What Is/Isn't Acceptable?

By (=DoM=)
May 18, 2004
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  1. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    As far as music goes, nothing stops you from posting such threads in the meeting spot. I don't think a music forum itself is necessary.

    If you do a search you'll allready find a few music related threads in the meeting spot.
  2. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 242

    i thought the meeting spot, is where you introduce yourself when you first become a member, didnt realise it was also an Off-topic forum
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    There is a stand-alone Introduce Yourself forum.

    Take a look at the meeting spot, it seems you don't really see the kind of threads we create in there.;)
  4. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 242

    oh crap, sorry, forgot about that one, and also, oh crap sorry Julio, you told me off for always double posting and ive done it 3 times since you told me :p sorry, i post something, then i remember that i missed something out, its just a bad habit, ill try and stop
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Basically just try to behave like an adult and remember that even although lots of people do use bad language in real life, not everyone appreciates this. We have a responsibility to shield minors from anything offensive, and we have a responsbility not to let ourselves down with poor behaviour. That's all.

    Now, another way to make sure that you behave like an adult is being careful not to offend people. Treat others always with respect and remember that even although you might not agree with someone, this does not necessarily mean that they are wrong - perhaps you are wrong or what they are saying is true from a certain point of view.

    Above all, try to be a gentlemen. If I can manage it then its surely not hard!
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Holy cow, there was a lot of action in here since last night.

    Anyway, Godataloss, I didn't remove your posts, I generally don't go into The Meeting Spot, but I was speaking on behalf of all moderators as to how most things work. Sorry if your post got removed, but it was probably done for a reason.

    Further, I think an Off-Topic forum can be looked at as a good thing and a bad thing. It could be good to get the debates and heated issues out of the technical aspects of TS. While it could also be a forming grounds for carrying over the debates and flaming into other parts of TS, which would be bad. I'm sure people would read the Off-Topic forum and think it is ok to act that way all over the boards. Just a thought here.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,411   +281

    I don't think we need an off topic forum. Meeting Spot should be for that.
    As far as a Politics forum, I don't think thats a good idea because its such a sensitive topic and there are lots of different sides to every story that each part of the world hears. Everyone wants to believe the story they heard is the correct one. Rarely does someone change their mind on something like that unless they were completely undecided in the first place.
    There are entire forums dedicated to politics and other such controvercial topics, if you are that interested go to them. As mentioned above its just going to piss people off at each other and that will likely spill over into other forums we have here.
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I think the whole goal is not to step on people's toes.

    Accidents happen.. People don't always understand the rules and there will be ToS violations for as long as this board exists... We know this.

    Just be courteous, helpful and do your best to remain fair and open. It's impossible to please everyone and nearly impossible to take in consideration everyone's feelings about being offended etc...

    If something slips, its our job to take care of it. And we will deal with it as it comes.
  9. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 467

    i think that a politics forum would be bad idea. politics is not a fun topic to talk about since people feel so emotionally charged about their position. discussing politics would not persuade a person to "switch sides;" it will just reaffirm their beliefs may it be correct or incorrect.

    that politics forum would be destined to flame wars, even more so than ATi vs. Nvidia or AMD vs. Intel threads.
  10. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    I too feel that we don't need anything more off-topic than what we allready have in "The Meeting Spot"...

    It is, as has been stated before, all too likely to spill over into other parts of the forum. Next thing you know and we have flamewars popping up all over the place resulting in bans. And all just because someone got a bit overexcited in the political/religious part of the forum.

    I'm very active in politics in Norway, and know that what I described above happen even in regular political parties every once in a while, and when it does friendships are broken, people are hurt and everybody looses. I don't want to see that happen here.



    DoM> Just Curious, what prompted this thread?
    Was it just the lack of bad language? ;)

    I remember when I got here, I had a problem moderating my language to an acceptable level, since I tended to swear a lot, but after a while I found that it got more and more easy, until it became second nature.
    And you know what? People are more willing to listen to someone who doesn't use an expletive as every other word...

    And if you really want to show how agitated you are, you can use formatting to get your point across, and you might find it to be much more effective...

    (Note: I'm not trying to tell you what to do, only to show how I found the lack of swearing useful both on and off the board...)
  11. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 242

    What prompted me to question the tone of the forum is what i feel to be its sterileness it feels so controlled and uniform and its unearving, its not bad language, its just the lack of personality imo which makes the whole place grey and bland, on other forums i used to post on there wasnt flaming, we had a close community which all agree'd with each other.

    Lets just trial an off topic forum for 2 weeks, post on it as you would if it wasnt going to be under the microscope, lets see how much flaming goes on.
     
  12. Godataloss

    Godataloss Newcomer, in training Posts: 501

    The problem with an off-topic forum will be that if it indeed proves popular, it will drown out the type of posts that are the whole reason I read TS- that is to better understand these expensive hunks of metal and plastic.
    DoM- as you seem to be the prime motivator behind this movement, why dont you try to spice up the #3dspotlight channel. I finally dusted off mIRC last night and logged on and boy is that place in need of some spice ( I think the UK/US time difference may play a part in this). And as Julio seemed receptive to the idea of a new forum here on TS, perhaps he would consider a space on the homepage where the current topic/ list of users on #3dspotlight could be posted.
  13. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 242

    True, but we dont know that untill we trial it, thats all i ask, a 2 week trial. Im not the prime motivator, i just brought the issue to the surface, if it is an issue at all.

    2 Weeks Julio, thats all, i did scan that image for you :p
  14. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

    Well we try and keep a nice balance between personality showing through in posts and several people having a pointless conversation in a thread about computers. Nothing worse than searching a forum and ending up having to read 40 posts of "banter" before getting to the solution your looking for. I think thats why it probably seems sterile and bland. And as far as a close community I think there are a core of longer serving forum members that I feel a strong sense of community with. And no disrespect, but you have only been registered since february. You'll get to know us over time ;)

    I think the Meeting Spot could see more use but, dunno if this is a good or bad thing, it seems to receive less posts because users are used to us being a no nonsense information source rather than somewhere to chat about the weather :p

    Personally for offtopic chat I use www.otcentral.com
  15. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 242

    Well, that would be the ideal solutution, a different forum for all of your needs, but it would be nice to have a singular forum, an uber forum if you like, where we can disguss all things
  16. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Nice mix of "discuss" and "disgust" there :p

    If something does everything then it's good for nothing. These are the only forums I visit and that is because these are the only forums without **** floating over everything I have found.

    The 2 week trial wouldn't hurt anyone though. Won't hurt me because I won't be reading it :p

    We should make up a separate set of very strict and specific rules for the BS forum maybe?
  17. Godataloss

    Godataloss Newcomer, in training Posts: 501

    Nodsu - the forum Nazi! :D
  18. Goalie

    Goalie Newcomer, in training Posts: 703

    For the record.. personality shows through plenty. After all, I never knew how suspicious to be of Didou and his midget thinking until he blackjacked me 3/4 of the way through that thread..

    Let's not mention the favorite OS flame wars, the picture thread, or the extra off color jokes that get inserted daily.

    There are plenty of ways to circumvent the rules grasshopper. You just need personality to do so. ;)
     
  19. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

    Didou is fine as long as you don't open his cage ;)
  20. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I resent that !!! [​IMG]
  21. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,411   +281

    I think also (although this is somewhat of a rehash of above posts) that you can really benefit from the irc room. I'll get in touch with Goalie and see about posting his FAQ on how to get there (we never posted it but he made one) and I'll replace the current bloated 'sticky' with Goalie's.

    Most of the people that are in the IRC room are mods and long time members of Techspot and we all know each other fairly well I think. We aren't real serious in there, we like to have some fun, and I think that that would add to the 'Techspot expierence' for you guys that think its too strict here, because you'd get to know us more that way. Us being long time members is also probably why we don't sense this 'lack of community' or whatever was (mentioned by DOM I think) above.

    As mentioned above the website is one of the few that you can get answers fairly quickly and not have to read through 18 posts to find the answer, to me I like it feeling 'clean'.
  23. Akio

    Akio Newcomer, in training Posts: 262

    Hahaha! I can see Arris was getting bored! :grinthumb Anyway, so we can't swear at all? :eek:
  24. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    I'm not a moderator so I can't say for sure but in my experience.
    One can swear moderately and in right places using mild swear words. S***, f***, p*** and lighter stuff like damn, friggin, stupid are allowed in small quantities if they are needed to make a point.

    I think you need at least "Techspot Paladin" rank to be able to judge the appropriateness of swear words tho :p
  25. Akio

    Akio Newcomer, in training Posts: 262

    Hahaha! Okay, not that I was going to swear you know! But sometimes they just come out... Hahaha! ;)


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