I've been meaning to revise the rules of the forum for a while. Although these will often be exactly like the older set of rules.
1. BE POLITE.
This should be self explanatory, but just in case, on this board, we do not tolerate people acting like jerks for no reason. Treat everyone with civility, and by "everyone" we mean posters as well as creators, a category that includes anyone involved in the production of the comic books or related merchandise. If you want to complain about Alex Alonso, Dan Slott or whoever, go ahead, but do it civilly, or else one of us will delete. Flame-baiting will not be tolerated either, nor will posts that we deem as being extremely crass and beyond our standards of civility.
Figure out how to make your point without getting personal. Just in case you were curious, "You lack reading comprehension" is an insult.
This is the biggie. Break it and you get a warning. Break it again, your name goes in the book. Third time, you're banned from CBR for a duration of our choosing. There will be no warnings, no appeals. Personal attacks and insults of any form will not be tolerated on this board from here on in.
2. DON'T USE DISCUSSIONS AS AN EXCUSE TO ATTACK THE OTHER GUY!
Keep the discussions about the comics, not your fellow posters. Don't use debate as an excuse to critique one another. Tread very carefully when discussing the actions and opinions of other posters, and do so only when it is somehow relevant to their argument.
As per the first rule, insulting one another will not be tolerated.
3. PUT SOME THOUGHT INTO IT.
Starting up a thread with a one-or-two-sentence summation of a thought isn't good enough. You're not supposed to just give a topic and then say, "Discuss". If you want to talk about something, talk about it. Put some effort into it, make it a springboard for future conversation.
This also applies to "stake claiming" threads.
4. YOUR OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING IS NOT, IN AND OF ITSELF, WORTHY OF ITS OWN THREAD
Please search the forum. You may think your opinion is interesting, but we have many discussions and some might already exist that cover the topic you wish to write about. If so, post your thoughts there, because it's either going to end up being merged into the other thread, closed, or deleted.
Related to this, if you're starting a discussion, understand that the new thread isn't going to be about your opinion. Keep that in mind when coming up with the first post and the title.
5. DON'T POST SPOILERS WITHOUT WARNING
Some people won't be able to buy comics the day they come out. Others may wait for the trade. So don't post spoilers in thread titles, please. And if the thread has spoilers in it, put the word "spoilers" in the thread title. When bringing up a spoiler in another thread, use the spoil tags. Finish your spoiler with a [/SPOIL] and begin it with a [SPOIL]
It's sometimes questionable what exactly constitutes a spoiler. When in doubt, use the spoiler tags, so you don't inadvertently ruin someone else's surprise.
For people who get advance copies of comics, all discussion threads for issues have to be posted no earlier than 10 AM on the day the book is released in the United States, so it's at least possible for someone else to have legally obtained an issue.
Threads discussing preview pages from places like Comics Continuum are fine, but the threads are ONLY to discuss the pages in the preview.
Keep language at a PG13 level. The odd shit, hell, damn, and what not is acceptable. Even an f bomb here or there. But not in the thread titles. And not excessively.
And don't refer to women (fictional or not) as "skanks" or "whores" or "hos." Not cause it's dirty, just because it makes you sound extremely sad and makes Shaggy and me ashamed of our gender. Similar misogynistic comments are not welcome.