Code of ethics

I have a number of questions to the community.

Does the Forum have its own Code of Ethics? If somebody posts a rude message, would moderators be allowed to delete it? Do we accept SMS-type postings (all lower case, phoenetic spelling, etc)?

Say cheese ,

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Yes, we will be deleting messages that violate these rules, no we haven't yet explicitly covered SMS style posts like we occasionally got in the old forums. We are still in the process of fine tuning some of our documentation. I'll discuss it with the other admin people and see if we can come up with some more guidelines.

Personally, while all lower case is not ideal, it is not really that much of a problem from a readability point of view, unlike all upper case posts. Phonetic spelling, while annoying, would only be a problem if it is not actually obvious what is trying to be said. One thing we do insist on is communication that the whole community can read (or include a translation) :)

If you see a post which you think is a problem, don't forget that there is the "Report this post to a moderator" link on every post - click on that and you will be taken to a webpage which allows you to make some comments which will be automatically sent to the moderators of that forum.
should we have a poll as well SIM
cos nobody actually read the rules and regulations b4 they sign up they just click the agree button
anyone second me on that...

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Originally posted by Jerry Maguire
should we have a poll as well SIM
cos nobody actually read the rules and regulations b4 they sign up they just click the agree button
anyone second me on that...

Let's look at this by using a simple anaology.

If you were renting out your property and the tenant just signed the paperwork as to agreement of the terms without reading them, would you let them off the hook if they trashed the place?

Somehow, I think you would be using any means to shove the agreement back in their face to rectify the situation. That also means legal system as well.

So to reitterate what PT Bear said, you acknowledged that you agree with the terms and conditions, whether you read them or not. End of story.