OK, there's been a good deal of fucktardery going around over the past few weeks over various issues, so I'd like to take the time to remind you all of our policies. In addition, to combat this inability to follow rules, there are some new procedures for staff and members alike! Congratulations! So, let's review our favorite topic! 7. No backseat modding. Getting told how to run this board is getting really old, and several of you have taken it upon yourself to jump into threads and act like you have some authority that you do not have. Unless your member title says "Administrator" or "Moderator", you hold no authority to moderate a thread. If you violate this rule and backseat mod, you will receive an automatic 24-hour suspension. Multiple violations will stack—I.e., if you've done it two or three times before a staff member sees it, you get 2-3 days. Don't fucking do it. Over the next few weeks we'll be rolling out a report system—hopefully one nicer than the IPB default. If you see something that you feel needs attention, use it—and you'll be forced to justify it. Abuse this feature and expect retribution. 12. No bullshitting. This rule does not apply solely to research—this goes across the board. If you take a position, especially a controversial one, you need to defend it. If you are going to bring charges against another person to me or anyone else on staff, we need more than "THIS PERSON IS BEING MEAN TO ME WAAAA." I would think this would be common sense, but apparently not! 5. Show respect to fellow members. Don't be a dick. This seems to be getting understood at the moment—there is a difference between flaming someone's position or work or whatever and flaming someone for the sake of hitting below the belt. So let's recognize the distinction: it is one thing to yell at someone for saying that Tails is a faggot and another to yell at someone that they're a faggot. We all see the difference, yes? Don't attack people personally on Sonic Retro. Which brings me to an important point some of you have also forgotten. Things Sonic Retro staff has jurisdiction over: Sonic Retro, BadnikNET Things Sonic Retro staff does not have jurisdiction over: THE REST OF THE FUCKING INTERNET If you get into it with someone on another medium and piss them off there, that's really not my problem. The only problem I have is when you spew bullshit on these forums or on the IRC. Neither I nor anyone else on staff is going to sort out personal disputes between people, especially if they do not originate on these boards. Suck it the fuck up and sort out problems like adults. Additionally, there has been a growing mob campaign against several different members (for wildly different reasons, amusingly enough), and I'd like to remind you that just as in the past, we will not tolerate mob mentality against any member. We have defended people against this in the past and will do so again. This is the lowest form of bandwagoning. Some additional things I'd like to cover: - Joke ops on #retro are now prohibited and anyone who gives them away will have their power removed. If you wish to add someone to a *OP list (excluding VOP), this person needs to be approved. - The official position of Sonic Retro is not to hold bias in our decisions, even if we do not personally agree with something or someone. Please stop assuming otherwise; it's getting old. - If you cannot handle trolling behavior, do not engage in it.