Call for comments on the code of conduct at Fool’s mountain
Fool’s Mountain General Principles
These set out some general principles about the website that will help you stay within the rules whilst you’re here.
1. Everyone is welcome.
This is not a website for any particular group of people and/or group of political views. Do not try to chase people off because you do not like their positions.
2. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Do not be unpleasant to other members, just as you would not like to be treated poorly.
3. No mobs allowed.
The Administration is here to deal with problematic comments. Do not take it on yourself to mete out “justice”, and do not feed the trolls.
4. Everyone gets a second chance.
Even if you are banned, you will be allowed back on at least once. Do not throw temper-tantrums if you face sanctions for your posts. Change your behavior and you can’t easily go wrong.
5. This is a privately-run website – the Administration’s decisions are final.
The Administration will make decisions as it sees fit. It can make mistakes and will try to be fair, but at the end of the day it’s in charge.
Fool’s Mountain Rules
Quite simply put these are the specific rules concerning general behavior on the blog that must be followed at all times.
1. No trolling or flaming.
We know what this sort of behavior is. If you are unsure, this webpage lists some examples of both.
2. No personal attacks or otherwise unpleasant personal comments.
Don’t attack the messenger, attack the message.
3. No racial, racist or anti-religious remarks.
Do not attack groups based on their race, nationality or religion.
Some recent examples of bad comments from Fool’s Mountain (revised to accentuate main points):
[Person A] is working for the CCP, or [Person B] is working for the CIA, etc.
[Person B] is a human rights scum, or [Person A] is a 50 center, a FQ, etc.
You are stupid, a buffoon, the person I truly despise, etc.
Get lost if you don’t like China, or if you don’t like the comments here, etc.
I am here to disabuse the notion that all young Chinese men are self-pitying inadequates filled with impotent rage.
If you’re unsure, please try to write only pleasant comments.
4. Stay on topic.
Whilst it can be interesting to talk about other issues, please respect the topic raised by the commentator. Do not attempt to divert the conversation to unrelated matters if you don’t like the original question being asked/point being made. You should not use other countries’ circumstances as justification for what happens in China. Two wrongs do not make a right. Also, the past is not justification for the present. Do not prattle on about something that happened two hundred years ago if the discussion is about today or the recent past.
On the other hand, country-to-country comparisons can be useful to provide a historical context, although there are rarely perfect analogies. To discuss China’s acts in context of other country’s act – both present and past – is acceptable and helpful, as long as the purpose of the discussion is to broad understanding of the issues at hand.
5. Post in English.
Please post in English. Do not reproduce large pieces of un-translated Chinese. If you want to inform people of information in Chinese, just post a link. We also have a Chinese section that you can post/comment on in Chinese.
6. No spamming.
Do not keep repeating a point, make stacks of small posts, etc. Use the edit function if you want to add something or wait a bit until other people have had an opportunity to read your first points.
7. No excessive self-promotion.
You can link to your website in your posting profile – do not repeatedly republish links to your website in your posts or to suggest people read/buy/etc works you have partly or wholly contributed to.
8. No commercial posts.
9. No obscene, indecent or profane comments.
10. Respect the Administration.
The Administration is a group of people who moderate comments. Their instructions are not optional, and they have the final word on posting here. Do not complain about sanctions imposed on you on the website – send an e-mail if you are unsatisfied.
Do not act as if you have the Administration’s authority, such as say someone is not welcome or they will be/should be banned.
New members will always receive at least one warning before sanctioned for their comments. Other members may be warned, though not in every case.
Comments may be hidden (collapsed), deleted or edited depending on the nature of the rule(s) violated.
Repeat offences can lead to suspension of posting privileges without warning. They will be notified by e-mail of the duration, so please use real e-mail addresses when you leave comments.
Suspensions range from 24 hours to indefinite. All suspensions are logged privately, so repeat offenders will have their sanctions escalated promptly. Everyone has a second-chance, so you will be allowed back on ahead of the expiration of longer suspensions if we are convinced that you can behave. However, you must use that second-chance wisely – you are not entitled to another one.
All official comments will be identified with a poster name of “The Administration”. We know who we are, so do not try to impersonate us – you will be automatically banned for doing so.
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