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  • Started 2 years ago by lordnoble
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  1. lordnoble

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    The forums here on Pipes Magazine are dedicated to information of all facets of pipe smoking, pipe tobacco and their accessories. We enjoy a varied and lively group of members who range from brand-new pipe smokers to grizzled veterans of the hobby. As varied as our membership is, our forum is also one of the most helpful for anyone with questions about the hobby. In fact, we LOVE questions. That's the culture we've set up here. A helping, learning culture which not only promotes the hobby, but expands and enhances it.

    I'd like to lay down some guidelines (I'll refrain from calling them rules because while rules are sometimes necessary, we try not to have too many of them.) for all the membership to take heed of and so that there is no confusion.

    Failing to follow these guidelines will result in a warning. If we have to give you a warning for the same offense more than once, you risk losing your membership and access to the site.

    We will not tolerate discouraging any member from asking any questions that pertains to the subject of the site. It doesn't matter if the question has been answered a million times before, it will still be treated as if we've never seen it. One thing I find helpful, as a "grizzled veteran", is linking to old threads that have bearing on the question being asked. You can never have too much information. If you don't like reading the same question over and over again, don't post in the thread. Hell, don't even read it.

    We will not tolerate rudeness. Obviously, with a membership as varied as ours, it's ridiculous to think that every one will always get along. If you feel that you have been treated rudely, please refrain from falling into it as well. Seek the help of the Moderator team. We Mods are happy to take care of situations like this and ultimately, it's our job.

    We will not tolerate flaming. As above, if you feel you are the subject of an inflammatory post, please bring in a Moderator to handle the situation. Again, it's what we're here for.

    We will not tolerate any discrimination of any kind. We welcome everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation, disabilities, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (as long as you are 18 or older) socioeconomic status, or preference of the type of pipe they choose to smoke (except glass and hookahs, those are OK to discriminate against). This is a no-brainer, really. We live in the 21st Century. Accepting others for who and what they are is pretty basic whether you agree with their preferences or not. Obviously, we're all here because we have an affinity for pipes. Let's keep that in mind when we converse with others.

    On a similar note, we ask that swearing be kept to a minimum and that obscenity/pornography be kept in check as well. Obviously, a four-letter word once in a while or a "dirty" joke in the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) Joke Thread are exceptions, but please don't bring your "colorful metaphors" out to play too often. To assist with this, the forum has a series of perfectly good emoticons available to show a wealth of different feelings.

    I shouldn't have to put these up but I have. If you don't agree with these, feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to explain why they are here. If you don't want to do that, don't let the door hit you on the way out. If you take this course, however, don't make an "I'm Leaving" thread to tell everyone why you're going. We don't need to know, and honestly, I'll just delete it anyway.

    -Jason

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    Jason, excellent post. Thanks for taking the time to spell out the culture of the site. I know for myself that I was welcomed with open arms and it really made it a pleasure to become a member and to stay a member.

    Harris
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    now your signature states that,

    The preceding statement is not to be construed as fact, but merely conjecture.

    so is this one fact?

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    Thanks Jason.

    Unfortunately, too many see a long thread like this and pass on reading it simply because it's a long read.

    I do hope everyone does read your post and takes it to heart.

    If someone posts anything within the confines of the very clear rules here, the choice is clear both for the OP and anyone who is considering a reply in that thread, both as to whether the original post is appropriate as well as whether one';s comment to that post is aligned with the established rules.

    I was pleased to read your comments regarding foul language and obscene posts. Look, I was in the military for a long time and actually used some quite colorful language myself. But I don't believe any such language in a forum such as this is appropriate and I do take offense to anyone using it.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I have to say that this is the most friendliest and helpful sites that I have ever had the honor to post on. I have never had a problem posting any questions that I may have had and received the most helpful of advice in response from the awesome members (all of you).
    I am sure that the recent post leading to this post was just a blown up misunderstanding and the parties involved will come together with helpful advise for one another reestablishing the camaraderie of the site.
    And I am glad that I will still have the opportunity to drop the occasional F bomb.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    That's why Jason got penalized by being made a moderator. He's good at it.

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    Excellent post, I'm glad the mod team is very active on this site.

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    Shucks. I try to be good at it but I can only be as good as my mentor. Thanks, Lawrence!

    -Jason

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    I'm thankful others posted first. I read this a few hours back and wanted to respond with some foul language and a big WTF?!?!? I am so glad I did not.

    On a serious note, the job of a moderator is never done, thanks to you and the others for your dogged pursuit of excellence!

    Okay, that comes off as maybe being a bit over the top as well. Sigh, I cannot win...

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    -C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)
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    Thanks for putting the extra coat of wax on my car, Brewshooter. You can stay on the site for the rest of the month.

    -Jason

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    Read and agree completely.

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    I'm glad this got posted some of the issues you mentioned were just getting tiresome. Also the language is a strange one I cuss all the time outside the forum but for some reason it never felt appropriate or necessary to type it out in my thoughts or comments here. Thanks Jason!

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    %$#@&*%$#$%@!^&, but I mean that in a nice way.Thanks.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    You can stay on the site for the rest of the month.

    This must be my lucky day...NAY, MONTH!!!!!

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    Thanks Jason!

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    Proud member of the Blackblood Society.
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    Like you said… you shouldn’t have to, but I’m glad you did!

    Thanks Jason…

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Well said Jason.
    And the first post wasn't bad either.


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    Sounds like perfectly reasonable guidelines that we all can follow. I've seen forums go bad to the point of being shut down and in the end everyone looses. I really enjoy this place and the people on here. I hope it sticks around for a long time!

    Mike
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    Thanks Jason. That was well said and you're right, you shouldn't have to say it but it was needed.

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    Yeah thanks it is nice to be on a site with polite but effective mods. Everybody remember to take care of the mods too, you know what I mean!

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    I'm really surprised anyone stayed with it long enough to read the whole thing! It was quite long, but I think everything needed to be said.

    -Jason

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    Spellbinding.

    “There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I'd finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn't feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.”
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    Couldn't agree more sir

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    I don't think this will be ever be a perfect forum, but its number 1 on my list.
    You can try, but you can't please everyone!

    Posted 2 years ago #

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