RULE ONE: Double Posts -> Double Trouble
And that’s one kind of trouble we like to avoid. Yes, even at our tea party, double posting is a no-go. If you forgot to add something to your post, you can use the EDIT button to add it, rather than making an entirely new post.
RULE TWO: Save the drama for your llama
Unless it’s the discussion of a television drama or theater class. Those are perfect to chat about over a nice cup of tea.
The drama we do not want here is the kind that brings down the mood. We understand that disagreements may arise between users. However, we ask that those matters be left outside of our friendly little gathering.
RULE THREE: I Solemnly Swear that I am Up to no Good
In general, swearing is not frowned upon here. The exception to this general stance is when the swearing is directed at a fellow BMGf member. Verbal abuse and sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
What is viewed as an acceptable swear for one may be taken as a jab by another. If you are ever uncomfortable with a post, please click the Report button (located on the bottom left corner of the post) and kindly give us an explanation for why the message in question is a concern to you.
RULE FOUR: Class and SASS
We have a surplus of both here.
For those who are unfamiliar with the F&G brand of SASS, it is an acronym that stands for the following:
It is very useful in decoding the seriousness of a message. Let’s put it to the test, shall we?
Take the post, “You guys all suck, I’m leaving this travesty of a forum forever.”
When one is talking with another person face-to-face, various clues are given as to the meaning of the words exchanged between the two parties. Facial expressions, actions, and the tone of voice are all indicators of how a person is feeling.
When communicating on an internet forum, you lose out on all of these visual and verbal clues. So in order to get the true meaning of our message across, let’s apply a little bit of SASS.
Our post becomes “U gais all suck, I’m leaving this travesty of a forum 4eva. *tips nonexistent hat to you all, then departs for the moon* “
This is one of the few times where some SASS dispels a misunderstanding rather than creating one. So take advantage of this opportunity and use it. ;D