Forum Rules

Forumosa's Rules - The Short Version

This is a message board for people interested in expat life in Taiwan.
Treat people with respect. Don't be rude or bigoted. Discuss the message, not the messenger.
Familiarize yourself with the site before you start posting.
Respect the wishes of the moderators and administrators.

Forumosa's Rules - The Long Version

Follow the "Short Version" of the rules listed above and you will never have any trouble on Forumosa. Those simple rules are the road map for productive participation on Forumosa.

We also provide this "Long Version" of the rules, dealing with a number of specific issues that arise on this message board. This "Long Version" does not supersede the "Short Version" of the rules. Rather, it is intended to provide specific information about specific situations.

Bigotry
Personal Attacks, Civility, and Respect
Disruption And Inappropriate Postings
What Is Spam?
Deleting Posts
Multiple Accounts (Smurfing)
Avatars
Signatures
Enforcement
The Moderators And You
The Administrators And You


Preface

While we attempt to resolve all problems in an amicable way, we nonetheless reserve the right to ban anyone for any reason, and to delete, edit, rename or "temp" any post for any reason, and such reason may or may not be indicated to the general community.

If you think someone is breaking any of the Rules listed here, please PM the moderator of that forum with a link to the offending post.

All issues are ultimately decided by the administrators of this website. If you wish to appeal a decision, send an email to admin (at) Forumosa.com.

Neither Forumosa.com nor any of the individual moderators make any warranty or representation regarding the accuracy of any information posted on this site and you agree that neither Forumosa.com nor any of the individual moderators and or assistants will be held liable for the result of any use of any information posted in the forums.

Likewise, you agree that neither Forumosa.com nor any of the individual moderators are responsible for the content of any of the messages and or information posted in the forums or of the authenticity of its authors.



Bigotry

Do not post hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, ethnic, or anti-religious (including anti-agnostic and anti-atheistic) bigotry. Unambiguous expressions of bigotry will be deleted, and will often result in the immediate suspension and possible banning of the individual responsible.

If it is not clear whether a comment is bigoted, we will generally give the benefit of the doubt and assume the least-bigoted interpretation. However, individuals who repeatedly post borderline-bigoted comments will be considered bigots and will be removed.

When discussing race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion, please exercise the appropriate level of sensitivity toward others and take extra care to clearly express your point of view in a non-hateful manner. This will help avoid misunderstandings and undeserved accusations of bigotry.



Personal Attacks, Civility, and Respect

The administrators of Forumosa are working to provide a place where people living in or interested in Taiwan can share ideas and debate in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Despite our best efforts, some posters stray from this ideal and cheapen the quality of discourse for everyone else. Unfortunately, it is simply impossible to write a comprehensive set of rules forbidding every type of antisocial behavior. The fact that the rules don't forbid a certain type of post does not automatically make an uncivil post appropriate, nor does it imply that the administrators approve of disrespectful behavior. Every member of this community has a responsibility to participate in a respectful manner, and to help foster a community atmosphere where thoughtful discussion is valued. In this regard, we strongly advise that our members exercise a little common decency, rather than trying to parse the message board rules to figure out what type of antisocial behavior is not forbidden.

Do not post personal attacks or engage in name-calling against other members of this discussion board. Do not distort another poster's name for the purpose of insulting or ridiculing him/her.
If you are going to disagree with someone, please stick to the message rather than the messenger. For example, if someone posts factually incorrect information, it is appropriate to say, "your facts are wrong," but it is not appropriate to say "you are a liar."
Do not disparage another member of this message board as a liberal, a conservative, a troll, or any other label used in a negative sense. Do not try to come up with cute ways of skirting around the spirit of this rule. If you think someone is being disruptive, PM the moderator(s) of that forum with a link to the offending post and let the moderators deal with it. We disapprove of any behaviour intended to stifle discussion, or pre-emptively label a particular point of view as inappropriate or unwelcome as such behavior makes thoughtful and open discussion virtually impossible.
Forumosa is a "big tent" message board which welcomes a broad range of opinions from posters hailing from many countries and cultures. As such, from time to time you are likely to disagree with many of the comments you see expressed here. Please do not take these differences of opinion personally. The simple fact that someone disagrees with you does not give you the right to lash out and break the rules of this message board. A thick skin is usually required to participate on this or any message board.

Please note that, strictly speaking, sweeping statements about entire groups of people are not considered personal attacks. However, they are often inflammatory and counterproductive and the moderators have broad discretion to remove such posts in the interests of keeping the peace on the message board.

There is a difference between forceful advocacy for a particular issue or point of view (which is allowed), and personally attacking people (which is forbidden). If you can't tell the difference, you are likely to get into trouble here.

Do not "stalk" another member from one discussion thread to another. Do not follow someone into another thread to try to continue a disagreement you had elsewhere. Do not talk negatively about an individual in a thread where they are not participating. Do not start a new discussion thread with the purpose of "calling out" another member or picking a fight with another member. Do not use your signature line to draw negative attention to another member of the board, or to the fact that they've been suspended.

If you just don't like someone, please be aware that you have the option of putting that person on your ignore list. Just go to your User Control Panel at the top right-hand side of the page. From there, go to the "Options" index on the left-hand side and click on "Friends and Foes", and then on "Manage Foes". Add the name of the person you wish to ignore in the space provided. (You can also remove names from this list if you wish.)

We do not typically delete threads which many members may consider to be flamebait. However, the administrators will occasionally remove threads which we, in our discretion, consider too rhetorically hot or too inflammatory. Please use good judgment when starting threads; inflammatory rhetoric does not normally lead to productive discussion.

If you are the type of person who just can't get along with other people, and if you seem to repeatedly cause trouble, eventually we will decide that your presence is a disruption and we will ban you. It doesn't matter if you are a long-term member of this board.

There are no exceptions to these civility rules. You cannot attack someone because they attacked you first, or because that person "deserved it", or because you think someone is being disruptive. We consider it a personal attack to call a liar a liar, to call a moron a moron, or to call a jerk a jerk.

For detailed information about how we enforce our personal attacks rule, please read "What is a Personal Attack?"



Disruption And Inappropriate Postings

Do not post messages that advocate harm or death to anyone, threaten the livelihood of anyone, or otherwise harass anyone.

Do not send Private Messages (PMs), e-mail, phone, or other messages to anyone if your intent is to threaten or harass, and do not encourage others to do the same. Private Messages received on Forumosa are to be considered private and are not to be posted publicly unless the sender of the PM agrees. PMs are private and cannot be moderated. Admin will only get involved in the moderation of PMs under the direst circumstances. We therefore ask that people be respectful when using this function.

Do not take your disagreements off the message board and into the "real world", and do not do anything to try to harm or harass any member of this message board in the "real world".

Conversely, offline disputes are also unwelcome on Forumosa. If you have a problem with someone in real life, don't harass them online. If you have a grievance you'd like to share, that's fine, but please ensure that the identity of the people you're talking about is kept private. Forumosa is not a court of law and allegations of wrongdoing against private individuals are unwelcome.

Do not post personal information about any other person even if that information is publicly available. This includes, but is not limited, to divulging personal information such as the real-life identity of other posters, telephone numbers or sexual orientation. In addition, Forumosa does not condone or encourage efforts by individuals to "dig up" information about other visitors. You may post the public contact information for public figures, but you may not post anyone's private information without their consent.

Do not post duplicate topics that have already been posted.

Do not post messages that are entirely in capital letters, as this indicates yelling or intense emotion, and is generally considered to be bad netiquette.

Do not make Emoticons the substance of your posts. Posts that consist mainly of Emoticons may be deleted or floundered.

Do not act as a "back seat moderator". If you see something that is against the rules, PM the moderator of the forum in question. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.

Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "Don't know what to do!", etc. Examples of good titles include; "My language school won't refund my tuition", "My software won't display Chinese characters", etc. If a moderator renames your thread, respect their decision. If you feel strongly opposed to the new title, PM the moderator(s) with your concerns.

As much as possible, use correct punctuation and spelling. If you are not willing to take the effort to make your message readable, we are not willing to read it. Posts with little or no attention paid to readability may be removed or "temped", i.e. sent to the Temporary Forum.

Do not use excessive profanity. Posts with excessive profanity will be deleted or temped.

Do not post sexually explicit images or messages. If you wish to discuss topics of a sexual nature, please exercise an appropriate level of maturity and sensitivity. If you post a link to a sexually explicit image, be sure to affix the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) warning on either side of the link. Many of our users log on to Forumosa at their workplace, and we do not want to get them into trouble! Links to hardcore pornographic images will be deleted. We are not a porn site.

Do not post entire articles. It's fine to post a few paragraphs and even a picture, but just post enough to give us the gist of the article. Provide a link at the end so that the reader can click through to the full content if they so choose. Try to keep the text relevant to the topic as much as possible.

Please do not quote entire, lengthy posts merely to make a brief comment on them, especially posts immediately preceding yours. Please quote only as necessary to let others know which specific post or point you are addressing.

If you are posting original, relevant content and want to post a link to your own site, that's great, but we'd really appreciate it if you also linked back to Forumosa and Taiwanted somewhere on your site -- it's just good manners! Simply send a note to admin (at) forumosa.com to ask us to add you to our link exchange. When a moderator suspects a post is potentially BlogSpam, they will take a look at our favorite links listed down the right side of http://www.forumosa.org -- if your site is there, then you are good to go.

Except in threads expressly designed for that purpose, please do not post a link/embed a video without adding original content. Forumosa is a discussion forum.

When starting a thread, be sure that you have something to say. In most cases, just linking to another discussion or news article is insufficient content, and will result in your thread being removed.

Do not post graphic images of violence. If you have a legitimate political purpose for posting a link to an image of graphic violence, be sure to affix the NSFW warning on either side of the link.

Do not promote illegal activities. Breach of this rule can lead to legal proceedings against this site, and will not be tolerated. In cases where the law has been broken, Forumosa may notify the proper authorities if appropriate.

Do not impersonate other users.

Trolling is not permitted. Trolling is the deliberate posting of inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Trolling does not encourage further discussion in the long run, it only encourages personal attacks (if left unchecked). Substance is the key to not being labelled a troll. We ask that you do not make postings which are deliberately intended to upset other participants, start inflammatory arguments or interrupt legitimate discussion.

Don't be a drama queen. Posting for the purpose of creating drama is juvenile. Forumosa is a message board for adults.

Forumosa depends on its advertisers for support. Please do not post workarounds that allow users to block ads from our sponsors when they use the forums. Posters that disregard this rule may find themselves suspended or even banned from the forums.

Stay on topic. Don't jump into an unrelated discussion and introduce a barely-relevant tangent in order to bring up your pet issue.

Do not spam the message board.



What Is Spam?

Some common examples of spam:

Multiple back-to-back posts are spam. If you wish to add to a post you just made, please go back to that post and use the edit function to add the additional information. Do not create a new post.
Cross-posting the same or similar messages in different forums/topics is spam. Post a topic once in the most appropriate forum. If a moderator moves your post to what she feels is a more appropriate forum, respect her decision. Cross-posted messages will be deleted or moved to the Temporary Forum.
Quoting others without adding text of your own is spam. Try to keep the text relevant to the topic as much as possible.
Posting stupidity is spam. Posts deemed by a moderator to have no value to the forum they are posted in may be deleted or temped.
Messages deliberately posted in an inappropriate forum is spam, and will be deleted or temped. Post in the correct forum. If you aren't sure which forum to post in then state this in your post and one of the moderators will move it for you, if necessary.
Posting totally unrelated material is spam and such posts will be deleted or temped. Digressions from the topic are allowed so long as it is in direct reply to a previous post, or it is linked in some way.
Gravedigging, i.e. replying to old topics when you have nothing substantial to add, or just to bring the topic back up to the top is spam. Gravedigging replies may be temped or deleted.
BlogSpam is posting a link to a blog entry or back to your own website without adding original and/or relevant content. Examples of BlogSpam are posts like, "I went to Restaurant X last night. Click here to go to my blog for the review." Or, "Did you hear what Obama did? Outrageous! Click here for more info, and my outraged reaction!"


Deleting Posts

Please do not edit the content of your posts to the point that replies to that post become meaningless, as it diminishes the value of the thread. For the same reason, deleting entire posts is strictly verboten, (unless one is removing an accidental posting).



Multiple Accounts (Smurfing)

Each member is permitted one forum account. If you have reason to require more than one account please check with Admin.



Avatars

Forumosans are encouraged to link to an avatar in their profile. This avatar will then be displayed next to their user name in all posts.

Avatars should not be greater in size than 150150 pixels, and the width restriction will be actively enforced as anything over 150 pixels will stretch the margins of the page.

Avatars that are pornographic, obscene or offensive will be removed. Repeated attempts to display unacceptable avatars will result in the poster's avatar function being disabled.



Signatures

Forumosans are encouraged to display a personal signature at the end of their posts. This signature can be a motto, a quotation, a life philosophy -- whatever you think is "you".

Please do not include more than one graphic in your signature at any time. That graphic should be in either .jpg or .gif format, and should not exceed 500 pixels wide, 60 pixels tall. Please keep the file size of any signature images reasonable so as to facilitate easy loading of the page for Forumosans with slower Internet connections.

Please do not include more than two links in your signature.

Signatures which contain text or images that are pornographic, obscene or offensive will be removed.

Text in your signature must not exceed six lines in length (plus one image that conforms to the above size restrictions, if desired).

You may change the color and font of your signature line text, but we would prefer that you not increase the text size.

Do not use your signature line to draw negative attention to another member of the board, or to their current status. Let suspended members serve their time-out in peace, and banned members be forgotten.



Enforcement

Failure to adhere to these rules may result in offending posts being deleted or temped, i.e. sent to the Temporary Forum, where they will expire after a period of 15 days, if no replies have been made.

In the event that these guidelines are breached, a poster may be warned, suspended or even banned, depending on the degree of offence, and the reaction of the poster to any warnings or communications received from the moderators or administrators. We recognize that the degree or even commission of a "posting offence" is often subjective, but we have full confidence in the moderating team and their ability to deal with breaches of these rules.

Questions about Forumosa's policies belong in the Feedback forum. All discussion topics relating to Forumosa's policies, procedures, enforcement, etc. which are posted outside of the Feedback forum will be temped or deleted.


The Moderators And You

Treat the moderators with respect.

Do not post messages attacking the moderators or administrators.

All of the moderators at Forumosa are volunteers. They provide their time and their good judgment to this website free of charge. The rules, which have grown organically over the years, are endorsed by admin and enforced by the moderators. Neither party deserve to have scorn heaped upon them either publicly or privately.

If you think something requires the attention of the moderators, please PM them with a link to the post in question.

Please be aware that moderators are not expected to be online all the time, and therefore they cannot respond immediately to every problem that arises on Forumosa. If you send a PM or an e-mail to a moderator, please give that moderator sufficient time to respond. Do not assume that a moderator is ignoring your concerns merely because he does not respond as quickly as you would like.

When a moderator enforces the message board rules, members are expected to respect their authority and abide by their decisions. If you disagree with a moderator's decision, you are encouraged to politely explain why you disagree in the Feedback forum. All discussion topics relating to Forumosa's policies, procedures, enforcement, etc. which are posted outside of the Feedback forum will be floundered or deleted.

Do not send rude, dismissive, or disrespectful responses to the moderators.

If you feel a moderator has acted inappropriately, please contact the Forum administrator (Goose Egg) privately so they can deal with it.

Do not publicly post private messages you receive from moderators and administrators.

Moderators have access to a private moderators-only discussion forum, where they discuss issues relevant to this discussion board.


The Administrators And You

The administrator of this website is Goose Egg.

If you have any questions about Forumosa's Rules, please contact the website administrators by sending an email to admin (at) Forumosa (dot) com, or by posting in the Feedback forum.

Questions about Forumosa's policies belong in the Feedback forum. All discussion topics relating to Forumosa's policies, procedures, enforcement, etc., which are posted outside of the Feedback forum will be temped or deleted.