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[Mandatory Reading] How to post respectfully

By #[Izmar] - ADMIN - April 14, 2012, 23:26:01

Treating others with respect means that you treat them as you would want someone else to treat you.

It means assuming that others on the forums are fellow human beings who have the same rights of expression as you.

It means seeking to understand others and taking their feelings into consideration.

It means that if someone posts faulty information, we should respond politely if we correct them and try to teach them where they can find better information next time, without judgement, mockery, or arrogance.

It means giving the other person the benefit of the doubt, rather than assuming that they are ignorant, stupid, mean, or troublesome.

It means not using insults or slurs against other members.

It means only posting when you have something important to contribute to the conversation, so as not to waste others' time.

[size=24]Posting with respect is a requirement for everyone participating in the Zenith forum, no matter their status.[/size]

If you see someone posting in a disrespectful manner on this forum, remember that using the Report button is a requirement. Do not attempt to argue, fight, or insult someone who is being disrespectful. This only causes more problems and gives trolls the attention that they crave. Also, if the moderators do rule that a post is against the rules, when the offending parties are sanctioned, you may be sanctioned as well for participating.

Remember: we all have opinions and we all want to be heard. Even if you disagree with someone, you must treat them respectfully.

And it's important to remember that the purpose of this forum is not to see who can "win" a thread. Leave that kind of mentality at the door.
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[size=18]Moderation Process:[/size]

If your post is found to be unacceptable by the moderation team, it will be set invisible. Usually, if your infraction was a small one, and if it is your first offense, you will not lose your ability to post on the forum. This is a "do-over" that the moderation team often extends to our players who commit less serious offenses as a courtesy to help them adjust to the rules, which don't permit the usual free-for-all flamefest that might be found in the average website comment section.

While the post is invisible, you have the ability to edit your post and correct anything that might be objectionable. Often, the moderation team will leave a note in your post telling you what needs to be corrected.

If the revised post is acceptable, the moderation team can then make the post visible again, and everyone can continue the discussion, no harm, no foul.

It is extremely important that you not quote trolling or insulting posts. If you do, your posts will be set invisible as well until the offending quote can be removed, and if you respond to insults or trolling with insults of your own, you may also be sanctioned.

If you post something that is completely unacceptable (scams, racist or xenophobic comments, or anything that is destructive to the forums) or have an established behavior of making posts that break the rules of the forums (as determined by the discretion of the moderation team), your ability to post will be removed along with your offending posts. It might be for a week, two weeks, a month, or permanently, depending on the severity of the infraction, and your previous rate of recidivism (this means that repeat offenders will receive harsher sanctions).

If you believe that your post has been set invisible in error, you can contact the moderator responsible by Ankabox. You can find this moderator's name in your invisible post, as there will be a notice that shows you who was responsible for the action.

It is important to be respectful of the moderators when questioning a sanction. They are players like yourselves who have volunteered their time to help our community remain welcoming and enjoyable for everyone, and many of them have poured hundreds of hours of unpaid service into keeping this community running smoothly. Respect them and they will always be respectful to you.