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***** FORUM RULES (please read before posting) *****

Postby archibalduk » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:04 pm

Over the past month we have seen the number of registered users double. It's great to see old faces return and new users sign up. For the first time in about 8 years there is a real buzz around the game and it's great to see. :-)

With the massive increase in activity it is now a lot more work to manage the forums. We're getting a lot of threads being posted in the wrong forum and with unhelpful titles (such as "Quick Question", "Help" or "Noob Question"). Unfortunately we're also getting a tiny number of users being abusive and bypassing the swear filter. Hence I think it is useful if I highlight a couple of the key forum rules along with some guidance on what topics belong where. I really don't like posting things like this or having to warn/ban users (I haven't done so thus far and I prefer to let things slide where possible) - but I'm acutely aware that if I don't say anything then I risk the site losing the atmosphere and ethos we have built up over the the past 11 years. With this in mind, I'll be taking a stricter approach to following the forum rules from Monday onwards.

Common sense prevails
We do have a set of forum rules here but ultimately these are just a basic guide. I've seen one or two users claim loop holes in the rules, but that's not the point. Really it is all about applying some common sense to conduct here.

Please don't swear or bypass the swear filter
I want to keep the forum a welcoming and family-friendly place. We have a tongue-in-cheek word filter which replaces swear words with hockey players' names. I have no problem with people using words that get caught by the filter, but please don't post anything which isn't caught by the filter (please edit your post and remove the offending word if this happens). Please also do not attempt to bypass the filter or use stars to censor out words (just don't say the words in the first place). We have young viewers here as well as people who access the forums from their places of work (including schools) which is another reason we don't allow offensive words here.

Grammar
Users of all nationalities are welcome here and we are obviously very understanding that many people can speak basic English only. This is not a problem at all. However, we do expect users to use sentences and periods (full stops) along with using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence - and please don't post all in capitals. Otherwise it's hard to read and pretty annoying.

Thread titles
Please use some sort of descriptive title when posting a new thread. This helps other users browse the forum and helps us keep things organised. Titles such as "Quick Question", "Help" or "Noob Question" are really unhelpful and I'll be locking topics with such titles from Monday onwards.

Use the Report button
If you see a post that doesn't follow the rules or a user being offensive, please click on the "!" Report button to bring it to the attention of a Moderator. I'd much prefer users do this rather than call out other users because it typically descends into childish arguments. Only the Moderators will know that a post has been reported and who has reported it - and we won't disclose this information to anybody.

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Posting in the correct forum
Here is a brief run-down of the EHM forums we have here - please try to post in the correct forum:

Game Addons Forum: Any addons, mods or roster updates for EHM
Data Editing Forum: Data editing (i.e. editing rosters and using the Pre-Game Editor / Updater)
Game Knowledge Forum: Any aspects of playing the game - such as players, trading, drafting, tactics, training, practice etc.
Technical Support Forum: Crashes, errors and installation problems. Also any questions relating to the Apple Mac (how to install/run the game and install addons).
General EHM Forum: Anything that doesn't fall into any of the above.

Spamming the forums
There are two types of spamming which we're seeing a fair bit of:

1. Posting the same question in multiple threads (presumably in an attempt to get an answer quicker). This will now result in an instant warning (3 warnings = a temporary ban)

2. Advertising a league/website/etc. I used to allow people to advertise their non-EHM hockey leagues in the Competitions and Games Forum but I'm seeing too many people take liberties with this. Recently we had a user sign up and start three threads in different forums on TBL advertising some hockey league. Rather than wasting time policing each advert, I am simply prohibiting any and all adverts (although online EHM leagues can still be posted in the Online EHM Forum subject to these rules). Anybody who spams the site in this way (i.e. by advertising a league/website/etc) will be permanently banned for spamming.

Flooding the forum with posts in order to artificially increase your post count
A while back we introduced a limit whereby only users with 35+ posts can use the Personal Message function in the forum. The reason for this is two-fold:

1. We get a lot of Personal Messages sent to Admins/Mods (mostly from new users) which really ought to be asked in the forum (where they can be answered for the benefit of other users and to remove the burden from the chosen Admin/Mod having to answer the question - we are lucky to have many knowledgeable users who can answer too); and

2. We have encountered a number of occasions where new users have abused the Personal Message system by attempting to send forum-wide Personal Messages to advertise something.

Similarly, there is a 35+ post limit for users who want to post new threads in the EHM Online Forum as we have had many users who sign up simply to advertise their own site, etc without making any contribution to the forum (and hence our blanket ban on advertising leagues/websites/etc as mentioned above under "Spamming the forums").

We have recently encountered a couple of instances where users have flooded the forum with useless posts in order to quickly achieve the 35 post threshold. This isn't really within the spirit of posting on our forums and is not all that dissimilar from spamming. We don't want to put off anybody from posting, but we will be issuing warnings to any user that constantly makes inane posts which makes it reasonably apparent that the intention is to boost their post count to the 35 threshold (or such other threshold that is set from time to time).

Users that need to communicate about volunteering to be a TBL Roster Researcher can post HERE and those looking to sign-up for the online leagues can post HERE without the need to use Private Messages. If something absolutely cannot be discussed via the forums then we suggest using email if you do not have access to Personal Messages. In very exceptional circumstances, we will grant early access to Personal Messaging - just sent an email to ehmtheblueline@gmail.com with the reason why Personal Message access is needed.

And finally...
Again - I'm really sorry about the moany nature of this thread, but I think it's really important to highlight these things so that we can maintain our identity and to make my life easier (the less time I need to spend moderating the site, the more time I'll have to help with the roster updates and develop my EHM editor).
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Re: Forum Conduct [EVERYBODY PLEASE READ]

Postby archibalduk » Wed May 20, 2015 8:09 pm

I'm really sorry to up this thread again but unfortunately we're still having difficulties in the NHL Threads. I just want to reiterate a couple of the points here so as to hopefully avoid any further disagreements. I'm not really interested in hearing different sides of the story, etc about a dispute - I just want to avoid disputes altogether (I created this site for fun and not to act as a judge in disputes).

If you see a post that is inflammatory/offensive, please just click the Report button and do not post a response to it (this just makes things worse).

archibalduk wrote:Common sense prevails
We do have a set of forum rules here but ultimately these are just a basic guide. I've seen one or two users claim loop holes in the rules, but that's not the point. Really it is all about applying some common sense to conduct here.

Please don't swear or bypass the swear filter
I want to keep the forum a welcoming and family-friendly place. We have a tongue-in-cheek word filter which replaces swear words with hockey players' names. I have no problem with people using words that get caught by the filter, but please don't post anything which isn't caught by the filter (please edit your post and remove the offending word if this happens). Please also do not attempt to bypass the filter or use stars to censor out words (just don't say the words in the first place). We have young viewers here as well as people who access the forums from their places of work (including schools) which is another reason we don't allow offensive words here.
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Re: Forum Conduct/Rules [EVERYBODY PLEASE READ]

Postby archibalduk » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:22 am

I have updated the first post with the following:

Spamming the forums
There are two types of spamming which we're seeing a fair bit of:

1. Posting the same question in multiple threads (presumably in an attempt to get an answer quicker). This will now result in an instant warning (3 warnings = a temporary ban)

2. Advertising a league/website/etc. I used to allow people to advertise their non-EHM hockey leagues in the Competitions and Games Forum but I'm seeing too many people take liberties with this. Recently we had a user sign up and start three threads in different forums on TBL advertising some hockey league. Rather than wasting time policing each advert, I am simply prohibiting any and all adverts (although online EHM leagues can still be posted in the Online EHM Forum subject to these rules). Anybody who spams the site in this way (i.e. by advertising a league/website/etc) will be permanently banned for spamming.
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Re: Forum Conduct/Rules [EVERYBODY PLEASE READ]

Postby elrune1988 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:33 am

Looking back now. Prolly should have read these.
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Re: ***** FORUM RULES (please read before posting) *****

Postby archibalduk » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:47 pm

We have encountered a couple of users flooding the forums with posts in order to artificially boost their post count and so I have added some guidance to the first post about this (see the quote below). I have also renamed this thread in order to try to make it more obvious that it should be read before making your first post (which I hope in turn will reduce the number of infractions we have to deal with).

Flooding the forum with posts in order to artificially increase your post count
A while back we introduced a limit whereby only users with 35+ posts can use the Personal Message function in the forum. The reason for this is two-fold:

1. We get a lot of Personal Messages sent to Admins/Mods (mostly from new users) which really ought to be asked in the forum (where they can be answered for the benefit of other users and to remove the burden from the chosen Admin/Mod having to answer the question - we are lucky to have many knowledgeable users who can answer too); and

2. We have encountered a number of occasions where new users have abused the Personal Message system by attempting to send forum-wide Personal Messages to advertise something.

Similarly, there is a 35+ post limit for users who want to post new threads in the EHM Online Forum as we have had many users who sign up simply to advertise their own site, etc without making any contribution to the forum (and hence our blanket ban on advertising leagues/websites/etc as mentioned above under "Spamming the forums").

We have recently encountered a couple of instances where users have flooded the forum with useless posts in order to quickly achieve the 35 post threshold. This isn't really within the spirit of posting on our forums and is not all that dissimilar from spamming. We don't want to put off anybody from posting, but we will be issuing warnings to any user that constantly makes inane posts which makes it reasonably apparent that the intention is to boost their post count to the 35 threshold (or such other threshold that is set from time to time).

Users that need to communicate about volunteering to be a TBL Roster Researcher can post HERE and those looking to sign-up for the online leagues can post HERE without the need to use Private Messages. If something absolutely cannot be discussed via the forums then we suggest using email if you do not have access to Personal Messages. In very exceptional circumstances, we will grant early access to Personal Messaging - just sent an email to ehmtheblueline@gmail.com with the reason why Personal Message access is needed.
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Re: ***** FORUM RULES (please read before posting) *****

Postby SadSleeper » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:31 pm

not able to post
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Re: ***** FORUM RULES (please read before posting) *****

Postby nino33 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:55 pm

SadSleeper wrote:not able to post
?
Not very descriptive; clearly you're able to post, as you posted "not able to post"


If you're looking to send/receive PMs then as noted above, you need a post count of 35+ to do so.

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