Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
- Ad hominem attacks.
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- Knee-jerk contradiction.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post profanity, or anything obscene or sexually explicit. Don’t abbreviate or spell such things creatively in an attempt to bypass some automated filter. If it’s meant to offend, please don’t post it here.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Look for an apporopriate category when you create a topic, but if we move it, understand our decision is not a personal attack.
- Post your topic or reply once - posting the same content in multiple topics will result in the deletion of the duplicate content
- Add to the conversation with meaningful, insightful replies. Posts that contain just an emoji or “bump” will be deleted.
- Help keep each topic on topic, and start a new topic if you have a different concept to discuss
- Remember that every post has your profile information attached to it so signatures are not needed and will be removed
- Help us keep the conversation relevant to our Republic Wireless Community. There are plenty of other places on the internet better suited to the following types of content, so we ask that you refrain from posting them here:
- Hate speech
- For-sale or wanted ads (Use Ebay, Swappa, or some other website structured for buying and selling)
- Referral links
- Promotions and marketing for our competitors
- Questions or opinions about Community Moderation may be discussed by DM, but will not be discussed publicly.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the button to like a post.
Rather than taking an existing topic in a different direction, create a linked topic. Click the reply button, but then click the in the top, left corner of the editor and select + Reply as linked topic
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law. (This also includes your avatar, username, and profile.)
This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the General Discussions category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact our Community Manager or Admins via the staff page.
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.