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PostSubject: Forum Rules   Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:58 pm

Welcome to the Reviewer's Room

Rather than a long list of steadfast rules we have guidelines, which we would like members to keep within as much as possible. Obviously this may not always be possible but it will then be down to the discretion of the moderators.

1a. The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business.
b. A public meeting place for open discussion.
c. A medium of open discussion or voicing of ideas, such as a newspaper or a radio or television programme.
2. A public meeting or presentation involving a discussion usually among experts and often including audience participation.
3. A court of law; a tribunal.

Forums are about discussion, not contention and The Reviewer's Room is not a forum with unlimited resources. In order to enable useful discussion and reduce time wasting of members and moderators alike, we hope everyone will abide by these suggested rules of behaviour.

So, as a rule of thumb, here are our "rules". You'll find a bit more information on them further on down, but we think they make sense on their own:

Please try to keep on topic until the debate is over.
Do not attack people personally.
Contribute, don’t reiterate.
Quote messages if you want to reply to them specifically.
Be considerate of other members of the board.
Each member is only allowed one account.

As with ALL aspects of the Reviewer's Room message board, the rules are always available for discussion. If you think something's not right or you want to suggest updates to the Reviewer's Room rules, please feel free to post in the forum's Headquarters or get in contact with any member of the Admin team.

If you see something around The Reviewer's Room that you feel is in violation of any of the rules, or if you simply don't think it has a place on the site, please do not hesitate to get in contact with a member of the Admin team rather than post in public.

It’s the equivalent of shouting. This is a general rule of netiquette on the internet. The easier you make your posts to read, the better for everyone.

2. Please try to keep on topic until the debate is over.
If you have an idea you want discussed that does not immediately apply to the current thread, start a new thread. If you want to talk about some programme you saw on TV, use the private messaging system or start a thread in 'Entertainment'. If someone else has posted something off-topic, do not point that out in the forum, which only exacerbates the problem. Politely notify them through private messaging or email instead or contact a member of the Admin team.

3. Do not attack people personally.
On the net, this is called "flaming." Posts should advance the discussion and, while it’s OK for the discussion to get heated, the heat should be directed towards the issues, not towards other members. On the same note, do not refer to specific members of the opinion sites. Try to keep all discussions centred on the issue rather than the person. This is especially true if the person is not a member of The Reviewer's Room with the right of reply that this affords them.

4. Contribute, don’t reiterate.
A post that says "I agree" is useless. It’s OK to agree with a poster, but rather than simply agreeing, extend what they have to say by locating other examples or elaborating on the point. The same applies to disagreeing; offer reasons WHY you disagree and any counter-arguments you may have. If you have nothing worthwhile to say or to add, then say nothing at all. That way you do not waste the time of other members.

5. Quote messages if you want to reply to them specifically.
However, when quoting, edit the quoted material to make it clear what you’re replying to and to make your own post as brief and to the point as possible. It also helps other members if you identify the source of your quotation. The quote function makes this easy (just press the quote button on the message you wish to quote).

6. Be considerate of other members of the board.
This includes making your posts easy to read and easy to understand. Keep avatars and other images down to a sensible size; other people might not be running their screen at the same resolution and an avatar which is too big could interfere with how members view the board. This can also apply to the content of your posts. We're all adults, but some things will be offensive to others. Please be mindful of that.

In addition, with recent events happening here and elsewhere, we would ask you to please be careful in sharing content within the private areas of the site. The Soapbox forum was made private so that people could feel safe about posting a little more personal detail than they might do elsewhere and if people are taking this information off the site verbatim or even via screen shots and this is reported to us, we might have to take action, potentially removing members that abuse this level of trust. That section of the site is not secret - feel free to chat about any of the topics, but please do not take personal information off the site.

7. Each member is only allowed one account.
If you are found to have more than one the additional accounts shall be deleted. Accounts that are being misused will be banned or, in extreme cases, deleted. If you start another account while you have one in "banned" status, then this will likely be deleted unless you contact the Admin team first.

Thanks for joining and if you have any feedback then please let the admin team know. Enjoy the Board.


Please note that this site is not officially linked to Dooyoo or other review sites. None of the review sites officially endorses The Reviewer's Room. The views made in any posts are not the opinions of The Reviewer's Room or any of the review websites and are solely the views of those who post them.
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