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welcome to byob! i know you thought we were the no rules forum, but guess what? we have rules!

1. behave like adults and treat each other with respect. This includes respecting people of different races, nationalities, religions, and gender identities.

2. don't poo poo up threads. especially community threads and effort threads. if you hate a thread, contact one of your iks. we're all tired of not being able to have nice threads because there are 5 people who have no self control skills

3. do not post sexually suggestive pictures of children (either photographs or drawings), pictures of people or animals maimed or dead, or homegrown (this means do not post your genitals or the genitals of someone you know). if you are compelled to post something that's not work safe, put it behind nws tags. a proper nws tag looks like this :nws:Click here to view inappropriate image:nws:

4. if a mod or idiot king edits your post or asks you to stop doing something, that's a sign that you should stop doing that thing

5. it is now OK to mash the report button as those reports go to your mods examples of good times to do that: someone posts child porn, someone gets drunk and posts their social security number, the forum is literally on fire and you can't find a fire marshal. it's better to report something too quick than not report at all!


6. BYOB is a no politics talk zone. We are all over saturated with news about the presidential election and results. You can't be an island of chill and discuss this, so we're not going to. We have a thread to discuss positive steps you can take in the world and in your own personal life to help us all deal with the political situation, but that thread should be focused on positive suggestions and not divert into political conversations. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe place to take a break from all this chaos.

your byob co-mods are Goons Are Great and Manifisto

please use something awful private messaging to communicate with the idiot kings and mods.

Somebody fucked around with this message at 12:48 on Aug 14, 2021



Why did my thread get gassed?

In the early days of byob 8.2, "just post" was our anthem. the forum was full of any garbage thread people wanted to post. this made the forum hard to read and any funny or interesting content got lost in all the garbage.

over the years various mods and idiot kings started imposing "standards" on threads. some standards stayed and some didn't. the following are the standards that the forum as a whole has settled on.

these aren't "rules" per se, but if your thread falls into one of these categories it has a higher than average chance of being gassed.


1. call out threads with user names in them. threads called "Peter post here" or "what are you doing today George?" or "i sure miss Gandalf" are not inclusive and don't make people feel welcome to post in them. the same goes for a "thread for me and my friends to post in". if you're making a thread aimed at 1 person or an exclusive group take it to pms.

2. parody threads. if there's a thread called "post here to have something nice said about you" and you make a thread called "post here to have something mice said about you" and your op is "hahaha", well that's a waste of valuable byob front page space. the RARE exception is when you make a parody thread that actually has content and is funny. i think this has happened twice in the last 2 years so chances are if you're making a parody thread you're wasting space

3. duplicate threads. if we have 1 thread about robin williams dying we do not need 50. unfortunately this is not a made up example. likewise, if what you have to say will fit into an existing thread, please don't make a new one. we have a "hello" thread stickied at all times. come say hello there instead of making a thread for that

4. no content threads/thread spamming. please don't post just to hear yourself mash keys and don't post 20 posts a day. in general, threads should inform, entertain, or help us improve ourselves. the more creative you are the better. a thread with no purpose will not usually survive

5. threads that have stalled or turned into chat threads periodically i will just go through the forum and cull threads that are just lingering to make room for the good stuff. this is just general maintenance and doesn't mean your thread was a bad idea or i hate you or anything. all threads die someday. some just need a little shove

and finally

do not remake a thread after yours gets gassed and don't complain about your thread getting gassed. if you post long enough you're going to get a thread gassed. we have rotating iks and each one is going to try to shape the forum a little differently. maybe it got gassed because it violated a community standard. maybe it got drama-y once it got started. maybe the ik's finger slipped. take a deep breath, try to learn from it, and move on

Somebody fucked around with this message at 08:19 on Dec 13, 2021

Thank you for the beautiful sig Machai!


a word about sigs

yobbers love their sigs and well they should. but there is a growing trend of taking many different sig images and stacking them up so your sig is GIANT and we all have to scroll over your sig over and over again, rendering the forum virtually unreadable

if you must have multiple images, please shrink them so the overall size isn't obnoxious

edited to remove the sig rotator which seems to have broken

Thank you for the beautiful sig Machai!


Q: Wait weren't images spinning in here?

A: Images used to spin in BYOB. They no longer do.

Q: Why did they stop?

A: Everything in life is transient.



Jaded Burnout posted:

My good friends.

The loss of the Rotating Images from BYOB triggered a bout of introspection in the chat thread, among other emotions. Various suggestions for Alternate Fun Modifications appeared, along with some plaintive cries for the return of The Spin.

Well wait no more. I have created a Chrome extension/Firefox addon which can provide a configurable set of CSS mods to the bee why oh bee, so you can choose how to personalise your own Chill Experience.

If you've got any ideas for fun mods post them here, or if you're feeling technically minded you can contribute directly on github. I've added the classic spinning images to get us started.

FluffieDuckie fucked around with this message at 18:43 on Feb 20, 2018

Thank you for the beautiful sig Machai!



Everyone is abuzz about gang tags community badges, the latest trend in forums posting. What are they? They are small images you can put underneath your avatar by putting it in img tags in the title text part of your av. The trick is you can do that only with images hosted on the SA server.

Anyway some places that have made badges over the years consider them kind of a protected entity like it would be rude to use it if you weren't part of some special thing in that subforum. Idk which ones. Anyway it's Not the case in byob, you can use our badges freely! :) :w2byob: here are some byob made community badges for your avving pleasure

Two exceptions are the Hog Dawg tag and the Mx BYOB tag, both of which were reserved for the winners of specific contests
Edit: A small additional rule would be that you please make sure that your total community badges don't make more than ~200px in height. That means it's cool to have 10 badges à 20px as well as one big one at 200px, but in total it's good if not everyone has to scroll for an hour to read a page. :sun:

Enjoy! We are all buds and pals here.

Somebody fucked around with this message at 18:41 on Jul 23, 2020


Off-site Chat?? "This chord" :confused: Wat???

Yes there is an unofficial off-site chat full of a lot of fun byob posters, based on the popular Discord® chat system. It is fun and fast paced / chatty and you, yes you, are welcome to it. Please post in the Welcome, Hello, & Chat thread to ask for an invite.

Let me stress that it is unofficial and not part of SomethingAwful and it is run and moderated separately, but you will see many of the same people there as you do here, because it was started by posters here. Go and have fun there!

I just ask that, in the highly unlikely event that drama occurs in the discord, that you do not import it here. The mods of BYOB and the admins of SA act based on what is posted on the forums, not based on what is said in an off-site chat room, so please don't bring discord drama here. I wish that were hypothetical but it has happened in the past. I really don't think it is likely to happen with the BYOB discord but I feel the need to put that out there just in case.

ty manifisto


Goons Are Gifts

hello hi sorry to interrupt, but I noticed that we don't have this in BYOB proper and I feel like it should also be noted here:
If you want to have a less visually busy stylesheet, or the regular BYOB look can get you fired or you're allergic to certain colors, you can have the full posting experience in a regular SA gray by adding this
to your custom filters in your adblock/block addon/settings of some browsers/magical orb you use to access past BYOB from the future.

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