This is a general announcement to all forumers about a decision I've put forward to the mod team, to shift the forum direction back to the outlined rules
, which haven't been properly enforced for ages.
Starting this year, the mod team will re-begin to enforce many of the management decisions previously held.
Err, the simplest way to put it is to say that shitposting on serious threads is no longer allowed..! (it technically hasn't been for years) There are specific places (Fun, The Arena, Chatbox) where we can confine our collective madness.
Fluff posts elsewhere* will now either be removed or split off into their own thread.
Note about fluff
Fluff, especially tastelessly done, will be removed, as well as members whose majority contribution to the forum consists of such postings. Kuu did a wonderful job of defining fluff and its various troublesome forms in the link above.
But for the sake of elaborating, "tasteless" is a measure of quality. Humor is a creative art (and carries meaning), so clever one-liners are an examples of a tasteful execution that can be fruitful**. What qualifies as fluff isn't just the post's length or words, but whether it's useful to the discussion and attempting to further it, or take away from it. It's about intent (and while at some level this becomes very subjective, the mods will be the ones to make the call).
Lastly, don't be shy to use the report
function. It really helps the mods know when members are being bothered by a certain individual -- and whether a corrective action is needed.
* - Philosophy, Faith & Spirituality, Science & Technology, Psychology, Politics/History, School/Work, and pretty much most other places except for the Lounge, Esylum of Immortal Threads and Siberia
** - if only you think your fluff is funny, that's not gonna hold up.