This is by far the most common request I and other moderators make in the course of our duties, so I thought it would be nice to offer some
perspectives on why this is so important, and invite discussion on the topic of, well... staying on topic.
As with all things moderators do, there is a foundation for our actions in the
AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use
Originally posted by SimonGray
1f.) Relevant Content: You will not post messages that are clearly outside of the stated topic of any forums nor disrupt a forum by
deliberately posting repeated irrelevant messages or copies of identical messages (also known as "flooding").
5b) Cooperation: You will, if asked by myself or a moderator, cease posting any content, and/or links to content, deemed offensive,
objectionable, or in poor taste by the representatives of the message board.
In particular, insults, abuse, threats, harassment or any form of personal attacks are never
on topic in any forum, are contrary to the very
purpose of our forums and are strictly prohibited
Moderation In All Things
Naturally, opinions will vary as to what is on topic and what is not, but determining that is one of the primary responsibilities of forum moderators.
Our decisions may not always be perfect, but we do ask that members cooperate with us when we make requests and take action to keep threads on topic.
If you should disagree with a moderator decision, do not argue about it in the public forums.
Doing so is off-topic itself, rude to other
members, disruptive to the discussion and a very quick way to be post-banned
Rather, it is always better to send a U2U
to the moderator in question or submit a
asking for a staff review (please include a link to the post with
your complaint), which will ensure that several members of the senior staff investigate the matter and, if necessary, take action to achieve a fair
and reasonable outcome.
On behalf of the ATS staff, I ask for your help in maintaining an environment conducive to topical discussion by, well... staying on topic.
To the extent we accomplish this, we will be rewarded with discussions consistent with the high standards our community is famous for.
[edit on 11/29/2006 by Majic]