For example: "My niece got pregnant in high school, and her parents reacted the same way, so I think what happened on the show was understandable." If it takes you several paragraphs of backstory to get to the point, your post really isn't about the show anymore. I'm going to allow real-time information into the thread, which is a big change. However
, the focus of your post should always be what you've seen on the show, not what you read about their lives right now. In other words, saying something like, "Given how obsessed Jill was over Jack in this episode, the news that they are splitting up came as a shock" is okay. Making your entire post about real-time information isn't. If the real-time stuff takes over the thread, we're no longer talking about the show, but discussing gossip. There are plenty of sites to do that on, but this isn't one of them. 2. Agree to disagree, and don't make it personal.
If some of the opinions expressed here (or on other sites) make you sad, or angry, or depressed, or enraged, feel free to click your tongue in the privacy of your home. Posting about how dismayed you are is talking about the boards on the boards.
If someone expresses an opinion that you believe is blatantly, fundamentally wrong, welcome to the internet
. You can certainly disagree, as long as you do so politely
. But please don't try to convince someone to change their opinion by berating them at length; you're wasting your time, along with everyone else’s.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:53 PM.