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Forum Behaviour expectations

Post by NyghtStrix on 5th November 2017, 12:55

Forum behaviour and culture
This forum is very strict on behaviour. Although a huge controversial subject, it always narrows down to common sense and to "not be an a-hole". With the Lancer community being vast and highly demographical ranging from young teenagers to Lancer veterans, sometimes behaviour is difficult to manage. But most importantly, we don't want members feeling left out, excluded nor degraded for their ideas. It's important to understand that people have different tastes and different ways of expressing themselves via their cars. No matter what idea comes your way, you have to respect it unless it's illegal like fully blacked out tail lights. Here in this forum, we promote a culture that's welcoming, inviting and full of support. You'll see the word inappropriate mentioned frequently. Inappropriate is basically a global rule and term that applies to everyone. If a thread mentions "no inappropriate material" which is pretty much all forums, it includes:

Bullying
Taken from the National Centre Againsts Bullying website, the types of bullying below are forbidden.

Physical bullying
Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage. [/h4]

Verbal bullying
Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target. 

Social bullying
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Social bullying includes:[/h4]

  • lying and spreading rumours
  • negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
  • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
  • mimicking unkindly
  • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
  • damaging someone's social reputation or social acceptance.


Cyber bullying
Cyber bullying can be overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.[/h4]
Cyber bullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. Cyber bullying can include:

  • Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
  • Deliberately excluding others online
  • Nasty gossip or rumours
  • Imitating others online or using their log-in


Expressing Opinions

"Opinions" is another controversial subject which is quite a difficult thing to manage. There's the fact that "People are entitled to their own opinion" vs "How an opinion is received." So how do we manage this? The number one thing that everyone needs to consider is, it's not really about the opinion being expressed. It's about HOW it is said. Although we clearly don't encourage bullying, how do we get our opinion across without hurting the other person? There are certain behaviours that can be implemented when expressing an opinion:



  • Refrain from using words like "Ugh", "Ew", "Yuck" and any other form of degrading terms. Although you may be expressive, sometimes words like these increase the tension between you and the other party.
  • Minimise the negativity. Ensure there's a balance between your actual thoughts vs the good things. If there's a balance, your opinion will be received differently.
  • End your opinions with a [colour=#006600]positive[/colour]. You won't believe how much of a difference this makes. It's the last thing people read and leaves a positive vibe. This causes fewer conflicts and tension. Give it a go, it doesn't hurt. 

    Scenario 1: "Those headlights look like ass"
    Scenario 2: "I'm not a fan of those headlights, but I love the Audi inspired DRLs on them."

    Can you see the difference? It's about how you say it.

  • Come up with a solution that could make them look better above as well and let the other party decide whether your opinion matters to them or not. But don't force!


Scamming, Spamming and Fraud

Upon registering to the forum, you would've noticed that you were required to introduce yourself to the forum. Behind the scenes, the system waits for you to post and then it automatically unlocks the whole forum for you. This tactic is not about making you introduce yourself. It's for a few things. It's actually spam prevention and ensuring that bots aren't joining the forum to spam, scam or fraud people. Here on this forum, there is no tolerance for scamming, spamming and Fraudulent behaviour. If a member is caught doing any of these, they will receive a suspension or ban depending on case by case.

Censorship & Swearing
Swearing is discouraged on the forum for imagery. However it should only be used for the purpose of expression as opposed to general talk. The only forum that allows swearing is the Dash Cam forum where swearing is bound to happen. Keep your head cool and just try to talk normally. Some people may find swearing offensive and it's not a good look for us. Most swear words are blacked out anyways but again, refrain!

No hate
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