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#1 scifimarlon

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:38 AM

Recent activity on the Battlestar BBoard has made it necessary for us to post some reminders about the ground rules for this forum.

As always, we want to foster open discussions; it is not our intention to stifle or censor the free exchange of ideas and opinions. However, we insist that all posters observe the following rules:


* Please don't post duplicate threads. Before posting a new topic, use the search feature to make certain similar or identical threads don't already exist. If one does, post your message there. Duplicate threads will be locked.

* Stay on-topic. The most common complaint we receive is posters who bog down every thread with comparisons of the old and new series, or debates about the concept changes (i.e., Starbuck as a woman) made during the adaptation process. A new, sticky topic has been created specifically for such discusssions. Please restrict ALL such comments to that thread.

* Be polite. We receive many complaints about "troll" posters on the Battlestar BBoard. Use courtesy; avoid inflammatory or "baiting" remarks to other posters; do not simply repeat the same opinion over and over.

* If you want to talk about the classic series, use the new BBoard dedicated to the original Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980. Please discuss those shows in that forum.

* If you post information that could spoil an episode for someone who has not yet seen it, please write [SPOILER] in your thread title and in your post. Also, in your post, be specific about which episode your post would spoil. Example: [SPOILER for "Hand of God"]


Posters who do not obey these rules will have their posts deleted and receive a warning. Members who persist in breaking rules after a second warning will be banned.

The Battlestar BBoard will be monitored by site administrators throughout the day. If you see a post that you feel violates the rules above, please use the Report feature and it will be reviewed. Our decisions regarding what constitutes a violation will be subjective, and will err on the side of free and open discussion, but we will not tolerate openly hostile or abusive behavior.

#2 scifiadmin1

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 02:34 PM

MrsRon is the handle of the real-life Mrs. Ron Moore. She has enjoyed reading some of the discussion here and may at times participate.

Please make her feel welcome on our bboards!

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 02:45 PM

Spoiler Reminder

What's a spoiler?
A spoiler is a piece of information about a show, movie, novel, video game, etc. that would somehow give away an element of the plot. An example would be revealing that a character died in a TV episode or movie. That is a key plot point and could very well spoil the surprise for a person who has not viewed that work.

Another question about spoilers is the case of older works, such as an episode that aired a few months earlier, or a movie from last year. It is assumed that the majority of people have seen these episodes or movies, and they are open for discussion. It is courteous to add a spoiler warning to the thread title or, in an existing thread, to change the color of your words to white so they will be invisible unless the reader makes the effort to highlight them.

Word of Caution: If you see Episode Discussion threads, please be careful, as any discussion thread, new or old, will probably contain spoilers.

Spoilers across the world
Different regions of the world may experience a show, movie, or something else at a different time than other regions. It's best to show someone courtesy so that they can return the favor. A good example would be when the United States has a first run of a sci-fi series a month before countries in Europe. This forum is global and is browsed by members from many countries. (This also goes for different time zones in and out of the United States.) It is courteous to post a spoiler warning so these members do not walk into a spoiler.

What to do when posting spoilers
When posting spoilers in a brand new thread/topic, it is best to use the words "Spoilers Beware" or "Possible Spoiler." If you are posting in an existing thread, members appreciate your making a note at the top that you are posting a spoiler, and then typing that spoiler in white text. (If you are uncertain how to use white text, ask a member or an admin for help.)

If you see spoilers posted without warning
The best thing to do is to send a Personal Message to the original poster to request that they edit their post and add a spoiler warning. If they do not agree or cannot be reached, send a Personal Message to an admin or use the Report button. It is not necessary to add an angry post to the thread, because the member might not have been aware that what they posted is considered a spoiler or what the rules are.

Thanks to the members of the Stargate SG-1 forum for their input and energy in creating this spoiler information.

Check BBOARD RULES for more information about how we expect our members to behave while in SCIFI.COM's forums.


#4 scifimarlon

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:57 PM

The podcast for "A Day in the Life" has been delayed. SCIFI.COM apologizes
for any inconvenience. It will be posted next week, after Presidents' Day,
along with a special bonus podcast from an editing session in which an
entire episode was "restructured." So check back on Tuesday evening!


Sincerely,


Admin

#5 scifiadmin1

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 05:10 PM

We have been receiving requests for more information on warnings and suspensions.

Members who disrupt the forum receive warnings and suspensions according to the severity of the problems reported. Avoid attacking other members. Avoid posting offensive images or using bad language. Report name-calling or other attack posts rather than responding to them. Stay on topic.

Members who create more than one handle can expect to find themselves on an infinite suspension. Although they can still read content on the site, they can no longer actively participate.

Members who receive a warning or a short-term suspension will not necessarily receive a second chance if they continue to disrupt the forum. Experience has shown that although most people are glad to adjust their behavior once they have become aware that their actions were driving other members away from the forum, some people do not choose to prioritize cooperative behavior.

If a staff member or moderator asks you to adjust something, perhaps to condense a long string of sig images down to one, or simply to refrain from needlessly bumping old threads to the front of the forum, please understand that such a request is part of the management of a large forum and not a personal judgment.

Read the forum rules.


#6 scifiadmin1

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 07:04 PM

This might not be relevant to you, but baiting and badgering on SCIFI.COM's forums is against our rules and is unacceptable behavior.

We appreciate everyone's efforts to build a community and to share opinions about the SCI FI Channel's program Battlestar Galactica. Occasionally it happens that a long-time member of the community, with much to contribute to the forum, forgets that the objective here is to understand one another and to maintain a sense of respect for others while engaging in debate. Our usual policy is to warn, and if necessary ban, members who engage in baiting, badgering, or other disruptive behavior.

I'd like to believe that a group as diverse, as intelligent, and as passionate as our forum members could allow discussions to evolve without falling back on kindergarten behavior. With the amazing events about to unfold in the season to come, we are excited to provide everyone with an opportunity to discuss the series. So rather than simply banning members whose behavior has affected others in a negative way, we are going to try a limited experiment. We really do want people to have fun here, and to be able to enjoy a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere in our forum.

Members who otherwise would be banned will be placed temporarily on a review plan. This means that they will still be able to participate in the discussions with the understanding that every one of their posts will be reviewed by an admin or moderator.

We think it's worth a try. We're starting with Alex_the_cylon and dawninmi (frakkedinmi), who have been wonderful contributors, and we welcome them both back. Will this possible solution be better than banning people or letting people behave in ways that detract from the community? Let's find out.

. . . Edited by admin1 . . .


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Posted 26 March 2008 - 02:08 PM

How to enjoy shipper threads . . .

1. Post on the threads of the ships you like. Play and have fun.

2. Keep out of the threads of the ships you don't like, because if you go into them and make whiny noises about how wrong they are because they don't support your ship, a mod or admin will have to get involved, and that may affect your access to the entire forum, or it may affect some of the shipper threads, yours included.

Now you know the good news--you can have fun playing in your shipper thread.

And you know the consequences if you're not able to control yourself in someone else's playground.

Does that seem clear? Does it seem fair? Does it seem like the way to maximize everyone's enjoyment?


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Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:48 PM

The BSG forum is revving up with the new season soon to start, and we are very happy to announce that SyllverViper has kindly agreed to join TowelOfApollo in guiding the ragtag fleet home to Earth!

Please welcome our new moderator, SyllverViper!

How say you all?





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