Here are the issues with it:
Fair enough, this makes sense for the most part.
Always be insightful, funny or entertaining.
Subjectivity in moderating the forum? Not gonna work.
Never discuss personal matters that only interest you and a small number of people. Smalltalk and favourite colours are out.
Smalltalk and favourite colours are bad, sure. Niche interest groups however are not. This serves to kill interesting conversations which others may be interested in reading but not contributing to.
Example: People like rock climbing, but only some of them, they post about it, get discussing it. Posts get locked and they get infractions. Hardly fair for something so harmless, and which actually contributes to the community spirit.
Never criticise moderators or their decisions publicly, without explicit permission. Use PM or email.
So posting this will probably get me a hilarious ban? Now in some cases this is fair enough, mods decision is final and all that, but when it means you can't even discuss and be critical about rules? No. Bad idea. Just serves to alienate your community. Webcomics are cool, but if people decide they dislike the founders, people leave in DROVES.
I see mav clarified the situation. In that case, you might want to update the OP with that clarification before MOAR drama is had.
Your avatar must be cute. Nothing ugly, nothing poorly resized, nothing stupid and nothing furry. Make something attractive.
MORE SUBJECTIVITY! WHEE!
What's major and what's minor?
You get one second chance after your temporary ban. Next time, it's permanent. If you are permabanned, ask yourself "Am I likely to run into trouble if I'm let back in?"
If your answer is "yes", or "because the moderators seem to be unfair, yes", you cannot appeal.
If your answer is "no", wait at least a month for things to cool off, and email me with a request. I will consider unbanning you.
Because permabans ever stopped a persistent troll. Same goes for IP bans. But this is standard policy really so FAAAAIR ENOUGH.
Posting here is a privilege granted by Veronica and myself. If you annoy us, you're out.
Sorry. We love that you read the comic and hope you keep doing it. But we've found it fundamentally uncomfortable to deal with a bunch of people we dislike on a daily basis, in a forum that exists as a favour to you guys. If this was your place, we're sure you'd understand.
Yes this is fair enough, can completely understand. Which is why your best option is to IGNORE your forums for the most part.
The new rules mean game topics — "Which pony would the person above you most like to marry", "type the username above you with your tongue", etc — are forbidden. They are not insightful, funny or entertaining. Similar topics may actually be entertaining, and therefore permissible: things like "Real Life Picture thread", "Tales of Drama Survival", "IRC quote thread". As you can tell, this is subjective. Try to imagine what I'd think about it.
Fair enough, but wow, killjoy. Running out of space on your webserver?
Again subjective as to whether that's boring or not. Why not section it off somewhere else as well? /shrug
This just feels like you being a dick frankly.
And not having OTT modding and rules. You forgot that part.
So this is a good idea WHY? How to alienate your community 101: make people hate the place they go to be part of that community.
"If you don't happen to have similar views to us, you will be ostracised." Cool. Cool cool cool. Again, hating on your readers. If they dislike you enough they leaaaaave.
Oh good, well at least that's reasonable.
I don't even lurk here anymore, seeing as most of the shit that went on in this forum was like stepping into United States politics. Retarded.
I'm just pointing out that you're doing it wroooooooong.
I do see though that the Recess sub was probably a festering shitehole.
I also hear there's a new forum about that you get banned for linking to. No harm mentioning it though, speak to Ubertoast and a few others to find out more!
Have a nice day! ))))
This post has been edited by Cloud: 25 March 2012 - 04:24 PM