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#1 PUBBY

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:00 PM

PCOM RULES

We may add, change, or delete rules as time goes by. If you think these rules are unfair or think we've left something out, please let us know. They are negotiable (to a certain extent), but they will be the standards by which we judge whether a post needs to be audited or a member needs to be disciplined.

1. Discussions and comments should be civil and specific to the issue at hand (as opposed to directed towards an individual member). Please refrain from vulgarity, libel, name-calling, and gratuitous gossip. Members need to avoid name-calling that calls into question someone's character. You can be suspended if it's found out you're peeing in your britches or posting links to scandalous web sites, and even worse can happen if you're a BOT that is only here to post links to "for sale" sites.

2. Please refrain from inflammatory posts. Don't post something just to get a reaction out of people. Basically: be nice and play well with others! Posts on controversial issues (ex. politics, religion) should be meant to provoke discussion, not incite anger. The topic of aboortzion is off limits becaues Pubby's Rule is that it does nothing but make people fight. Let's remember the Golden Rule to treat others as you want them to treat you. That there is a really important rule! This means not only other p.com members but also people and businesses in the community. We all make mistakes. We're only trying to make this fair for everyone, and it isn't fair to anyone when an anonymous post can do terrible harm to the good name of a business or individual. (Please see below for a sub-section dealing specifically with business complaints.)

3. If you want to share a news article with everyone, please be sure to post a link to the article and either paraphrase parts of it or quote only small sections directly. Please don't post articles in their entirety (don't cut and paste them into your post). This is for legal purposes (because we don't want to get in trouble over copyright issues). Quoting an entire article or not giving a link for reference may result in the post being removed and or the member warned, sanctioned, suspended or removed. (italics added 1/9/07)

4. If you have information regarding a person within the county (say, a politician) who is involved with immoral or illegal activity (say, with an international governmental conspiracy to enslave humanity under extraterrestrial rule), please be aware that your comments may be edited or deleted until they can be confirmed. Again, this is for legal purposes. If your information turned out to be false, the person you've accused could sue you.

FYI, if it is a good story, go ahead and send it via private message to Publisher and let him see if can become a front-page story.

5. As a general rule, regular members and plus members should have only one identity. Those who have a commercial membership will be allowed to have a second user identity, one for their commercial activity and one for personal use that is not tied to the commerce account. Publisher must approve all second identities. There are no exceptions to this. If a secondary user identity that was not approved by Publisher is discovered a Deputy will contact you. You will be asked to pick one identity, and the duplicate will be deleted immediately.

Regardless, it is improper for a member to make a post with one identity and then make a post (supporting or even in contradiction to the original post) in an effort to raise awareness of the topic or show support for the original poster. This infraction qualifies the poster as a 'criminal genius' and may result in the deletion of one account and the suspension of other accounts.

6. The deputies request that you notify the authorities of questionable posts immediately. There are a "whole bunch" of posts each day and only a few deputies to patrol all those main avenues and side streets. Please, do the Town of Mayberry a really sweet favor and report things that just shouldn't be. And remember that Publisher is very busy so just let the deputies or Sheriff Andy know. We know how to handle law-breakers around here. If you detect a post that breaks one of these rules, or if you think it is inappropriate, please, notify one of the deputies. This is very helpful to us because there are so many posts that we may not be able to read every single one and we may miss something that should be edited, deleted, moved or closed.

7. Public posting of Private Messages is a no-no. The moderators do have discretion in this area but the general rule is keep Private Messages private.

8. Signature sizes: Paulding.com allows users to post images and sayings in the area designated for user sigs. There are specific rules regarding what is appropriate in the use of signatures. Specificially, images in signatures may not exceed 200 pixels tall whether as a single image or because of stacking of images. Images in signatures may not exceed more than 500 pixels wide. This is an established rule and can be reviewed here. Moderators may request members reduce the size of their signature image or, in the event of a gross violation, they may change or delete the users signature. There are tutorials regarding how to reduce images and other similar actions here.

9. Violations may result in you getting a Bullet. The deputies may also reward you with a "Mayberry." Bullets are "over par" or positive numbers below your screen name. Mayberries are "under par" or negatives below your screen name. Only you can see these. Bullets are bad. Mayberries are good. When the bullet count gets to three (3), there is a three (3) day suspension. Four (4) bullets will mean five (5) days off. Five (5) bullets equals eight (dirol.gif days of no posting. Six (6) will mean a fourteen (14) day suspension. When seven (7) bullets are reached, that's a twenty-one (21) day barring from p.com. Eight bullets (dirol.gif would be getting serious: a thirty (30) day vacation. Nine (9) bullets would mean we have to do something to seriously get your attention to calm down, so it is a sixty (60) day freeze of posting ability. If someone manages to get to ten (10) bullets, just consider that a permanent barring from paulding.com. No more. Won't see you again. Forget it. You're outta here. Gone. Bye-bye.

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Rule regarding posting critical comments about businesses in the community.

Posting about businesses and business dealings gone awry is not encouraged and the post may be removed or not at the sole discretion of management. Restaurant reviews, both positive and negative may be posted but negative reviews may be edited or removed at the sole discretion of management. Posts that are critical of the business practices of any business and allege a tort (specific monetary injury) must be based on and reference a specific action (suit/police report, etc.) in a court of competent jurisdiction or the complaint will be removed from public view. If a poster continues to post about a complaint in the public areas after having their comment removed and without meeting the specific requirements they will suffer suspension and/or be banned from the community. In all cases, the individual is responsible for their words and are warned that tortious commentary is retained in the P.com database and will be made available to injured parties. The disclosure of the person's identity in those circumstances is governed by the P.com privacy policy.


RULE REGARDING POSTING CRITICAL COMMENTS IN POSTS STARTED BY BUSINESSES (ADDED 10.11.06)

Paulding.com's ownership and management promises ITS advertisers their first amendment right to market their goods and services in the manner they want (within sensibility and with the right of refusal) without having those marketing efforts hijacked, ridiculed or publicly criticized or challenged in the topic they start.

Members will respect these rights promised to our advertisers/commerce members and if they choose to criticize those members, or the post that was made by them (commerce members) they will do so in a separate topic they author and not in the topic started by the commerce member. Critics are advised to avoid topics started by the advertiser they are critical of and paulding.com may, at their sole discretion, remove, move or delete the topic critical of an advertiser. If a member can't help but want to criticize an advertisers marketing effort they should open their own topic. Doing so will avoid a double sanctions for the first topic critical to an advertiser whether or not it is edited, deleted or moved.

Paulding.com is and always has been respectful to the speech rights of all its members but posting a critical comment -- raining on an advertisers parade in the topic started by the advertiser -- in a topic started by an advertiser will subject the violator to double sanctions on principal.

You want to comment, use another topic and if you've got anything approaching a point, you'll probably not suffer anything worse than that topic being sent to the hell hole ... and probably not even that. The principal is this crap is going to stop.


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Member name Policy (added 11/01/06):

Paulding.com makes every feasible effort to accommodate the desired name of any individual with any class of membership. This effort is without warranty and is subject to the following provisions:

1. The member identity does not infringe on the commercial rights of a business to a name;
2. The member identity does not infringe the commercial viability of Paulding.com;
3. The member identity does not suppose or impersonate another person (i.e. the individual has adopted a false identity for purposes of fraud);
4. The member identity does not infringe or does not involve a name that seems to be morally ethical or sexually explicit.

In an effort to clarify the meaning of provision number two above, commencing on November 1, 2006, Member display identities shall be consistent with their membership type.

Specifically, membership names that include or suggest the name of a business, commercial or governmental entity or brand name are prohibited in any membership class except commerce membership.

Brand names and variations (Coca Cola boy, Pepsi freak) may be allowed as a personal name but only for those with a premium membership, and then at the pleasure of Paulding.com which may be compelled to act to restrict the use of the name by the trademark holder. At present, the presumption is that such names, even if used strictly for personal communication, are or could be a sponsored commercial name.

Use of local business names, including any name that appears to be commercial in nature, by a person or person without connection to that business name is prohibited.

Use of local business names that are not commerce members in topic headings is prohibited whether the member is signing praises to or even reviewing the business critically. Paulding.com under its rules regarding negative posts about businesses (the strong suggestion that the member actually initiate a legal action about their complaint before bringing it to the board) rules in the case of allegations of tortuous acts may further restrict, edit and remove posts or topics involving the presentation of a business.

Employees or principals of local businesses, in order to use a business name as a posting account, display a commercial message in an avatar or in a posting signature, must acquire a paulding.com commerce membership.

Existing accounts that do include a business name as the userID and are not classed as commerce memberships, may be placed in a membership group with limited or no posting rights.

Existing accounts that include an avatar, or signature or both an avatar or signature that include a commercial message (A member is selling goods or services or promoting a business or web site that is commercial in nature) may have the avatar or signature or both removed.

Home occupation businesses that typically do not require a formal business license, including small home day care, Avon, Amway, Southern Living at Home, tupperware and similar 'home party' businesses, are allowed to operate on a premium personal ID provided they do not advertise parties, include advertising links, contacts info or links to web sites in their signature and conduct all business and soliciation through PM's. This prohibition is waived for those who hold commerce memberships.

Failure to comply will result in the loss of posting privileges. Further, Paulding.com reserves the right to name, establish, create and publish any userID it chooses for those who violate the prohibition.

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Public complaints of moderation ... 12/26/2006

It is almost inevitable that those who break the rules will end up playing victim and complain about their 'shabby treatment.' As the Pcom popo are directed not to discuss moderation acts in public, the decision to make a complaint public lies solely with the person complaining. As this allows the perpetrator the opportunity to tell their side of the story first.

This ability has been used by some, in cooperation with other sites, to express disdain and advertise the reason for the split; often to the detriment of paulding.com's business.

Given that it would be improper to prohibit such activity, the idea that there are no repercussions for such activity leaves Paulding.com almost defenseless.

So, whether or not a complaint is justified, the exercise of the right of publicizing a complaint carries with it the sanction of two bullets and all the penalties so associated (suspensions, etc.) except that paulding.com management may, at their sole descretion, provide one or more counterveiling mayberries.

Hence, beginning midnight, December 27, 2006 a person complaining about a moderation action on the public board will automatically earn two bullets regardless of the circumstance ... but the popo on duty or management may, at their discretion, provide mayberries that will negate the automatically assessed sanction. If the popo judges that one bullet will suffice, they may combine the double sanction into the single entry or if they decide that one mayberry is adequate, the popo may determine, with a discussion of the entire episode in the users record, to award a single Mayberry.

Personal Messages sent to other persons, are considered private information. However if a recipient of a PM forwards an offending PM to pcom's moderation staff, that PM will at that point be considered to have been made public and, at the descretion of the management, will become subject to the same sactions as a publicly posted complaint.

(Explaination of a one-mayberry award under this rule .
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user complained about a moderation action that they felt was improper and it was discovered that the sanction was issued to the wrong person as the person so sanctioned was not online at the time of the infraction ... so ... assessment of two bullets and three mayberries for a net change of one-mayberry. so noted by deputy ... _)


Don't do the bump ...

Added May 5, 2008

The use of the bump is now officially discouraged in the rules. Paulding.com's communication system is based on the interest of members in various topics and one way they express their interest is to add a comment to a topic. That act puts the topic back at the top of the queue of topics in the recent topics page.

An early practice to highlight things was to post the word 'bump' or some variation (bump it up) to help make sure others saw a topic.

We've in other areas/forms, suggested that this is not a good idea and that while we understand the necessity of people to help out their topic by posting to it a 'bump' ... Pcom is too large to allow that to be considered anything but a bad idea.

The rule, by appearing here, become more enforceable as it has not been a formal rule.

Members should note that this rule will be enforced when the term bump or a variation is used but that in many cases, members may accomplish the same thing by posting a new bit of information or comment that adds to the conversation.

Penalty for violation of the rule is at the discretion of the popo who may set the 'bump' invisible, formally warn the individual or award a bullet for the violation depending on the circumstances and even the nature of the event/topic being 'bumped'. A commercial message, particularly one that involves an event, offer or review of a commercial nature by or involving a non-commerce member is more likely to be acted upon with the greatest sanction than other abuses.




#2 thatboyaintright

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:06 PM

OK. I get it.

I think I understand why, but I am not entirely sure.

Don't think I really wanna know, either.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:07 PM

QUOTE (thatboyaintright @ Dec 26 2006, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK. I get it.

I think I understand why, but I am not entirely sure.

Don't think I really wanna know, either.




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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:15 PM

oh so 1 angry.gif + 1 angry.gif can equal 3 biggrin.gif ...if so ruled. wink.gif
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:20 PM

where do I need to sign for receipt of this memo?
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:21 PM

So what do we do if we have a legitimate problem with moderation (specifically or in general)?
You see my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughing at him. Now if you apologize like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it...

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:28 PM


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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:29 PM

QUOTE (QOTSA @ Dec 26 2006, 06:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So what do we do if we have a legitimate problem with moderation (specifically or in general)?

Pubby's the final word on all such matters... wink.gif wink.gif wink.gif
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:34 PM

Wow, somebody's been busy.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:37 PM

I feel like TBAR... I wish I knew what was going on around here. blink.gif

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 08:48 PM

QUOTE (beulah boy @ Dec 26 2006, 06:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
oh so 1 angry.gif + 1 angry.gif can equal 3 biggrin.gif ...if so ruled. wink.gif
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Quite perceptive BB:

Actually I suspect that may of these will be just that (a net mayberry) or the angry.gif + mad.gif - biggrin.gif = 1 bullet which, like the one mayberry, can be handled as a single entry with a little text explanation.

The angry.gif angry.gif = two bullets requires two entries which actually means more paper work than the one bullet or one mayberry alternatives.

Hence, if the popo are just doing their jobs, they're likely to do either a single bullet or single mayberry option rather than the mad.gif + mad.gif - biggrin.gif - biggrin.gif = no change option because that requires four entries.

But since the double sanction for dual bullets takes two entries, you'll have to had really upset the apple cart to get that sanction.

What is the alternative?

Folks always have the option of contacting me with their complaints. Chances are I'll schedule a telephone call as most of these kinds of issues are most effectively ... and efficiently ... handled that way. Writing can take hours and usually because of the circumstance, written communication is obviously a problem area.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 08:54 PM

I still think bullets ought to expire after so long if there are no further transgressions...JMO. Mayberries shouldn't b/c they're for "good" things, but if the object of the bullet is to alter behavior, and it does, then shouldn't the offender get a reprieve after X number of months?

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:26 PM

With all due respect that post reminds me of the rules on the side of the barn in Animal Farm.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 09:26 PM

QUOTE (C0ACH @ Dec 26 2006, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With all due respect that post reminds me of the rules on the side of the barn in Animal Farm.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 11:21 PM

Interesting concept Bwitchy and I will incorporate it if and when the software developer I use creates an aging tool for its mod system.

Beyond that, I would recommend this type of issue be handled directly ... almost in person.

BTW: should we 'eliminate' mayberries too???

Coach:

As far as the Animal Farm rule ... not really.

One reason is that as a business, it is bordering on stupid for me to continue to allow the ' Site done me wrong ... I'm leaving ... come to site xyz' routine. Not only is that routine a bit trite it is ultimately injurious and easily plotted. We've seen dozens of examples over the past three years of just that kind of 'scheme.' But that is not even the primary reason.

Indeed, I've seen numerous variations of this but the thing that tipped the balance was the idea that could a business commerce member trust us to protect them from an unfair charge of misbehavior if we couldn't or wouldn't even protect ourselves.

While the net savvy may know the big picture and understand our previous attitude toward the 'okay to nail us' routine ... there is a growing cadre of folks that see it as nothing but weakness ... and a weakness they choose to exploit.

That is what this policy is meant to do ... Provide fair warning to those who think we are not the pushovers they think we are and we have the balls to protect ourselves and nail their butts.

My willingness to discuss, even the most absurd and inane complaints, I believe, sent the message I was a pushover ... which is absolutely the wrong message.

Said, a bit differently, My heart is still in the same place. I guess, that after three years I've paid my dues. See, I believe that most issues could be resolved in a five minute phone call so why have a 3 hour drama?

I fully expect people will continue to bring things up but what I hope will happen is that things that ought to be brought up with pcom's management directly will come through either a PM or a phone call instead of being hashed out on the public board for hours before we 'get back on' to defend ourself.

Of couse, if the ultimate decision is that the dispute should be publicized by the disgruntled poster, they will still have an opportunity. Presumably they won't get the maximum sanction if we are aware of the complaint and if consideration and respect is an element, they may even end up with a mayberry. But if they come out of the blue with the "Pcom is bad and I'm going to xyz" gambit; you can bet I'm going to nail their silly bald butts. ... and until now I had no rule to do so.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 04:22 AM

QUOTE (thatboyaintright @ Dec 26 2006, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK. I get it.

I think I understand why, but I am not entirely sure.

Don't think I really wanna know, either.




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QUOTE (Jabez @ Dec 26 2006, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I feel like TBAR... I wish I knew what was going on around here. blink.gif



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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:59 AM

I love my mayberries....I want to keep them. If they expire, let me know as I would rather use them than loose them.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 07:58 AM

I'm with you MJR .... no expiring mayberries or at least tell us if they will expire - I need to use mine wisely ninja.gif biggrin.gif ....

Interesting rules - and no, I don't really want to know what is going on around here ....
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:05 AM

I just want to say that I went from having a mayberry to having one bullet, and it was a stupid mistake on my part, I must have been thinking I was filling out a restaurant " Tell us how we are doing/ Comment" card. I honestly can say I didnt even stop to think sad.gif and I am truly embarassed, and I cringe every time I pass by the restaurant. I want so much to go in there again and have a meal, but I feel too awkward now. I understand my infraction, and believe me..it wont happen again.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:07 AM

Pubby, your game, your rules. Hit me when I deserve it.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE (PUBBY @ Dec 26 2006, 11:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interesting concept Bwitchy and I will incorporate it if and when the software developer I use creates an aging tool for its mod system.

Beyond that, I would recommend this type of issue be handled directly ... almost in person.

BTW: should we 'eliminate' mayberries too??? *snip*

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I don't think you should eliminate mayberries b/c they are supposed to be given for "good" behavior. I think if people knew they would expire, then they might decide to "use" them before they were gone. Bullets, however, are meant to alter the original behavior; therefore, if the behavior does change, they have done their job and should be removed. Kinda like a jail sentence; right now, a bullet is a life sentence regardless of the offense.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 11:16 AM

QUOTE (PUBBY @ Dec 26 2006, 07:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
PCOM RULES

We may add, change, or delete rules as time goes by. If you think these rules are unfair or think we've left something out, please let us know. They are negotiable (to a certain extent), but they will be the standards by which we judge whether a post needs to be audited or a member needs to be disciplined.

1. Discussions and comments should be civil and specific to the issue at hand (as opposed to directed towards an individual member). Please refrain from vulgarity, libel, name-calling, and gratuitous gossip. Members need to avoid name-calling that calls into question someone's character. You can be suspended if it's found out you're peeing in your britches or posting links to scandalous web sites, and even worse can happen if you're a BOT that is only here to post links to "for sale" sites.

2. Please refrain from inflammatory posts. Don't post something just to get a reaction out of people. Basically: be nice and play well with others! Posts on controversial issues (ex. politics, religion) should be meant to provoke discussion, not incite anger. The topic of aboortzion is off limits becaues Pubby's Rule is that it does nothing but make people fight. Let's remember the Golden Rule to treat others as you want them to treat you. That there is a really important rule! This means not only other p.com members but also people and businesses in the community. We all make mistakes. We're only trying to make this fair for everyone, and it isn't fair to anyone when an anonymous post can do terrible harm to the good name of a business or individual. (Please see below for a sub-section dealing specifically with business complaints.)

3. If you want to share a news article with everyone, please be sure to post a link to the article and either paraphrase parts of it or quote only small sections directly. Please don't post articles in their entirety (don't cut and paste them into your post). This is for legal purposes (because we don't want to get in trouble over copyright issues). Quoting an entire article or not giving a link for reference may result in the post being removed and or the member warned, sanctioned, suspended or removed. (italics added 1/9/07)

4. If you have information regarding a person within the county (say, a politician) who is involved with immoral or illegal activity (say, with an international governmental conspiracy to enslave humanity under extraterrestrial rule), please be aware that your comments may be edited or deleted until they can be confirmed. Again, this is for legal purposes. If your information turned out to be false, the person you've accused could sue you.

FYI, if it is a good story, go ahead and send it via private message to Publisher and let him see if can become a front-page story.

5. As a general rule, regular members and plus members should have only one identity. Those who have a commercial membership will be allowed to have a second user identity, one for their commercial activity and one for personal use that is not tied to the commerce account. Publisher must approve all second identities. There are no exceptions to this. If a secondary user identity that was not approved by Publisher is discovered a Deputy will contact you. You will be asked to pick one identity, and the duplicate will be deleted immediately.

Regardless, it is improper for a member to make a post with one identity and then make a post (supporting or even in contradiction to the original post) in an effort to raise awareness of the topic or show support for the original poster. This infraction qualifies the poster as a 'criminal genius' and may result in the deletion of one account and the suspension of other accounts.

6. The deputies request that you notify the authorities of questionable posts immediately. There are a "whole bunch" of posts each day and only a few deputies to patrol all those main avenues and side streets. Please, do the Town of Mayberry a really sweet favor and report things that just shouldn't be. And remember that Publisher is very busy so just let the deputies or Sheriff Andy know. We know how to handle law-breakers around here. If you detect a post that breaks one of these rules, or if you think it is inappropriate, please, notify one of the deputies. This is very helpful to us because there are so many posts that we may not be able to read every single one and we may miss something that should be edited, deleted, moved or closed.

7. Public posting of Private Messages is a no-no. The moderators do have discretion in this area but the general rule is keep Private Messages private.

8. Signature sizes: Paulding.com allows users to post images and sayings in the area designated for user sigs. There are specific rules regarding what is appropriate in the use of signatures. Specificially, images in signatures may not exceed 200 pixels tall whether as a single image or because of stacking of images. Images in signatures may not exceed more than 500 pixels wide. This is an established rule and can be reviewed here. Moderators may request members reduce the size of their signature image or, in the event of a gross violation, they may change or delete the users signature. There are tutorials regarding how to reduce images and other similar actions here.

9. Violations may result in you getting a Bullet. The deputies may also reward you with a "Mayberry." Bullets are "over par" or positive numbers below your screen name. Mayberries are "under par" or negatives below your screen name. Only you can see these. Bullets are bad. Mayberries are good. When the bullet count gets to three (3), there is a three (3) day suspension. Four (4) bullets will mean five (5) days off. Five (5) bullets equals eight (8) days of no posting. Six (6) will mean a fourteen (14) day suspension. When seven (7) bullets are reached, that's a twenty-one (21) day barring from p.com. Eight bullets (8) would be getting serious: a thirty (30) day vacation. Nine (9) bullets would mean we have to do something to seriously get your attention to calm down, so it is a sixty (60) day freeze of posting ability. If someone manages to get to ten (10) bullets, just consider that a permanent barring from paulding.com. No more. Won't see you again. Forget it. You're outta here. Gone. Bye-bye.

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Rule regarding posting critical comments about businesses in the community.

Posting about businesses and business dealings gone awry is not encouraged and the post may be removed or not at the sole discretion of management. Restaurant reviews, both positive and negative may be posted but negative reviews may be edited or removed at the sole discretion of management. Posts that are critical of the business practices of any business and allege a tort (specific monetary injury) must be based on and reference a specific action (suit/police report, etc.) in a court of competent jurisdiction or the complaint will be removed from public view. If a poster continues to post about a complaint in the public areas after having their comment removed and without meeting the specific requirements they will suffer suspension and/or be banned from the community. In all cases, the individual is responsible for their words and are warned that tortious commentary is retained in the P.com database and will be made available to injured parties. The disclosure of the person's identity in those circumstances is governed by the P.com privacy policy.
RULE REGARDING POSTING CRITICAL COMMENTS IN POSTS STARTED BY BUSINESSES (ADDED 10.11.06)

Paulding.com's ownership and management promises ITS advertisers their first amendment right to market their goods and services in the manner they want (within sensibility and with the right of refusal) without having those marketing efforts hijacked, ridiculed or publicly criticized or challenged in the topic they start.

Members will respect these rights promised to our advertisers/commerce members and if they choose to criticize those members, or the post that was made by them (commerce members) they will do so in a separate topic they author and not in the topic started by the commerce member. Critics are advised to avoid topics started by the advertiser they are critical of and paulding.com may, at their sole discretion, remove, move or delete the topic critical of an advertiser. If a member can't help but want to criticize an advertisers marketing effort they should open their own topic. Doing so will avoid a double sanctions for the first topic critical to an advertiser whether or not it is edited, deleted or moved.

Paulding.com is and always has been respectful to the speech rights of all its members but posting a critical comment -- raining on an advertisers parade in the topic started by the advertiser -- in a topic started by an advertiser will subject the violator to double sanctions on principal.

You want to comment, use another topic and if you've got anything approaching a point, you'll probably not suffer anything worse than that topic being sent to the hell hole ... and probably not even that. The principal is this crap is going to stop.


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Member name Policy (added 11/01/06):

Paulding.com makes every feasible effort to accommodate the desired name of any individual with any class of membership. This effort is without warranty and is subject to the following provisions:

1. The member identity does not infringe on the commercial rights of a business to a name;
2. The member identity does not infringe the commercial viability of Paulding.com;
3. The member identity does not suppose or impersonate another person (i.e. the individual has adopted a false identity for purposes of fraud);
4. The member identity does not infringe or does not involve a name that seems to be morally ethical or sexually explicit.

In an effort to clarify the meaning of provision number two above, commencing on November 1, 2006, Member display identities shall be consistent with their membership type.

Specifically, membership names that include or suggest the name of a business, commercial or governmental entity or brand name are prohibited in any membership class except commerce membership.

Brand names and variations (Coca Cola boy, Pepsi freak) may be allowed as a personal name but only for those with a premium membership, and then at the pleasure of Paulding.com which may be compelled to act to restrict the use of the name by the trademark holder. At present, the presumption is that such names, even if used strictly for personal communication, are or could be a sponsored commercial name.

Use of local business names, including any name that appears to be commercial in nature, by a person or person without connection to that business name is prohibited.

Employees or principals of local businesses, in order to use a business name as a posting account, display a commercial message in an avatar or in a posting signature, must acquire a paulding.com commerce membership.

Existing accounts that do include a business name as the userID and are not classed as commerce memberships, may be placed in a membership group with limited or no posting rights.

Existing accounts that include an avatar, or signature or both an avatar or signature that include a commercial message (A member is selling goods or services or promoting a business or web site that is commercial in nature) may have the avatar or signature or both removed.

Home occupation businesses that typically do not require a formal business license, including small home day care, Avon, Amway, Southern Living at Home, tupperware and similar 'home party' businesses, are allowed to operate on a personal ID provided they do not include the commercial message in their signature. This prohibition is waived provided they have obtained a premium paid annual membership. In all cases advertisements for these businesses shall be placed in the commerce section of the site.

Failure to comply will result in the loss of posting privileges. Further, Paulding.com reserves the right to name, establish, create and publish any userID it chooses for those who violate the prohibition.

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Public complaints of moderation ... 12/26/2006

It is almost inevitable that those who break the rules will end up playing victim and complain about their 'shabby treatment.' As the Pcom popo are directed not to discuss moderation acts in public, the decision to make a complaint public lies solely with the person complaining. As this allows the perpetrator the opportunity to tell their side of the story first.

This ability has been used by some, in cooperation with other sites, to express disdain and advertise the reason for the split; often to the detriment of paulding.com's business.

Given that it would be improper to prohibit such activity, the idea that there are no repercussions for such activity leaves Paulding.com almost defenseless.

So, whether or not a complaint is justified, the exercise of the right of publicizing a complaint carries with it the sanction of two bullets and all the penalties so associated (suspensions, etc.) except that paulding.com management may, at their sole descretion, provide one or more counterveiling mayberries.

Hence, beginning midnight, December 27, 2006 a person complaining about a moderation action on the public board will automatically earn two bullets regardless of the circumstance ... but the popo on duty or management may, at their discretion, provide mayberries that will negate the automatically assessed sanction. If the popo judges that one bullet will suffice, they may combine the double sanction into the single entry or if they decide that one mayberry is adequate, the popo may determine, with a discussion of the entire episode in the users record, to award a single Mayberry.

Personal Messages sent to other persons, are considered private information. However if a recipient of a PM forwards an offending PM to pcom's moderation staff, that PM will at that point be considered to have been made public and, at the descretion of the management, will become subject to the same sactions as a publicly posted complaint.

(Explaination of a one-mayberry award under this rule .

Thank you for rules, and thank you for finding out the "real deal" on the deputy. Was just asking!

#23 Oh No Its Me

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:02 PM

But do they apply to everyone or just certain individuals? huh.gif

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:03 PM

Are we ready to go over my rules now????? LOL
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:33 AM

Sure wish I new what was going on to.
But hey I'll take a swing at it. I think Mayberrys should stay untill someone wants to use them. Some mayberrys took a lot of hard work to earn . When you see them off to the side when you post it is a inspiring thing and a reminder of what doing something good will get you. Bullets I think could exspire after a certain amount of time. If a way could be figured out on how to keep it all in check. I also think if I complain about something a moderator has chosen to do. That I may not agree with.Not only should the complainer send a PM or call. I think the moderator should be informed of it. Just so everyone knows where everyone stands and why.I want to keep my hard earned mayberrys as long as I want them. They are mine. I earned them.I should be able to use them as I see fit.That is sorta like i worked hard on a job for a hour and got paid and hey the boss decided that since i didn't go shopping in 30 minutes and buy something . He could take it and do what ever he wants.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:14 AM

Pubby:

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 05:59 PM

Bumping this up for new members as well as old ones to we all know the rules here on p.com.
Very helpful information. wink.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:10 PM

I have some plus and minus signs under my avatar. Don't even know what they mean, but they've been there a number of years --- 4 at least.

How do you get a bullet?

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:11 PM

QUOTE (bp csr @ Jun 29 2008, 01:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have some plus and minus signs under my avatar. Don't even know what they mean, but they've been there a number of years --- 4 at least.

How do you get a bullet?

For doing something very naughty! If you receive a bullet or mayberry, you will also receive a pm as to the reason for it. smile.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:26 PM

Actually, my plus and minus just appeard. I forgot what they were used for.

Here's what Deputy Barney Fife said on my rating: A Mayberry for you just so you can see what it looks like!

Did I do something wrong to get that? I may be one of the last folks on here who have that rating

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (bp csr @ Jun 29 2008, 01:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Actually, my plus and minus just appeard. I forgot what they were used for.

Here's what Deputy Barney Fife said on my rating: A Mayberry for you just so you can see what it looks like!

Did I do something wrong to get that? I may be one of the last folks on here who have that rating

Mayberries are good--they're like gold stars. Bullets are bad--they are like demerits for breaking the rules and such. Everyone has a rating; you can only see yours. smile.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:31 PM

QUOTE (Bwitchy @ Jun 29 2008, 01:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mayberries are good--they're like gold stars. Bullets are bad--they are like demerits for breaking the rules and such. Everyone has a rating; you can only see yours. smile.gif


Thanks!!! I thought I was the only one who had it. I thought it was like a nasty little black cloud that was hanging around me. Now I don't feel so bad. I'm really not so saavy when it comes to knowing how this site works. But its like most things. I try to put them together before I read the directions. laugh.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:36 PM

QUOTE (bp csr @ Jun 29 2008, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks!!! I thought I was the only one who had it. I thought it was like a nasty little black cloud that was hanging around me. Now I don't feel so bad. I'm really not so saavy when it comes to knowing how this site works. But its like most things. I try to put them together before I read the directions. laugh.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:41 PM

QUOTE (SCARLET INDULGENCE SKINCARE PLUS @ Jun 23 2008, 06:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bumping this up for new members as well as old ones to we all know the rules here on p.com.
Very helpful information. wink.gif

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:49 PM

QUOTE (Bwitchy @ Jun 29 2008, 01:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So, you're a guy? ninja.gif tongue.gif


No. Just confident (at first, then a little disallusioned when I'm not right).

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