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Old 11-15-2017, 03:55 PM   #1
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Nice is required - forum posting etiquette

Recently the site team has been called to intervene when threads get heated and tempers rise and we wanted to take a little time to re-affirm the expectations on this board for members who post or PM.

These are the site rules: http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/mi...ork&page=rules
They are long but the gist is: Be Nice. The devil is in the details however as one persons "nice" is anothers nasty. We don't all have the same social expectations so here are the basics:
  1. Do not call another member or their opinions misguided or dumb or something worse. Every person is entitled to their opinion, however that doesn't mean you can post to insult another. If a thread seems to invite an alternative opinion about a specific issue go ahead and post yours BUT do not argue with those who's opinions differ from yours. Your opinion is not better or right -
    it's just your opinion. State your opinion once and then move on. One post is enough.

  2. Arguing for the sake of debate is not appropriate. Folks join this board to learn about Escape trailers and to share experiences related to the topic of the board. Be helpful when you post.

  3. The same standards of behavior apply to all sections of the board including PMs and other messaging paths. If you can't post it on a thread, don't send it via PM.

  4. We ask members who see problems to hit the report button to get some help from the site team. The site team are volunteers and it sometimes takes a little time to find a resolution to a problem or concern. Moderator actions are typically private between the concerned parties and the moderator. We don't post publicly about this stuff as this sort of drama is a detraction from the topic of the board AND because it may run afoul of our privacy policy. Moderation decisions are made after input from the entire team, we function as a committee of sorts and while one moderator may deliver the message it will be after consultation with others.

  5. Members set the tone for the community. Please welcome newbies and contribute in a positive way to questions and concerns. We were all clueless newbies once and it's daunting to register on a public forum and post. Many RVers are especially private and so try to be supportive and positive.

  6. While the forum allows posts that are critical of a product or process, it's not a free speech zone. It's privately owned and there are rules. You agreed to them when you joined and they are fairly straightforward but we expect that they will be followed.

    If you had a negative experience with a product it's fine to post about it BUT it must be your personal experience - not random "that product rots" comments. If you have a dispute with a vendor please settle it with the vendor but don't "litigate' it here on the forum. We aren't associated with businesses and aren't in a position to 1. affect change or 2, determine the veracity of the claims. There is often more than one side to a complaint and taking to the internet to damage the reputation of a vendor is uncool and unfair.

    Disparaging a product, or vendor especially when you have no direct experience is not helpful and this negative noise impacts buying decisions, product reputation and the bottom line. When you post this sort of thing you are messing with the income of small companies and their reputations. Consider this before you post and know that we pay particular attention to this content.

  7. Politics and religion topics. Not allowed on this board. We have members with widely varying beliefs, values and from several countries. Collectively we will not agree on many of these topics and they are divisive to the community. Let's focus on the things we have in common - camping, fun and fiberglass.

  8. It's easy to hide behind a mask of anonymity on the internet. Ordinary, reasonable people can somehow believe that it's OK to post aggressively and post misleading information without consequence. Think before you post and consider if you would say the same things if you were face to face with the same person. If you would not, then do not post.

Thanks for considering - we aim to make the forum an enjoyable place for everyone.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:18 PM   #2
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A very well thought out and presented list of rules of etiquette, Janet. We all (myself included) need to follow what you set out here on a daily basis.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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Thank you Janet for reaffirming the rules of this forum and the expectations of its’ members. For the past while, I have noticed that a number of threads have gotten way out of hand. I personally don’t have time for negative attitudes and non-constructive comments. As a result, I stopped following the forum as closely as I used to. Hopefully everyone will get back on track with discussing, in a positive and constructive manner, something we all love: camping and our Escapes.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:20 PM   #4
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Heartily agree. I tend to filter out the fluff....but reading less of it would be welcome. This forum is a source of continuing education for me. Very glad to have it. Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:15 PM   #5
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Very well thought out and well written. Thank you moderators for all you do!
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:26 PM   #6
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Thank you.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:28 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Kærnehuset View Post
Thank you Janet for reaffirming the rules of this forum and the expectations of its’ members. For the past while, I have noticed that a number of threads have gotten way out of hand. I personally don’t have time for negative attitudes and non-constructive comments. As a result, I stopped following the forum as closely as I used to. Hopefully everyone will get back on track with discussing, in a positive and constructive manner, something we all love: camping and our Escapes.
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My thoughts exactly!
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:36 AM   #8
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Thank you Janet for reaffirming the rules of this forum and the expectations of its’ members. For the past while, I have noticed that a number of threads have gotten way out of hand. I personally don’t have time for negative attitudes and non-constructive comments. As a result, I stopped following the forum as closely as I used to. Hopefully everyone will get back on track with discussing, in a positive and constructive manner, something we all love: camping and our Escapes.
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agreed.

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Reasonable set of guidelines.
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