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    Default proposed Monarch Forum Rules - discussion

    Iíve 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 donít think thatís currently possible, so itís 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. Donít post anything that you wouldnít 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 isnít asking about a drive conversion, donít bring it up. Often a discussion will drift into an area thatís well away from the original topic. When that happens, Iíll try to split the new discussion out into its own thread.

    This isnít Facebook; please post your personal quips and anecdotes elsewhere.

    Long, Rambling, Incoherent Posts

    Posts must be Clear and Concise. If Iím five or six paragraphs into your post and still have no idea what youíre trying to say, Iíll 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, Iíll just delete it.

    Thread Hogging/Hijacking

    Thread hogging is where someone takes over a thread and dominates the discussion. If itís not your thread, but youíre responding to or commenting on each new post, thereís a good chance youíre hogging the thread. Itís 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 donít 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 forumís quoting feature is encouraged, but do not alter any of the personís text. You may delete portions of the quoted post, but you should insert an ellipsis (Ö) 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 ďemphasis addedĒ 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 forumís native picture hosting facility. Note that some devices, including iPhones, save their images with a suffix of ď.JPEGĒ. Please change the suffix to ď.JPGĒ before uploading. If you donít, the posted images will be very small and hard to see. (This is an issue with the forum that Iím trying to resolve.)

    Cal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal Haines View Post
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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 ...
    Last edited by Cal Haines; 08-02-2021 at 07:49 PM. Reason: don't get personal

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    Jeez Cal, More rules than my English Lit Professor gave us.... And now what's gonna happen to ...
    Last edited by Cal Haines; 08-02-2021 at 07:49 PM. Reason: don't get personal

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    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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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rimcanyon View Post
    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. Donít post anything that you wouldnít 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 forumís quoting feature is encouraged, but do not change the personís text.
    See Note [2]

    Pictures

    Please use the forumís native picture hosting facility. Note that some devices, including iPhones, save their images with a suffix of ď.JPEGĒ. Please change the suffix to ď.JPGĒ before uploading. If you donít, the posted images will be very small and hard to see. (This is an issue with the forum that Iím 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 isnít asking about a drive conversion, donít bring it up. When a discussion drifts into an area thatís well away from the original topic, Iíll move it to a new thread.

    This isnít Facebook; please post your personal quips and anecdotes elsewhere.

    Posts must be Clear and Concise. If Iím five or six paragraphs into your post and still have no idea what youíre trying to say, Iíll 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, Iíll 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 (Ö) 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 ďemphasis addedĒ after the quote. No other changes may be made to the quoted text. Posts that violate this rule will be deleted.

    Cal

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    Thanks Cal!

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    Thanks Cal, I like it.

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    How about a non racist moderator with some basic knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donie View Post
    How about a non racist moderator with some basic knowledge!
    WOW, donie, where did that one come from????

    I'm good with those rules.

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    Thanks Cal. As one of the new guys, I think this is a move in the right direction.

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    These rules should apply to ALL forums, not just Monarch lathes!

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    I’m grateful Cal is the moderator. It’s a thankless job.

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    Love it Cal!
    Thank you.
    I was also ok with the long version.

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