July 29, 2007 at 9:25 am #310812
This moderator has volunteered to visit the forums regularly and will work to respond to Private Messages in a prompt manner.
Brickfilms.com is a site devoted to the art of brickfilming; the animation of plastic bricks as the principle element of a film. We are open to people of all ages and cultures, and so we want to ensure that people of all ages and cultures feel welcomed. Thus all members must keep in mind that we are likely to have children reading the forums. And so we ask that all members read and remember the following:July 29, 2007 at 9:26 am #310813
The following lists the kind of conduct considered unacceptable by the Administration of the Forums. The Moderating Team reserves the right to remove any post, thread or person violating these rules.
1. Profanity or vulgar images – This includes inappropriate words, inappropriate sexual references and other crude statements. Again, though this is not a children’s site, we do not wish to offend or ostracize any younger members or cause their parents to bar them from accessing the website. Knowingly posting obscene pictures is enough for an automatic ban.
2. Threatening, abusive or harassing comments – You are allowed to disagree with someone’s post or dislike someone’s film, but there is a line that must not be crossed. We encourage lively discussion, as well as debate in the appropriate forum, but we will not tolerate personal attacks. This includes “flame wars” (in other words, picking a fight).
3. Racist or homophobic comments – The Moderating Team will not tolerate any racial or homophobic slurs or insults. This includes remarks that may simply be intended as jokes; given how troublesome humor can be to detect on the Internet, we ask you to just refrain from any jokes containing racial or homophobic slurs.
4. Impersonating a member – Registering a username that can be easily mistaken for another member’s name (for example, Rol1in for Rollin) is not allowed. If it is simply a misunderstanding, you will have the opportunity to explain yourself, but be aware that your name will likely be changed to something more distinctive to avoid confusion in the forums. Impersonating a member to fool people in the Chat Room or in the forums will result in an automatic ban.
5. Advertising or marketing – We are a small community, and though we may all be interested in cell phones, we do not need to hear about this cool deal you set up to get five phones for $30. If you find a piece of hardware or software to aid your brickfilming efforts and wish to share it, we encourage you to do so. If you are working on software relevant to stop motion animation, we would be very glad to hear about it. But other than that, marketing your product around here is a waste of time and will likely be purged.
6. Failing to mark your films appropriately – We do not have any kind of rating system for brickfilms, and anyone is free to post their film in the Post and Review Forum, no matter the content. However, if your film contains material that may be seen as offensive (basically, anything that violates the above rules), please label it in bold at the top of your review thread. If a moderator adds a warning for you and you remove it, or you continuously forget to label obscene brickfilms, we can only assume that you are attempting to cause a disturbance, and the Moderating Team will administer an appropriate response.July 29, 2007 at 9:27 am #310814
The following lists conduct that, if violated, may not result in direct punishment, but if upheld will make the community a better place to visit and allow you a bit more leniency with the Moderating Team.
1. Act courteously to new members – If a new member (a newbie, as sometimes called) posts a question, please follow the motto of, “say something nice or say nothing at all.” Less-than-helpful posts may not be deleted, but will reflect poorly on you. Of course, attacking a newbie violates Rule 2 above and will result in action.
2. Do not type messages in ALL CAPS – This applies to both thread titles and posts. Using CAPS to highlight a word or two is a perfectly acceptable tactic of conveying a point, but entire messages in CAPS is an eyesore. The Moderating Team will likely edit your post to remove CAPS. Do not question them.
3. Communications between persons should remain in Private Message or e-Mail – Some of the forums are extremely busy, and the last thing we need is an entire thread for LegoDude2 to tell BrickMania5 that he’s almost done with his voice work. If you’re only trying to talk with one member, and you don’t think the discussion would be of interest to others, please PM or e-Mail the person.
4. Remain on-topic – Please remember what you’re posting and where. The discussion of a thread will evolve naturally, but please do not jump in a thread about creating a dolly and start talking about creamed corn (unless, somehow, creamed corn is part of your dolly design).
5. Advertising / Hyping your film – We all look forward to new brickfilms, but that is no reason to go around posting about your film in every thread that catches your eye. This will not only hurt others’ opinion of you, but is likely to hurt the reception of your film.July 29, 2007 at 9:27 am #310816
The Moderating Team
Our team of vigilant moderators includes:
In addition, the Brickfilms Chat (or Talky-Page) is moderated by the above users as well as:
These men and women have devoted their time to help maintain a sense of decency in this community, foregoing payment. We therefore ask that you treat them with respect and acknowledge that they are only human; don’t throw a fit if they do not respond to a PM or help you out immediately. They have lives just like you (should).
How You Can Help
As vigilant as our moderators are, it is unreasonable to assume that moderators will carefully read every post in the forums. That is where you can help.
If you see an infraction of the rules that has not been dealt with by a member of the Moderating Team, wait. If the problem still exists hours after the post was made, and you know some moderator has browsed the forums since then, please Private Message the moderator specified at the top of this page. Provide a link to the post in question. Please take this seriously; no one likes seeing their inbox filled with erroneous claims, and repeatedly PMing a moderator will likely only annoy them.
Of course, this is all relative. If you see something extremely offensive, something that will emotionally damage half of the user base, Private Message the moderator immediately. This should be reserved for something like an obscene picture.
The above applies to the chat as well. If a member is harassing others in the chat, the Moderating Team will need proof before taking action. Advise the others in the Chat Room to utilize the “Ignore” feature, and then please save a copy of the chat transcript. All you need to do is click “Copy to Clipboard,” copy the text, and save it to a .txt or .html file, or paste it into a Private Message for the Moderator. We would appreciate it if you could edit the transcript to only the relevant sections, but this is not required.July 29, 2007 at 9:27 am #310817
Queries Often Posed
The following are answers to some queries often posed by members.
Q: A Moderator locked my thread/deleted my post; can I complain?
A: If you are angered by a Moderator’s action, we are willing to hear your case. However, we will only take you seriously if you can prove that the Moderator did not act due to a violation of the above rules. Complaining when it is obvious that you are in the wrong will only hurt your reputation with the Moderating Team. But if you think your post is innocent, we are open to your argument.
Q: Can I change my username if I don’t like it any more?
A: Though we’re not fans of members changing their names, we are open to the prospect. You can submit name change requests by sending a Private Message to the user ‘Name Change’. This account will be checked every Friday. Note that we might deny your request. If you simply want a letter or word taken out (the Studios from Manllama Studios, for instance), we are likely to oblige; if you want a completely new name (from Manllama to BillyBee, for instance), we require a convincing explanation. We also ask that you place a notice in your Signature so that people know that you used to post under your former alias. Once your name has been changed, you must wait three months before submitting another request.
Basically, think of a name you like and stick with it.
Q: Can I become a Moderator?
Q: These rules suck.
A: That’s not a question. But if you mean to say that you believe these rules are unfair, unclear, or missing something vital, feel free to voice your opinion here. Please be serious and levelheaded. Erroneous comments made in this feedback thread will be deleted, to ensure that all legitimate claims are easily seen and addressed.