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Old 03-23-2008, 09:40 PM   #1  
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Unfortunately I feel these forums have taken a step backwards in the last week or so with poorly thought out threads and personal attacks becoming the norm. So I've come up with my HDF SUGGESTED Code of Conduct which if followed, would make this place much better. Please feel free to add any rules you think I missed and maybe if the majority of us agree to take some of these ideas into consideration we can all enjoy these forums a whole lot more. By no means are these "rules" set in stone as these are self policing forums and its really just my Suggestions, (i just want to stress that point)

Rule 1: When posting a new thread which links/quotes to a blog the thread title should start with the word BLOG: in capital letters. For example

Correct: BLOG: Are Blu Ray's Days Numbered?
Incorrect: Blu Rays Days are Numbered!!!

This will stop alot of confusion and arguments. The same rule can apply for articles, just start the thread with the words ARTICLE: in caps.

Rule 2: No more use of any terms which anger other members. Yes we know the format wars over but the terms HD DUD, Rabid Red Ant's, Reddies, HD/BD Zealots, Smurfs, Blu Bots still upset people as they are personal attacks and will only cause more arguments. A good example of using one of these terms to fire people up can be found here http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=68311

Rule 3: Hindsight is a wonderful thing but WE ALL know that Warner has gone blu exclusive and the war is over so there is NO REASON to bump up threads in the main page that were started MONTHS ago. It creates clutter and doesnt add anything to the forums and can actually turn newbies off.I mean, if your looking to get into hidef, you want the latest news and opinions, what you DONT want is to read everyones CES 2008 predictions.

Thats all I got for now but like I said above, please share any further suggestions you have to improve these forums and we can discuss them civilly
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:46 PM   #2  
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It's a good start, but it could be tough to enforce, though, as it implies and required that ALL members behave in a civil and intelligent manner!
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:51 PM   #3  
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Good intentions. The ebb and flow of HDF gets a little tense from time to time, but I like the occasional change of pace.

If someone posts an especially goony thread, I usually just post once in it, or ignore it all together.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:53 PM   #4  
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Sounds good to me. If you want me to add ARTICLE: before the actual thread title i will be more than happy to. I already mark BLOG on those types of OP Thread titles. We also use RUMOR for those that fall into that catagory. If you go over the last 5 pages of this forum you will see the words in the thread titles.

I would like to make a few suggestions to add to the OP.

1. Please read the entire thread BEFORE you make your first post on the thread. THEN go back to those posts that you want to respond to.

2. Can we clean up these signatures? 15 to 20 lines is not unusual. All the equipment lists can be placed in your User Name Profile. There is wealth of info on this page.
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Sounds good to me. If you want me to add ARTICLE: before the actual thread title i will be more than happy to. I already mark BLOG on those types of OP Thread titles. We also use RUMOR for those that fall into that catagory. If you go over the last 5 pages of this forum you will see the words in the thread titles.

I would like to make a few suggestions to add to the OP.

1. Please read the entire thread BEFORE you make your first post on the thread. THEN go back to those posts that you want to respond to.

2. Can we clean up these signatures? 15 to 20 lines is not unusual. All the equipment lists can be placed in your User Name Profile. There is wealth of info on this page.
I think the OP has some very good suggestions.

As for Lee's suggestions:

I know I am guilty of item one here, but my time is limited more and more lately and it is hard with a 5+ page thread to remember where the posts are that I want to comment on directly as a quote.

On item 2, I like the signatures with the equipment list there. It is very helpful when someone has a problem and they have their equipment listed there. It saves a lot of wasted questions quizzing them on what they have, so you can answer their questions, or help solve their problems.

I am a admin at another site that required the equipment list to be in the profile and i do not like it. Call me lazy, but I do not want to jump through those hoops to find out what someone has to try to help them. My on item 2.
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I think the OP has some very good suggestions.

As for Lee's suggestions:

I know I am guilty of item one here, but my time is limited more and more lately and it is hard with a 5+ page thread to remember where the posts are that I want to comment on directly as a quote.

On item 2, I like the signatures with the equipment list there. It is very helpful when someone has a problem and they have their equipment listed there. It saves a lot of wasted questions quizzing them on what they have, so you can answer their questions, or help solve their problems.

I am a admin at another site that required the equipment list to be in the profile and i do not like it. Call me lazy, but I do not want to jump through those hoops to find out what someone has to try to help them. My on item 2.
"Jump through hoops?"

Just click on their name and click "user profile."

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"Jump through hoops?"

Just click on their name and click "user profile."

Who going to re-educate everyone to move their equip. list from their sig to their profile? Who is going to explain to all the new members that they SHOULD put a equipment list in their profile and not their signature?

I certainly do not want to re-do all that work since I spent two years showing/explaining how to put the equip. list in their signature so people could help them faster.

If you do not want to see the signatures people have you can change YOUR options to exclude them here:

http://www.highdefforum.com/profile.php?do=editoptions

Under the thread display options just uncheck view signatures.
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"Jump through hoops?"

Just click on their name and click "user profile."

Hmm. You don't really make much use of the signature option Lee so perhaps this is why you feel it is over used by others. Personaly, I like the information posters use in their signatures.
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Who going to re-educate everyone to move their equip. list from their sig to their profile? Who is going to explain to all the new members that they SHOULD put a equipment list in their profile and not their signature?

I certainly do not want to re-do all that work since I spent two years showing/explaining how to put the equip. list in their signature so people could help them faster.

If you do not want to see the signatures people have you can change YOUR options to exclude them here:

http://www.highdefforum.com/profile.php?do=editoptions

Under the thread display options just uncheck view signatures.
Alright PFC5!

Thank you!
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:30 AM   #10  
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Hmm. You don't really make much use of the signature option Lee so perhaps this is why you feel it is over used by others. Personaly, I like the information posters use in their signatures.
Not at all - just with some of them you have a one line post and 29 lines of sig!

All fixed with that option PFC5 pointed out.
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glad you're happy Lee.

Good post venom, I'll certainly try and make sure I always stick to them guidelines. hopefully others will too.
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glad you're happy Lee.

Good post venom, I'll certainly try and make sure I always stick to them guidelines. hopefully others will too.
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If this is how "we" want to run HDF, then count me out.


I enjoy HDF as it is. ...

oh well.
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Unfortunately I feel these forums have taken a step backwards in the last week or so with poorly thought out threads and personal attacks becoming the norm. So I've come up with my HDF SUGGESTED Code of Conduct which if followed, would make this place much better. Please feel free to add any rules you think I missed and maybe if the majority of us agree to take some of these ideas into consideration we can all enjoy these forums a whole lot more. By no means are these "rules" set in stone as these are self policing forums and its really just my Suggestions, (i just want to stress that point)

Rule 1: When posting a new thread which links/quotes to a blog the thread title should start with the word BLOG: in capital letters. For example

Correct: BLOG: Are Blu Ray's Days Numbered?
Incorrect: Blu Rays Days are Numbered!!!

This will stop alot of confusion and arguments. The same rule can apply for articles, just start the thread with the words ARTICLE: in caps.

Rule 2: No more use of any terms which anger other members. Yes we know the format wars over but the terms HD DUD, Rabid Red Ant's, Reddies, HD/BD Zealots, Smurfs, Blu Bots still upset people as they are personal attacks and will only cause more arguments. A good example of using one of these terms to fire people up can be found here http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=68311

Rule 3: Hindsight is a wonderful thing but WE ALL know that Warner has gone blu exclusive and the war is over so there is NO REASON to bump up threads in the main page that were started MONTHS ago. It creates clutter and doesnt add anything to the forums and can actually turn newbies off.I mean, if your looking to get into hidef, you want the latest news and opinions, what you DONT want is to read everyones CES 2008 predictions.

Thats all I got for now but like I said above, please share any further suggestions you have to improve these forums and we can discuss them civilly
Solid advice, though if some people would just lighten up, that would solve it all.

For example, even a thread started that says "Blu-ray's days are numbered" is not necessarily all THAT deceptive. Unless BD is a truly immortal format that will be used hundreds of years from now, then its days are numbered.... I think that a few decades down the road that BD will be gone, just like HD DVD will be soon in a matter of months. Er, years I should say.

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Sounds good to me. If you want me to add ARTICLE: before the actual thread title i will be more than happy to. I already mark BLOG on those types of OP Thread titles. We also use RUMOR for those that fall into that catagory. If you go over the last 5 pages of this forum you will see the words in the thread titles.

I would like to make a few suggestions to add to the OP.

1. Please read the entire thread BEFORE you make your first post on the thread. THEN go back to those posts that you want to respond to.

2. Can we clean up these signatures? 15 to 20 lines is not unusual. All the equipment lists can be placed in your User Name Profile. There is wealth of info on this page.
Ouch! I've got a 15 line sig.


Edit: I edited it down to 13 lines!

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