New Draft of the short rules

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New Draft of the short rules

Post by SSCBen » Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:42 am

I wrote these rules a few months ago, and would like to draft them now. My purpose was to make certain rules more clear and also describe certain problems in more detail. Nothing really new here, just what we've been going by. If no one has issues, these rules will be implemented as soon as possible. If issues arise, we'll edit the rules to fit what people want.


"Why the rules?" some have asked us. Here's the reason: established rules explain what's good and what's bad, and they keep the bad from happening many times. Every rule here has it's purpose - these rules are here to reduce the amount of forum trash we receive.

Purpose: Super Soaker Central is a website with an attached discussion forum to discuss all things related to water fights and water guns. Please do not join or participate in this message board if that is not your main concern or purpose. Our forum is not a place to promote your website or sell all of your water guns without contributing. Don't like these rules? Too bad - don't join then.

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Questions? Comments? Criticisms? Suggestions? I'm all ears... err... eyes.
Last edited by SSCBen on Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:34 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by Hunt_and_Annoy » Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:52 am

Sounds good; do you think you could list the SSN chat as another place to go for talking soakers?

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Post by SSCBen » Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:05 am

No, that list is exclusively for message boards. I'm sorry, but a chat won't be appearing there. There's plenty of forums as far as I am concerned.

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Post by Senital » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:22 am

now i will be more aware of the rules of this site
thank's for that ben i will take it to heart.

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Post by joannaardway » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:29 pm

Please people - if you've been directed at the rules, don't comment on them here - do it in whichever thread you were directed from.
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Post by Silence » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:47 pm

joannaardway wrote:Please people - if you've been directed at the rules, don't comment on them here - do it in whichever thread you were directed from.
Senital could have seen the link to this thread in Ben's recent announcement--in which case there would be no original thread to comment in. In fact, this might be helpful, because this extremely important thread was bumped in the process! I'd rather see acknowledgement of announcements than nothing.

EDIT: I guess somebody stickied this thread, which is also a good idea.