We’ve revised the rules in the BBQ Pit - see:
All comments and complaints about SDMB administration must now go in the About This Message Board forum.
No abusive remarks directed at other posters. Basically this means you can’t tell another poster to fuck off (or similar). Creative insults on the other hand are welcome as always.
No obscenities in thread titles.
Quote tags are for actual quotes only.
The rule against telling people they’re on your “ignore” list has been rescinded in the Pit.
Since some of these changes are significant, we provide the following FAQ:
Why are you doing this?
We’ve had several flareups between posters and staff lately about what is and isn’t allowed in the Pit. This had led us to re-examine our current rules and how we enforce them. Conclusions: (1) Most of what’s in the Pit we find pretty entertaining, but some of the cruder stuff we could do without. (2) Interaction between posters and staff on questions of board (and especially Pit) administration has been getting ugly at times, and recent band-aids to the rules haven’t addressed the problems. We need a new approach. This is it.
Does this mean I can’t complain about the SDMB anymore?
No, it just means you have to post your complaints in ATMB. You can say what you like; you just can’t be insulting about it. We think this will work out better for all concerned. For one thing, we’re more likely to give serious consideration to a complaint that isn’t laced with abuse.
Do I need to worry that I’ll get banned if I say something in the Pit that a moderator decides is too crude?
No. We recognize that the line between funny and offensive can be a fine one and often depends on context. We also understand that sometimes people lose their tempers. In most such cases we may tell one, some, or all of the participants in a thread to cool off (or we may close the thread altogether) and that’ll be the end of it. What will get you in trouble is persisting in doing something after you’ve been told to stop or making abusive remarks to the mod.
Can I argue with a mod in the Pit?
If you simply want to clarify a misunderstanding in a reasonable manner, no problem. However, any protracted discussion of a mod action should be taken to ATMB.
Am I not allowed to Pit moderators any more?
You can Pit mods for comments they make as ordinary posters. If you’ve got a beef about a mod action, that needs to go in ATMB.
We don’t expect these changes to have any major impact on what the Pit is all about. You can still rant about the world or duke it out with another poster. All we’re trying to do is establish some Marquess of Queensberry-type rules.