- During guest speaker meetings, the chat channel is moderated - in other words, only the speaker and the attending channel operators may enter text into the main channel. During such an event, one of the channel operators will be taking your questions for the speaker (instructions will be provided), to be answered after the main presentation. This is done to minimize interruptions and present questions to the guest speaker one at a time. During moderated talks, the #reefs2 channel is available for open discussion.
- No "business transactions" are to take place within the channel. If any of our sponsors are in the chat room, they are there to chat, not to make sales. If you have questions for them regarding their business, communicate with them in a private window.
- Excessive use of profanity, name calling, or... trolling - will not be tolerated. If someone asks you to "clean it up," either clean it up or leave. No harassment, be it racial, sexual, ethnic, etc. will be tolerated in the channel.
- Posting abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, or sexually-orientated material is frowned upon in the channel. #reefs is intended to be a general audience channel. Whether or not the material you post in chat violates this rule is somewhat subjective and depends upon the channel operator. Some operators will allow more leniency than others. You may be kicked (or banned) depending on the severity and frequency of your posting. If a channel operator asks you to not post the material, please respect his or her request.
- Product slandering - while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, understand that you are responsible for your own actions. If you have complaints about a product or company, you should stick to the specifics rather than making it a personal issue.
- "Idling," or staying on the chat channel for extended periods of time - some people will leave their chat clients on for days, weeks, even months on end, to log the discussion, or to simply keep their computer connected to the internet. This is permissible as long as you change your nickname to include the word "away" (ex: "JDoe_away") and set your chat client to an away setting. Most clients come with this feature, and can be programmed to be set as "away" after a certain period of inactivity.
- Differences of opinion - chatters need to realize that there are numerous people in this hobby, with differing levels of experience and differing reefkeeping methods. Do not pick on people with less experience than you - remember, you were once in their shoes. If your opinion differs from someone else's on an issue, try to support your view with related information and avoid stereotyping other people or the methods they may use.
- Kicking and banning - #reefs channel operators - "ops" - do not kick or ban without reason. Failure to follow these simple guidelines usually just results in a warning being issued. Severe infractions will warrant removal from the chat channel. We do not like to kick people, and if at all possible we try to resolve the situation. #reefs works on the philosophy that most people are capable of moderating themselves. Help make this philosophy a reality. The #reefs ops are all volunteers, and we do not have time to deal with inexcusably immature behaviour. Please help maintain #reefs' status as an enjoyable area with a friendly atmosphere.
- Bring your sense of humor with you! There will be no exceptions made here, this rule is strictly enforced. We are all here to have a good time, and elevate the hobby by discussing our experiences with reefkeeping. Along the way, we're bound to make a few jokes, as we are all fun-loving people.
- We all have different hobbies, interests, habits, etc. and oftentimes these issues come up in discussions in the #reefs channel. This is fine, but if the non reef-related discussions become distracting to those in the channel wishing to talk about reefkeeping (go figure...), please take the other discussion(s) to the #reefs2 channel.
"If you can access IRC and maintain a reef tank, you're probably a bright, educated, patient person. Please use those qualities when you are on the channel."
Last modified 2006-11-23 14:06