NEW RULES AND CORRECTIONS JUNE 27, 2020
We are expanding and clarifying some of our current rules today, with corresponding user action involved.
No formal betting is allowed on the Straight Dope site. Not for fun, not for charity, not for argument, not for any purpose whatsoever.
In the past this was only a rule in the Great Debates and Politics/Elections forums. But now it applies everywhere.
Because of the limited application of the rule prior to today, the warning for UltraVires will be rescinded.
Do not post animated or flashing graphics on the Straight Dope site.
We will take action against users who post animated, flashing, or inappropriate images. We are the arbiters of what is appropriate.
If you have a problem with an action or a site function or anything here, the person you talk to is me.
If you find an inappropriate or problematic post you can flag it and send us a message.
As has been our policy since always, if you disagree with a moderator action you can post about in ATMB. We will consider your request. Many times we have changed decisions through this process. It is not a big deal. Moderators are human like most of the rest of you and can make an error. It can always be corrected if need be. Moderators are also human in that they have real lives and need to sleep and work and talk to their families occasionally. and are not here 24/7. They do their best in the time they have available.
Moderator decisions are often made by consensus and it takes a little bit of time and sometimes a lot of time to round everybody up. You should know this and expect that we will get to resolution as soon as possible but it’s not an instant thing.
If you feel your ATMB thread is not getting proper attention, SEND ME AN EMAIL. TubaDiva@aol.com.
You can disagree with an action but we ask you to be civil as you go about the process. “I disagree with this action because” is much more effective than yelling at the moderator or being ugly and insulting. Mind your manners in About This Message Board.
Handling grievances and complaints. If you have a problem or an issue of any kind, do not contact Chicago Sun-Times management or the Development Team about it. You send me an email about it. TubaDiva@aol.com.
They will not reply to your email. They are not the Straight Dope Police. It is my job to handle these issues. So save time and trouble and send it to me to begin with.
Like the moderators I am not here 24/7, though lately it sure feels like it. I will answer you as swiftly as possible.
This is a bannable offense. So don’t do it.
Please pay attention to our rules. They are currently being updated to reflect our changing status but if you are ever in doubt about anything here, ask a moderator or me and we will steer you straight. It’s always better to ask permission than to beg forgiveness.
your humble TubaDiva