Subjects in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS/ SMS/TXT/Chat Speak

 
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
As of right now, any new threads with subjects in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS will be removed.

Cheers
David

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  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne
Heck, we may as well do this right!

Additionally, effective immediately - posts containing unneccesary SMS/Chat/TXT speak will be deleted on sight without notice.  Users who continue to offend will be issued with healthy warnings.

For those who are unaware of what I am talking about, see below:

Wrong:
Trainz r kewl u kno wot i mean?


Right:
Trains are cool, do you know what I mean?


This measure is being enforced as posts such as the "Wrong" example serve to make the forums look untidy, and are unpleasant to read.
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
[quote="Webslave"][b]Wrong:[/b]
[quote]Trainz r kewl u kno wot i mean?[/quote]I could never understand why anyone would type the same number of letters to infer the same word anyway. Trainz = Trains is still 5 letters and kewl=cool is still 4 letters Confused Good move except if someone is actually discussing [b]Trainz[/b] ClapClap
  chairman Assistant Commissioner

Location: Belgrave
As I said in the lounge. keep it up moderators. It is good to see a bit of active moderating going on
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne
Here are some common "SMS Speak" words and their status:

Terms not to be used
Wot => What
U => You
R => Are
Dis => This
N => And
& => And
Iz => Is
Foto => Photo

Terms to be used in appropriate quantities
lol
lmao
rofl
brb

Terms allowed to be used freely
Any abbreviation of a name or concept
SSR
Wiki
CTM
ABS
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
What about these sparingly:
IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
WSITD = Wild Stab In The Dark
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
As an abbreviation, those (and similar) ones falls under the last category outlined by James.
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
As are some I use regularly, such as AFAIK and AIUI.

Cheers
David
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne
I think we'll add 'WTF' to the "no" list.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

Farewell 'WTF'.     **sniff**


Seriously though, this campaign has my full support.
  Hitachi_Man Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne.
I also suport this campaign fully.  I hate text language so much
  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
Whatabout realy pox avatars??? *looking in Michael Greenhills direction*
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

I'm changing my full support to mostly  supporting this.

I've got a small concern about one area, and that is the concept of "banned words". I think a list of words or acronyms which are verboten is arbitrary and unwieldy.  Message board rules should operate at a much broader level than this.  A complex list of three different levels "not permitted, "tolerated is small doses", and "to be used freely" is going to going to catch out innocent newbies, or regulars who use certain terms absentmindedly.  I think, if an otherwise unblemished post has, for example, one usage of the word "wot", then that post should not be removed, and its author should not be hassled. On the other hand, the SMS-style posts should of course be pulled.  Moderators should act more like judges and less like legislators, IMHO. The rules should be more analogous to common law than the statute variety. Discretion and willingness  to interpret the rules  is the hallmark of good moderation. Blind adherence to black and white rules is not good moderation.

Some black and white rules will always be necessary.  There should not be a huge number of them, and they should be broad.  My favourite one of these is from another board I visit:  We have one guiding principle: Don't be a jerk.   Brilliant.  That board does have other, more specific rules, but you could near get away with just having that one.  I've adopted it for my own board (except I changed the American "jerk" to the much more local "goose"), and I'd recommend it for this board.

Rather than endless argument over which slang should and shouldn't be permitted, why not just have "thou shalt type in accepted colloquial Australian English" and leave it at that?  

Just my 2c.
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne
As with all rules, our moderators are encouraged to use common sense and descretion wherever they feel it is neccesary.  I think that in itself just about covers what you've said there TLD™.

The list of banned words is advisory only.  We take a hardline in announcing rules - simply as a deterrent.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

What about banning constant German accented text?

Seriously, that's as hard to read (Although easier to hear) as SMS/TXT crap is.


Cheers
Maikha "V" Ly
  Webslave Site Admin

Location: Altona, Melbourne
German accented text?
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Text written in a manner to imitate english spoken with a heavy German accent.


Cheers
Maikha "V" Ly
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
...You are meanink zat I can no longer do my "Ve haf vays ov making you tok?" imprezzions?   Scheisse.  You are no fun.


... and on that highly cultured note,  what about naughty words in foreign languagues?
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

...You are meanink zat I can no longer do my "Ve haf vays ov making you tok?" imprezzions?   Scheisse.  You are no fun.
"Johnmc"


Sorry, could you translate that?  Wink

... and on that highly cultured note,  what about naughty words in foreign languagues?
"Johnmc"


Well ignorance is bliss isn't it. If the moderators don't know what it means.....


Cheers
Maikha "V" Ly
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

Aaaar, Ð.. M..

Wotcha Maikha.   8)
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Whatabout realy pox avatars??? *looking in Michael Greenhills direction*
"mickelaar"

Bah, only for you Mick I'll change it Wink
  Flagstaff Red Afro

Location: Eaglemont, Hursty line, Melbourne.
I have never been able to find out what these terms mean:
lmao
brb
AFAIK and AIU

No matter how many times I read AFAIK I still do not have a clue, (Please Tell Me).



Other terms that should be permitted:
PM - Private Message
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
& - and
AU$ - Australian currency
Stn - Station

WTF can be replaced with OMG
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
Farewell 'WTF'. **sniff**
"TLD™"


Me too.  I have used it a few times myself.  It will be sorely missed.



WTF can be replaced with OMG
"Flagstaff"


True, but 'WTF' has a better impact.


I assume that 'OMFG' and 'JFC' get the order of the Rear End too.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

I have never been able to find out what these terms mean:
lmao
brb
AFAIK and AIU
"Flagstaff"


lmao: laughing my a*se off
brb: (I'll) be right back
AFAIK: As far as I know
AIU: (never seen this one before in my life, but I assume it means) as I understand
  TA3015 Chief Commissioner

Location: Anywhere Nathan Van Berlo is!!
Correct TLD™

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