FORUM RULES: (Updated 6-28-10)
Please register with with your real name. This will give your posts more credibility and enhance the sense of community. Anonymous registration is frowned upon.
Don't rush in
is no need to rush into active involvement on the forum. The time spent
reading the various forum announcements and discussions will give you a
feel for the community and its members interactions with each other.
This can help alleviate the sense of anonymity which can lead a newbie
to post something they later regret. Always "search" the forum before
posting. Your efforts to follow guidelines and established practices
will be noticed, appreciated and lead to your rapid acceptance within
Respect other forum members
posting to the forum, please be nice. Respectful, civil interaction and
debate keeps us closer to the original purpose of a forum. Take the
high road. Be kind to newcomers. If they ask questions that seem
obvious, (or whose answers seem easy to find) give them a break. Many
valued contributors started out this way. Treating newcomers kindly
makes them more likely to turn into the valuable community members we
all know and love.
should never intrude on forum discussions or topics. These include
personal attacks, business grievances, flame wars, etc. Heated debate
or exchange between individuals should be handled privately. Please do
not respond to posts of this nature. Even if your intentions are good,
threads of this type only drag out the drama, and that's not an option
Put up an avatar when you join the forum. If you don't you will be
given a temporary avatar until you get one together.
Avoid using the forum as a blog. This includes rambling,
excessively personal posts, adding too many photographs, or repetitive
posts which turn your thread into a personal, continuous storyline.
Please establish a personal blog using an alternative bandwidth. Some members have created very insightful blogs in this manner.
"I agree" and "LOL" Posts
Avoid the temptation for "I agree" and "LOL" posts. It's fine that you agree or that you have "LOL'd", but
it's rare that pointing this out publicly adds anything to the
discussion. New information is always welcome; cheer leading simply
leads to more cheer leading and clogs what might otherwise be an
Finally, It isn't a democracy
we care very much about what the members here like/dislike, please
remember that the administrators have the final say. This is not a
democracy, it is a benevolent dictatorship. We take this responsibility
seriously. We work very hard to make this forum enjoyable and
informative for as many people as we can, but it's impossible for us to
please everyone about everything all the time. If we do something that
you don't particularly like, please remember that all our decisions are
carefully made based on what we feel contributes most to the greater
good of the forum and ultimately the shakuhachi.
* We require all posts to be constructive, and on topic. We may delete
individual posts that could ruin a good topic thread.
* We reserve the right to remove any topics we deem inappropriate or
disruptive to our community. Please note that, from time to time,
topics may be removed for being inappropriate even though your
individual post in that topic may have been perfectly fine. Please do
not feel this reflects badly on you.
* We reserve the right to remove any posts and/or topics that could
cause unrest in the community beyond a civil and polite disagreement.
* You may not make personal attacks on other users. No personal hidden
agendas. Posts of this nature will be deleted.
* Users may not argue an administrators decision publicly. These posts
will be deleted. Flaming a moderator or administrator will result in an immediate ban. If you wish to discuss a decision please contact the
administration privately in a courteous, succinct manner. When doing
so, please keep in mind that we thoroughly argue all sides of an issue
before making a decision.
* We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or
disrupts our community. We will be fair and provide warning in most
cases. Consequences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Moderators who disrupt the forum will be downgraded to member status or banned.
* Always remember that the forum is a social gathering. Treat others
with the same politeness and respect you would at a backyard barbecue.