Chat & Forum - Best Practices & Topics that are "Off Limits"

Discussion in 'Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, May 19, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    Just a friendly reminder about some rules in the forum and in chat.

    We try to let the members govern themselves as much as possible while maintaining a forum that is safe, kid friendly, and inviting for anybody anywhere with chickens.

    Unfortunately over the 10 years the BYC staff have found there are topics that almost always cause problems, for example: posts about cock fighting and posts about PETA.

    By disallowing these topics we aren't saying these things are abominations and should never be discussed anywhere... we're simply saying they should never be discussed on BYC (forum or chat).

    Now, there are MANY other topics that shouldn't be discussed on BYC, but we're not going to make a list because that's just silly. Let's just say you should try to stay away from any topic that would be illegal to ask a potential candidate during a job interview. [​IMG]

    The BYC staff will err on the side of caution with these topics and will remove ones that aren't appropriate for this community (again, we're not saying the topics are "bad" just not appropriate for BYC).

    A few other related notes (especially due to some issues recently in chat):

    1) If someone is causing "trouble" in chat, copy the text and send it to a moderator and IGNORE THE PERSON (you can actually ignore people in chat by clicking on their name and choosing ignore)
    2) If a BYC staff member tells you to stop doing something... STOP. If you don't like what they are telling you, then contact another staff member or escalate the issue to me.
    3) If there is drama over an event (in chat or on the forum) and it is dealt with, DROP THE TOPIC. The more it is discussed the more chance there will be more problems.
    4) HAVE FUN!!! We've got a HUGE wonderful community of great friendly people. Let's keep BYC a place where any person in the world with a chicken can feel comfortable coming here to post or to chat!
     
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    [​IMG]
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    33,270
    2,598
    551
    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Thank you Nifty, well said.
     
  4. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    [​IMG]
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    13,212
    32
    313
    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Thanks for that, although I think maybe a "small" list of certain things that should be avoided might not be a bad idea. I love the good news, the prayer requests, the sharing and the caring, what a wonderful group!
    K
     
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    A list is tricky because then you're always having to add to it, remove from it, and deal with people that are looking for loopholes.

    We like to keep things simple: Be nice, be friendly, and steer clear of topics that have a tendency to get people worked up.

    Hey, I'm still amazed that the two extremes on this forum, the "Chicken Mammas" (people that put diapers on their chickens and put them in their purse) can get along with people that only view chickens as something that should be eaten.
     
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    6,962
    27
    291
    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    What?? You mean people eat our babies??? [​IMG] [​IMG] Just kidding
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2008
  8. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: