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*** Forum Rules of Conduct ***

Post by jacob » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:58 pm

It seems to help on the admin work to post these "laws of the land" once in a while. It's almost always the same issues, so just consider this a reminder. MY apologies that this will probably sound harsh ... for the most parts/with extremely few exceptions, this forum is still running GREAT and it's one of the best forums on the internet!!

Seriously!!! The forum is 95% of the reason that earlyretirementextreme.com still exists, so let's keep the standards high!

1) DEAR POTENTIAL SPAMMERS! There are tons of eyes on you on this forum. DON'T WASTE OUR TIME! Typically spam will be deleted within the hour. Sometimes we catch you within 5 minutes! If you think you can sneak in five links for SEO purposes by hiring some copywriter to post human-sounding messages, you just wasted whatever you paid them or 10 minutes of your life. They will be deleted. Your IP and email will be banned for the duration of the universe!

2) Some people use phones or textreaders to keep up, so please don't abuse the quote function. Don't quote the entire post you're responding to. Because if you do, people have to scroll through all that only to learn that you're just responding to the post above :( IF you're responding to the entire post (which is the case in most cases), just start your post with @username. Then respond. Only use the quote function when/if responding to specific paragraphs or sentences.

3) DO NOT SIGN YOUR NAME [or URL] on your posts. Again ... it's annoying to have to scroll through that. I will edit this out manually and I don't like to do that. People already know who you are from your username and/or profile details.

4) DO NOT CROSS POST to multiple forums. Seems like a great idea right ... until people figure out what you're doing and start ignoring you because they figure that maybe the thread is active on another forum. Tragedy of the commons and the Boy who cried wolf combined.

5) DO NOT INSTIGATE! Deliberately trying to piss people off is juvenile, so just don't. If someone is trolling or acting like a 12-year old sociopath, please try to ignore it the first time around rather than escalating it. If they do it repeatedly, you have my permission to fire back ONCE! If they keep doing it, PM me and I'll ban them for life. I will sacrifice the one to protect the many. A lot of effort is focused on keeping this forum in the style of a rational debate amongst adults.---Which kinda makes it an oasis of reason on the interwebs. Don't destroy this culture! It's a rare thing in these days!

6) NO LYNCH MOBS! Because I've been on the receiving end of this more than once I'll allow no social media mob behavior on this forum; that is, negatively discussing anyone who is not present to defend themselves. In my experience such things don't help anyone. Basically, if you don't want to say something to somebody's face (presuming they're a heavyweight UFC fighter/not smaller than you), don't say it at all. Furthermore, if you don't want to say it for the public record.---Don't say it either. This is not for the purpose of being politically correct. It is because such opinionating tends to be misinformed and stupid.

7) Read this if you haven't already: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html --- it pretty much covers everything. It's how the net used to operate before Eternal September. Let's keep it the way it was before that.

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct Reminder ***

Post by jacob » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:50 am

Dear Spammers! Due to the recent increase in comment spam, I have highlighted the relevant part for your convenience :x

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct Reminder ***

Post by cmonkey » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:15 pm

Are the spammers bots, or are these actual people?

I know on blogs you can install spam filters, not sure on forums.

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct Reminder ***

Post by jacob » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:43 pm

Human spammers looking for SEO juice.

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct Reminder ***

Post by jacob » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:29 pm

Reminder: Forum posts containing fighting words will be deleted! See (5) above.

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct Reminder ***

Post by jacob » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:53 am

Reminder: 5 again! ... Also 2.

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Re: *** Forum Rules of Conduct ***

Post by jacob » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:05 pm

Just a reminder to new users! (See rule 1 above)

Because of a recent resurgence in spam, it's a really risky move on your part if your very first post on the forum links to some product or service that you somehow recommend.

Even if it such posts are genuine, they're often hard to tell from spam-bots or spam-humans!

Spamming usually lead to deleting the entire account + all its posts, but if I'm even some doubt, I will just delete the post and let the account live or even just delete the links in the post.

Therefore, I highly recommend not posting product links for the first 10+ posts on the forum.

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