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Forum Guidelines

3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #2 by Shini
  • Don't be rude, don't call people names, or respond to trolls. We'll remove any bad stuff when we see it, which will unfortunately include any nicer comments made in response.
  • Respect and help the moderators not by replying to bad comments, but by flagging bad comments. It's a small team of dedicated, caring robots humans working hard to make things better.
  • Got a correction or suggestion for an article? Use the Suggestion Box to let us know. It's quicker and we'll <3 you for that rather than derailing a thread.

Here's a list of things that will get your comment or forum post removed, and might get your account banned. Remember that this is not a comprehensive list and our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate and that skirts the boundaries of good taste. See any of the stuff below? You can help us out by flagging (more on that below).

Spam: Zero tolerance, of course! If it comes from a human or a robot, spam will be deleted. This includes self-promotion. Generally speaking, promoting your games, projects, YouTube channel, website or copy pasting entire articles/scans from other sites/magazines will be treated like any other spam on The rainbow Grove... It goes in the bin.
Personal attacks: Don't attack or insult another user. It's not helpful and it doesn't make Polygon a friendly place. This includes referring to other people as trolls, fanboys, sheep, white knights, etc. If you're thinking of using a specific term such as a racial or derogatory insult, think again about why that's a bad idea, and don't do it.
Illegal activities: If you post links to illegal downloads, ways to steal service, describe how to perform unauthorized hacks and exploits, or any other nefarious activity, then it's game over for you, kid.
NSFW material: Nope, not allowed. Even images or links that could be considered borderline are not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is that anything beyond PG-13 will get you in trouble, but we reserve the right to remove any post we deem offensive. This goes for pornographic material, vile language, gore and generally gross stuff. If you want to make posts like that, you should click that "AfterDark" link on the menu up there...
Racism, sexism, and other discrimination: Attacking entire classes of people is just like attacking a single person: we'll be having words with you about it.
Trolling: If you're making off-topic comments, taking threads off-topic, or posting flamebait, you're likely to find that your post has suddenly disappeared. An example of that would be spelling company names using dollar signs such as $ony/M$, or wordplay like "Crapple." It could also be going off topic on what constitutes a good review score, or bringing up other review scores in an unrelated review to make an off-topic point.
Offensive usernames: If your username contains language or terms that could be construed as offensive, we'll put a hold on your account and start a dialogue with you to change your username to something more appropriate. If you provide unsuitable replacements, we reserve the right to choose a new username at random in order to get you up and running on a temporary basis until you provide a more permanent option.
Multiple accounts and throwaway emails: We don't allow multiple accounts per user. Using a disposable email address signals to us that you're not here for the right reasons and we'll go ahead and block those, and offer to open a dialogue with you when you get in touch using a legitimate email account. You also may not create accounts designed to impersonate another person.
Cross posting: Don't make duplicate posts across different forums — it clogs things up and fractures the conversation
Complaining about coverage: We cover a wide array of topics, not all of which are easy, comfortable, or reflective of your personal views and may touch on issues normally considered 'outside' of gaming such as feminism, sexual assault or religious beliefs. While we're not against discussions of our coverage, comments containing plainly stated accusations of bias, complaints about the frequency of articles on a topic, and complaints about whether something is newsworthy are usually an indication that you're not trying to be a productive member of the community. We'll have words and remove posts to get conversation back on track. This also applies to review scores.
Complaining about moderation: See "Moderation" below.
Site bashing: Whether it's The Rainbow Grove, or another website - don't bash them or their staff. It's not cool and it's disrespectful to a lot of people. Be the better person here, please.
Posting unmarked spoilers: No one likes spoilers! We have a spoiler tag in the text editor for when you make your comment. Use it! Posting unmarked spoilers will usually get your comment removed. Generally speaking, anything older than 6 months of its U.S. release is considered fair game.
Abuse of the flag system: If we catch you flagging comments that have no business being flagged because you disagree on semantics, we will have words with you.
"No Stars" rule: All of the behavior listed above? You could say we're not fond of it. We're even less likely to tolerate it if you made an account on The Rainbow Grove specifically to engage in it, since it tells us that you aren't here to contribute in any meaningful manner. If you break the rules above while still having 0 stars (within your first 5 posts), we'll usually go ahead and issue a ban and open a dialogue.

There are three ways to interact on The Rainbow Grove. Here are the basics, but there's much more information listed below.

Post a comment: We love comments, and simply by registering you can reply to any post here on The Rainbow Grove forums. The forums are equipped with a "Quick Reply" button, so you're able to easily reply to the person you're talking to.
Create a New Topic: You're going to love forums on The Rainbow Grove. Not only are there general discussion forums, but every topic we could think of has a forum of its own. Talk about that character of Game of Thrones you love, get personal questions answered or even just talk with other folks in the community about anything you like in the Free-For-All area. You can also leave questions and feedback for our editorial and support teams in the Site Support forum or you can submit a ticket at the Help Desk. If you are not sure where something goes, just post it in the Free-For-All and include a note asking the moderation team to move it to the appropriate forum. We're always happy to help!
Get in touch: Have a news tip? Want to contact the moderators? Want to tell us about a site bug or article item that needs correction? You can do all of that right here on the Site Support forum or submit a ticket at the Help Desk

About our moderators: They don't speak for the site, but they are here to help you guys make The Rainbow Grove community a better place. They're denoted by a badge and a title so they're easy to spot in our communities.
Questions about moderation: We're happy to have a discussion with you about it — in private. We've learned from experience that public complaints about moderation just leads to people trying to "game" the system. If you have a question about moderation, submit a ticket at the Help Desk and we'll have a talk. If there's a big policy change or something we would like to say publicly about moderation, we'll post it in our Announcements forum and update this document. Do note that any complaints about moderation or comment removal will also be removed from the comment section in order to keep things on-topic.
Isn't this censorship? Well, no and yes. We're trying to foster great conversation and we will remove comments that harm that endeavor. Even though your comment may seem benign, we've played this game long enough to spot the sort of posts that spiral the conversation out of control. You're free to say whatever you like with no boundaries at other places, but not here. At The Rainbow Grove we maintain a different standard, working very hard to keep the conversation informative and fun. The bottom line is that moderators have the final say on whether it falls within our community guidelines.

Comments are a lovely way to talk about the stories, forum posts, and reviews you find on The Rainbow Grove. They can also be a lot to keep up with, so we have some tools to make it all easier. You can preview your comment before you post it, and you will have 90 seconds to edit it afterwards. Every comment has a few links associated with it:

Reply: Use this to reply to that specific comment. Your reply will be threaded to that comment. you can also "Quote" part or all of someone else's post if you want to reply to something specific that was said. This option is available under the "Action" button at the bottom of every post.
Recommend: We love great comments, and we know you do too. Click the "Thank You" link to vote up a comment and see it get more love and affection from the site.
Report: This is the link you use to report a post to the moderators. Use it to report spam, personal attacks, or racist and sexist language. Do not use it to report comments you disagree with or to hassle users. If the top comment in a thread is a problem, we may remove it, and that will remove all the replies to it. So if there's an inappropriate comment and you reply to it with something eloquent and heartfelt, there's a very good chance that your highly intelligent and meaningful comment will nonetheless be lost, and you'll have only yourself to blame for that.

The Rainbow Grove offers you a full WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for creating forum posts.

Our editors and moderators will be watching out for great content to promote on the site, as well as inappropriate content. In other words, all the rules above about spam, abusive behavior, and basic human decency apply doubly to forum posts. You can help! "Thank You" and Reports of forum posts are great ways to bring them to our attention.
Finally, please post in the appropriate forum for what you want to discuss. Have a question about Dating? We've got a Dating forum. Want to talk about The Rainbow Grove itself, we have a Site Support forum. Want to discuss the differences between coming out to family and coming out to friends on the workplace? We have a great Advice and Personal Matters forum called Coming Out for that. Not sure where your post belongs? Ask us directly.

Although there is no hard and fast rule for when you should make a reply on somebody else's post or when you should make a new forum post, we do have some clear guidelines. Essentially, if there is already a post on a topic you're interested in talking about, it's better to comment on that post rather than to make a new one. We have a very large search box at the top of every page and we encourage all users to search before posting. Duplicate posts may be closed or removed.

~The Rainbow Grove Team
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