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Old 03-10-2018, 12:49 PM
JimNightshade JimNightshade is offline
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Europe
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Would a new poster even read ‘the rules’ ?

Just wondering. We seem to have a myriad of rules, spread across forums in various stickies, and revered by all as the one truth.

If I was a new poster, wanting to join the boards and have some fun, I highly doubt I would read ‘the rules’ before posting. I might be made aware of ‘the rules’, but I, as a new poster, would likely think this was a silly mess and rightly laugh them off as entirely stupid.

So, for whom are the rules actually? Long term posters, who know them, and honor them, but do not bring any fresh thoughts to the site?
Trolls? You know you have a shit load of them, and they probably don’t care.
A potential new poster? Really? You expect them to read all these rules? In 2018? I have doubts that such a noble endeavor will ever be honored.
So, just what are they for?

The more I think of it, the more I come to the conclusion that ‘the rules’ are nothing more than a historic oddity. The old time posters would know them, new posters wouldn’t give a fuck.

Seems kinda silly.


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