Ok guys. The site is undergoing a few changes that you all need to be aware of. We are going to be tweaking where needed, making staff adjustments, and while we're at it - cracking down on the rude behavior we see on the site. Wii U has smiled upon us, and is bringing us a steadily larger community. This is a good thing! However, we're starting to get a variety of personality types. This first part of this post is to address that.

Behavior

Good Eggs: For those of you who are being helpful, contributing nicely, and are respectful to your fellow members – we thank you! We applaud those that resist getting sucked into fights and flame wars and all that stuff. Keep it up! However – please DO report trouble users/posts/threads. This is very very important. We cannot read every thread here, there is just no way – and we rely on the community to to help us weed out the trouble users.

Bad Potatoes: We need to address the "poor behavior" issue. You are encouraged to debate, even if they are heated debates – that is fine.. but do NOT get downright mean to your community-mates. Name calling, being overly condescending, carrying disagreements across threads and starting more fights.. all that kinda stuff has got to stop. Assuming someone is a "troll", etc. Everyone here needs to keep their cool and remember people come here to have fun and be a member of the community and don't want to have to sift through flame wars to get the info the need.

Be respectful to everyone. Do not be hateful. Do not flip out if someone disagrees with you or has wrong information. Agree to disagree. Do not hate on “noobs” for having questions. Even if they don't search or you think they might be a "troll". Just don't post if you have a problem with it.

(FYI, I am of the opinion the terms "noob" and "troll" are condescending unless referring to ones self, and should be avoided. Hence the quotes)

It's simple, really – be civil to those around you. Save the smart-ass comments for when they are actually and clearly “ha ha funny” and not “dang - that was rude.” If you don't have something constructive or nice to say - don't say it.

As the gets updated if and as needed, I will post on it noting so.

Infraction System

The infraction system is now a standard. A certain number of infractions will cause you to be put “on probation”, more will cause you to lose your posting privileges. Or banned. Please do not try to work the system. “Oh okay so I can get x more points between now and Friday, got it”. None of that.

This system is not our overall solution. It is to supplement what we already do. To help us as a group keep track of what we each are doing. There can and surely will still be bans outside the system.

There is a 0 point warning available that serves as a record and a helpful nudge, it doesn't affect anything other than that... and there are temp and permanent ban options - and everything in between.

Be a decent member and civil to those around you and this system won't even effect you. It is a helpful tool for staff and has worked out well in the past. We will adjust it as needed.

Last Thing

One last thing guys. Please understand we have a fair number of posts every day. We do our best to keep things clean, merge what needs it, etc.

Every once in a while things happen that aren't the perfect solution in everyone's eyes. I realize this. A rational, calm PM to me or a mod will get you much further than actin'-a-fool or going on rants.

Also understand that everyone makes mistakes. Include the staff here, including me. When mistakes do happen we correct what we can. Sometimes we can't and I apologize for when that happens. We DO NOT like to see embarrassing mistakes happen but every once in a while it happens.

Please remember this is a site you are using for free - don't take for granted the community we are trying to provide. This is costing you nothing. We only ask that you be constructive and have fun.

Thanks for your time. Cheers!