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  • Forum management suggestions.

    Posted by Jon Rolfe on February 4, 2016 at 1:47 am

    With this fresh start, it could be the best time to set some rules. “Good beginnings make good endings”. For instance, do we have moderators?

    Can we start some suggestions going?

    The USFG is a respectable and respectful nonprofit organization, and not someone’s mudwrestling arena.
    Perhaps one place to start is the long-established rules for internet conduct that began far back in the Newsgroup era, before there were many Web Based BBS functions. Examples are:

    No personal attacks.

    No “Tracking dirt from other groups”. That is, if there is a feud in some other venue, don’t bring it here.

    Act as if you are dealing face to face. No Keyboard Warriors. No slander, libel, defamation or disparagement. Act as you should at your own dinner table, even if your family was as dysfunctional as mine.

    Any others, like restrictions on commercial use, etc.?

    Jon Rolfe replied 8 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Gregory Hays

    February 4, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Excellent suggestions, nothing worse than the battling of wits over the Internet. We all know what we know and we should learn from each other.
    Greg Hays
    San Marcos, CA

  • drsue

    February 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks so much Jon, for posting. We do have moderators, but they all seem to be enjoying the glorious (cough cough) weather in Tucson instead of monitoring the board!

    The rest of us have been a bit overwhelmed with typical start up issues trying to get everyone logged in to the site. Thank you all for your patience.

    Within the next couple months, the board is going to have an advertising policy and deal with the commercial aspects of faceting.

    Sue Lichtenberger
    USFG Treasurer
    USFG Secretary

  • auplater

    February 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    So Jon… references to Hitler or Nazis are verboten! Godwins’ Law rules! :-;

    John Lichtenberger
    USFG Stone Handler

  • Jon Rolfe

    February 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Yup, good old Godwin. I see you have been around the Newsgroups!

  • Jon Rolfe

    February 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Ugh. This brought back old, old memories.

    To start Pine, open a UBUnix session. Type vt100 and press Return to set your terminal type. Type pine and press Return to start the email client.

    But that is how old some of these rules are.

  • Jon Rolfe

    March 30, 2016 at 1:08 pm

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