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    Default How do we rewrite the rules?

    So, I've been thinking, that the rules need a major update, and it's something I've had in mind for a long time, but it's difficult to get it done due to other priorities. So now I'm thinking, to speed things up, that ABF's community should have a greater role and input in writing the forum rules. This thread will be open for suggestions and discussion on the rules we need to change, add or remove.

    The current forum rules can be read here:

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    Most paragraphs could probably be shorter and more straight to the point.

    For example, the following:

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    1.1) Thread title and content.

    1.1.1) All threads must have a valid, proper title that pertains to the essence of the topic. For the sake of clarification, question marks should be used when the title of your thread is meant as a question, not a certain statement. When you create new threads, they should be in the right sub-forum section.

    1.1.2) When you create a thread, cite sources properly, using the quote tag to wrap up the text you wish to cite, and always provide the URL/source/book/reference you found the information from; leaving it unsourced may lead to your thread being closed. In other words: give credit where it's due.

    1.1.2.1) Due to possible copyright issues, for the most part, you should avoid copy and pasting entire articles (from news sites and the like). No one is going to read a huge wall of text anyway. Quote excerpts and bold the necessary and most interesting parts of the text.

    1.1.3) In order to stimulate discussion when you're about to post a new thread, all threads should have a basis of discussion and a question formulation for the other members to answer and discuss around. This means if you copy and paste generic text from an URL, you haven't really set the actual topic of the thread, and such a thread is a lazy and lowbrow way to post a thread. Make sure you also include your own questions and/or speculations, which will set the tone for other members what exactly, more specifically, you want to discuss in your thread. Otherwise, your thread might become an OT-magnet. Threads not conforming to the 1.1.x rule might be closed, or moderators may encourage you to include your own questions. The exception to this rule are threads posted in the following sections: Classification Requests, Personal Taxonomy, Guess Ethnicity, Human Variation and Resources Vault. Threads in all other sections must be done properly according to rule 1.1.3. This may seem like a lot of work, but in the long haul, it will yield a highbrow forum quality.

    Illustrative example of how a good Thread Start (TS) conforming to 1.1.3 is done: [1]


    Could easily be shortened to this:

    Spoiler: 
    1.1) Thread title and content.

    1.1.1) All threads must have a valid, proper title that corresponds to the topic. Question marks should be used when the title of your thread is a question. New threads should be in the right sub-forum section.

    1.1.2) Cite sources properly using the quote tag. Always provide the URL/source/book/reference of a quote. Leaving a quote unsourced may lead to your thread being closed.

    1.1.2.1) Avoid copy and pasting entire articles (from news sites and the like) as this may lead to copyright issues. Do not post huge walls of text. Quote excerpts and bold the necessary and most interesting parts of the text.

    1.1.3) All threads should have a basis of discussion and a question formulation for other members to answer and discuss around. If you copy and paste generic text from an URL, you haven't set a thread topic. Include your own questions and/or speculations, which will set the tone for other members what exactly, more specifically, you want to discuss in your thread.

    Threads not conforming to the 1.1.x rule might be closed, or moderators may encourage you to include your own questions. The exception to this rule are threads posted in the following sections: Classification Requests, Personal Taxonomy, Guess Ethnicity, Human Variation and Resources Vault.


    The ten commandments don't need any explanation, they just need to be followed. Rules should be short, straight-forward and easy to take in. Maybe each paragraph could be expandable/clickable? In any case the in-depth explanations of each paragraph shouldn't be in the paragraph. If a user wants to know more about the thinking behind the rules, he or she should be directed to a thread like this.

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    Why is there no delete function for posts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by An Shigao View Post
    Why is there no delete function for posts?
    Because only mods and admin can delete posts and threads, either if it's offtopic, offensive or - at the request of the poster - to delete an attached image in the guess/classification section. Nowadays you don't need to attach images as you can hotlink them (I believe it is called hotlinking), and then delete the picture from your photobucket or imageshack, this isn't recommended though as it results in picture threads with no pictures in it.

    And this is also why posters can't delete their posts or edit them after a certain short time. Because it will ruin threads.

    You should stand for what you have said, and even if you have changed your mind, the post still shows what you said back then. Should we create threads and then all posters delete their posts so the thread dissappears just because the posters aren't happy with what they said?

    Btw, it is now possible to edit your posts after a longer time after posting than it was before. It used to be 1 hour, and now it is more than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janos View Post
    this is also why posters can't delete their posts or edit them after a certain short time.
    You cannot delete posts, period. There is no time period in which you can delete posts, but what you said is true for editing only.

    I think giving the ability to delete posts, within the time period you have for editing, would be nice.

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