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Posting Guidelines
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:22:58 PM »
285 Foodies Posting Guidelines

Welcome to the 285 Foodies Forum. We look forward to your participation in our shared conversations online, and hope to meet you in person at a 285 Foodies gathering in the offline world.

NOTE: The veteran users of food boards and forums in general know how to keep a forum like this active, valuable and enjoyable, so please understand that these guidelines are meant to create a shared understanding for all users (novice and veteran alike) of what is acceptable to this community. This is a moderated forum and the following guidelines will be used for moderation.

If we were to reduce the entire 285 Foodies Forum posting policy to a single statement, it would be this:
 Please be courteous, timely, relevant, and credible.


Here are the guidelines behind the statement:

- Play nice. Posts and posters of all kinds are welcome here. We want diversity of backgrounds and opinions. We believe that is what makes a lively and interesting conversation. But some kinds of posts can reduce the value of the site. Posts that intentionally cause disturbances on the forum (Flame throwing, trolling, baiting) add nothing to the conversation. They do nothing for the community but unite it against you. If nothing else, please remember before you respond to someone that there's a good chance you'll actually MEET in person eventually.

- Remember the topic. Staying relevant to the topic / thread is important. The closer we all stick to the topic, the livelier and active the board will be. As in offline conversations, online conversations can take interesting turns but it is best to try and stay within the lines. If there is a particular topic that folks want to address on the forum that does not fit the current categories, please let a moderator know and its addition can be considered.

- Respect others. Food is a central point for family, community and religion. Food discussions can sometimes have political or religious implications. We don't want to repress honest discussion that draws from our rich and varied experiences, but there comes a point where a discussion leaves the road of culinary chat and takes off in a completely different direction.

- Keep it legal. Some posts have legal implications for you and the site. Please abstain from accusations of criminal activity, health code violations, or other wrongdoing. If your complaint is serious and provable, please take it to the proper authorities. Further, we find reports of restaurant and purveyor violations or closures, regardless of the circumstances, to be an area ripe for competitor abuse. We will remove these posts unless substantiated with a published source, e.g. a link to a quality published account.

- Keep it clean. Please do not post or link to obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit material. And let's keep lewd and violent discussion under control.

- Be honest. - If you're in the food and restaurant biz, we're quite happy to have you join the community. Please be upfront about your professional status whenever it relates to what you're posting about. You can include this info in your profile, in your signature, and most importantly, in your conversations as relevant. We welcome your insights and contributions. Please disclose any special relationship (be it owner, employee, friend, or frequent customer) you have with an establishment you're discussing. Make sure you provide enough information so that readers know where you're coming from.

- Edit carefully. - Please use the 'EDIT' feature judiciously. This feature is meant to make meaningful, useful, and minor edits to your existing posts. When editing, please keep continuity in mind and do not remove large portions of content. Also, keep in mind that when you edit, other readers are not notified of the update. Please err on the side of adding to a thread, rather than editing a post. Any posts that are altered or removed using the 'EDIT' feature can and may be restored at the moderator's discretion.

- Meet and eat. - We don't intend to have a purely virtual community. We like to eat and we like to gather and we especially like to do both together. And we hope you do too! Please scan the events board to see where and when 285 Foodies are gathering, and (pretty) please join us. Don't be intimidated because some folks already know each other--there are new faces at each and every gathering.

Notes on moderation:

We are all adults, and what's more, we should all feel a level of responsibility for the civility of our community. We hope that the main reason you would not want to post something clearly insulting is not because you fear punishment from the moderators, but because you like a respectful, friendly 285 Foodies yourself and don't want to harm that.

Proper moderation is more of an art than a science. Weighing when a particular post moves across the line from lively discourse to intentional nastiness is difficult. Does the presence of hurt feelings demonstrate an intention to hurt? How is that balanced against the larger goal of a flourishing community? Strong moderation can stifle discussion. Weak moderation creates a community no one wants to take part in. We are hoping to create a tolerant and vibrant community that can withstand the bumps and bruises of real conversations between friends. We need your help.

First, we ask you to consider what the other person is saying, respond to it calmly with whatever arguments and observations you think will lead to a better discussion, and remember that the price of a free and interesting forum will occasionally be that two smart, opinionated people collide headfirst with a mighty crash. Given these considerations, if you feel that a post clearly crosses over the line, certainly, report it to the moderators.

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« Last Edit: November 08, 2009, 02:08:49 PM by GadgetGeek »
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Re: Posting Guidelines
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 12:02:08 PM »


Please do not log on to this message board attempting to sell something, or to direct someone to a website that is selling items.
That is, unless you are held blameless, as a result of the owners of THIS message board making an exemption, achieved through Pm's or direct email.

You will be banned, or deleted if selling your goods is why you are here.

This does not apply to bloggers

9/15/2010

« Last Edit: November 05, 2010, 05:23:29 PM by Mike GadgetGeek Stock »

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Re: Posting Guidelines
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 05:25:48 PM »

GG>-  Please do not log on to this message board attempting to sell something, or to direct someone to a website that is selling items.
That is, unless you are held blameless, as a result of the owners of THIS message board making an exemption, achieved through Pm's or direct email.

You will be banned, or deleted if selling your goods is why you are here.

This does not apply to Bloggers

10/05/2010

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Re: Posting Guidelines
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 06:32:02 PM »


One of our regulars posted this in another space, I borrowed it...

With so many new people i thought i'd remind folks to read the group description.
People WILL argue with you, WILL challenge you and WILL question you, BUT this WILL be in the interest to help, not just to cause trouble. Accept it and enjoy the discussions, or feel free to move along. This isn't a warm and fuzzy group to avoid feelings being hurt.
Finding offense where none is intended is a form of selfishness.

When facts change, I change my mind.  What do you do?

It's a poor craftsman that blames his tools.

 

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