- Authored by Jimzinsocal (Supermoderator) - 2nd Revision by Fluff n Stuff (Former TLR moderator) - 3rd Revision by Vihsadas (Current TLR moderator)
A Short "Preamble"
Naturally, all of the general rules for Amdmb/PCPerspective apply here. However, because of the nature of TLR, Amdmb/PCP rules will be differently enforced. Official infractions obtained in this forum will apply to you in all the Ambmd/PCP forums, even though the enforcement will differ in TLR.
In addition, due to the specific intentions of TLR, we have created some specific guidelines to allow more informative debates to survive for more than a few posts before degenerating into unwanted flame fests.
The TLR guidelines
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What happens in TLR stays in TLR. If you feel strongly about another member's opinions in TLR, you are permitted to express those feelings only in the confines of TLR. First and Foremost, Amdmb/PcP forums is a technical forum. TLR is given to you as a privilege in order to separate the touchy issues from the tech issues. For this reason, we require that you refrain from taking comments that belong in TLR and placing them in the public forum limelight. This includes quoting a member's comments in your signature for the sole reason of belittling them, or showing the world how distorted you think their views are. The moderator's reserve the right to enforce this guideline outside of TLR.
Due to the experimental nature of this forum, these guidelines may need to be revised in the future. We will try to keep you as up to date as possible as to what changes are made. Also, we welcome your positive suggestions to help improve TLR.
5th Revision by 'Vihsadas' on 06-10-2005 at 03:12 PM 4th Revision by 'Vihsadas' on 02-11-2005 at 01:08 PM 3rd Revison by 'Vihsadas' on 05-30-2004 at 06:09 AM 2nd Revision by 'Fluff n Stuff' on 03-15-2003 at 03:52 AM
Sorry Bearded, I'm going to have to say no. We've had a few problems in the past with this issue, not just in TLR btw. The issue was actually mentioned by a number of non-TLR mods, which prompted me and ST to shift the policy in the TLR guidelines. Thanks.
looks official this time. not just guidelines, but rules
No they are still just guidelines, not infractable rules, but that doesn't mean they are not enforceable...well, depends what you mean by "enforceable".
We can definitely edit things that are counter to the guidelines, but only under extreme circumstances will any further action be taken (pretty much never). There is one guideline that we do take more seriously. Specifically, #9.
9 is pretty much the only guideline that you will be contacted and told to comply with.
The others are mostly just extensions of PCP rules.
As with anything, when we moderate, there are always other factors that play into the decision; past history, severity, etc...there is always a shade of grey.
But generally (and this basically means exclusively) we only give infractions for breaches of PCP rules.