As we have made a number of changes to the site rules lately that people should be made aware of, I would like to point them out here and clarify them for those who do not check the rules.
For a complete list of rules, please check http://www.loverslab...2-rules/?p=6248
Recent additions with further explanation is as follows:
In an effort to keep the site & community inviting and friendly we do not allow several categories of conversation. This is not intended as censorship or endorsement of any particular view, but rather a move to keep this site neutral and open. The categories of conversation that are not welcome include those discussing politics and religion. Too often these discussions descend into pointless bickering and lead to offending one party or the other (if not both). This sends the wrong message of what this site is all about. There are plenty of forums, blogs and other online outlets available for these types of conversations, this site is not one of them.Lovers Lab is first and foremost a gaming community. As such, we wish to be welcoming and friendly to all genders, orientations, nationalities, religions, and beliefs. Those who are not conducive to that environment will be dealt with in whatever reasonable manner we deem appropriate. What is deemed "political or religious" is up to staff discretion and no others.
After much discussion amongst the site staff we felt this an important and much needed change due to the state of unsavory bickering happening in the politics section of the forum. To reiterate what is stated in the rule, we are largely an adult modding forum, there are more appropriate places for you to discuss such topics, we would rather remain seen as neutral to such things and avoid driving off potential members over them.
The report button should only be used for serious offenses that require immediate or quick moderator action such as piracy, attacks on other members, advertising spam, or illegal content. Reporting trivial things such as a thread in the wrong section, duplicate thread, off topic post, double post, deletion requests, or anything else that is considered custodial or forum decorum. These trivial things will fade away on their own, be it through lack of replies and ignored, or an active moderator making the judgement call themselves to clean it up when necessary. Abusing the report button repeatedly with matters deemed trivial will result in action being taken against the abuser.
Secondly, the above rule has been added after having some self reflection on our part and having some major reports slip through the cracks due to constant overuse of the report button by various forum members to report matters of a trivial nature; we have had added a rule on proper use of the Report button.
While we appreciate the vigilance some people have in reporting things out of place, ultimately it does more harm than good. This is absolutely a "Boy Who Cried Wolf" situation. The busier our moderation queue gets, the slower we are to respond to them, and the more trivial matters reported, the more likely we are to ignore or respond even slower to a particular reporter. We need to see there are open reports and think "Oh, there is something that requires my attention for the good of the forum." Lately however, we see open reports and think "Bah, probably nothing important, I'm sure another moderator will get to it."
This isn't about making things easier for ourselves by cutting back on reported content, it's about making sure when something big comes up, it is taken care of quickly and promptly. Trivial things such as those listed in the rule, misplaced threads, duplicate thread, off topic post, double post, deletion requests, and such, simply don't call for immediate attention. To add to that however, DO NOT take this to mean you should just Private Message us a big list of stuff you think needs to be deleted or moved, unless it is YOUR thread you are requesting be moved/deleted/merged. Many of these things will self moderate, either through the community ignoring it and it fading away to a far off page due to lack of replies, or through a moderator doing forum cleanup on their own accord.