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User Info: SBAllen

SBAllen
4 weeks ago#1
We've consolidated our old 2833-word Terms of Use and Board Etiquette pages down to a single 349-word page of "Message Board Rules". We've taken the five most important rules and expanded on them, putting the rest (and least often moderated) into an "Other Issues"/"None of the Above" section.

Our Report Abuse form that had 10 options is now down to 5 (or 6, if it's the first post and can be marked as Off-Topic). Adding additional detail text is now always optional, but keep in mind that if you mark something as "None of the Above" and don't explain it, it will probably not be reviewed.

The most controversial of these changes is likely going to be to "Trolling", which we've renamed and moved away from being a one-click report. The full definition is "Intentionally antagonizes other users by being inflammatory, irrelevant, disruptive, or offensive", but far too many people use it as a catch-all for reporting any message they don't agree with, leading to the most inaccurate reports by far of any available category.

Finally, you can no longer quote a post you've reported. After all, if you believe that a post is against our rules, why would you want that message to be a part of one of your posts?
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