Please note the following rules for participation here:
Per the Terms of Service: “You may not submit content to the forum that is illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful to others. This includes content that is harassing, inappropriate, or abusive.” The forum depends on its users and volunteer moderators to enforce the content standards. Abuse of these standards will not be tolerated. The actions of the moderators are final.
We are still working on exam discussion rules, but this site will enforce the rules of the CAS and the SoA regarding exam security.
Discussion of moderator actions is not allowed. Period. Arguing with a mod about mod actions will get you booted. These things can be discussed privately if need be, but the mods are not required to explain their actions to you.
Moderators may issue instructions relevant to a specific thread, (please stick to the topic, which is X) or to a specific use (please don’t start any more threads on Y, nor engage in discussions on Y started by other users) or to a combination of the two (Z, please do not post anything more in this thread). Violation of such moderator instructions may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum.
No insulting other posters. You may insult the post, but not the poster. Truth is not a defense. If a poster is, in your opinion, causing problems that need to be addressed, bring it to the attention of the mods. Do not directly engage with the problem-causing poster about the issue.
Trolling is forbidden. Trolling for this purpose means intentionally making inflammatory comments with the intent to provoke an emotional or “knee jerk” reaction from other posters. While the mods can never know the intent of a poster with certainty, they will make their best determination as to what constitutes trolling, and their decisions will be final.
You can flag a post and bring it to the attention of the moderators. You may or may not be included in the resolution of an issue you flag.
Alternate ID are allowed. If one ID is suspended or banned, you may not post under an alt. Exception: If you also have an ID in your real name, you may post under that ID so long as there is no connection between the topic of your real-name posts and whatever behavior got the anonymous ID suspended. If you violate this rule, all of your IDs will be permanently banned.
Threads may be locked if they drift off topic or devolve into petty fighting.
Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
- Ad hominem attacks
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
- Knee-jerk contradiction
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s leave our community better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
- Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Don’t post no-content replies.
- Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.
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