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Jul 24, 2007

Edit: this is just because the old one got kinda long from replies so we can reply to this one as and when things change

Shamelessly stealing most of the op from the last rules thread because i'm lazy

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Somebody fucked around with this message at 02:28 on Apr 17, 2021


Jul 24, 2007

So I was informed there is nothing in the rules specifically about doxxing so adding this as a new post to give it more visibility

SA User Doxxing:

  • Linking anything off forum or stepping into real life is too far. "I found this guys twitter, look at all the dumb poo poo he posts" "haha, look at his facebook, he likes Batman" "I see his wife works for DC"
  • Bringing up past ON FORUM posts that are relevant to the topic is not punishable. "He posted about liking Batman in that one thread 6 years ago."

Public Official:

Anything relevant to their position is probably fair game. If they worked for a Gas Station in 1998 that they are now giving huge Donut Contracts to now it's relevant.
Anything non-position related is off limits. Family, Friends, Address. "Oh they walk their dog in XXX Park"

Random Internet Blip (i.e. No leash lady):

Don't dig up anything. SA does not need to be the Go-To place to vigilante these people. If something is posted on a news site, it's fine to discuss, but don't be the people making it the news.

Jul 24, 2007

Don't attack posters for having recent reg dates. Report them or PM a mod but absolutely do not just attack them in gbs for it

Mar 20, 2018

We added some IKs. Here's all the mods and IKs and what they do.

Mods-Genesplicer, Jose, Aardvark!, Aegis Bear

GRINDCORE MEGGIDO-come to him for all your Photoshop/MSPAINT/Cursed Images thread sticking needs
teen witch-mostly in r/relationships thread
TheBloop - DeviantArt thread / general IK
Literally A Person - General IK
Bonzo - General IK
Jestery - AUS IK and General IK
A Fancy Hat - Politics threads IK (Trumplols in particular)

My hope is that having a a larger mod staff for GBS will lead to better and less intrusive moderation. Mods and IKs who actively post in and follow the widely different kinds of threads in GBS should cut down on mistakes and instances of a mod not fully understanding the situation of a thread they don't follow closely. I will update this if any of the IK's have a thread they want to IK specifically.

Somebody fucked around with this message at 13:54 on May 20, 2021

Mar 3, 2002

E: Removed no longer relevant stuff concerning the purchase of the forums

Aardvark! fucked around with this message at 13:52 on May 20, 2021

Mar 20, 2018

Going to use this post I made by mistake before to announce TheAardvark is now a GBS mod! RIP

HugeGrossBurrito fucked around with this message at 19:18 on Sep 6, 2020

Mar 20, 2018

The hard C-word is now getting a week outside of the Australia and U.K. threads in GBS, second time a month, the third time, well good luck you may not be posting here ever again.

Mar 3, 2002

HugeGrossBurrito posted:

The hard C-word is now getting a week outside of the Australia and U.K. threads in GBS, second time a month, the third time, well good luck you may not be posting here ever again.

To add on to this, I added "retard" to the banned list. I edited it in a while ago. "Spastic" is not acceptable either.

Oct 19, 2002

If anyone wants me, I'll be in the Angry Dome!

Total Clam

I would like to add the general rule of "Don't be a dick." Very simple and straightforward. When you post, ask yourself if the post makes you sound like a jerk. If so, either reword or delete. There are enough dicks out there. 4chan and Parler are ready and able to serve them. We don't need dicketry here.

Mar 20, 2018

Going to chill on the word filter probe stuff, you guys have been good about poo poo mostly so lets keep it that way.

Jul 24, 2007

There are very clearly marked tags when you make a thread that will ban you so if you don't use them and make a ban me it won't happen so we can all laugh at you being a dumbass


Mar 3, 2002

I'm tired of gimmick posting infecting every new thread. Keep that poo poo to your own threads

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