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    Exclamation Forum Etiquette & Rules

    Please do not use these forums for personal disputes, heated debates, flame wars etc. You are expected to treat each other with respect in the forums and take any personal disputes to a private mode of discussion off the forums. If you should find that your discussion is becoming too heated or someone is becoming far too passionate about their argument, please take the discussion to private message or email.

    Personal topics are threads that, while posted in public forum, are intended for a discussion between only a few members. These kinds of topics are frowned on and will be locked/removed as soon as they are discovered. Public posts should be open and inviting to all members. Personal discussions among a select group of users should take place in private message.

    Sometimes people can post material that you may find offensive. Before launching into a public condemnation though, please consider the possibility that the person may not have intended to cause offense. It is very easy to misinterpret a post on a forum. There is no need to resort to insults. Respect others' views even if you disagree with them.

    Advertising for the sake of advertising is not allowed. This is SPAM, and SPAM posts deleted and the SPAMMERs banned.

    NEW PARTICIPANTS: This forum is a great way to let people know about who you are and what you do, but please do not use these forums as a personal advertising tool. If you are not a reported spammer, it is permissible to post your home page on your profile or even to refer to it in relevant posts on occasion, but please spend some participation time before posting your links in your profile signature to avoid being labeled as a spammer.

    If it appears that you are using this forum merely for the purpose of advertising yourself or your business, that will be addressed by forum administration on a case by case basis. Your signature and posts may be edited or removed by the administration or moderator for this purpose, and you could end up being banned if this becomes a problem. If you have any questions at all about this or you feel the need to discuss this, you are more than welcome to send the moderator(s) or administrator(s) a private message by way of the forum concerning this matter. Private messages may be sent by way of your user control panel (user cp).

    What is a troll? It's a person who posts something which is bound to stir people up and then sits back and watches as dozens of people jump in and start arguing. Sometimes trolls get their friends to join in or post under different names. Generally they will do anything it takes to get attention. If you see a message like this, please try and refrain from replying to it - it may well be locked/deleted anyway.

    Trolls are generally deceitful and may use ambivalence as a method of covertly insulting, intimidating, or inciting a person or persons for their own sadistic pleasure. They often pick their words very carefully and are therefore able to defend their masked attempts at creating unrest, often redirecting the blame onto the community and its failure to understand them properly.

    Trolling is further considered one of two things; Either running a topic into the ground incessantly, or dragging up old arguments against a specific user/group/etc. long after the original discussion has been put to rest and then targeting them/it specifically and needlessly. Trolling is a form of harassment and will not be tolerated.

    Power-posting is when board members post 'empty' messages to the board, in order to simply increase their number of posts more quickly. Examples of power-posting are replying to a message with only '+1', 'LOL' or 'I agree', but failing to contribute anything further to the discussion. Other examples include posting rhetoric or links and things that are copied and pasted, but there is no personal thought or opinion that goes along with that.) If you post or reply to a message, make sure you have something to say. Power posting clutters up the forums, clutters up the 'new posts' function, and uses extra bandwidth and server space. While we don't mind people using bandwidth to chat usefully on the board, we do mind people using it just because they want a more impressive 'post counter' or because they want to annoy other members or try to force their opinions on them. If you're not sure if you're power-posting, take a moment and think it over before you post. If all your post contains is an emoticon, a link, or something you copied and pasted, it's probably a power-post. If it adds something to the discussion, it isn't.

    Once in a while replying with "LOL" or an emoticon is acceptible, or even just a link or copied and pasted content, just so long as it goes with the flow of the conversation. But when it's a thread starter or it doesn't really add to the flow of the discussion, then it may be considered a power post.

    Repeated posts and new topics, similar to flooding, are also "power posts" and depending on their content may be deemed as spammish or trollish.

    Spam and trolls are a blight upon the face of the net. Despite our best efforts, you wil occasionally see spam and/or trolling on these forums. You can identify the post as SPAM or send a moderator a PM to report the post for deletion, too.

    Repetitive posts by one user, or posting a new thread when one is already easily accessible may be considered SPAM. People don't need to wade through two dozen threads about the same thing every day.

    Cross-posting is posting the same question to multiple boards/topics (for example, posting the same thing in News and Community both). This is a waste of resources and is not permitted. Any cross-posted topic will be immediately deleted.

    Thread hijacking is the process of replying to an existing thread with a different topic. This is tolerated but generally discouraged. It is better to start a new thread if you have a subject matter that is related to an existing topic but clearly different. On the other hand, it is better to respond to the existing thread with additional information if you have what appears to be the same problem.

    Posts that hijack a serious thread with off-topic discussion are strongly discouraged and will often be deleted or edited by forum staff.

    Flaming, in the most common sense definition, is saying something negative in an attempt to get a more negative response. This is completely and totally unacceptable. It will not be tolerated, and in most cases will be punished by deletion and the offending participant may be put in time out or banned.

    Forum staff have the final say. This forum isn't a democracy. Your vote doesn't always count. We try to please everyone we can, but in the end, we're charged with making this community as enjoyable for as many people as possible. We can not always be right, nor can we please everyone with the decisions made, but we're doing our jobs and hopefully we can all agree that we're doing our best to ensure a good community.

    If you feel that an egregious oversight has been made, then pm the moderator. You may also use the feedback topic to respectfully post your concerns.

    If the Moderation Team feels that a user has "crossed the line", they will typically issue the user a private warning, (unless the occurrence is especially distasteful, in which case a ban may become imminent). Disciplinary measures administered to any member will not be discussed with other members unless the other members have been so upset by the behavior of the disciplined party that they need to be made aware of the action. Even then, details will not be disbursed.

    If the warning goes unheeded, further action will be taken. This can be anything from locking the offending user account, to deletion and banning of the user. Action is generally on a case by case basis.

    If a banned user is apologetic, interested in a peaceful solution and wishes to have their account reinstated, they may be reinstated at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrative staff.

    Do not post, discuss, or link to illegal acts, content or topics. This includes, but is not limited to, pirated software, warez, or sites which provide torrents to such content.

    As a reminder, here are the FORUM RULES that we all agreed to abide by when we registered here:

    Forum Rules

    Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.

    Although the administrators and moderators of Pueblo Community Forums will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Pueblo Community Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

    By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

    The owners of Pueblo Community Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.
    Thank you, and happy posting!
    Last edited by Ethel; 10-17-2012 at 08:26 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Addendum to Forum Etiquette and Rules


    Sexual harassment towards any forum member is strictly prohibited, and this includes posting sexually harassing posts in the forums, sending sexually harassing e-mails either via the forum or other means, or through the forum's private messaging system.

    Anyone who feels they've been sexually harassed by another forum member needs to notify the forum moderator right away

    Any valid complaints* from recipients of sexual harassment will result in the offender being permanently banned from these forums, and depending on the nature of the sexual harassment, may, by law, have to be reported to the police.

    *The term valid complaints means a complaint that is verified by evidence.
    Last edited by CountryFlowers; 11-29-2008 at 04:57 PM.

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    Since there has been some contention on the forums I thought I'd remind everyone to take a look at these. Thanks!
    Opinions expressed by me are mine only and are not in any way, shape, or form representative of the Pueblo Chieftain or Pueblo Community Forums.

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    thank you

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    Administrator Sandra's Avatar
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    I have created "The Pit". (Formerly known as the boxing ring).

    What it's for:
    Bickering, backbiting, venting, ranting, nitpicking, squabbling - etc. If you have an ax to grind, there's the place to do it.

    FROM NOW ON - any post that I see that contains verbal abuse, nitpicking, whatever - that is not on topic with the discussion at hand in whatever other forum will be moved to the pit.

    The Pit Rules:

    The pit is your free-for-all, for the most part, but there are still some parameters even so:

    Keep your activities legal. (No promoting illegal activities or engaging in them from the pit.) (no stalking, etc) No personal threats of physical harm, emotional harm, loss of job, or that sort of thing - are allowed. No harassment outside of the pit. The only harassment allowed in the pit pertains to forum related content only - nitpicking, jabbing, that sort of thing.

    NO DIRTY MINDED STUFF. cursing is one thing - might still be filtered - but no pornographic stuff is allowed in the pit.
    No using personally identifying information other than your name or user name. No email addresses (unless you clear it with me first) or the posting of anything that could personally identify someone on the forums. If a situation arises where you feel the need to do that then clear it with me first, even if the other user is in the local news because of a story about them. (Well known public figures are exempt from this - you can discuss them by their names and demograhic information but may not list their personal address, social security numbers, or that sort of thing.)

    No taking things beyond this forum that belong here. This means no bickering or nitpicking outside of the pit. IT ALSO MEANS that you are not to use anything in this forum or any other of Pueblo Community Forums to bother people or otherwise affect them negatively in "real life". This means not placing other users at risk or harassing them outside the forums.

    All users have free access to the pit, but forced access may happen for users who can not behave themselves. This means that if you can't behave yourself you may be remanded to the pit - which means that you have lost your access to any other part of the forum.

    You are not required to see what's going on in the pit if you don't want to. If someone posts something to you saying, "Meet me in the pit" then you don't have to go unless you intend to bicker with them.

    If you bicker with someone elsewhere on the forum and just can't seem to stop yourself, moderators and administrators may help you with that by moving you to the pit and keeping you there until further notice. Again, this means that the pit is the only board you will have access to, so if there's something you want to say, you can say it from there.

    You must still show some respect to the Staff - that is, administrators, webmasters, all moderators, and other staff. Failure to do so may result in a longer stay in the pit.

    The Administration determines on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the Administration whether to remand someone to the pit, how long to keep them there, and whether to delete posts in the pit, and how often. This is for the purpose of "flushing" the negativity rather than wallowing in it.

    Posts made in the pit are still reportable.


    This forum comes with an ignore feature. If you don't like someone, or you can't seem to get along with them, then you need to put them on ignore, especially when instructed to do so by staff.

    When staff instructs you to do so and you do not - then you have lost all room to complain about that other person.

    Use of the ignore feature is a tool that shields you from another person's inflammatory or otherwise disagreeable posts and you may use it at will, or a staff member may instruct you to use it. Failure to follow staff instructions concerning this places the responsibility for anything else on the user who refuses to follow the instructions and releases the staff from being able to further assist.

    You can ignore a person at will with no consequences to the person being ignored, but if you notify staff that you are ignoring someone, then that alerts staff to keep an eye on a situation or user. The more people who ignore a user, the more likely it is that the user will be identified as a problem, which could result in that user being subject to further actions against them, like being banned from the forums. One user not getting along with one other user will not likely result in that other user being banned unless that other user is crossing the line of taking things too far.

    If a user takes necessary steps to shield themselves from someone they feel they can't get along with, then notifies staff, then staff can see that the issue is serious enough to them to possibly warrant action and will keep an eye on the situation. Ignoring someone usually solves the problem, but in the rare event that it doesn't, other steps can then be taken.

    PLEASE NOTE: That while inflammatory remarks are against the rules, staff knows and understands that these are things that happen on forums from time to time, and allows for it within reason. When it becomes problematic and upsets the rest of the forum, that's when staff gets involved.

    Staff is not here to tell people what to say. Once in a while there may be mild censoring for dirty words or incendiary remarks - but your opinions belong to you and you can express them your way so long as there is some amount of respect involved. Bullying isn't allowed, but sometimes we all have been known to say things that can be construed as bullying. Off the cuff remarks happen and while they aren't welcome, people are capable of keeping themselves and each other in check most of the time.

    in most cases. Spammers aren't banned as a last resort, they're banned as a first resort. But people who bicker are given every opportunity - usually - to cool it and learn to get along with each other. There may be some cases where banning isn't a last resort - and that is at the discretion of staff.
    Opinions expressed by me are mine only and are not in any way, shape, or form representative of the Pueblo Chieftain or Pueblo Community Forums.

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