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Old 02-23-2007   #1
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Default Rules & Etiquette: THE TOP TWELVE RULES OF THESE BOARDS

Rule 1. No posts about politics or religion (except insofar as it directly relates to LGBT or gender issues).

Rule 2. No posting on the boards to complain about PM's, and no meta-discussions about how the boards are run or about decisions the moderators have made (though you can complain or praise them privately, by email or PM).

Rule 3. No personal insults, no personal innuendo, no "my variety of trans is better than yours," and no more than extremely limited snark.

Rule 4. Take a deep breath and wait at least half a day before you respond to a post that pisses you off.

Rule 5. The thread originator doesn't have to respond separately to every single comment they get and isn't expected to.

Rule 6. The Kid Gloves forum is meant for delicate treatment of the topic: in other words, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't post in it and don't respond to others in that forum. People looking for support are not looking to be challenged, either, though you may ask their permission to ask a 'Devil's Advocate' type question.

Rule 7. The Research & Theory forum is meant for theoretical discussion and tricky topics; please do not bring your personal feelings to that forum (or do so at your own risk). You may want to avoid that forum altogether if you're in a particularly vulnerable place in your life and/or if you're generally sensitive about things.

Rule 8. Remember everyone posting is a PERSON, & most of them are likeable, & transness makes life pretty difficult & complicated for most of us. Sometimes, someone may just be having a bad day. Give people as much room as you'd like for yourself.

Rule 9. Be gentle & earnest instead of critical & snarky.

Rule 10. If your post will make a thread go off-topic, or otherwise derail what is being discussed, please start a new thread. Likewise, respect the tone of the thread: if someone has posted about a serious topic, do not joke in that thread. There is a thread for off-topic responses, and another one for jokey responses to serious threads.

Rule 11. If you regularly disagree with someone, or are upset/angered by their posts, do your best to avoid or ignore them. People who routinely get into arguments a) with the same people, and b) about the same things, *will* be put on moderation.

Rule 12. Respect your moderators. In any dispute, it's their call. All moderators are in charge in all forums; forums do have individual moderators but that only indicates primary responsibility. Even if a moderator isn't listed in the forum in which you've posted, she still has the power to move / edit / delete your post.
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(just wanted to reiterate: read these 12 even if you don't get around to reading the rest. but you should read them all. then your moderators will like you more. & so will your fellow posters. & everyone wants to be liked, right? well most people. most of the time. but you should especially want to be liked by your moderators, because that'll make your stay way more pleasant here.)
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