This is an Uncivilized Place for Uncivilized Discussion
Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park infested with muggers and junkies. We recommend using a pseudonym and never giving any clues as to your real identity even if you feel you can trust that person.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for uncivilized public discourse.
Improve the Discussion or Hijack It With Something Better
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
Be Disagreeable, Even When You Agree
You may wish to respond to something by agreeing with it just to play devil’s advocate. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize people along with their ideas. Please indulge in:
Ad hominem attacks.
Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
Your Participation Counts
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding lame ones that do not.
CindysBeenTrippin provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
If You See a Problem, Don’t Flag It
The only thing I want you to flag is obviously illegal activity and spam, please don’t reply to either one. I don’t care about your argument with Joe Schmoe about this or that.
Always Be Uncivil
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness: Always be uncivil unless your troll is being civil or you’re just being civil to so you can be even more uncivil soon.
Be uncivil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would not consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
Feel free to post your legal porn and obscenities in the NSFW category.
Disrespect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Keep It Tidy
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
Don’t post no-content replies.
Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.
Post Only Your Own Stuff
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
Terms of Service
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.