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I'm with you on the language....I can cuss as good or better (should I say worse? LOL) than many men....and I try to refrain from showing that 'talent' on public forums!!!!! :~) I really enjoy this forum and look forward to its continuing success and engaging topics. Hear, hear!!!
  • Please note the section about quoting below Many of us do not understand how a successful discussion forum functions, so here are some guidelines to help. Most importantly - This site has a worldwide audience and many points will get lost in translation so - be patient and understanding Since this is a Molosser and Rare Breed Dogs Discussion Forum let us start with a few definitions: Discussion: dis'cus'sion 1. An act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., esp. to explore solutions; informal debate. 2. An extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic. 3. An exchange of views on some topic. Forum: for'É™m, fōr'-) n. pl. forums also fora (for'É™, fōr'É™) The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business. 1. A public meeting place for open discussion. 2. A medium for open discussion or voicing of ideas, such as a newspaper, a radio or television program, or a website. 3. A public meeting or presentation involving a discussion usually among experts and often including audience participation. Molosserdogs.com is ... - NOT a place to relentlessly spam with self-indulgent repetitive topics about the whose dog is better than whose. - NOT a place that employs psychics who can answer intricate questions such as "Why does my dog lick his balls? - NOT a place where you discuss or present morally and otherwise offensive material. Take it to Something Awful and laugh it up with the others. - NOT a place where discussion involves name-calling and/or harassment of other users you are free to disagree with anyone, just do so in a polite and civil manner - NOT a place to advertise your stuff For Sale. You might be surprised to know this, but there is already a Classifieds section on The Breeders Directory where you can list your dogs, pups and other items for sale. You can announce litters but do not put prices etc. on this forum. Posting them in the forums will most likely result in your thread getting flamed, and thus causes headaches all around. Save the wear and tear on your stomach from excessive Tylenol or alcohol usage and just post them in www.thebreedersdirectory.com. [color=red]To make this even easier I will provide examples of good and bad discussion topics[/color] - non-self-indulgent topics ARE GOOD these give room for everyone to discuss equally - topics that ask opinions on personal issues ARE BAD please understand that no matter how much you try to explain what is going on, we do not know you or your situation well enough to give you any beneficial advice. Talk to friends and family instead. Also please be considerate of us who come here to have fun - solving your problems is not what most consider fun. - unique topics ARE GOOD the alpha-topic; the one that starts interesting new discussions that can be brought back after the interest in the topic ceases - repetitive, unoriginal and blatantly rude topics ARE BAD as stated in the original forum rules, these clutter the forum and lead to emotionally charged arguments and will not be tolerated - the occasional comical topic IS GOOD a topic filled with humor and farce that gives everyone a good laugh Quoting 1.You DO NOT need to quote the entire initial post with your response. More importantly, you DO NOT need to quote it on the 1st page. Everyone knows what you are referring and responding to. 1a. If you are replying to the last post in the forum there is no need to quote it. We know that is what you are responding to. 2. You CAN edit your quotes. If there is only one point that stands out and is the basis of your response, you can just quote that point by simply deleting the rest of the post. Just don't mess up the QUOTE tags. 3. You DO NOT need to quote pictures and/or other media files. If you are responding to a picture, there is no need to quote the picture again and again. A simple reference is all that is needed. 4. Multiple quotes. When quoting someone who quoted another person, please try to limit it to a 2nd generation quote. Meaning...only 2 different quotes. More than that, and it all gets bunched up and is not that reader friendly. It's not anyone's fault, but rather just how the quote function and the formatting of the forums work. 5. The "[t]" tag problem. Realize when you are editing multiple quotes you need to make sure that all the [t] and [/t] tags are all accounted for. They need to be closed off just like any other html or BBcode tag. If you have one floating in your quote it will mess up the structure of the forum. Please try and be careful of this. *Please realize this is only to help, and make things more reader friendly for everyone. [size=6]Found on myspace.com forum and modified for Molosserdogs and molossertalk.[/size] [url=http://molosserdogs.com/content3301.html]Read the Terms of Service[/url]
    • What I expect form Administrators and Moderators. Being and Administrator on this website is a very special position of trust that is only bestowed on a few members who are personally known to me and have a global view of the website. The Admins on MD generally act on my behalf to maintain the website and ensure that members maintain an acceptable level of decorum. The one thing that I do not want to see is an administrator getting into a name-calling or insulting shouting match with another member. At all times the administrators’ behavior must convey maturity, fairness, and sound judgment while on this site. Admins MUST refrain from monosyllabic or insulting comments, insulting smileys, and flames. Super Administrators have global moderation rights on all forums. Moderators are members who are given permission to supervise particular forums. Moderators are expected to encourage discussion by posting starter topics to get things moving and to act as a source of knowledge on the particular topics that they moderate. Any member can apply to be a moderator by contacting gsicard via Private Message. Please give a very brief description of why you want to be a moderator, the topic you want to moderate and a general explanation of your level of knowledge of the topic. Once assigned as a moderator – your name on the online block will have the word staff beside it. That’s all for now!
      • So - recently I have noticed a trend to foul language and other uncharaceteristic behavior of our members. For now, I just blame it on the weather (hot) and let it go. However, please refrain from name calling and other unproductive chatter on the forums. Lets keep it clean and argue on the merits of a post and not on the namecalling and profane words available outside the filter. :) What say you?
        • [quote1311546532=gsicard] So - recently I have noticed a trend to foul language and other uncharaceteristic behavior of our members. For now, I just blame it on the weather (hot) and let it go.[/quote1311546532] i have noticed it too, but i don´t blame it on the hot weather. i blame it on the person´s developmental delay, personal frustrations, being desperate because they/he lack arguments and having the feeling they cannot win a discussion depending on the person they discuss with (although winning isn´t what´s it all about) and on the fact that a certain person cannot hold his liquor well and is posting in a drunken state. [quote1311546532=gsicard] However, please refrain from name calling and other unproductive chatter on the forums. Lets keep it clean and argue on the merits of a post and not on the namecalling and profane words available outside the filter. :) What say you? [/quote1311546532] good idea, i agree with this part.
          • Yes, i agree with you, sorry if i have bothered you. Sorry, but i replied to one who provoked me.
            • No problem - we can get passionate obout our dogs and easily get frustrated with others. Thanks for posting and for your reply.
              • I'm with you on the language....I can cuss as good or better (should I say worse? LOL) than many men....and I try to refrain from showing that 'talent' on public forums!!!!! :~) I really enjoy this forum and look forward to its continuing success and engaging topics. Hear, hear!!!
                • I would also like to add, since there have been some new members lately, please introduce yourself. Stray comments from random "fly bys" have no context if we do not know where the person is coming from; so please, take the time to say hello and say a little about yourself. Introductions are always first in any culture. ;)
                  • Good point Betsie. I suggest that new members go to the introduction forum and post an intro that give us an idea of who you are. This helps in many ways but the most important is that we can better understand your frame of reference and can have discussions in a more civil way. Think about any social situation when you meet someone - firstly is an introduction. It established common ground that sets the foundation for amicable interchange of ideas or expression of your views. So, if you have not done so yet - please introduce yourself. Here is an example of a [url=http://molosserdogs.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?76802]good introduction[/url] but there are many more.
                    • I noticed on another website, (don't recall WHICH one), ANYWAY, it was mandatory that you introduce yourself BEFORE you're allowed to post. Don't know if this is doable but it might be something to look into.
                      • It is doable - but the system does not check the validity of the intro... so it is easily fooled.
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