These are The Rules for the Community Forum at CBR (most courtesy of outgoing moderator, Tom, and always subject to modification):
* 1. Be civil (within reason. You'll be notified if you step out of bounds).
* 2. No profanity in thread titles. Not even clever little runarounds like "sh*t" and "f*ck". I don't want newbies stopping by and getting a bad impression of the place based on a couple of thread titles.
* 3. Profanity is allowed in a post but it's all about context. Gratuitous profanity, sexually graphic language, or profanity as an insult will be deleted and may lead to a banning
* 4. No links to porn or sites with sexual content. No attachments of same. This is a bannable offense.
* 5. No spam. No selling or advertising for the purposes of making money. This includes posting collections for sale or linking to an online auction. These will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be banned.
* 6. Threads designed simply for one-word responses aren't allowed. In a similar vein, posts that consist of nothing more than "Good post." or "I agree." (known as me-too posts) are frowned upon. They add almost nothing to a conversation. If you agree, state why.
* 7. When it comes to debating, stick to the topic and don't start questioning your opponent's morals or intelligence. Focus on another poster's arguments, not the other poster. Insults will be deleted. Repeat offenders will face a potential banning.
* 8. We don't allow consistently inflammatory comments intended to spark blowback. We'll warn you about your behavior and if it continues, we likely will ban you. Our best judgment is the determiner of whether a post was designed to inflame.
* 9. If you see a post you suspect to be intentionally inflammatory, report it. If we agree, we'll handle it. If we disagree, then you will have to deal with it. Do not engage them. Engaging them might very well lead to a banning for you rather than them.
* 10. Questions about the decisions of the moderators are to be sent to them privately.
* 11. Don't start too many threads on the same day. Sometimes posters (especially newbies) get all excited and wind up posting 3, 4, even 5 threads a day. Remember, each new thread pushes someone else's off the front page. Communities thrive when its members respect each other. In a similar vein, please try not to start new threads if there's already an existing thread dealing with a similar topic.
* 12. Don't start a thread with just a link to an article. Add some commentary of your own. There's no set limit, just add something of substance besides just a link - three sentences is a good start. I will make an exception if it is just a "wacky" news story posted to amuse people, not to spark any discussion.
* 13. When you want to quote an article, it is best for you not to post the whole thing. We run afoul of copyright issues when you do that. Instead, just post a link. You can quote specific portions from the article to help make points, but please do not post the whole thing.
* 14. There are certain topics that CBR is just not qualified to handle. These topics include talk of violent acts or contemplation of suicide. If someone posts a thread on these topics, we will post the requisite information (hotline numbers, etc.) and close the thread.
* 15. No "livejournal" type threads. Feel free to tell us what is going on in your life, but tell us in RITA's or in the "Update on your life right now." Basically, if you want to do a livejournal-esque thing, just use livejournal. Nothing wrong with livejournal.
* 16. No posting just to up your post count. No announcements as to how high your post count is (WooHoo! I have 1000 posts!)
* 17. No pin-up threads.
* 18. Don't resurrect a years-old thread unless you're following up with relevant information or adding something substantial to the discussion.
*19. Similar to spam for selling things, please don't constantly post threads promoting your blog/website. One or two is okay, but we don't need new threads every time you do an update.
*20. Follow the simple rule in this video.