Over the past few months, TBonz has had to visit this forum several times to reiterate the behavior that is expected from those who post here. While the vast majority of posters who come here are brilliantly behaved, treat their fellow posters with respect, and spend time here having fun rather than causing trouble (and we thank you very much), there are still a vocal minority who do cause problems from time to time. Due to this fact, we mods feel it necessary to make the RULES for this forum even clearer. We would urge all posters to please read these rules and take them on board, as Official Warnings will be handed out if they are flouted. If you have not already done so, please read: Board Rules and the Announcements from TBonz, which can be found here and here BEHAVIOR - Shipper Central is designed to be a FUN place for people to discuss their favorite FICTIONAL pairings. Shipping is NOT life of death – its fun, its fiction. So let’s please not take things so seriously. If someone doesn’t like your chosen pairing, SO WHAT? You do, and that is all that should matter. - That being said, we expect EVERYONE to have RESPECT for the other posters in this forum, and their Ships. Treat other ships the way you wish everyone would treat your chosen pairing(s). - To quote TBonz – “Insulting couples (characters) and/or real life actors. Don't. If you don't like a ship and feel compelled to say why, do it dispassionately and with respect for those who might.” - It is NEVER appropriate to flame or bash another poster or group of posters. Negative comments and snide remarks towards others will not be tolerated in this forum. - If someone flames you, DO NOT respond. Notify a moderator and walk away. - DO NOT bring arguments/problems from outside this board into the forum. No exceptions. - Do Not push the ‘notify moderator button’ repeatedly – ONCE is enough. If a problem is more widespread than just one post, PM us about it. Abuse of the “notify moderator” button may lead to the loss of that facility and, in some circumstances, to your own removal from the board. - Trolling will not be tolerated. Do not go into another thread merely to disparage the pairing shipped there. This includes going into a Slash thread to make homophobic remarks or to state that one/both of the characters in question are not Gay. DO NOT DO THIS. - Discussion in each thread should be limited to the ship it pertains to. Brief, on topic mention of other ships is allowed (for example, if you are discussing a double date between two pairings). Otherwise, discussion of other ships is OFF TOPIC and should be avoided - There is now a thread for discussion of ALL ships – discussion of the merits of other ships should take place there – The Great Ship Debate. The rules for that thread can be found here and MUST be followed. - And lastly ... this is pure common sense. If you know that you'll be uncomfortable or annoyed about characters in your favorite ship being shipped with other characters you might not like, DON'T GO AND READ THEIR SHIP THREADS. You only have yourself to blame if you end up upset. There's a very good reason why each ship has their own thread. SPAM Due to the noticeable increase in Spam in Shipper Central recently, it has become necessary to make the policy on spamming clearer and, to a certain degree, stricter. - Posts within Shipper Central must now contain a MINIMUM of 3 Lines of Good posting. - Good posting is ON TOPIC, Discursive and not chatty. - Good posting is NOT: Complimenting someone on their artwork, fanfiction, avatar/banner, discussing thread names, conversation about Real Life, etc. - Remarks regarding artwork, fanfiction, discussion of thread names, etc, and brief allusions to Real Life MAY be included in posts, but ONLY in ADDITION of the 3-Line Minimum of Good Posting. - TalkCSI is a DISCUSSION BOARD, not a Chat Room. If you wish to chat about real life, post in “real time” or even post chattier messages regarding your ship, please do so OFF the board, using a medium such as MSN, AIM, Yahoo or a Chat Room, or make use of the PM facility here. - Mass Posting (ie: a thread posting huge amounts in a short period of time) – Please DO NOT do this. It is unfair for your fellow posters to come back online to a huge number of posts – it may discourage them from either reading through the thread or contributing to the discussion themselves (we have this first hand from the many posters who have PMed mods with complaints of feeling shut out of their own thread due to the high volume of posting). So please, post thoughtfully. Let’s try to keep threads on topic. Discussion should centre around the ship to which each thread is dedicated. General discussions regarding the series, episodes and spoilers which do not directly involve the ship should take place over in the general discussion forum for the relevant series (ie: the CSI:Vegas, CSI:Miami or CSI:NY forums. There's a place for every possible discussion here at TalkCSI, so let’s keep everything in its place. Thanks.