One of the objectives of our change in rules (dated May 23, 2007) was to guide the DG into an atmosphere conducive to more meaningful discussion of issues and away from issues that detract from good discussion – such issues being bickering, fighting among members, personal attacks, discussing the poster vs the post, direct & indirect personal / regional references, baiting, sniping, mocking, comments designed to keep old rivalries alive or settle old grudges.
To a large extent, the stringent and active moderation has been effective in switching the focus back to discussing issues, specifically cricket related issues –the original reason we got together in the first place.
However, it seems that in our enunciation of the new guidelines, we did not specifically include all possible modes of expression. Specifically speaking, the privilege allowed to members to customize their profile.
We (the mods) have noticed, and it has also been brought to our notice that certain members (a relatively small number) have customized their profiles in such a way that the spirit of the rules are being breached – in essence sniping, baiting, mocking, settling personal grudges, keeping old rivalries alive, making direct & indirect personal / regional references are being continued via proxy, the instrument of choice being the customization features available under the profile options.
So, we are specifically mentioning this (because to some, everything has to be spelled out) to one and all.
1) Your profile options (including personal signature) fall within the purview of the DG rules.
2) Such options should not contain phrases / terms / words / sentences / quotes / expressions that can be construed as:
• direct & indirect personal / regional references
• being designed to keep old rivalries alive
• being designed to settle old grudges.
• personal attacks
In the first round, we (the mods) shall not mention the names of the people whose signatures have been found to be unacceptable. There are only a few, and instead of making a public issue, we shall remove the said signatures. If you find that your signature has been removed, please understand that it is not a system glitch. It is a mod action based on the principles laid out above. If you have any questions, PM the mods.
Please do not change your signatures back to what they were before or try to adopt another signature which violates the principles enunciated above. Basically all the DG rules apply to personal profile features (including signatures).
Going forward, if we see signatures that we deem to be objectionable (to be decided in keeping with the principles noted above), then we shall request members to remove them. Once communicated, compliance is mandatory.
If we see members complying but then adopting a signature which violates the basic principles outlined above and communicated to the member originally, it will be deemed as a deliberate attempt to do what has been deemed unacceptable, and therefore deemed as non-compliance.
Failure to comply is actionable. Action can range from the mods changing the signature / profile feature to disabling the feature for the member concerned (or disabling it for all members if individual disabling is not allowed by the Software) to issuing warnings / bans.
These are rules, and they are not negotiable.
It is unfortunate that such stringent measures have to be adopted but it is obvious to us after almost 2 years, that some people will not accept the responsibility incumbent with adulthood unless it is enforced.
Any questions, please PM the mods.
The CV Mod Team