All of the moderators at Forumosa are volunteers. They provide their time and their good judgment to this website free of charge.
We avoid deleting threads as much as possible, even those some Forumosans may consider to be “flamebait”. However, the moderators and administrators may remove threads which are deemed, in our discretion, to be too rhetorically hot or too inflammatory.
In the event that these guidelines are breached, a poster may be warned or suspended. We recognize that the degree, or even commission of, a “posting offence” is often subjective, and the moderating team is fully empowered to deal with breaches of these rules. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in the offending […]
If you are the type of person who simply cannot get along with other people, and if you seem to repeatedly cause trouble, eventually we will decide that your presence is undesirable and you will be suspended, even if you are a long-term member of Forumosa.
The moderator who has suspended you has the discretion to assign a length to your suspension (typically are up to 2 weeks). Beyond this length of time, a panel of moderators will decide when to end a suspension.
Supermods are moderators who have moderating capabilities throughout the forums. They cover forums that do not have any assigned moderators, and are mindful of any special rules that a particular forum may have. If moderation is needed in a forum, and the regular moderator is unavailable, a Supermod might help.
The rules are designed to help the moderators moderate the forums. From time to time, some rules may seem antiquated, or new rules may need to be considered that reflect the reality of moderating on Forumosa. All discussion topics relating to Forumosa’s policies, procedures, enforcement, etc. belong in the Feedback forum and specific comments for […]
Forumosans are encouraged to use an avatar in their profile. This avatar will be displayed next to all their posts. Avatars that are pornographic, obscene, or offensive will be removed – if you object to someone else’s avatar, alert the admin at admin (at) forumosa.com or leave a voice message at +1 (413) 248-7743.
7.02. Private Messages are private. Private Messages received on Forumosa are to be considered private and are not to be posted publicly unless the sender of the PM agrees. Members are asked to take care and exercise respect when using this function. If you believe a PM sent to you constitutes harassment or a threat (see […]
If you wish to add to a post you just made, please go back to that post and use the edit function to add the additional information. Do not create a new post immediately after it.
Cross-posting the same or similar messages in different forums or topics is spam. Post a topic once in the most appropriate forum. If a moderator moves your post to what she feels is a better forum, respect that decision. Cross-posted messages will be deleted or moved to the Temporary Forum. If you feel strongly that […]
Try to keep the text relevant to the topic as much as possible. See Excessive quoting of internal material.
Do not make Emoticons the sole substance of your posts. Posts that consist mainly of Emoticons may be deleted or moved to the Temporary Forum.
Messages deliberately posted in an inappropriate forum. These will be removed or moved to the Temporary Forum. Post in the correct forum. If you are not sure which forum to post in, then state so in your post and leave it up to a moderator to move it for you, if necessary.
Such off-topic posts will be removed or moved to the Temporary Forum. Digressions from the topic are allowed so long as they are in direct reply to a previous post, or there is, even, a nominal link to the conversation.
Gravedigging is replying to old topics when you have nothing substantial to add, or just to “bump” the topic back up to the top of the forum. Such acts are considered to be spam. Gravedigging replies may be removed or moved to the Temporary forum.
Posts deemed by a moderator to have no value to the forum they are posted in may be removed or moved to the Temporary forum.
Posting a link to a blog entry or back to your own website without adding original and/or relevant content is uncool. Examples of BlogSpam are posts like, “I went to Restaurant X last night. Click here to go to my blog for the review.” Or, “Did you hear what Obama did? Outrageous! Click here for […]
Do not post personal information about any other person even if that information is publicly available. This includes, but is not limited, to divulging personal information such as the real-life identity of other Forumosans, telephone numbers, or sexual orientation. In addition, Forumosa does not condone or encourage efforts by individuals to “dig up” information about […]