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The Banhammer and You: A User's Guide to the Forums

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Zombie_Fish:

Lord Krunk:
Hark! An Update!

17/8/10: Added NewClassic, claymorez, Sevre90210 and Zombie_Fish to the Mod list.

Add ColdStorage to that list. He should be the last new mod to my knowledge, but other staff members may know more than myself.

Roger that.

UPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATE

UPDATE

24/8/10: Added ColdStorage to the Mod list.

Why must I read old pages.

Zombie_Fish:

Ultrajoe:
I send myself warnings to remind myself to go grocery shopping. Handy, eh?

That's a really nifty idea. If Hell freezes over and I become a moderator, I may need to try that trick out to remind me to do College work.

Well hell froze over apparently, time to remind yourself to do work. :P

Sleekgiant:
Well hell froze over apparently, time to remind yourself to do work. :P

I'm out of College until September. I love my life.

I've also recently had to edit this post as well because of this whole promotion thingy. Seriously, stuff like this I never did expect at all.

Zombie_Fish:

Sleekgiant:
Well hell froze over apparently, time to remind yourself to do work. :P

I'm out of College until September. I love my life.

I've also recently had to edit this post as well because of this whole promotion thingy. Seriously, stuff like this I never did expect at all.

Yeah, the amount of new mods was kind of a shock. Congrats again :D

Oh, come now Zombie. Even a cursory glance at your behavior over the past six months reveals you to be an ideal candidate for the Red Guard... From Kuliani's perspective, at least.

And don't take that the wrong way. Moderation invariably causes traction in any community and the inevitability of tall poppy syndrome ensures that some individuals will resent any hierarchal changes not directly approved by a committee consisting of them and only them. To be candid, I would have been surprised if you or any of the other recently appointed mods weren't chosen.

Diagonal Horizontality:
Oh, come now Zombie. Even a cursory glance at your behavior over the past six months reveals you to be an ideal candidate for the Red Guard... From Kuliani's perspective, at least.

And don't take that the wrong way. Moderation invariably causes traction in any community and the inevitability of tall poppy syndrome ensures that some individuals will resent any hierarchal changes not directly approved by a committee consisting of them and only them. To be candid, I would have been surprised if you or any of the other recently appointed mods weren't chosen.

I agree with DH. You guys are some of our best.

Also, the article on 'tall poppy syndrome' was an interesting read. And dare I say it, true.

Thanks for this. I've been here for over a year but as well refused to comment on possible TNT threads because of fear of being banned when wanting to voice my opinion. Now I know all the Tiers and such more clearly it's giving a bit off my mind and maybe I'll post a little be more (within the rules and terms of course, silly) then 500 a year or less.

Sidenote: Am I the only one who finds it funny the very first poster after the OP was banned, and not one too far away from that post as well? Ironic a bit, if I could say so.

Most of this is common sense, but still helpful...

By picking option 3, I was also picking option 1.

Lord Krunk:
UPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATE

UPDATE

24/8/10: Added ColdStorage to the Mod list.

Thanks for the add Lord Krunk, much appreciated, I've edited your original article changing NilCypher to Logan Westbrook since Nilcypher now goes KnowWhere* (I hope you don't mind)

*hey its how I like to spell it ok.

ColdStorage:

Lord Krunk:
UPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATEUPDATE

UPDATE

24/8/10: Added ColdStorage to the Mod list.

Thanks for the add Lord Krunk, much appreciated, I've edited your original article changing NilCypher to Logan Westbrook since Nilcypher now goes KnowWhere* (I hope you don't mind)

*hey its how I like to spell it ok.

Man, I can't believe I missed that. Thanks!

UPDATE!

Well, not really. More like

SHAMELESS PLUG!

For those interested, I've got an RP/Writing Comp going that you may or may not be familiar with. It's called The Ratings War. If you think you have what it takes (or just want to get your creative juices flowing), feel free to sign up.

Forgive me, Mods and Modettes. I'm just a soul whose intentions are good.

Are you allowed to swear on forums?

daftnoize:
Are you allowed to swear on forums?

In heavy moderation (u c wut i did thar). I wouldn't though.

Lord Krunk:

daftnoize:
Are you allowed to swear on forums?

In heavy moderation (u c wut i did thar). I wouldn't though.

Just to give you a clear answer - Swearing at other users to insult/provoke is not ever ok! However I and the other moderators don't see a problem with swearing in say RP game threads as part of a character in a story or swearing to implement non-aggressive opinion in a post e.g. "This game is the shit" or "This game was shit because...". Also whilst there is technically no iron set problem with making forum threads with swear words in the title - so long as the topic and discussion is valid we would prefer you refrained from doing so explicitly e.g. instead of saying ... is shit, say $H1% - and just avoid using the more aggressive insults/words. The reason for this being that the Escapist is a family friendly site with forum users as young as 13 or younger and undoubtedly many viewers of the forums of younger age - thus we do not condone the promotion of curse words and inappropriate content.

On a side remark - I and I know the other moderators, would like to say thanks to Lord Krunk for the awesome guide which to keeps up to date and self moderates - answer people's questions.

If you want anything else made clear for the guide or advice feel free to PM me any time or another moderator.

Users of the escapist you need not live in unnecessary fear because you don't clearly see what is always allowed and what isn't just ask and learn :P - Thou we are watching...so be good!

Did... did I just get a compliment form a spambot?

Lord Krunk:
Did... did I just get a compliment form a spambot?

...They're getting smarter. Anyway I hope to get some updates to you soon but I'm blaming bureaucracy for the delays.

daftnoize:
Are you allowed to swear on forums?

I often do since I don't give two fucks about decency

Lord Krunk:

UPDATE!

Well, not really. More like

SHAMELESS PLUG!

For those interested, I've got an RP/Writing Comp going that you may or may not be familiar with. It's called The Ratings War. If you think you have what it takes (or just want to get your creative juices flowing), feel free to sign up.

Forgive me, Mods and Modettes. I'm just a soul whose intentions are good.

I also shamelessly added that to the updated Escapist Members Community Thread

Sleekgiant:

that you may or may not be familiar with. It's called The Ratings War. If you think you have what it takes (or just want to get your creative juices flowing), feel free to sign up.

Forgive me, Mods and Modettes. I'm just a soul whose intentions are good.

I also shamelessly added that to the updated Escapist Members Community Thread

Thanks! I'll give you the heads-up when RW6 starts, if you want.

Nice information. Got a laugh when I read some of the right/wrong examples, seeing how often people get called trolls just for using long sentences, let alone paragraphs or a complete thought.

Too long, didn't read is far too often used and should never be used after a quote, much less by anyone that seriously intends to reply to a topic. Few things say troll better than someone who outright states they don't care enough about something they're commenting on to read it through.

Lord Krunk:

Sleekgiant:

that you may or may not be familiar with. It's called The Ratings War. If you think you have what it takes (or just want to get your creative juices flowing), feel free to sign up.

Forgive me, Mods and Modettes. I'm just a soul whose intentions are good.

I also shamelessly added that to the updated Escapist Members Community Thread

Thanks! I'll give you the heads-up when RW6 starts, if you want.

Please do, just post it in the thread and I will add it.

MaxTheReaper:
How very helpful of you.
If you are so inclined, you should contact Inverse_Skies to have him put this in his thread of threads.

I find it hilarious how the first person to reply to this thread go banned. (No offense to the person in question)

OP: This was actually very helpful. Thanks to this thread and the guidelines, I now know why I received that warning a few weeks ago and I'll make sure not to make a mistake like that again.

this is helpful yes, but is anyone else now horrified of posting? i really don't want to incur mod wrath, i'm a nice guy, i don't think i can take that. besides: i don't wanna lose my ZP rights, or worse, my badges :(

but on a related note (having to do with the poll at the top of this thread) isn't putting unrelated answers in a good way to filter out silly people, spam bots, and the kind of posters that the escapist is trying to avoid? i thought it was an interesting idea i mean, it makes sense to me, and what better place to put it than in the user's guide to bamhammering.

MrMajenta:
but on a related note (having to do with the poll at the top of this thread) isn't putting unrelated answers in a good way to filter out silly people, spam bots, and the kind of posters that the escapist is trying to avoid? i thought it was an interesting idea i mean, it makes sense to me, and what better place to put it than in the user's guide to bamhammering.

That is an interesting idea. Although when you're asking aquestion/surveying someone, in terms of accuracy and validity it wouldn't be wise to discriminate.

what i don't get, is my friend got suspended for something he didn't know about, witch is promoting adblock software, ind i thing you should mention that here so people don't make that mistake.

Yoav Sterer:
what i don't get, is my friend got suspended for something he didn't know about, witch is promoting adblock software, ind i thing you should mention that here so people don't make that mistake.

Good point. I'll get on it as soon as I can.

Lord Krunk:

Yoav Sterer:
what i don't get, is my friend got suspended for something he didn't know about, witch is promoting adblock software, ind i thing you should mention that here so people don't make that mistake.

Good point. I'll get on it as soon as I can.

I'm sad to say that this thread's gonna be pretty misleading now that all of the ideas and rules (logical ideologies and say so's about what we cannot do) have been thrown out the door. I'm terribly sorry, but you might want to make it absolutely clear that these have become guidelines and sadly are no longer definitive "don't do this and you won't get in trouble" type deals.

Are you as sad as I am that the power to interpret a vague definition DIFFERENTLY is one that all humans posses, but no remaining humans (bar some selected individuals known as mods) control this power? Alas, gone are the days of rational thinking, I think.

I intend to get those badges.

5000 post thats rediculous. how long does that even take?

Thedarkness77:
5000 post thats rediculous. how long does that even take?

For some people, a matter of months and nothing better to do. :P

For me, 2 years.

Zeeky_Santos:

Lord Krunk:

Yoav Sterer:
what i don't get, is my friend got suspended for something he didn't know about, witch is promoting adblock software, ind i thing you should mention that here so people don't make that mistake.

Good point. I'll get on it as soon as I can.

I'm sad to say that this thread's gonna be pretty misleading now that all of the ideas and rules (logical ideologies and say so's about what we cannot do) have been thrown out the door. I'm terribly sorry, but you might want to make it absolutely clear that these have become guidelines and sadly are no longer definitive "don't do this and you won't get in trouble" type deals.

Are you as sad as I am that the power to interpret a vague definition DIFFERENTLY is one that all humans posses, but no remaining humans (bar some selected individuals known as mods) control this power? Alas, gone are the days of rational thinking, I think.

To be honest, I think the new rules are more vague than the old guidelines. I think there's still place for my thread (for now), considering said vagueness was the reason I created it in the first place.

Just dropping in to wish everyone a merry Christmas!

I hope you all have an awesome day. :)

Claymorez:

Lord Krunk:

daftnoize:
Are you allowed to swear on forums?

In heavy moderation (u c wut i did thar). I wouldn't though.

The reason for this being that the Escapist is a family friendly site with forum users as young as 13 or younger and undoubtedly many viewers of the forums of younger age - thus we do not condone the promotion of curse words and inappropriate content.

\

Now I've been wondering

Isn't the escapist a site that slacks a 13 and over sticker on itself like porn sites do an 18+ one? I remember reading something like that when I joined this site

and haven't we all played a 13 year old on xbox live once in a while?

see where I'm going with this?you do? grand.

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