1: Background and overall policy principles
These principles have been gleaned from the existing policy announcements governing the board. There is a great deal of detail out there about the origin of these things, if you are keen to go looking.
Principles over rules:
We see the CCCP more as a set of principles than merely one of rules. We expect all members to be guided by the spirit of these principles, to be aware that they are there for good reason, and to exercise Board behavior accordingly. We think this reasonable and makes perfect sense.
The overall guiding principle should be that of being a "Reasonable Person". This idea was originally borrowed by Rich from guidelines used by Carnegie Mellon University:
"Everyone will be reasonable. Everyone expects everyone else to be reasonable. No one is special. Do not be offended if someone suggests you are not being reasonable. Reasonable people think about their use of these facilities, and the needs of others, and adjust their behavior to meet the goals of a common good for the community, i.e., expressing what you want to say, but accepting and accommodating the needs of others."
A Private Party:
The Chiffboard is privately owned. Accordingly, it is akin to a private party, at which most of us are the happy guests. If, in the opinion of the Moderators and Owner of the site, you show yourself to be not conducive to the continuing lighthearted entertainment that is C&F's originally conceived raison d'être, as well as including constructive debate and discussion around here, action may be taken, which, in extreme cases, may include deactivation of your member account.
Obscenity and Crudely Salacious Material/Commentary:
C&F is conceived as a "family site". While a certain amount of adult playfulness is occasionally given a wink so long as it retains enough of a degree of good taste, usually this sort of thing will be subject to moderation - mainly deletion, or editing if we're feeling charitable, or if the word filter does it for us. If you can't resist, find another website. This ain't 4chan.
The Pepsi Rule:
Contrary to what is sometimes thought, criticism of players, instruments, makers, and anything else is allowed. However, please offer such criticism in a constructive way, from your own, personal standpoint, and with such explanations as are necessary. Dale’s illustration, well-used around here, should suffice:
"I do not like Pepsi. It think the bubbles are disagreeable and there is a slightly sharp sensation at the back of one's palate. I prefer the taste of Diet Coke, and this is what I encourage my friends to buy."
"Pepsi is complete crap, clearly made by drunkards and con men. Anyone who would pay 75 cents for a can of it would have to be a fool. And anyone who would try to sell the crap on ebay is either a thief or is trying to unload a vile elixir that no one in their right mind would want."
First example: OK
Second: Not OK.
The referee’s decision is final.
The Mods always take all possible care in making any decision. Once made, such decisions are not open for debate. Prior to being made, such decisions are not open for debate.