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    #1465662 - 04/17/03 12:30 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Hello everyone.  This is a transcript of some official policy that has been adopted by the administration on behalf of the staff of the Shroomery.  Only the portions which concern the general membership have been included - this document is edited and I'm posting it so that the community realizes the consequences of certain actions.  It is also now available on the front-end, which includes general behavioral suggestions as well as the raw rules you see here.  Members are responsible for understanding and abiding by this document, as well as following individual forum policies.  Feel free to post any questions or comments.

On Banning:
Any user who violates site or specific forum policy, including those who ignore personal direction given to them by a moderator/administrator, will be banned according to the following guidelines.  While we will do our best to be fair, we do reserve the right to ban anyone for any reason:
  • A first offense for minor infractions will result in a written warning by moderator/administrator either via Private Message, or in the thread where the incident occurred. Immediate bans are often issued without warning in circumstances involving SPAM, explicitly illegal activity, excessive harassment, or any behavior deemed malicious.
  • Upon second offense, the user will receive a temporary ban of anywhere from 1-15 days with: (1) a brief explanation of the reason behind the ban and (2) the duration of said ban.
  • Repeat offenders who continue to violate policy and/or administrative direction, will be permanently banned.
  • Every user may contest their ban through our Support System.  Please include any and all relevant information and links where applicable.  While we reserve the right to allow certain users readmittance, do not expect to be given a second chance if you have been perm banned.



On Puppets (aka Multiple Accounts):
Puppets are allowed only under two circumstances:
  • Grow log/cultivation puppet
  • Special circumstance (including but not limited to a user who is engaged in a court proceeding where certain information could be held against them)
All legitimate puppets must be cleared with an administrator in advance.  GrowLog puppets will be removed from the normal User group and only allowed to post in the applicable forums.  Failing prior permission, suspected and/or recognized puppets will be banned until the issue is resolved via email with an administrator or through our Support System.



On Harassment & Respect:
Harassment of other members will not be tolerated at the Shroomery, and may result in an immediate ban depending on severity.  Do not post another member's personal information, including but not limited to names, addresses, phone numbers, social network pages and/or pictures. If you have a problem with another member, please make your peace with them or use our ignore features (found on each member's profile page) to prevent them from continuing to bother you.  If you have a problem with another member, please make your peace with them or simply keep your distance.  If you cannot behave in a respectful manner, keep your words to yourself.  Failure to comply will result in administrative action at the sole discretion of the staff.  All members are encouraged to PM a moderator or administrator with relevant information if they cannot resolve their conflict privately.



On Posting Private Messages:
Private Messages are meant to be kept private.  We will not tolerate users posting discussions held in private correspondance, onto the public boards.  Any private messages that are sent to a moderator or admin may be reviewed by the collective staff, but will never be posted in the public forum.



On Post-Whoring & Flooding:
Post Whores are those who create multiple posts of little or no content, which fail to contribute to the topic at hand, or whom create multiple threads in rapid succession, in effect "flooding" a forum.  Post Whores may or may not engage in such behavior to intentionally drive up their post count.  Members engaging in post whoredom will be processed in accordance with the On Banning guidelines above.



On Drama Queens & Hate Magnets:
When someone gets on the bad side of the community and continues to act out, bringing the wrath of our more vocal members upon themselves and generally becoming a detriment to the health and harmony of the boards, they will be processed in accordance with the On Banning guidelines above.  Even if you feel that you are in the right, sometimes it is best to just let things go.  It is expected that you will respect any such direction given to you by a staff member.



On Closing Threads:
Threads are to be closed when they are violating the general site or specific forum policy to a degree that is not detrimental to any member of the membership, yet still goes against the rules, or when there are multiple instances of a similar topic in the active thread-list.  Often, the purpose of closing a thread rather than dumping it, is to set an example to the membership that such threads will not be tolerated. Questionable threads may be temporarily closed as a preventative measure until a final decision has been reached via staff discussion.  Your first course of action if you believe your thread was closed without cause, is to contact the staff member who closed your thread directly.  Failing that, email an administrator or use our Support System.



On Editing Posts:
Posts will be edited if the material in them violates any general site or specific forum policy, yet resides within a developed thread of considerable value.  Edited posts will be accompanied by explanation of the action in the post itself, and via private message if further explanation is deemed necessary. 
  • If a user manipulates their post after a moderator has edited it as a means to negate the administrative action, said user will receive an immediate temporary or permanent ban dependant upon the situation at the sole discretion of the administration.



On Deleting Accounts:
We aim to preserve our history and continuity in discussion by ensuring that no user accounts are deleted unecessarily. Thus, do not post anything that you think you may later regret, as in most cases we will deny any request to delete your account and post history.



On Deleting Posts & Dumping Threads:
  • Threads which provide potentially harmful information, illegal information/advice, are a direct threat to another user, or serve no useful purpose in a forum as decided by the forum moderator, will be dumped.
  • Moderators may delete any individual post so long as they include a public explanation of their action within the deleted post, or via Private Message. 
  • As a preventative measure, it is always acceptable to close/lock threads in question until the administration is available for comment.
  • If you believe your thread was dumped unjustly, you may contact an administrator for review and possible reinstatement no later than three days after the dumping.



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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1465689 - 04/17/03 12:39 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I'm very sorry and I'm not trying to be totaly stuupid but what is a puppet exactly?
I'm afraid I dont understand its context (is it like saying your bunny rabbit is growing something but in all actuality its you or a friend?)


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: mycophat]
    #1465696 - 04/17/03 12:40 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Hehe, no need to be sorry... The term 'puppet' is used to describe a user who has an account, and creates an additional puppet account for various reasons.

Edit: While I'm at it, I'll also explain that The Town Dump is a private holding forum for questionable threads to be viewed by the staff. It is a forum that mods and admins can move threads they are uncertain about for a temporary time period until a final decision is made. Once moved to the dump, if a decision is not made to restore the thread in ten days, it expires and is removed from the database.


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1465923 - 04/17/03 01:44 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1465965 - 04/17/03 02:02 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Wow, I have to say that I'm very impressed with that Geo  :laugh:

Certainly was a good move making you an admin.


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threa [Re: Thor]
    #1465987 - 04/17/03 02:13 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, Geo gets things done! It sort of makes the rest of us Admins look good by association... :wink:

I like the new rules. I may get a chance to draw some blood now! :laugh:

PS: To the Katzenjammer Kids, I'm just kidding. Jeeze, you all are sooo serious. Oh, and, yeah, hire some goddamned professional writers for Pete?s sake -- I?m looking for a challenge here, and I?m getting really soft sparing with you all...  :crazy:


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1466076 - 04/17/03 02:51 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks for working on keeping this place organised and in order.

Your time is appreciated!

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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1466102 - 04/17/03 03:10 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Very much so!


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1466610 - 04/17/03 10:30 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threa [Re: Papaver]
    #1466937 - 04/17/03 12:43 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

PS: To the Katzenjammer Kids, I'm just kidding. Jeeze, you all are sooo serious. Oh, and, yeah, hire some goddamned professional writers for Pete?s sake -- I?m looking for a challenge here, and I?m getting really soft sparing with you all...  :crazy: 




I wasn't going to say anything here about this, but I'm pretty sure I'm part of what you refer to with your lame nickname, and you decided this was the right avenue to keep being a moron, so here I am to talk back to you.

I do not have a problem with all authority.  Did you see me post anything in this thread about how I don't like the rules?  No.  My only response to these rules have been via a PM to geokills, and I actually made an effort to help him with it.

I have a problem with you.  You can't seem to get it through your Down Syndrome skull that it's not me missing the "good old days", it's me not liking your administration style.  If I simply missed the good old days I would insult Thor and 3D and Anno and matts and geo as well, and only like Ythan and Aphex and NightChild.

Look back through my posts in the three big threads with bivalve arguments.  You may notice that my criticisms are either 1) a response to you or 2) a response to Mr Mushrooms criticizing others.  Not a criticism of policy of the Shroomery ban policy.

Why do I even bother?  You're not going to address shit in your reply to me.
Time to take a shit then do some schoolwork.  Enjoy avoiding any real discussion with me in favor of trying to sound smart and/or witty.


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threa [Re: Papaver]
    #1466968 - 04/17/03 12:56 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1467389 - 04/17/03 03:36 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

don't mean to stir shit, but I'd like to see
the administrators take accountability for
their actions...

banning people and handing out notifications
via a generic 'Administration' account is about
as spineless and bitch as it gets.



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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: afoaf]
    #1467681 - 04/17/03 04:57 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks Geo for the helpfull explanation and sorry if I caused this "disturbance" in the "force"...LOL


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1467747 - 04/17/03 05:21 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I think we need a "Drunken Moe" banning spree to get rid of some of the bad karma around at the mo!
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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: geokills]
    #1467925 - 04/17/03 06:21 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Threads are to be sent to The Town Dump or deleted when they provide potentially........ illegal information/advice
You need to be more specific on what illegal information/advice is. Does the mushroom cultivation forum fall under this rule since psilocybin mushies are illegal... I would bet your answer is no, so plz, can you describe this in detail, or tell me where can I find the official regulations page. thx.


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: chodamunky]
    #1468018 - 04/17/03 06:45 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Please refer to the Shroomery's General Supplier Policy.  While you're at it, you may want to check out the other documents which you are required to accept through use of The Shroomery.org.  You can find 'em  linked in the footer of every BB page :cool:

Additionally, some forums have "sticky" threads at the top of the thread list which outline specific forum policy.  You should definitely read those if you're participating in a forum that has its own guidelines.  For forum policy disucssion, please contact the moderators of the forum or post in a seperate thread about it.
 


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: afoaf]
    #1468658 - 04/17/03 11:10 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

don't mean to stir shit, but I'd like to see
the administrators take accountability for
their actions...

banning people and handing out notifications
via a generic 'Administration' account is about
as spineless and bitch as it gets.

 




Thats so stupid. I mean if all admins agree on a ban, why does someone have to do it when the ban represents ALL the admins decision?

Nobody wants to be the bad guy, but if all admins agree on a ban then a generic user 'administrator' bans that person.

Why is that not accountability? If a user is banned its because of a consensus amongst admins!

This avoids the a-typica "Moe/3D banned me! what an asshole" .. When in truth ALL admins banned you, they were just the ones who pressed the button.

So shove that spineless and bitch back up where it came :wink:


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: Thor]
    #1468663 - 04/17/03 11:12 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Thor, I agree with you in principle

but

I've seen instances where admins say "It wasn't me, I don't know who it did it". Therefore it obviously wasn't the case of what you described....


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1468682 - 04/17/03 11:18 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

That has to stop, and I think with what Geo has been doing that will now happen.

At least I certainly hope so.


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Re: New Policy on Banning, Puppets, & Closing/Deleting Threads [Re: Thor]
    #1468718 - 04/17/03 11:35 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

lol @ pap kissing geo's ass


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