A few months back we ENT Mods put up a couple of announcements in the forum about our philosophy toward bashing, gushing, and fighting in the ENT forum. The four of us decided that it would be a good idea to remind everyone of this philosophy so the below text is being reposted from the earlier threads. Note, this thread is a reminder notice (and will be pinned to the top of the forum). We just want to make sure everyone is clear on the expectations for participation and discussion in here. Thanks. ****** Announcement #1 ****** Ladies and Gentleman, the Enterprise Forum is for the discussion of the show, and all opinions are welcome. Those that love the show, those that hate it, and all of us in between. No opinions are privileged above others, all are welcome. To make everyone welcome, everyone is required to treat everyone else with respect. Lately, we the Moderators have noticed a decline in the level of respect people are paying each other. There have been many complaints from members about the tone and conduct of some participants of this forum. Unfortunately, some people don't feel comfortable coming here. Whether they have something positive or negative to say, they think they'll be sniped at, or trolled, or flamed. The whole purpose of the BBS is to provide a place where people can come and have some fun. When people can't have fun, there's a problem. In order to facilitate a forum fun for everyone, we've decided to take a harder line with flaming and trolling. In the past we've tried to calm threads with "friendly reminders" and other unofficial remedies. Unfortunately, this has not improved the tone of the forum. Therefore, we will not give as much lattitude in the future as we have been. Neither the so-called "bashers" nor "gushers" will be singled out, there's enough guilt to go around. It's not our intention to turn this forum into a police state or anything like that. But we will need to ask everyone to adhere to the Board Rules they agreed to support when they became members. This means that the sniping matches that have become a problem will no longer be tolerated. The "Basher vs. Gusher" war is over. If you'd like to discuss this action, please do so in the Moderator Actions Forum. ****** Announcement #2 ****** The Difference Between Criticism and Gushing/Bashing Gushing (in this forum) will be defined as unrelenting love of the TV series, Enterprise, and attacking any person who offers a complaint about the show. Bashing, conversely, is unmitigated dislike of the show and attacking any person who offers a favorable opinion.. Criticism, however, is commentary about any aspect of the show, positive or negative, without attacking the taste, intelligence, sanity, etc of those holding differing beliefs. You can criticize, pro or con, any story line, actor, writer, producer, set designer, set security officer or studio janitor as long as you do so civilly and with some justification. Life in this forum has become very strained of late because of extremists on both poles engaging in personal assault against people holding opposing views. In our desire to remain in the background as much as possible, we Moderators have permitted this to get out of hand. Going forward, we will be taking a more activist position in reining in the personal invective. Since warnings are our only tool, it is what you will see. If you enjoy Enterprise tremendously, you are welcome here. If you dislike Enterprise, either compared to other Trek series, or in and of itself, you are equally welcome here. If your purpose is to belittle, demean, or otherwise attack people of different opinions, you are not welcome here and will be dealt with accordingly. If a handful of overt antagonists feel unwelcome and choose to leave the forum, or TrekBBS as a whole, it will be no loss to the rest of us. Thank you. Signed: T'Bonz, Top41, PreHensile and where'sSaavik?