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Cal Haines

Diamond
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Location
Tucson, AZ
I’ve been receiving complaints about off-topic posts, long, rambling posts, and thread hogging. I prefer to take a hands-off approach to forum moderation, but I don’t think that’s currently possible, so it’s time to set some rules.

These rules will go into effect Wednesday, August 4, 2021, once Admin has had a chance to review them. Please post your comments and concerns below so they may be taken into consideration.

Monarch Forum Rules

General

This forum is for discussing Monarch lathes and other tool-room lathes, as well as upgrades, rebuilds, and tooling for these lathes. Posts should be Clear, Concise, Calm, and Courteous (yup, the 4Cs). Please read what you just wrote before posting it, especially if there is disagreement on some technical issue. Ask yourself how others might perceive what you just wrote. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t write in a memo to an ill-tempered boss.

Off-topic Posts

Off-topic posts will be moved to a new thread or deleted. A classic example is drive conversions: if the thread starter isn’t asking about a drive conversion, don’t bring it up. Often a discussion will drift into an area that’s well away from the original topic. When that happens, I’ll try to split the new discussion out into its own thread.

This isn’t Facebook; please post your personal quips and anecdotes elsewhere.

Long, Rambling, Incoherent Posts

Posts must be Clear and Concise. If I’m five or six paragraphs into your post and still have no idea what you’re trying to say, I’ll probably delete the body of the post and leave a note for you to try again. (You can go back and edit your text within 24 hours of initially posting it.) If I can salvage some of the post without too much effort, I will. And again, you can go back and edit it if you like. If the post is rude, offensive or wildly off topic, I’ll just delete it.

Thread Hogging/Hijacking

Thread hogging is where someone takes over a thread and dominates the discussion. If it’s not your thread, but you’re responding to or commenting on each new post, there’s a good chance you’re hogging the thread. It’s perfectly fine to offer occasional suggestions or words of encouragement, but do so with the rest of the contributors in mind. Everyone gets a chance to share what they know and question things that don’t sound correct. Say your piece and move on. Do not try to verbally batter or humiliate someone with a different point of view. Discuss all you like, but do it Calmly and with Courtesy.

Quoting

Use of the forum’s quoting feature is encouraged, but do not alter any of the person’s text. You may delete portions of the quoted post, but you should insert an ellipsis (…) to indicate a deletion. You may change some of the quoted text to bold to call attention to something, provided that you indicate that you have done so; this is typically done by adding the phrase “emphasis added” after the quote. No other changes may be made to the quoted text. Posts that violate this rule will be deleted.

Pictures

Please use the forum’s native picture hosting facility. Note that some devices, including iPhones, save their images with a suffix of “.JPEG”. Please change the suffix to “.JPG” before uploading. If you don’t, the posted images will be very small and hard to see. (This is an issue with the forum that I’m trying to resolve.)

Cal
 
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Superbowl

Cast Iron
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Monarch Forum Rules

Long, Rambling, Incoherent Posts

Posts must be Clear and Concise. If I’m five or six paragraphs into your post and still have no idea what you’re trying to say, I’ll probably delete the body of the post and leave a note for you to try again. (You can go back and edit your text within 24 hours of initially posting it.) If I can salvage some of the post without too much effort, I will. And again, you can go back and edit it if you like. If the post is rude, offensive or wildly off topic, I’ll just delete it......
Cal

Great news! I am tired of the nonsense posted by ...
 
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Don's Engine

Aluminum
Joined
May 29, 2020
Jeez Cal, More rules than my English Lit Professor gave us.... And now what's gonna happen to ...
 
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220swift

Stainless
Joined
Oct 19, 2004
Location
Montana
Looking forward to the forum with new rules, cutting out a lot of B S.

Cal Thanks for making this forum Great again. :)

Hal
 
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rimcanyon

Diamond
Joined
Sep 28, 2002
Location
Salinas, CA USA
Cal, I agree we needed something, but I agree with Don too. Maybe you should rewrite your post, follow your own advice, and come up with something that is not long and rambling. Try and limit it to a concise set of simple rules.
 

Cal Haines

Diamond
Joined
Sep 19, 2002
Location
Tucson, AZ
Cal, I agree we needed something, but I agree with Don too. Maybe you should rewrite your post, follow your own advice, and come up with something that is not long and rambling. Try and limit it to a concise set of simple rules.

Ouch!

OK. See if you like this better:

Monarch Forum Rules 2.0

General

This forum is for discussing Monarch lathes and other tool-room lathes, as well as upgrades, rebuilds, and tooling for these lathes. Posts should be Clear, Concise, Calm, and Courteous. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t send to an ill-tempered boss.

Rule #1 - Stay On Topic

See Note [1]

Rule #2 - Don't be a Thread Hog

A Thread Hog someone who takes over a thread and dominates the discussion.

Rule #3 - Quoting

Use of the forum’s quoting feature is encouraged, but do not change the person’s text.
See Note [2]

Pictures

Please use the forum’s native picture hosting facility. Note that some devices, including iPhones, save their images with a suffix of “.JPEG”. Please change the suffix to “.JPG” before uploading. If you don’t, the posted images will be very small and hard to see. (This is an issue with the forum that I’m trying to resolve.)


Note [1]:

Off-topic posts will be moved to a new thread or deleted. A classic example is drive conversions: if the thread starter isn’t asking about a drive conversion, don’t bring it up. When a discussion drifts into an area that’s well away from the original topic, I’ll move it to a new thread.

This isn’t Facebook; please post your personal quips and anecdotes elsewhere.

Posts must be Clear and Concise. If I’m five or six paragraphs into your post and still have no idea what you’re trying to say, I’ll probably delete the body of the post and leave a note for you to try again. (You can go back and edit your text within 24 hours of initially posting it.) If I can salvage some of the post without too much effort, I will. If the post is rude, offensive or wildly off topic, I’ll just delete it.

Note [2]:

You may delete portions of a quoted post if it doesn't change the overall meaning, but you should insert an ellipsis (…) to indicate a deletion. You may change some of the quoted text to bold to call attention to something, provided that you indicate that you have done so; this is typically done by adding the phrase “emphasis added” after the quote. No other changes may be made to the quoted text. Posts that violate this rule will be deleted.

Cal
 

Jdub63

Aluminum
Joined
Jan 10, 2020
Thanks Cal. As one of the new guys, I think this is a move in the right direction.
 
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