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Old 03-16-2018, 12:49 PM
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Jasmine Jasmine is offline
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Originally Posted by Colibri View Post
Some of the rules may seem trivial or silly, but there is usually a historical antecedent for this. They arose because of some board controversy, and it was decided to spell things out to avoid future misunderstandings.
I've been posting on message boards for about 20 years, and I've seen Board Wars. They often start because somebody crosses a line. In turn, they get energetic responses. It turns into a Flame War from which factions are created. Soon, people are leaving in anger. In one instance, I saw an entirely alternative Board created by people who left the original one.

I think "The Rules" prevent people from doing the things that alienate other posters which, as I mentioned earlier, I believe to be a big reason this site has survived and prospered for so long.
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