Rules for use of the Star Trek Timelines forum

There are rules to participating on the Star Trek Timelines Forum, and there are volunteer and/or Disruptor Beam-employed Moderators and Administrators whose task it is to enforce these rules, aid in conversation, and otherwise support Forum functioning, as they see fit. Moderators (Starfleet Command) have the sole authority to make such decisions. Their decisions regarding Forum policy are not open for a vote among Forum members, nor open to protracted debate. Those looking for un-moderated discussions should look to un-moderated forums on Usenet and the Web. In the opinion of Disruptor Beam and its Forum Moderators, however, the most congenial and fruitful places for discussion and inquiry about Star Trek Timelines are those which are capably moderated.

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(1) Moderators’/Administrators’ Roles: Moderators (which includes Administrators in the following) of the Disruptor Beam Forums have the responsibility to enforce the Forum rules listed here. They are also empowered to act so as to improve the general well being of the Forum and its community. Therefore, be aware that Moderators are allowed to take all necessary and appropriate actions, up to and including the editing or deleting of problem posts and the banning of problem members. Moderators answer for their official actions to their fellow Moderators and to staff at Disruptor Beam. Generally speaking, Moderators will try to provide fair warning about behavior that might require their action, either on the Forum or through email or private message. At all times failure to respond to and heed warnings from Moderators is grounds for banning from the Forum.

Moderators will use this specific blue font to distinguish official posts (warnings, PSAs, etc.) they make on the Forum from posts which are made in their unofficial capacity as fellow members.

Note that Moderators may not be aware of all activity occurring on the Forum. If there is something you feel needs Moderator attention, please send a concise Private Message or email including a description of the issue and the URL of the associated post or thread. Moderator decisions on any topic may be delayed, perhaps by several days.

(2) Members’ Roles: The Disruptor Beam Forums are open to anyone willing to abide by the Forum Rules. We welcome reasoned discussion, debate and disagreement, so long as it is in an objective spirit of inquiry and does not become disruptive as described below in the sections on problem threads, posts and members.

Members should avoid using cyan font when posting, since it is reserved for official Moderator actions. Posts made in cyan will be changed by Moderators to another color.

(3) Problem threads and posts are subject to editing, deletion, closure, or being locked for further discussion. The decision to leave any thread open and available is at the discretion of Moderators, in their capacity as responsible stewards of Forum functioning. Members re-starting conversations in closed or locked threads are subject to warning and/or termination, for being “problem members”. Some examples of problem threads and posts follow in (a)-(f):

(a) Spam is not allowed on the Disruptor Beam Forums and will be deleted. New members should avoid posting promotional links, as they will likely be viewed as spam.

(b) Duplicate or multiple posts on the same topic are subject to deletion. Please attempt to keep threads on topic, and attempt to keep topics in active threads rather than beginning new ones. Moderators will merge threads with similar topics and split threads that stray.

(c) Publishing material under copyright is only allowed as per “Fair Use” rules. Members should not copy entire articles under copyright to the forum, but instead quote a few sentences and provide a link.

(d) Publishing private messages, emails or other correspondence without permission from the authors is not allowed. This also covers screenshots/pictures of social media chats showing identifiable names.

(e) “Trolling” is not allowed. This includes posting derogatory or inflammatory messages with the intent to bait an overheated response, as well as behavior that in the Moderators’ judgement is gratuitously argumentative, combative, or inflammatory with the apparent intent to prolong debate for its own sake rather than promote, defend, or critique a particular idea or point of view.

(f) Threads and posts are not allowed that in the opinion of Moderators are impolite, vulgar, nasty, uncivil, or otherwise disruptive to the good functioning of the Forum. The true spirit of community is only possible if we maintain civility. Abuse of forum members will not be permitted. In particular, abuse of Moderators for performing their responsibilities will not be permitted. What constitutes abuse will be determined by Moderators on a case-by-case basis, however in general it amounts to any racist, sexist, homo-sexist, threatening, harassing, or other personally offensive, vulgar or derogatory comments. Abuse would include so-called hate speech and fighting words.

Generally speaking, inflammatory, hyperbolic or overly emotive rhetoric is the sign of a troll and should be avoided on the Disruptor Beam Forums. This community exists, first and foremost, to foster the Star Trek Timelines Community. Community does not flourish in an atmosphere of heated rhetoric, mutual vilification or recrimination. Disagreements should be kept, as much as possible, to the issues at hand and not become overly personalized. Since they risk degenerating into flame wars, abusive forum threads or posts are subject to immediate editing or deletion.

(g) Threads and posts that are disruptive to the flow of conversation by beinoff-topic, or which in the opinions of Moderators were written to drive up a post-count or otherwise not relevant to the Star Trek Timelines Community and the Disruptor Beam Forums are not allowed. They are subject to locking, editing or deletion.

(h) Threads that consist of repetitive posting of the same comments, information, or links without meaningful development or responsive discussion will be considered a form of spamming or trolling and may be locked or deleted at the Moderators’ discretion.

(i) Posts arguing about our company policies and/or business practices are not allowed. You can contact us should you feel the need to discuss this.

(4) Problem members are subject to banning or deletion. The decision to allow any member to post is entirely at the discretion of Forum Moderators, in their capacity as responsible stewards of Forum functioning. What constitutes a problem member is up to Moderator discretion. Some examples of problem members follow in (a)-(d):

(a) Members who regularly engage in problem posting.

(b) Members who regularly engage in abusive, nasty or disruptive behavior; or who display a pattern of hostile, antagonistic and uncooperative behavior with Moderators and/or membership.

(c) Members who use more than one username on the Forum. Members are allowed a single username. “Sock puppets” (multiple usernames hiding a single person) are not allowed and will be banned or deleted. Members engaging in such behavior will be considered problem members and are themselves subject to warning or banning.

(d) Members who have been banned or deleted from the Forum are not allowed to re-register under different usernames. Such re-registry may result in immediate deletion of the new account, and deletion of all associated new posts.

(5) These Forum Rules are subject to revision and updating at any time, as appropriate.

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