|# Posted: 31 Dec 2004 12:44 · Edited by: Whitney
What's up with all the forum rules and enforcement?
Let it be known that we at TTTF are strict, and our moderators are vigilant. We are the way we are because we think the quality of messages counts as much or more than the quantity. Now that that's out of the way, let's find out what we are so strict about...
How should I behave in general?
Imagine yourself at a friend of a friend's party. You mingle with other guests, strike up some conversations, and generally get along with everyone else even if they might not share the same opinions as you do on everything. You don't go ripping on people for having a different view of something, jumping up and down on the couch and calling them stupid. You'd be shown the door. So it is at TTTF.
We like to say "think twice, post once." Be respectful of your fellow posters, agree to disagree when differences present themselves, and never ever make things personal. Otherwise, you'll get a ticket on the Size-Nine Express.
Why can't I start my posts with the word "um," be a snotty jerk, or present my views as God's Froggy gospel?
Don't start your posts with "um" or "uh" or words like that because nine times out of ten, those words precede a snotty correction directed at another poster. It's rude and dismissive and it drives the staff nuts, so please, don't do it. The same goes for "sorry, but..." and "excuse me, but..." and, really, any other snitty post-starter.
If you can't talk to other people as if they're intelligent, you can't post. Don't talk down to your fellow posters, don't lecture them, and don't state your opinion as fact. And please don't think we're going to argue technicalities of whether you said "uh" or "um" at the beginning of the post; we can tell when you're being snide and snotty about other people's opinions.
If you're having a problem keeping your temper under control, get it under control, or post somewhere else. It's supposed to be fun. It's not combat. It's not necessary for it to become personal.
If you want to point out an error, that's fine, but please find a way to do it that isn't the written equivalent of an eye-roll.
Cool! Froggy avatars! How do I change mine?
Your picture changes as you post. The more qualifying posts you make, the more your avatar will change. We all have started off as eye balls--err--frog spawn and had to work our way to where we are. But if you think that you are just going to breeze in and make pointless posts commenting on how cute something is or that
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