Friendly guidelines

Our friendly guidelines are an informal expression of the Quantumrun forum’s values. Please abide by it the best you can.

PLEASE DO

  • Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
  • Read the rules of a forum before making a submission.
  • Moderate based on quality, not opinion. Well written and interesting content can be worthwhile, even if you disagree with it.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling. Intelligent discourse requires a standard system of communication. Be open to gentle corrections.
  • Remember the human. When you communicate online, all you see is a computer screen. When talking to someone you might want to ask yourself, "Would I say it to the person's face?" or "Would I get jumped if I said this to a buddy?"
  • Keep your submission titles factual and opinion free. If it is an outrageous topic, share your crazy outrage in the comment section.
  • Look for the original source of content, and submit that. Often, a blog will reference another blog, which references another, and so on with everyone displaying ads along the way. Dig through those references and submit a link to the creator, who actually deserves the traffic.
  • Post to the most appropriate forum possible. Also, consider cross-posting if the contents fits more forum.
  • Vote. If you think something contributes to a conversation, upvote it.
  • Search for duplicates before posting. Redundant posts add nothing new to previous conversations. That said, sometimes bad timing, a bad title, or just plain bad luck can cause an interesting story to fail to get noticed. Feel free to post something again if you feel that the earlier posting didn't get the attention it deserved and you think you can do better.
  • Link to the direct version of a media file if the page it was found on isn't the creator's and doesn't add additional information or context.
  • Link to canonical and persistent URLs where possible, not temporary pages that might disappear. In particular, use the "permalink" for blog entries, not the blog's index page.
  • Consider posting constructive criticism (an explanation when you disagree with a point), and do so carefully and tactfully.
  • Report any spam you find.
  • Actually read an article before you vote on it (as opposed to just basing your vote on the title).
  • Posts containing explicit material such as nudity, horrible injury etc, add NSFW (Not Safe For Work) for nudity, and tag. However, if something IS safe for work, but has a risqué title, tag as SFW (Safe for Work). Additionally, use your best judgement when adding these tags.
  • State your reason for any editing of posts. For example: a simple "Edit: spelling" will help explain. This avoids confusion when a post is edited after a conversation breaks off from it. If you have another thing to add to your original comment, say "Edit: And I also think..." or something along those lines.
  • Use an "Innocent until proven guilty" mentality. Unless there is obvious proof that a submission is fake, please don't say it is.
  • Read over your submission for mistakes before submitting, especially the title of the submission. Make sure the facts you provide are accurate to avoid any confusion down the line.
  • Visit our content policy to learn more from a legal perspective.

PLEASE DON’T

  • Engage in illegal activity.
  • Post someone's personal information, or post links to personal information. This includes links to public Facebook pages and screenshots of Facebook pages with the names still legible. We all get outraged by the ignorant things people say and do online, but witch hunts and vigilantism hurt innocent people too often, and such posts or comments will be removed. Users posting personal info are subject to an immediate account deletion. If you see a user posting personal info, please contact the admins. Additionally, on pages such as Facebook, where personal information is often displayed, please mask the personal information and personal photographs using a blur function, erase function, or simply block it out with color. When personal information is relevant to the post (i.e. comment wars) please use color blocking for the personal information to indicate whose comment is whose.
  • Repost deleted/removed information. Remember that comment someone just deleted because it had personal information in it or was a picture of gore? Resist the urge to repost it. It doesn't matter what the content was. If it was deleted/removed, it should stay deleted/removed.
  • Be (intentionally) rude at all. By choosing not to be rude, you increase the overall civility of the community and make it better for all of us.
  • Follow those who are rabble rousing against another forum user without first investigating both sides of the issue that's being presented. Those who are inciting this type of action often have malicious reasons behind their actions and are, more often than not, a troll. Remember, every time a forum user who's contributed large amounts of effort into assisting the growth of community as a whole is driven away, projects that would benefit the whole easily flounder.
  • Ask people to Troll others on the forum, in real life, or on other blogs/sites.
  • Conduct personal attacks on other commenters. Ad hominem and other distracting attacks do not add anything to the conversation.
  • Start a flame war. Just report and "walk away". If you really feel you have to confront them, leave a polite message with a quote or link to the rules, and no more.
  • Insult others. Insults do not contribute to a rational discussion. Constructive Criticism, however, is appropriate and encouraged.
  • Troll. Trolling does not contribute to the conversation.
  • Take moderation positions in a community where your profession, employment, or biases could pose a direct conflict of interest to the neutral and user-driven nature of the forum.
  • Visit our content policy to learn more from a legal perspective.

ABOUT NEW SUBMISSIONS

  • Post hoaxes. If snopes.com has already declared something false, you probably shouldn't be submitting it to the forum.
  • Write titles in ALL CAPS.
  • Editorialize or sensationalize your submission title.
  • Linkjack stories: linking to stories via blog posts that add nothing extra.
  • Use link shorteners to post your content. There are few reasons to hide what you're linking to, and most of them are sneaky (if you are, use the "preview" feature that those services offer).

ABOUT COMMENTING

  • Don’t make comments that lack content. Phrases such as "this", "lol", and "I came here to say this" are not witty, original, or funny, and do not add anything to the discussion.
  • Complain about other users reposting/rehosting stories, images, videos, or any other content. Users should give credit where credit should be given, but if someone fails to do so, and is not causing harm, please either don't point it out, or point it out politely and leave it at that. They are only earning karma, which has little to no use at all.
  • Complain about the votes you do or do not receive, especially by making a submission voicing your complaint. You may have just gotten unlucky. Try submitting later or seek out other communities to submit to. Millions of people use the forum; every story and comment gets at least a few up/downvotes. This also includes messaging moderators or admins complaining about the votes you did or did not receive, except when you suspect you've been targeted by vote cheating by being massively up/downvoted.
  • Complain about reposts. Just because you have seen it before doesn't mean everyone has. Votes indicate the popularity of a post, so just vote. Keep in mind that linking to previous posts is not automatically a complaint; it is information.
  • Complain about cross posts. Just because you saw it in one place, doesn't mean everyone has seen it. Just vote and move on.