CougarBoard rules are enforced by a group of moderators:
WHAT DO MODERATORS DO?
Moderators can delete and edit posts, and give warnings and/or
penalties to those who don't follow the guidelines. If a
moderator edits your post (to fix HTML problems, or to take out
correct a part not in keeping with the board rules), the post
will be clearly marked as having been modified by a moderator,
and the original post will still be available.
WHO MONITORS THE MODERATORS?
The moderators answer to El Jefe (the board administrator).
All actions taken by the moderators are logged, and an email
is sent to El Jefe explaining the action.
KEEP POSTS ABOUT THE RULES CIVIL
You are free to discuss the rules, as long as you keep it civil.
Mocking the rules, going off on a tirade about the rules, and
other such behavior is inappropriate. If you have suggestions
for rule changes, post a well reasoned argument on the board, or
send a BoardMail to El Jefe about it
. I've even
been known to change my mind on occassion.
Again, do not take it upon yourself to enforce the guidelines
with other users. If you see something that is out of line, use
the Report Abuse link near the bottom of any post and then leave
DON'T FEED THE TROLLS
We can use all the help we can get monitoring the boards and
making sure the conversation stays on track. If you see
something that you believe is out of the boundaries of these
guidelines, click on the Report Abuse link at the bottom of the
post. Please don't take it upon yourself to say what is or
isn't appropriate for posting on the board. You are welcome to
disagree with a poster's position all you like, but leave the
appropriateness determination to the moderators.
Likewise, when you see an inappropriate post, do not respond
to it. Call it to the moderators' attention by clicking the
Report Abuse button near the bottom of any post. Posts saying
"Gee, I'm surprised this is still here." don't help matters.
Responses in support of posts that violate the guidelines may
result in administrative action.
HOW COME A CERTAIN POST WASN'T DELETED?
Contrary to popular belief, the moderators do not read everything. This site is NOT
actively moderated. There is a group of moderators, and they also happen to enjoy
reading the board, so sometimes they will delete a post before it is reported. They
don't read everything, and aren't always on the site, so please notify them if you
see anything you believe is inappropriate or requires their attention.
YOU'RE TRYING TO CONTROL MY THOUGHTS!
Note that the moderators and administrators DO NOT have
the time or inclination to be "thought police." In fact,
rich factual discussions representing a variety of
viewpoints is what makes this board an enjoyable place to
visit. Note, however, that the best judgment of the
moderators may be required in certain circumstances in
interpreting and enforcing both the policies and the
guidelines. As well, situations outside the policies and
guidelines may arise from time to time, and the moderators
will handle those in their best judgment.