Hi guys, we've noticed an uptick in people using the new discussions feature. We think that's great, but we've also that the feed is becoming bogged down with very similar posts. Ever day we log on and see people asking the same questions over and over and over and over...
We want the discussions to benefit from the same structure and rules as the wikia. Moving forward, we will be moderating the discussions much like the wiki. That means you should brush up on all the wiki rules and the rules already posted regarding the discussions.
However, we still want to keep the open nature of discussions. That means people posting fan art, or off-topic posts, will be allowed so long as they made the fan art themselves. The biggest change is actually going to be polls. From now on the following questions will NOT be allowed as polls, or normal posts:
Who would win in a fight?
Who is hotter?
Who is scarier?
Do you like X?
Should I post my OC?
Should I post my fanart?
Should I write a story?
What story should I write?
Who do you ship?
Literally anything to do with shippings or pairings.
This list is likely to be amended as time goes on, but the hope is that it will shoot down 90% of the low effort posts that are flooding the discussions feed. These rule changes are effective immediately as of this post. They will not be applied retroactively. Breaking the rules will result in a warning, breaking them again will result in a short ban. The ban will increase with each new infraction. Admins are encouraged to use their judgement, however, and the length of the initial ban and how quickly the length increases is largely up the admin in question. This will allow some flexibility so that the really nasty trolls can be dealt with immediately, while honest mistakes can be afforded some leniency.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here and I'll respond as best as I can. In the mean time, please take the time to visit the wikia and read some of the excellent stories we have there.