Community Guidelines, a little late yet enlightening
I am not a rules and regulations kind of guy so it’s not surprising that it took a requirement in Lynn’s contest to get me to finally read through the Active Rain Community Guidelines.
As I said not a rules guy and I do get annoyed by people who are, they often remind me of the snotty little girl who sat in front of me in second grade and made sure the teacher knew every time that I did not follow the rules.
Personally I am not opposed to rules, I enjoy following the spirit of the law, just don’t want to live my life with a manual in my hand.
But in all fairness I did know that there was a set of rules, people had suggested them from time to time over the past two years and I did pick up on a few of the guidelines through references made in blog posts, and one kind lady very politely pointed out to me in my first week of commenting that it was not nice to post a link to my blog in someone else’s comment area.
But in the end after a short time I got the impression that the rules likely said, be nice in the sandbox, if you don’t like something someone else does either ignore them or send an email to the teacher (which I never would do since I am still irritated by that snotty little tattletale in second grade, unless someone is harming another). But above all treat each other with respect and follow the Golden Rule.
After reading the guidelines I find there is more to it than treating each other with respect, which most people around here would do anyway, since peer pressure would prohibit any other behavior.
There are also rules on what we can and cannot post, and I am glad that these are not always followed, especially the prohibitions on jokes, recipes, quotes, and other non-copywritten stuff gleaned from all over.
I love some of my regular subscriptions to people who post great jokes, or great quotes, or tasty recipes, or magazine articles from publications that I would not read had my friend not posted part of an article in his blog.
Some of us are not natural essayists and I appreciate this and am happy if they entertain me with a joke instead of rambling stuff like what I write.
I am happy with a list of quotes, they enlighten me and inspire me and I don’t even care that the poster got points for something that they did not write; at least they posted something worthwhile.
Well I seem to be rambling here so it may be time to get to the point…
Great rules regarding
- Not being Mean,
- No Advertising on others posts,
- No hate speech,
- No discrimination,
- No stealing other peoples stuff,
- and that kind of thing.
And thanks for not clamping down on people who post interesting filler, after all they are an important part of our little family here and even filler catches the attention of Google while entertaining friends in the rain.
You have to admit that a tired old joke is often better than my rambling on about rules.
Though I may have an issue with a few rules, I do appreciate that Active Rain is the one place on the net where people do almost always treat each other with love and respect, and I am certain that this is due to things like the actual and perceived Community Guidelines.
Thank you to the architects of this great little community!!!