A special appeal to ISCians - restore our forum to its happy place!This thread is addressed to all members of the ISC family. Lately, we (and I mean all of us, including general members, myself and the editorial team) seem to be having a lot of (a) misunderstandings (b) taunts being made and (c) authoritarian directives being issued in the forum.
Let's make an effort, shall we, to sensibly resolve these issues and restore our forum to its happy place, making it less acrimonious.
To avoid misunderstandings: When we are using some proverb, quote or metaphor to make comparisons, we could be a little more clear and explain the comparison. This will prevent any misunderstandings of somebody getting offended. If we don't understand, let's simply ask what was meant and get clarity about it.
To avoid taunts: Just don't! Somebody says that he won awards at a sister site. We should not taunt his achievements, stating that there are only a handful of members at that site & winning awards at ISC is more of an achievement. Somebody happily mentions reaching a milestone. Why smirk about it verbally? Somebody suggests giving supporting evidence for an opinion aired. We should not taunt him stating that the evidence is asked for just to get the winning edge. Forum threads are not games of one-upmanship! Also, do not taunt somebody for lack of ignorance about something. Explain things in a friendly manner without making a provocative comment that would generate a retaliatory response.
To avoid authoritarian directives: We appreciate members taking the initiative to extend a helping hand by giving instructions on how to post something, but do avoid issuing directives to other members. If you feel somebody has raised an irrelevant response, bring it to the notice of a forum editor. If somebody has some problem about loss of points or cash credits, do not indulge in wild speculations. A forum editor will inform the Webmasters about it. If for some reason the thread has been overlooked or the problem has not been attended to/resolved, the member can contact a forum editor and request that it be looked into.
Your thoughts on this.....