Revised Xoopsiquette - your comments please

Bender  25-May-2006 18:24 5747 Reads   2 Comment(s) 
We are about to put a revised version of the Xoopsiquette into place. We have made some changes to the current one which which served us well for long time and therefore the changes are not that big after all.

Now we would like to hear your comments on this one first so we don´t have to correct it shortly after putting it up.

One of the main goals was to keep it simple (and short). You cannot create that many rules anyway as situations would be possible.

Please use the following thread for discussion and comments:

New Xoopsiquette discussion
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New Version:

How to behave on the XOOPS.org websites

The XOOPS Community is well known for it's friendlyness and willingness to help. In order to keep that reputation, and to be able to act on those instances where the reputation may be damaged, we have made a set of simple rules every member needs to abide by. This XOOPSiquette applies to all members at any time, on every part of the XOOPS.org websites. Registration for this website and/or use of the XOOPS websites constitutes as agreement to these Terms.

General Posting Guidelines
Crossposting - Please post your topic to one forum only. If it needs to be moved, alert a moderator.
Subjects - Use meaningfull subjects in the forum and comments which give informations about your posting. Do not use subjects like "Help! I´m lost".
Language - Do not use offensive language. We are here for people of all ages, and want everone to feel comfortable. Offensive language constitutes as profanity, racial, ethnic, and gender based insults or any other personal discriminations, and posts meant to offend or hurt any other member or its work. If you need to say something do it with the facts but not with insults.
Spamming and Trolling - We do not tolerate spamming or trolling in any place.
Topics - Please stay on topic. For general conversation, please use the Xoops Lounge forum.
Links - Pornography, warez, or any other illegal transactions may NOT be linked in any shape or form. Adult content orientated links should be clearly marked as such.
Images - Please keep your images on topic and mind the size and dimensions, as not everyone may be on a broadband internet connection.
Generally - Respect others as you want to be respected.

Content - Please use proper judgement when choosing an avatar. We like to promote a family atmosphere, and avatars that disrupt this will be removed. Do not spoof or post misleading text in your avatar

Images - Use of images in your signature is not permitted.
Sizes and formatting - Please do not change the fontsize of the signature text to a larger size than the postings text. Feel free to use formatting options (underlining, bold, italic, colors).
Length - Please keep your signature to no more than a maximum of five lines.

If you fail to follow these guidelines you will either receive a message, a warning, a temporary or final ban depending on the severity of the issue from a moderator. Irrespectfull behaviors, offensive sentences, insults and others language abuses, as describe above, will be edited and deleted without warning.

Ok here are two things in advance about expected questions:

1. Use of images in your signature is not permitted.

Why did we not changes this?

1. It keeps a better readability. (after all this is primary a support forum)
2. Images can be a security problem (.wmf anyone?)
3. Images can (depending on yourbrowser and connection) slow down pageloading.
4. We feel this has worked very well in the past
5. It is an advantage for those not on broadband connection

2. Irrespectfull behaviors, offensive sentences, insults and others language abuses, as describe above, may be edited and deleted without warning.

From a working amount standpoint its not possible to start a discussion on every incident where this might be used. We keep an archive of the stuff we remove and therefore if you really feel like something has been removed with no justification we could always check on the content that was removed. Also this is not a free ride to remove whatever someone on the moderation team doesn´t like. It´s just (as we have seen especially in 2005) neccessary and therefore now be pointed out more clearly. I would like to think we are all adults and there are no insults but reality proves us wrong here.

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