The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110205 Message #2419525
Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Aug-08 - 12:27 PM
Thread Name: Posting Policy / No Anonymous Guests
Subject: RE: Guest Posting Policy
New Policy, July 30, 2008:
We have decided to prohibit GUESTs from starting BS threads. It seems that almost all Guest-initiated BS threads are posted by people who want nothing but to start a fight. Many are political fanatics who have no interest in music whatsoever, so one wonders why they should have space in a folk music forum. We have many folks/GUESTs that cruise in and ask music questions, so we wouldn't prohibit that. But rarely does a person of honest intent cruise in and start a BS thread. We think an appropriate rules change would be to require membership to start a BS thread (we can make an exception for members who aren't logged in).
We also have a number of Guests who always post in a tone that seems like they're looking for a fight. Henceforth, we will monitor all Guest posts and delete all that have any hint of combativeness. Regular members have to live with the consequences of their posts – Guests can hide behind anonymity, and that makes their aggressive behavior more threatening. Therefore, aggressive behavior from Guests will not be tolerated.
So, in short, this is our guest policy, effective immediately:
- make sure you use a legitimate e-mail address on your registration.
- Prohibition of Guest-started non-music (BS) threads*
- Stricter monitoring of Guest and new member posts
- Continued requirement that all Guests use a consistent name
- Aggressive behavior from Guests will not be tolerated
- As always, guests who post regularly are encouraged to register as members
And our policy continues, of prohibiting public forum discussion of Mudcat editing policy or editorial actions. If you have comments or suggestions or questions, contact me directly. If you're not satisfied with my answer, contact Max Spiegel, owner of Mudcat.
-Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-
*And if you register, be assured that you are expected to use a legitimate name and e-mail address on your registration, although your Member Name may be a pseudonym.