12/ Do unto others as they would do unto themselves.
13/ Personal insults will not be tolerated. These include attacks on origin, language, race, religion, political worldview or gender, but are not limited to these points.
Not all insults are equal. Punishment and duration are at the discretion of the staff.
14/ Multiple accounts are not allowed without prior approval of the staff and forum transparency. Unapproved accounts will be banned.
15/ Proxies are not allowed without prior approval of the staff. Unapproved accounts will be banned.
16/ Users will not quote Private Messages from others in the forum without the permission of the sender. This includes PMs from mods and admins. This applies also to other forms of communication between two users like instant messaging, IRC queries, etc..
17/ Repeated violation of forum rules will result in banning.
18/ Use the search function. Avoid trivia and fluff in the more serious sections of the forum. Avoid double postings. Avoid threads with topics which already exist. The staff will move, merge or delete such content.
Originally Posted by Anthile
I have to tell you that the amount of (personal) insults for which we had to give warnings and infractions increased significantly in the last days and weeks.
This creates just unpleasant tension and a hostile atmosphere.
And I think no one here wants to be in such a forum, right?
There is a line between being harsh or critical and just insulting.
We have members from all over the world, we come from different cultures and we all have different backgrounds. Often we are not able to estimate how other people see our postings. Experts say that 40% of the meaning in text messages get lost.
1. Think about how others could perceive your postings. Could you formulate it less hostile?
2. Communicate with each other. Oh, how many wars and feuds are the results of simple misunderstandings? Put your pride aside and ask "Say, did you really mean it this way?". Also, to apologize can also be an option.
3. Respect each other. Even if you really dislike someone, there is no need for being insulting.
4. Even if someone insults you, stay cool. Revenge is a wheel that spins backwards.
Undesireable Behaviours Generally Considered Noxious
A Comprehensive (But Not Exhaustive) List
The first rule of INTPforum most elegantly states: "Don't be a nuisance."
Yet over the years an accursed sense of doubt has plagued the minds of the members. This vexing conundrum has been the downfall of wise and foolish alike. Few seem capable to grasp its elusive answer. They wonder, hands wringing in despair: what, indeed, is a nuisance?
The present list has therefore been compiled to banish this plague forevermore.
Strawmanning and ad-hominem-ing
Pettiness, nitpicking and hairsplitting
Condescension, dismissal and hubris
In General Behaviour:
Harassing forum members
Endless obsession with a specific subject
Close-minded dogmatism and proselytising
Incapacity to spell, use punctuation, paragraphs, or write coherent sentences
In Threads & Posts:
High-frequency of low-substance posting
Me-too threads/posts without substance
Necroing threads frivolously
Constant adolescent relationship drama
Attention whoring threads
Abusing image memes
Useless or unfunny one-liners
Largely incoherent posts of excessive length
Spilling out arguments and personal feuds over unrelated threads
Deceitfulness and duplicitousness
Free-speech whining about moderation
Obstinate, ill-informed defense of the damned
Dragging mods into personal feuds
Dissing, pestering or otherwise hampering mods
Any of these can result in warnings, temp-bans or perma-bans at a moderator's discretion, depending on the degree and frequency of offence.
Members are encouraged to help curb these behaviours through community warnings.
Members are also expected to report posts/members considered a nuisance to moderators. Moderators are not omniscient.
For any question or comment, the active mods/admins can be found here