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    Personality Cafe Rules

    Greetings PersonalityCafe Members,

    The PersonalityCafe Forum was created to provide a way for members to educate each other and enjoy themselves. To protect our reputation as an instructive, fun, safe, and comfortable community, we have developed a list of appropriate rules.

    If a post is made that breaks the following rules, it may be edited or removed. Depending on the behavior, users may also receive a PM warning, a public Warning, or even an infraction. Receiving multiple infractions in a short-enough time period or behaving in a way that suggests the user is here primarily to break rules can result in a temporary or permanent ban.

    *Note* These rules are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the individual to check it for updates.


    1. Do Not Make Personal Attacks
    Posts that serve no purpose other than to flame and attack other users annihilate the quality of discussion. You may critique or disdain argument and opinion posted by users, but you may not extend that method to maligning the users themselves. Do not harass or bully other members, which includes the following:
    - "type-bullying," which we define as the persistent and unsolicited public questioning of another member's type when they have not expressed such an interest.
    - purposefully misgendering other members from the identification they have chosen on their profile.
    - unsolicited and especially repeated diagnosis of other members as having a particular personality disorder or mental illness.


    2. Do Not Troll
    Trolling is not permissible and refers to attempts to derail or disrupt a thread through behavior such as the following:
    - making low-quality and/or irrelevant posts
    - making provocative and inflammatory comments
    - trying to provoke, bait, or flame others.


    3. No Spamming
    Do not copy the same post to multiple threads; do not post copies of a thread to the same or multiple subforums. Avoid making empty "bump" posts or necroposting [bumping very old threads]. Please refrain from appending ASCII logos, macros, memes, or other taglines [manual signatures] to each of your posts. Never repost a thread that has been closed or deleted by a moderator, and do not repost deleted posts.

    Please do not spam the modbox with multiple reports about the same member in the same thread. If there is a problem with many posts by a member in a thread, please choose the worst one or two posts by that member to report and otherwise insert links to other problem posts into those reports.


    4. No Advertising
    Advertising bots, propaganda accounts, accounts used for evangelizing, and persons who register with the intention of using this forum for SEO or link-dropping will be banned without warning. We ask that other registered users also refrain from engaging in casual or commercial ad campaigns on the forum.

    Advertising and discussion of chat rooms (including but not limited to tinychat, Skype, and Facebook groups) is not allowed on PersonalityCafe. This includes the use of private messages, blogs, visitor message walls, and forum posts for this purpose.


    5. Do Not Register Duplicate Accounts
    Each user is allowed only one account. Users who attempt to register multiple accounts may be placed onto the forum's blacklist automatically, which can have the effect of suspending all account function for each account associated with that user. Purposefully assuming multiple identities [AKA sockpuppetry] will not be tolerated. Retiring an account and reopening a new account is viewed the same as creating multi-accounts and will not be allowed.

    Anyone who would like their retired account reinstated can make this request via the Contact Us link at the bottom of the Personality Cafe homepage. If you create more than one account, the new account is typically merged with your primary account.


    6. Post With Quality In Mind
    Chitchat and goofing around is welcome. However, please try to restrict this to the appropriate threads and subforums, and do not bombard users who do not wish to participate. No nudity (drawn or otherwise) is acceptable on this forum. Moderators at their discretion can also draw lines with graphic depictions of violence or other material deemed too extreme for the tone of this forum. Creating threads and/or posts that break these rules could be moved to the Spam subforum or another appropriate location, edited at the moderators’ discretion, and/or lead to disciplinary action.


    7. Respect User Privacy
    Do not post the contents of Private Messages, chatroom/skype messages, or other personal communications on the open forum or share them with anyone else without the permission of all parties involved. Do not reveal personal details (such as addresses or phone numbers) about other users without their permission.


    8. Post Legibly
    Please do not make posts in ALL CAPS, or custom-format posts in a manner that disturbs the visual continuity of the thread, or otherwise make posts difficult for other users to read. Please post in English (we cannot moderate other languages), use paragraphs in long posts, and avoid '1337 sp33k' or 'chatspeak' (substituting “u” for “you” or “2” for “too,” etc.) altogether.


    9. Use Tasteful Customizations
    Offensive, disruptive, or poorly formatted usernames, custom text, avatars, and signatures will be toned down or removed at the administration's discretion. Custom avatars are a maximum of 200x200 pixels without the use of transparency or space-filling borders.


    10. Editing/Deleting Posts and Threads
    You won’t be able to edit a post once 24 hours has passed, and you can never delete posts. (This is to prevent the flow of conversation from being derailed by missing content.) You also cannot delete threads, nor will staff delete threads except under special circumstances. The only material staff will remove for you is personally identifying information (such as your real name, phone number, photo, or address). Otherwise, please remember this is a public forum, so please use discretion when making posts and starting threads, in regards of what information you are willing to have everyone know.


    11. No Discriminatory Remarks
    Discriminatory remarks are unacceptable. This includes racism, sexism, offensive remarks about (or against) religion* or gender identity, physical attributes (size, height, etc.), and homophobic remarks. We also prohibit typism: We will not tolerate broad generalizations and/or individual attacks that are meant to degrade by personality type. (Joking is acceptable; but if a member asks that a particular line of joking stop and it persists anyway, staff will take corrective action.)

    Definition typism (adj. n.):

    1. A pejorative where a person is denied a service or opportunity based on their personality type.
    2. A form of discrimination and an attempt to explain, validate and excuse their negative behavior.
    3. Assigning negative or insulting stereotypes based on typology with little to no verification.

    * - This refers specifically to insults or degradation against groups or specific members of any religion or non-believers (or those who do not subscribe to any label). This rule does not apply to the ideas of any religion or non-belief; and as such, debating with or even speaking against those ideas is fair game.


    12. Moderating policy
    Threads and/or posts may be edited or removed, based on the decision of the moderator. Forum staff are always expected to use discretion in accordance with the forum rules as stated.


    13. Complaining About Staff Decisions
    Public complaints about staff decisions are disruptive to the forum and can derail active threads. Talking to staff through the approved channels enables us to deal with problems directly, with minimal issues.

    To provide more channels through which members can address concerns about moderation decisions or forum policy, we have implemented two complaint forums, one public and one private. For the public complaint forum, posts will not become visible to the membership until they have been reviewed and approved by staff. (Note: Banned members will be able to access this public complaint forum.) The private complaint forum works normally, but you can see only the threads that you have created, so that any issues you raise will remain private between you and staff.

    Public questioning or complaints about mod decisions occurring outside of these two complaint forums or PMs will lead to disciplinary action.


    14. Leaving the forum
    Farewell threads are not allowed. Kindly leave contact information on your blog if you feel the need to exit the forum.


    … and finally…


    15. Have Fun!
    The goal of this forum is to educate and entertain, so please enjoy yourselves.



    Additional Links
    Along with the listed link to the forum Q&A thread, you might want to check out guidelines for a few special areas of the site:
    http://personalitycafe.com/support-s...they-work.html
    The Personality Cafe "Ask me about" belief thread series
    Advice Center guidelines. PLEASE READ.
    Last edited by Jennywocky; 12-03-2016 at 12:25 PM. Reason: Rules revision #5
    kono2209, ENTJZenWarriorChic, Lunacik and 16 others thanked this post.



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    Revision #1

    Due to prevalent and recurring issues involving misgendering members on the forum, the rules have now been clarified to include purposeful misgendering as a Rule 1 violation in a vein similar to type-bullying (both of which also fall under forms of discrimination prohibited by Rule 11). While you are free to possess your own personal opinion about a member's self-identification, you are still required to respect how they have chosen to represent themselves on the forum.

    Modification to Rule 1 is as follows:

    1. Do Not Make Personal Attacks
    Posts that serve no purpose other than to flame users annihilate the quality of discussion. Do not make personal attacks. You may critique or disdain argument and opinion posted by users, but you may not extend that method to maligning the users themselves. Do not troll or purposefully attempt to disrupt discussion in threads. Do not harass or bully other members, which includes the following:
    - "type-bullying," which we define as the persistent and unsolicited public questioning of another member's type when they have not expressed such an interest.
    - purposefully misgendering other members from the identification they have chosen on their profile.

    Also note that "gender identity" has been part of the non-discrimination rules prior to this revision; moderation staff will be addressing posts that appear to violate our non-discrimination policy, just as we would address discriminatory remarks that fall under religion, sexual preference, race, gender, and other listed categories. Please remember that human beings exist on the other end of these exchanges.
    Last edited by Jennywocky; 10-04-2015 at 12:58 PM.

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    Revision #2

    While we have been consistently moderating posts that persist in labeling other members with mental disorders (so this is not at all a "new" rule), it hasn't been spelled out in the rules until now. This revision clarifies the policy we have already been practicing.

    Modification to Rule 1 is as follows:

    1. Do Not Make Personal Attacks
    Posts that serve no purpose other than to flame users annihilate the quality of discussion. Do not make personal attacks. You may critique or disdain argument and opinion posted by users, but you may not extend that method to maligning the users themselves. Do not troll or purposefully attempt to disrupt discussion in threads. Do not harass or bully other members, which includes the following:
    - "type-bullying," which we define as the persistent and unsolicited public questioning of another member's type when they have not expressed such an interest.
    - purposefully misgendering other members from the identification they have chosen on their profile.
    - unsolicited and especially repeated diagnosis of other members as having a particular personality disorder or mental illness.
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    Revision #3

    Changes for this revision


    - While we have "trolling" as a separate category in our infraction list, for a long long time we've included it within Rule 1. We are now making it into its own rule, so that our definition of the concept of "trolling" is more transparent to members and to better detail what kinds of behaviors are not allowable here.


    - We have also added a note to the No Spamming rule, so that it now includes spamming the modbox with reports. While members have overall been good about this, we've occasionally had situations where a member will either spam the box in frustration (that's a no-no), or will try to be helpful by reporting many posts by another member all from the same thread.

    This latter situation creates a huge bottleneck as the staff reads through them all before realizing they're all part of the same basic problem; and then we have to somehow connect/organize them in the modbox so that arriving staff doesn't have to sift through them. And the sheer number of reports could lead to us missing other valid reports.

    We actually do read large sections of threads when a report comes in (and sometimes the whole thread, even if it has a few hundred posts, if a lot has happened), so please just report the worst post or two by a repeat offender in a thread and then add the links to other posts in those reports if you're worried we'll miss them.

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    Rules #1, #2, and #3 have been altered as follows, and the other rules moved/renumbered appropriately.

    1. Do Not Make Personal Attacks
    Posts that serve no purpose other than to flame and attack other users annihilate the quality of discussion. You may critique or disdain argument and opinion posted by users, but you may not extend that method to maligning the users themselves. Do not harass or bully other members, which includes the following:
    - "type-bullying," which we define as the persistent and unsolicited public questioning of another member's type when they have not expressed such an interest.
    - purposefully misgendering other members from the identification they have chosen on their profile.
    - unsolicited and especially repeated diagnosis of other members as having a particular personality disorder or mental illness.

    2. Do Not Troll
    Trolling is not permissible and refers to attempts to derail or disrupt a thread through behavior such as the following:
    - making low-quality and/or irrelevant posts
    - making provocative and inflammatory comments
    - trying to provoke, bait, or flame others.

    3. No Spamming
    Do not copy the same post to multiple threads, and do not post copies of a thread to the same or multiple subforums. Avoid making empty "bump" posts or necroposting [bumping very old threads]. Please refrain from appending ASCII logos, macros, memes, or other taglines [manual signatures] to each of your posts. Never repost a thread that has been closed or deleted by a moderator, and do not repost deleted posts.

    Please do not spam the modbox with multiple reports about the same member in the same thread. If there is a problem with many posts by a member in a thread, please choose the worst one or two posts by that member to report and otherwise insert links to other problem posts into those reports.
    Last edited by Jennywocky; 01-27-2016 at 08:31 PM.

  5. #5

    Revision #4

    While we try to allow as much freedom as possible, with the forum containing a range of ages and maturity levels, we have on occasion removed material that seemed inappropriate for the public venue. This is not a change to our established practice nor do we plan to change frequency; we are simply adding wording to Rule #6 to clarify for members that the mods will on occasion do this, at their discretion, and the specific response will depend on context.

    6. Post With Quality In MindChitchat and goofing around is welcome. However, please try to restrict this to the appropriate threads and subforums, and do not bombard users who do not wish to participate. No nudity (drawn or otherwise) is acceptable on this forum. Moderators at their discretion can also draw lines with graphic depictions of violence or other material deemed too extreme for the tone of this forum. Creating threads and/or posts that break these rules could be moved to the Spam subforum or another appropriate location, edited at the moderators’ discretion, and/or lead to disciplinary action.
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  6. #6

    Revision #5

    Added a few useful links to the rules.


    Additional Links
    Along with the listed link to the forum Q&A thread, you might want to check out guidelines for a few special areas of the site:
    http://personalitycafe.com/support-s...they-work.html
    The Personality Cafe "Ask me about" belief thread series
    Advice Center guidelines. PLEASE READ.


     

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