Large Scale Central

Be Nice

It seems it’s time for a much simpler, and much more strictly enforced site policy. Violations will get a warning with an explanation, second violation will earn a 30 day suspension, third will earn a lifetime ban.

Be Nice.

You’ve been invited into my living room to talk trains. Whether you’ve come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know or what you’ve done, remember that we’re all here to learn, and have fun, together. Be welcoming and patient, especially with those who may not know everything you do. Oh, and bring your sense of humor. Just in case.

That basically covers it. But these guidelines may help:

  1. Rudeness and belittling language are not okay. Your tone should match the way you’d talk in person with someone you respect and whom you want to respect you. If you don’t have time to say something politely, just leave it for someone who does.

  2. Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions. Don’t expect new users to know all the rules - they don’t. And be patient while they learn. If you’re here for help, make it as easy as possible for others to help you. Everyone here is volunteering, and no one responds well to demands for help.

  3. Avoid off-topic, and filler posts. Stay on topic within the thread, and contribute to it. Don’t post just to increase your post count…

  4. Don’t be a jerk. These are just a few examples. If you see them, report them:

  • Name-calling. Focus on the post, not the person. That includes terms that feel personal even when they’re applied to posts (like “lazy”, “ignorant”, or “whiny”).

  • Bigotry of any kind. Language likely to offend or alienate individuals or groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. will not be tolerated. At all. (Those are just a few examples; when in doubt, just don’t.)

  • Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive.

  • Harassment and bullying. If you see a hostile interaction, report it. If it keeps up, disengage - we’ll handle it. If something needs our attention, you can use the contact us link at the bottom of every page.

  1. Use the Report feature. The forums have a method to report offensive, annoying, or any other inappropriate content. This is the easiest way to let me know something is up. Don’t respond to anything you don’t like, EVEN IF IT IS DIRECTED AT YOU. If you do, you become part of the problem. Report it instead. If I get a number of reports about the same content, I will take action, most likely suspending the offending account.

In summary, have fun, and be good to each other.

It looks like its time for this to be brought up again.

I guess I need to make it very clear. I allow exactly ZERO discussion of religion or politics on this site. I’d allow less than zero if it was possible. Full stop.

I don’t care if you are the leftest lefty liberal socialist, or right wing Gods, Gunz, and Get out of the US loony. Black, white, orange, plaid, or combination thereof. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Church of All Worlds or none-of-the-above. Straight, gay, LGBTQ, BBQ, OMG or WTF. You don’t get a pass to talk about your beliefs here. At all.

Any time that door gets opened at all here, there is a conflagration and I end up cleaning up the mess. That’s why I come down hard if I get a faint whiff of it starting.

Once again it has become necessary to remind people of LSC’s “No religion or politics” rule. There’s nothing else I can say that I havent said a hundred times before.