MOD Episode 7 Guide to (Better) Posting and FAQ

Discussion in 'Star Wars: New Films - No Spoilers Allowed' started by mavjade, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. mavjade It's so FLUFFY Fanfic & New Movies Manager

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    Episode 7 Guide for Better Posting and FAQ

    If you are new to the Jedi Council forums, welcome! This guide is designed for everyone, but especially for those who are new here. Posting here on the JCF can be a little intimidating, but don't let the amount of people who appear to know each other scare you off. We're all here for the same reason… we're excited for Episode 7!

    Please take a few minutes to read this over and get to know how the forums work. If you have any question, please feel free to ask a mod. Your mods for Episode 7 are:

    PrincessKenobi
    mavjade
    Jedi Merkurian
    A Chorus of Disapproval
    EHT
    sethg



    I'm a new member, what should I do?
    First off, welcome! We are glad you are here. The first thing you should do is… wait! We know you have great ideas and thoughts you want to share but you need to give yourself time to familiarize yourself with the workings of the forums. Sit tight and observe for a few days and you'll be less likely to make a "rookie mistake".

    You should also take a moment, if haven't already, to read the Terms Of Service and FAQ of the forums in general as these rules apply everywhere.

    Before you post, think: Dose your post add something of value to the conversation? Did you use any questionable words? Did you say something that might be misunderstood as inflammatory by others? If you have any doubts about anything that is in your post, edit the questionable material before you click post.


    I've got a great idea for a thread, can I post it?
    Of course, but before you do so you need to check and make sure there isn't already a thread on that topic. First, check the Index for the biggest threads and check the first few pages of the forum. Then give the main topic a search. (Example: You want to make a thread on Music. You should search music, John Williams, and score to see if any thread pops up)

    If you post a topic that is already being discussed that is what we call a redundant thread and your thread will probably be bombarded with posts declaring it so and very little discussion will actually take place until a mod locks your thread.


    My thread got locked. What happened?
    The most common reasons for a thread to be locked is that there was already a thread on that topic and your thread was considered redundant. It could also be the conversation in that thread had become off topic and despite Moderator warning, the thread remained off topic. Check the first or last post and the mod should have given a reason as to why it was locked.



    Can I start a thread advertising my website?
    Absolutely not. Posting a thread simply to advertise one's website is considered spamming. Your thread will be locked and you may be banned. If you wish for others to know about your site, try putting a link in your signature.


    What is a "troll"?
    A "troll" is someone who posts with a hostile intent, aiming to malign other members and cause havoc on the boards for purely selfish reasons. A person is said to be "trolling" if he/she starts a thread with the obvious intent of riling up the other members, and to "get a rise out of them". This is a big no-no, and will get you a warning and, after that, a banning. Small infractions warrant a temporary ban, which usually last 24 to 48 hours, and are commonly referred to as "spanks". A more serious offense, or a string of repeated offenses, may warrant a permanent ban.


    I think I know someone who is "trolling" or breaking forum rules. What do I do?
    You can contact a moderator (You can find the moderators for any given forum at the top right side of said forum) via PM. Make sure to link to the post(s) where you think there is a troll, spamming or any other rules violation. If it's a serious infraction such as harassment, you can hit the report button (on the lower right of any post) and any mod online will be able to see and take care of it.

    What is "spamming"?
    The act of filling the forums with unnecessary or irrelevant posts is considered "spamming". It is also considered spamming to advertise excessively for other websites, and also solicit (trading, selling or buying). Other examples of spamming include: posting unnecessary comments (ie: +1) for any reason can be considered spamming, posting multiple threads about absolutely nothing, flooding a pre-existing thread with nonsense posts to derail a topic, as well as bothering other people with repeated PMs. Excessive spamming will get you a warning and, after that, a banning.


    What is "flaming"?
    Insulting any other member or antagonizing another member can be considered "flaming". This is absolutely unacceptable behavior, and will result in a stern warning, and if it is repeated, a banning. Here is the important thing to remember: We are here to discuss ideas and theories, not each other. If you’re attacking an argument, that’s OK. If you’re attacking a person, that’s not.


    What about using profanity? Can I just star out one or two letters?
    We have a list of words that are not allowed here on the forums (Disallowed Words List) and any use of these words will be edited. If you must use a word found on this list it must be starred out in its entirety.


    What happens when people are banned? Can they come back from being banned? What do I do if I get banned?
    If banned, there will be a time that is issued, the first ban is usually 24 hours and doubles in time for each additional ban. (For more serious infractions, the initial time may be longer). Discussion of bans is not allowed so please do not ask if someone has been banned or why. If you are banned you will have access to a section of the forums where you may talk with the mods about why and how long you have been banned, and after your ban has been served, ask to be unbanned.

    What is "double posting"?
    Double posting is when you post in a thread and then post again without someone else posting first; this is not allowed and you will be edited and warned. Listed below are quite a few ways to avoid double posting: 1. If you think of something else to say, the edit button is your friend. 2. You can tag someone to get their attention by putting @their user name. 3. To quote multiple people you can hit 'reply on a post, type your thoughts then hit reply on another post. 4. Use the quote button at the top of the reply screen. 5. Use BB code for quoting(remove the spaces): [ quote={name}]{text}[ /quote ]



    ***A Few Other Thoughts***

    Be nice to the new kids on the block - Every single user on this board was at once a "newbie." Remember this, and be kind to new users - always treat others they way in which you wish to be treated. Attacking a newbie will only draw the attention of the mods for flaming. If you spot a new user, offer your assistance and show them the ropes of the JC. You never know, you might discover an incredible person and a new friend along the way.

    We're all here for the same reason, to discuss Episode 7! You may disagree with someone's thoughts idea or even feelings, but that is no reason to attack someone. Always remember, debate the post, not the poster.


    A lot of this guide was originally made by the Episode 3SA mods darth-sinister, dehrian, G-FETT, RolandofGilead and HookLineAndSinker. We thank them for their hard work.
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  2. Garth Maul Manager Emeritus

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    Not sure where exactly to put this - maybe mods can have a rolling 7NS issue thread?

    At any rate, I started a thread in Comms about the "latest post" issue on the main forums page. It may be that you'll simply have to link directly to this forum if you don't want to see the latest thread in the 7SA forum.
  3. Gobi-1 Manager Emeritus

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    I have a couple of questions about Episode VII fan art?

    1. Can we start a fan art thread in the 7NSA forum?
    2. Would linking to your personal website where you have higher resolution files of you posters be considered spamming?
    3. What would the spoiler policy be for fan art?
    I assume it would be very similar to the spoiler rules as they stand now but applied to visual content. For an example you couldn't make a visual representation of a spoiler or use leaked photos/videos. Only images/videos officially released could be used, as they become available.
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  4. mavjade It's so FLUFFY Fanfic & New Movies Manager

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    Yes, you may start a "All things Fan Made" thread in NSA. (All things fan made because videos are allowed as well)
    If you want to put a link to a high res version under the art you post in threads here, that would be fine.

    And yes, the spoiler policy would be as you stated, though I don't think it's been specifically discussed. If you have something that uses official trailers or posters, you may then want to just link to it and say it uses those things so not to spoil those who wish not to even see those things. This will need to be discussed but since it's not a problem at the moment, this is what I would say to be safe.
  5. Garth Maul Manager Emeritus

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    Yeah once we get some official pics I'd prefer to know if they're referenced in fan art. :)
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