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Pool Rules

“Pool Rules” appearing on discussion boards are nothing new, but I have recently been seeing more and more websites (particularly newspapers) including a set of them right avove or below the comment box. I think it is a great idea. Certainly they just “keep honest people honest” and wouldn’t prevent a troll from speaking their mind innapropriately.  Yet, if we don’t express our expectations for each other, why would we ever believe that strangers would recognize them or meet them?

Here’s a great example I came across today:

Pool Rules

  • Keep it clean.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Be honest and accurate.
  • No personal attacks. Don’t bash anyone based on their race, creed, heritage, or orientation.
  • Don’t say anything here you wouldn’t say in front of your mother at the dinner table.
  • Use the ‘Report Abuse’ button when you spot a rule violation. (Don’t report comments just because you disagree.)

Posted in My Thoughts.