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    The following is a draft of an updated and simplified set of rules. Please provide input on the rules before they go into effect:

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    The following RULES and GUIDELINES are being set forth in order to present and maintain Broncos Forums as a board which can be enjoyed by all members.

    This is a community. That means that we are many different people making up a single entity. Respect other members of the community and don’t belittle, make fun off, or insult another member. If you feel a post violates a rule, don’t retaliate, report the post.

    Moderators are volunteers that help out the forum for FREE. Please treat all moderators with respect in both public forums and in any private messages. Moderators also are expected to treat the members with respect in both public forums and in any private messages.

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    It is acceptable, and encouraged, to create a thread in the Town Hall discussing the rules, and within the context of existing rules, moderator actions, but they should be limited to questions about rules and moderator actions in general, not thinly veiled questions or criticisms of individual moderators or specific actions.

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    Looking good.

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    Wait a second. This is BS...Can we at least talk about this first? How come this was never brought up in the Town Hall Forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Wait a second. This is BS...Can we at least talk about this first? How come this was never brought up in the Town Hall Forum?
    this is a town hall discussion..

    that is why it is called Proposed: Amended Rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Wait a second. This is BS...Can we at least talk about this first? How come this was never brought up in the Town Hall Forum?
    Ummm, I thought that's what we were doing?

    Quote Originally Posted by tnedator View Post
    The following is a draft of an updated and simplified set of rules. Please provide input on the rules before they go into effect:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrwiz View Post
    this is a town hall discussion..

    that is why it is called Proposed: Amended Rules
    Gotcha...I was kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Gotcha...I was kidding.
    Ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnedator View Post
    Ummm, I thought that's what we were doing?
    I was kidding. Looks good to me, Ned. You da man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Wait a second. This is BS...Can we at least talk about this first? How come this was never brought up in the Town Hall Forum?
    *coughs*

    *looks around*


    *walks away*


    lol...

    So let me see if I understand the 'moderation discussion' rules as they stand. Even in a productive town hall discussion, it would still be against the rules to cite specific examples?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordTrychon View Post
    So let me see if I understand the 'moderation discussion' rules as they stand. Even in a productive town hall discussion, it would still be against the rules to cite specific examples?
    IMO, that rule needs more work. What we don't want is people using the Town Hall to complain or as a thinly veiled slam on a specific mod's action, but we do want to discuss rules that might need to be changed, or how the mods interpret existing rules. In doing the latter, citing specific examples can be useful.

    So, as I say, the rule still needs some work IMO, and that's what this thread is about, getting comments and input to create a better set of rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Gotcha...I was kidding.
    please use a in the future





















    or risk being banned for life..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrwiz View Post
    please use a in the future





















    or risk being banned for life..
    But then it wouldn't be flame-baiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    But then it wouldn't be flame-baiting.
    I guess your choice or banned.. I know which one I'd choose..

    now



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    Quote Originally Posted by LordTrychon View Post
    *coughs*

    *looks around*


    *walks away*


    lol...

    So let me see if I understand the 'moderation discussion' rules as they stand. Even in a productive town hall discussion, it would still be against the rules to cite specific examples?

    I just re-read that part too. I understand the no "flaming" threads of decisions and I think I understand starting a thread in Town Hall discussing a rule/decision but I honestly feel that eventually that thread is going to turn into a bash thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefstew25 View Post
    Gotcha...I was kidding.
    And here I thought you were only gaining a little weight . . .

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