View Full Version : New Forum Guidelines

Monica Lockhart
04-21-2001, 12:18 AM
At Planet Garth, we take great pride in building and maintaining a community where diverse, intelligent and respectful discussions between members can thrive. The following Community Standards outline both generally and specifically indicates what we feel are appropriate guidelines to preserve the highest quality online experience. We encourage you to read our Community Standards before joining our site.

Please feel free to refer to them at a later date from the link to the "Terms of Use" at the bottom of every page. Thanks for doing your part in helping to keep Planet Garth a great place ‘where fans connect.'

Our General Principles:

We expect that all members of Planet Garth will behave in a way that’s conducive to the intelligence and respectfulness of the community. Each of these general principles are fundamental to the quality of our site.

Intelligence – We’re a community with quality standards and we expect our members to make a sincere effort to contribute their thoughts on interesting subjects in a meaningful and respectful manner. Posting messages and otherwise interacting on Planet Garth is completely optional; many members often prefer to just read what others have to say. But if you do post, we expect that you’ll be respectful of the time of others by posting meaningfully.

Respectfulness – We require our members to show respect for others. Respecting their person, their thoughts, their time and their opinions – even if you disagree with them. Respect also includes respecting the right of Planet Garth administrators and moderators to make judgments and enforce these Community Standards.

Username- Usernames are limited to one name per person. The name chosen must be in good taste, and questionable names are subject to deletion if deemed inappropriate by Planet Garth Administration.

Basic Guidelines:
The following six categories of online conduct are unacceptable at Planet Garth and constitute a violation of our Community Standards which may result in warning, suspension or loss of membership. It's important to note that these guidelines are applicable everywhere on Planet Garth including within our Chat and Mailbox features:

Harassment… Harassment occurs when a member insults, attacks, and denigrates another member at any time. Even though we realize that discussions can get intense, we have zero tolerance for taking an argument about a topic to a personal level. For instance, the use of terms such as "idiot, moron, stupid" and other derogatory terms constitutes harassment. Repeated critical, condescending and/or sarcastic posts toward forum members can also constitute harassment.

Disruption…Posts which intend to disrupt the topic of conversation or steer the topic away from the focus of the forum and related news. Disruption can include harassment, multiple posting of the same post and posting completely off topic messages.

Vulgarity and Sexual Explicitness…As a community with a large audience of members and readers, we ask that our members post without using vulgarity. In addition, the "masking" of vulgarity by inserting * or another keystroke in place of one or more letters in a vulgar term is unacceptable as is vulgarity in usernames, profiles and signatures. We realize that there's a "grey area" of judgment with vulgarity but we ask that you'll respect others by avoiding vulgarity and our right to determine what constitutes it and take appropriate action.

Solicitation… Using Planet Garth’s forums or chat to advertise your site, items for sale, commercial services or website is strictly prohibited.

Spamming…Spamming is the multiple posting of an identical or similar post on one or more of our Forums.

Please bear in mind that these are only guidelines; there is always a "grey area" and we understand that. Use your best judgment. If you have any questions about our Community Standards as they apply to specific cases, you can always ask a Moderator. Note that if you would like to express a concern about the judgment and enforcement of Community Standards by any particular Moderator, please contact Administration privately.

Thanks for reading our Community Standards! Now, we invite you to join our community of thousands at Planet Garth.com!

As always, feel free to contact us with questions or comments. For PG Forum related questions or feedback please send your email to: monica@planetgarth.com. For all other inquiries related to Planet Garth contact editor@planetgarth.com

04-21-2001, 12:47 AM


04-21-2001, 01:02 AM

These are some very well thought out guidelines that I'm glad that you wrote up! Thanks! :) I appreciate you doing this! :)

Vanessa :)

Monica Lockhart
04-21-2001, 03:57 AM
Thanks for your responses!


04-21-2001, 04:00 AM
Se7en CHEERS and Se7en SMILES for Monica!!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

04-21-2001, 04:17 PM
Very good Monica.



04-21-2001, 09:44 PM
Very cool:)

So do you check the usernames??:)


04-23-2001, 05:40 PM
I think they made the username rule when back when someone who I won't name got banned but kept coming back with different names :eek:.