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FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011


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Jeffrey of YOSPOS

fau was here

FactsAreUseless fucked around with this message at 06:55 on Apr 1, 2020

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Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005

GET LOSE, YOU CAN'T COMPARE WITH MY POWERS


Floss Finder

no loitering

Genesplicer
Oct 19, 2002

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

Total Clam

As I said before, Don't Be A Dick.

Mega64
May 23, 2008

~ it's our ~

~ final fantasy ~


(just don't ask them about "the after years")



Grimey Drawer

Just because the President of the United States says it doesn't mean you should. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and the like will still be punished harshly! If you see this happen, report it!

Mega64
May 23, 2008

~ it's our ~

~ final fantasy ~


(just don't ask them about "the after years")



Grimey Drawer

You guys have run "OP's mom" jokes into the ground to the point they're not funny anymore. Gonna start throwing 6ers for them now.

Mega64
May 23, 2008

~ it's our ~

~ final fantasy ~


(just don't ask them about "the after years")



Grimey Drawer

The mods and admins feel serious political threads are better suited for Debate & Discussion or C-SPAM. Any serious political thread in GBS from now on will be gassed or moved to C-SPAM on mod discretion. We still encourage people to post goofy political poo poo, though.

Mega64
May 23, 2008

~ it's our ~

~ final fantasy ~


(just don't ask them about "the after years")



Grimey Drawer

I'm banning all negative talk about hexagons for the rest of 2016.

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005

GET LOSE, YOU CAN'T COMPARE WITH MY POWERS


Floss Finder

Obviously our new president is on the forefront of everyone's mind, but I think everyone would be better off here if trump threads did not make up, say, a third of all active threads. I'm going to gas some of them - my intent is not to shut down discussion, merely corral it.

Genesplicer
Oct 19, 2002

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

Total Clam

A quick notice: if you choose to report someone, that is great, however, there is a space titled: User Comments / Explanation: Please fill it out. We are far less likely to act on a report if you don't explain why you reported it.

Jose
Jul 24, 2007



PM me if you see something particularly bad that you think I might miss which could be a lot

Aesop Poprock
Oct 21, 2008


Grimey Drawer

Like Jose said, if you guys see anything, PM me and I'll check it out. You'll probably be wrong because I'm smarter than you but I'll at least look at it and let you know

Jose
Jul 24, 2007



If you complain about a 6 hour probation I hate you and will take it into account for future punishment

Jose
Jul 24, 2007



Blockbuster video needs more traffic so I'll be moving movie threads there

Aesop Poprock
Oct 21, 2008


Grimey Drawer

I will probate anyone who dislikes Norm Macdonald for 6hrs maximum, and I have an itchy trigger finger for this

Jose
Jul 24, 2007



Emptyquoting stuff is fine and if you quote something with "not an emptyquote" or similar after i'll probate you if i see it because its obnoxious

Aesop Poprock
Oct 21, 2008


Grimey Drawer

Anyone who says Skylark isn't a girl is going straight to hell (I will probate them for a day)

Jose
Jul 24, 2007



I've seen a couple of posts recently with people claiming they were called a nazi or racist or whatever for something and if i see it and you can't link an example when i ask when I'll choose a probation length at random for it. This goes for any sub forum you post in

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005

GET LOSE, YOU CAN'T COMPARE WITH MY POWERS


Floss Finder

Please don't hesitate to PM me if you ever have any questions or comments about the forums or GBS! I care a lot and will be happy to respond to concerns that take up more space than the tiny report box.

Lowtax
Nov 16, 1999


please dont hesitate to jump up my rear end

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011


Don't be a gross creep. "But I'm not a gross creep!" you say. Great, then you don't have to care about this rule.

Burt Sexual
Jan 26, 2006

I'm the SIX to your NEIN


Switchblade Switcharoo

While the current Washington administration is insanely entertaining, political threads that involve the Dotard in chief, his lackies, and other fascinating poo poo belong in CSPAM. Theyíre good people, go post there!

Lowtax
Nov 16, 1999


Burt Sexual posted:

While the current Washington administration is insanely entertaining, political threads that involve the Dotard in chief, his lackies, and other fascinating poo poo belong in CSPAM. Theyíre good people, go post there!
I heard that Trump guy is a real clown, if you catch my drift !!!

GRINDCORE MEGGIDO
Feb 28, 1985


Low Content Posts in photoshop threads suck, please don't make them. Thank you citizens.

Burt Sexual
Jan 26, 2006

I'm the SIX to your NEIN


Switchblade Switcharoo

Reports that have a blank reason field are at an extreme high risk of being ignored. Please complete the prompt with the rules being violated. Thanks for your non lazy participation.

Kawasaki Nun
Jul 16, 2001

by Reene


I'm in charge.

Top Hats Monthly
Jun 22, 2011


People are people so why should it be, that you and I should get along so awfully blink blink recall STOP IT YOU POSH LITTLE SHIT


Kawasaki Nun posted:

I'm in charge.

hell yeah dude...whats the rules?

Shadow0
Jun 16, 2008


Grimey Drawer

All posters are required to wear goofy hats while posting. We'll know if you're breaking this rule.

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011


I can still close and open this thread, that rocks.

e: I'm not the person who opened it, I just wanted to see if I could do it once it was open. Permabanned for forums fuckery.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




Ich bin ein moderater

HOTLANTA MAN
Jul 4, 2010
Probation
Can't post for 17 days!


Lipstick Apathy

lol im a mod

Resting Lich Face
Feb 21, 2019


oo whats this

Catpain Slack
Apr 1, 2014

BAAAAAAH


Buglord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1jZi7OmRsA

The White Dragon
Nov 14, 2007

すご▞い!
君は働か░い
フ▙▓ズなんだね!


new gbs rule:

Only registered members can see post attachments!

Devils Affricate
Jan 22, 2010


I cant keep track of all these new rules

Aaronicon
Oct 2, 2010

by primus


Not like this

Zeta Acosta
Dec 16, 2019




1.- The remaining mods must immediately hand over their powers to Lowtax

2.- The remaining iks and mods are united to initiate the historic and responsible mission of fighting for the liberation of the Homeland and preventing our forum from continuing under the the old mods yoke; and the restoration of order and institutionality;

3.- Posters and shitposters can be sure that the economic and social achievements they have achieved to date will not undergo fundamental changes;

4.- The press, broadcasting radios and television channels addicted to the old mods must suspend their informative activities as of this moment. Otherwise they will receive aerial and ground punishment;

5.- The people of SA must stop posting in order to avoid innocent victims.

McSpanky
Jan 16, 2005






6.-LIVE FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!!

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GRINDCORE MEGGIDO
Feb 28, 1985


Casting reduce balls in GBS is prohibited.

Memo: don't forget to relock the GBS rules thread this time

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