Mod and admin enquiries:
First of all, I want to warmly welcome new readers of the BFD that have come on board recently. We would really appreciate it if you would read this post and take the opportunity to get your questions answered.
The team at the BFD has done its best to make the rules as clear as possible, but we have to be flexible too, as things are constantly changing. We realise that some of our rules are a little fuzzy around the edges. We also realise that this may make new readers of the BFD hesitant to comment because they are unsure of exactly where the boundaries lie and because our mods are a formidable team.
Our solution to this problem is a Mod and Admin enquiries regular post. The moderation team put their heads together and decided that this regular
This regular column will be a safe place to get the information and guidance you need without risking making a mistake out on the other posts.
Over time we hope to use what we learn from readers’ questions to further refine our ten commandments and the details around our rules, to make it as easy as possible for people to contribute positively to the BFD without risking deletion or a short term or long term ban.
What this column is NOT,
Previous questions and answers from this column are below:
Answer: “Our competitors” is the key there. In very general terms we can’t think of many good reasons to link to our ‘competitors.’ Why would we?
That said, sometimes, an entire thread here may be based on another site’s post if an important issue has been raised, but outside
Question: Why are the Mods after us if we stick to one topic? What’s wrong with being obsessive? Answer: By all means be obsessed with one topic but don’t dominate the conversation. Look at it as, do you want to be the person who turns up at every function going on about the same old thing? People slowly get turned off and walk away. And at the end of the day, there is only one person left having a conversation with
Question: I read the Times every day, and occasionally in the
Answer: Essentially it’s a foot in the door and a case of nipping it in the bud. Using letters like that is swearing, and if the mods start allowing it people would just get cute and it would be a free for all
Question: I have no problem with sorting out any mod issues by email. However, having once been banned some years ago (under another name) for criticising a disgusting non-mod comment by a mod no longer here, I still remain cautious about what I say at times.
Answer: Yeah, hey look? While that mod taught me everything I know and I have used his wisdom (he really was a genius at what he did) to train the others, we have a completely different approach. Our fuses are much longer.