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Explanation of the On-Topic Forum

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On-Topic is the place to post threads that will hold information and replies that do not veer off the meaning, “creatively” or otherwise. This does not mean there is no leeway in your posts.

In more clear words, you converse about anything unsorted here. Bait threads such as “[Username], look at this” are disallowed, as are threads that allow differing conversations (that belongs in Off-Topic).
This also places a more stringent emphasis on restricting such things as flaming and trolling, as compared to most other sections; please exercise discretion when posting in this subforum.


On-Topic is also meant to be the place to post specific questions or discuss specific topics.
Opinion topics belong in the Debate forums and casual open discussion topics belong in the Off-Topic forum.
~~Thanks, Tigger.

This is for more serious discussions. Anything silly or “playful” needs to go into Off-Topic.
~~Thanks, Cid.

As there has been confusion recently, please refer to the following basic guidelines:


  1. On-Topic is for serious discussions about serious topics. That means no joke threads, no silly threads, no threads aimed toward other users, no bait threads, and no threads to flame or insult people.
  2. As the name of the section suggests: You are to stay on topic, and NOT stray from the original topic of the thread. That means no casual conversations with other users about things unrelated to the topic, no flame wars, no spamming, and no derailing threads.
  3. Heavy amounts of flaming in On-Topic threads will not be tolerated.

~~Thanks, Light.

Please note that threads not appropriate to On-Topic may be locked, and in extreme cases deleted. Most will be moved if possible.

BUMPS
Please do not bump a thread that is more than one year old, unless it is an “official” or “registered” thread. If you must bump a thread instead of creating a new one, please do so with the latest and most active you can find. For instance, a seven-month-old thread with three pages is preferable to the same thread that is four years old and has only six replies.

As with each section, the rules for On-Topic are the general site rules and original site rules.

If you would like to dispute a moderator action, please take it up with that section moderator first if possible, then with another section moderator or a global moderator, and subsequently -- if necessary -- with an administrator.

As per Light’s suggestion, all moderators and Admins are requested to post and provide a suitable reason when they lock an On-Topic thread, so complaints and requests for unlocking can be filed and sent accordingly.

Please do understand this is an interpretation of the otherwise vague function of this forum.

NOTE: If an On-Topic moderator, global moderator, or Admin would like to change anything, go ahead. tounge


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On Topic is also meant to be the place to post specific questions or discuss specific topics.

Opinion topics belong in the Debate forums and casual open discussion topics belong in the Off Topic forum.


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Edited accordingly.


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I just want to say that I think it needs to be added that this is for more serious discussions. Anything silly or “playful” needs to go into Off-Topic.

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Cid wrote: I just want to say that I think it needs to be added that this is for more serious discussions. Anything silly or “playful” needs to go into Off-Topic.


Alright; I’ll edit it.


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bump - reminder.
Also renamed for clarification
(since there is another thread with the same name in Off Topic)


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Bump - there seems to be a lot of confusion as to what belongs in On Topic. Please see the first post above for an explanation of what belongs on On Topic. Thanks!


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See You Space Cowboy wrote: I just want to say that I think it needs to be added that this is for more serious discussions. Anything silly or “playful” needs to go into Off-Topic.

Yes Cid is right,playful or Ridiculous topics are not supposed to be in the section.


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In light of the fact that there seems to be so much confusion as to what does and doesn’t belong in On-Topic... I’m going to spell it out for everyone what does and doesn’t belong in On-Topic.

1. On-Topic is for serious discussions about serious topics. That means no joke threads, no silly threads, no threads aimed toward other users, no bait threads, and no threads to flame or insult people.
2. As the name of the section suggests: You are to stay on topic, and NOT stray from the original topic of the thread. That means no casual conversations with other users about things unrelated to the topic, no flame wars, no spamming, and no derailing threads.
3. Heavy amounts of flaming in On-Topic threads will not be tolerated.


Breaking any of these rules will result in a warning, repeated offences will result in either your offending post being deleted, a temporary ban from the thread that the rule was broken in, or a temporary ban from the section itself. Threads will also be locked, moved, or deleted, accordingly if a moderator feels that it doesn’t belong in On-Topic or that it breaks the rules of this section.

If you feel your thread has been unjustly locked, your thread shouldn’t have been moved, or that you have been unjustly banned, PM a moderator of the section about it, or an Admin.

To the moderators of On-Topic: In order to make it clear who locked or moved a specific thread, so that complaints can be sent to you specifically about it, please post in the thread informing everyone that you are locking or moving it. I would also ask that global moderators and admins please do the same, so as to not cause any confusion.

For the full posting rules and guidelines that apply to this section and the rest of the forum, see here: http://lounge.moviecodec.com/feedback/detailed-posting-rules-and-discussion-16931/

Feel free to edit this post to add additional rules that you think I haven’t mentioned.

Edited 07-07-2012 04:08 AM by Stygian
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The opening post has been updated. Please refer to it to understand On-Topic, and read the posts in the thread in case the first post does not include everything.


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