Oh hey cool you're still here. All right, so I tried to keep the above rules very simple and easy-to-read, that everybody can understand them without a problem. but if you want a little more clarification on why I've got these rules in place here, or if there's anything you don't quite understand, read on. This post will go into detail about the rationale behind each rule and define some of the terms I've used that might be unfamiliar to you if you're new.
I'll just go in order of the rules themselves -
Keep it clean
There are kids on this site, and while I don't want to sound like some kind prude in a moral panic, come on guys: keep it clean. Hey man, we can swear and be crass in our own homes all we want; there's nothing wrong with adults being "adult," but when there are kids around, let's all tone it down, all right? It's really very simple and it's just basic respect for others.
Some specifics on what's disallowed...
- Sexual content. This is a no-brainer. No nudity, no sex, et cetera. Keep things relatively "PG" on this front. If people from other countries with different film rating systems wants to tell me what the equivalent rating in their countries are, I'll add them in here to make this clear to everyone.
- Swearing. Again, keep it PG. Don't use words you wouldn't hear in a kids' film. I shouldn't have to explain this stuff, guys, yeesh!
- Excessive violence. Let's keep the blood and gore to tasteful levels, bro.
- "Potty humor." Scatological stuff, like jokes about flatulence or defecation, are on the other end of the spectrum, namely that they're way too immature for BZPower. There are kids here, but let's not treat each other like fools. Respect!
No Review Topics
There isn't a lot to clarify on this one. Given the less-than-serious nature of the stories here, there's really no need to delineate the replies from the chapters. Comedies is a much more social community than the rest of the library forum and this rule helps continue to encourage that - it's not a bad thing! Way back when we allowed them, review topics just cluttered up the forum and engendered confusion and spam.
Or, to put it simply: no pointless or useless posts.
That really explains everything, but I'm going to clarify anyway!
So "SPAM" stands for "Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages." This includes posts that don't give real feedback, don't contribute tot he discussion, and don't have any real point. There are a lot of different forms spam can take, and making a comprehensive list would be impossible, but here are some major varieties we see frequently in Comedies:
- "Generic Spam" - useless, non-constructive reviews like "Very good, KUTGW!" or "I laughed so hard!" or "I can't wait 'til the next chapter!!" or "This is stupid!" or "What a dumb story I hated it!"
- All-emoticon posts - If you're just posting " ," there is something very wrong with your post. Namely, the fact that you didn't really make a post at all.
- "Block-Quote Spam" - for some reason this grew in frequency in recent years. Basically, this is when people quote portions of the comedy and making a "Generic spam" comment beneath it. Guys, this is the same thing as generic spam; adding a big quote above it doesn't change anything.
- Topic-bumping - This is usually done by the topic starter, with posts like "Thanks for the comments" or "I'm working on the next chapter!" or (the worst) "Keep posting, people!" Come on guys, that's just sleazy behaviour. We'll have none of that shameless self-promotion in my forum!!
- Even worse than topic-bumping is Threat Spam - this happens when an author literally demands posts by saying things like "I won't continue unless I get more posts!" or "I'll post another chapter when more people guest-star." Guys. Please don't do this. Do I really have to explain how bratty and obnoxious that kind of behaviour is?? No brats allowed here! It violates the "Be Nice" rule, which is the most important one.
Note also that stringing all these things together does not a legitimate post make. A bunch of spam clumped together is still spam!
PM Guest Star Requests
This one's entirely self-explanatory: If you want to guest star in a comedy, as is a tradition in this forum, PM the author rather than posting your request in the topic. The reason we have this rule is because, before we introduced it, comedy threads would fill up with countless spam posts saying "Can I guest star?" and little more. This is just a way of curbing that - plus, it keeps your character secret from the readers until you debut!
It's very simple. Treat others with respect, decency, and tolerance. Don't insult others, don't be obnoxious, don't be rude...et cetera. All you need is love, guys. <3
Edited by Hahli Husky, Apr 09 2013 - 05:53 PM.