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#1    Cynical Sounds

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:13 PM

Hey, this is a question to the admin/mod community of this website

I'm wondering if I could get some clarity on the following rules and what is/is there a "red line" at which the following rules are broken

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  • 3d. Trolling: We have zero tolerance for trolling on the forums. We define 'trolling' as the act of posting intentionally false, controversial or offensive comments designed to start arguments or to provoke, bait or annoy other members.

I know this forum discusses things that are a lot about belief and experience which can lead to fairly heated discussions but when would something be considered trolling. For example if a member post repeated discussions about something they have clearly made up would this be breaking the rules, or posting a thread with an obvious non paranormal/unexplained answer then refuting it would this be trolling?

I just want some clarity before making a complaint.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:33 PM

What you describe sounds like it would cross the line however if you believe someone is trolling the forums it's best to let us know either via a report or by sending a PM so that the moderators can take a look at the situation you are referring to and address it directly.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:40 PM

Next question:
  • I wonder how the Mods would handle a complaint about Saru? :w00t:
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

Trolls are such interesting creatures: they hide under bridges and eat Volkswagons.

I don't think real trolling exists as much as people think.  To me this is someone who posts things just to get others' goat.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:51 PM

View Postxsas, on 27 June 2013 - 02:40 PM, said:

Next question:
  • I wonder how the Mods would handle a complaint about Saru? :w00t:
Who dare draw their sword against the big guy?

That's simple. the rules state:

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in any situation the decision of an Administrator is final

Therefore all complaints against Saru would be referred to Saru.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:54 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 27 June 2013 - 02:50 PM, said:

I don't think real trolling exists as much as people think.  To me this is someone who posts things just to get others' goat.

The accusation of trolling is banded about, incorrectly, rather a lot. However the real trolls do exist. They tend to be rather obvious by their first handful of posts and so don't last very long.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:16 PM

Cheers Saru

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

make sure to not have any christian blood on the forum!

what i just would that be classed as trolling?

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:19 PM

i am curious i dont mean to but i post puns in peoples posts some times and i love this site now that ive registered and dont want to get banned

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:20 PM

View Postkannin, on 27 June 2013 - 03:18 PM, said:

make sure to not have any christian blood on the forum!

what i just would that be classed as trolling?
No, you would also need to live under a bridge...

View Postkannin, on 27 June 2013 - 03:19 PM, said:

i am curious i dont mean to but i post puns in peoples posts some times and i love this site now that ive registered and dont want to get banned
Puns etc. are part of the culture of the forum, fun an lighthearted. More seriously: Heated discussions can result in directed attacks on people. This is not trolling. Trolling is much more severe. For example: Posting hateful messages on a Facebook tribute page to someone who has passed away. Or deliberately bullying or harassing someone.

Edited by Timonthy, 27 June 2013 - 03:25 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

View Postkannin, on 27 June 2013 - 03:18 PM, said:

make sure to not have any christian blood on the forum!

what i just would that be classed as trolling?

View Postkannin, on 27 June 2013 - 03:19 PM, said:

i am curious i dont mean to but i post puns in peoples posts some times and i love this site now that ive registered and dont want to get banned

Context is important, however we define 'trolling' as the act of posting intentionally false, controversial or offensive comments designed to start arguments or to provoke, bait or annoy other members.

If you are doing it on purpose and continue to do it after a moderator has asked you to stop then I would say yes, that's trolling

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:42 PM

I found out that when you hug a troll, they explode! But the mess is just horrid to clean up :rofl: :( :ph34r:

Trolling people like to heat things up, but like they stated above, just report anyone who you belive to be one. The mod's here are good at investigation. Plus everything posted stays there unless you ask a mod to remove it. So the control UM has is very precise and attentive from most boards that I have experienced. Killing em with kindess works too ;)

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:48 PM

View PostJessem, on 27 June 2013 - 03:42 PM, said:

I found out that when you hug a troll, they explode! But the mess is just horrid to clean up :rofl: :( :ph34r:
How are you able to get close enough?


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:21 PM

jessems a huge troll! nawww jokes jessem rocks!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:17 PM

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hmmm ... I think i hear them trolls again ....


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