Rules and Guidelines

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  • FF Admin 3 years ago

    New Faraday Finder Users:

    Welcome to Faraday Finder!  For guidance and ediquette on the discussion board postings please READ THE RULES below and comply herein. And, if you need a reference to something regarding Faraday Finder in general, please check out the help FAQ Page or the About Us Page. For a general description, please view the following Admin preliminary rules manual. 

    What is Faraday Finder and how does it work?

    Faraday Finder is a website comprised of laboratories, events, projects and equipment across academic, public and governmental sources. These pages allow for posting of pictures, videos, individual FYI, FAQ, Publications, Patents, Publicity as well as managerial content in To Do lists, Announcements, and Files. Search Engines for all content pages are available through the search bar at the top of all pages and map data criteria for the searches is included. Ticketing for Events and Laboratory Donations are available. The website, as a whole, is operated by the 'Administrators', or 'Admins', who oversee the official business operations, including removing spam and determining and enforcing the rules of the website.


    The Official Faraday Finder FAQ Page goes into a much more in-depth explanation of Faraday Finder and any further questions that you may have.

    What is the Faraday Finder discussion board?

    The focus of this discussion board is to ask and answer questions that elicit thought-provoking discussions, as well as some lighter questions which will hopefully entertain and help you learn a little about your fellow members. Only self-posts are allowed, and we prefer your questions to focus on a topic other than yourself.

    If you wish to tell a story or seek advice pertaining to you or your scientific situation, please consider posting in the random sub-discussion first, if it might be more appropriate elsewhere. Additionally, if you're seeking feedback from a specific demographic or profession, search to see if a specific sub-discussion dedicated to that field is available. 


    Rules of the discussion board: The general rules of any sub-discussion can be found in this Rules discussion here. However, individual Rules for some sub-discussion boards may be apparent as the first submission. Please take note of them in every sub-discussion that you visit. Your content may be removed and/or you may be banned for violating any of the following rules and guidelines.

    The rules for Faraday Finder are as follows:

    -Rule 1-

    • 1. You must post a clear and direct question or description in the title. The title may contain one or two, short, necessary context sentences. 

    Tags for NSFW posts are not allowed under non-scientific criteria; however, scientific and academic NSFW tags are allowed. Introductory statements or claims, 'baiting' devices like 'Possibly NSFW', or non question-related information such as 'I'll start...' are a violation of this rule, and will result in the post being removed. You also need to have a question mark in your question.

    Spelling errors that change the meaning of the question will be removed.

    When citing context, make certain the post ends with the question itself.

    -Rule 2-

    • 2) Any post asking for advice should be generic and not specific to your situation alone.

    In the Faraday Finder Discussion Board, your title should always be about the question itself. If the question is focused on your personal story or is only relevant to your experience, it is not suitable for Faraday Finder. Crowdsourcing naming decisions, purchases, etc, is not appropriate. If you wish to receive advice on a specific topic, there are several options listed in the sidebar.

    -Rule 3-

    • 3) Faraday Finder Questions sub-discussion is for open-ended discussion questions. Questions with definite answers, that can be researched elsewhere, provide a limited scope for discussion (yes/no, DAE, polls and surveys, etc.), or limit discussion are not appropriate.

    We are not a replacement for google. We are here to engage in constructive and entertaining discussion. Posts that do not promote such qualities may be removed. Either/or, "would you rather", or A/B posts also constitute as polls. Also prohibited are posts seeking to compile NSFW-links (as top-level comments). Such posts are not conducive to active discussion, and there are other sub-discussions where they would be more appreciated.

    Threads which require answers be based on usernames are not allowed. These threads are generally nonconducive to the discussion. The same applies to threads which add a length requirement (either over X number of characters/words/etc. or under) because they hinder discussion and limit answers.

    Threads in which many of the responses are the same discourage discussion and will be removed.

    Threads in which the first commenter is required to give one answer and the second commenter needs to add on in some way or argue the opposite point are not allowed, because they tend to limit discussion by requiring what child comments can say.

    -Rule 4-

    • 4) The Faraday Finder Discussion Board, in general, is not your soapbox, personal army, or advertising platform. Posts attempting to promote a specific agenda of yours or anyone else, to gain publicity, promote a cause or charity drive, or to publicly shame a person or entity will be removed. Rhetorical and loaded questions will also be removed. Posts asking users to shame or call out specific people or groups of people will be removed because they lead to witch-hunting rather than discussion.

    This isn't a place to recruit members for a cause, highlight an individual or entity for positive or negative publicity, or toot your own horn. Also, do not make posts or edits asking for upvotes or downvotes. Attempting to gain support for a movement, rig a contest, or form a vote brigade on Faraday Finder will result in immediate post removal. We're not here to do your bidding.

    -Rule 5--

    • 5) Soliciting money, goods, services, or favors are not allowed in general sub-discussions. They will be removed.

    Gaining publicity for a charity drive, assistance with a homework or work assignment, or asking other members to provide you with a good or service, including laboratory donations, is not conducive to discussion. Subdiscussions exist, such as the random sub-discussion made for just such a thing. Doing this, even as a joke, can result in a ban.

    -Rule 6-

    • 6) Admins reserve the right to remove content or restrict users' posting privileges as necessary if it is deemed detrimental to the sub-discussion or to the experience of others. All users are expected to be respectful to other users at all times. Personal attacks or comments that insult or demean a specific user or group of users will be removed and regular or egregious violations will result in bans.

    Slur use is not allowed in the Faraday Finder Discussion Board. Exceptions may be made when they are part of a quote, but this is a friendly sub-discussion and using slurs when talking to others will not be tolerated.

    Do not make bigoted jokes. You are allowed to post your opinions to Faraday Finder Discussion Boards, but please do so in a respectful manner. We expect most users will use common sense to determine what goes too far, but admins have ultimate discretion to remove comments and ban users for breaking this rule. Blatant statements of bigotry, with no added context, will be removed - e.g. "I hate black people" or "Gay people suck".

    Please be aware that this is a site on the internet that hosts anonymous users. Thick skin is required. That said, don't be abusive or harass other users. If it is deemed that your conduct is detrimental to the experience of other users, your posting privileges will be revoked. Comments and posts mentioning subdiscussions and websites deemed to be harmful, because of demeaning content, spam, etc., will be filtered. Unmarked NSFW links, unmarked spoilers, misleading links, spam, and the likes will also be removed. Editing comments and posts to mislead and/or advertising will result in removal of the post/comment.

    Shotgunning is defined as making low effort replies to top-level comments in high frequency, in a way that piggybacks on popular comments in an effort to grab easy karma.  Frequently making top-level comments that are extremely low-effort is considered overly annoying, and those comments may be removed. Admin actions in response to these posts are generally reserved for users taking low effort comments to an extreme. Users with a majority of low effort comments that add little to the conversation (usually meaning jokes) may be banned but final judgment is up to the Admins. Users who appear to make a genuine effort to add to discussions will likely be treated more leniently than people who are more clearly shotgunning intentionally.

    Posts which are considered to bait users into breaking rules (such as asking for racist jokes or controversial opinions) will be removed.

    Bans may be issued to users who disregard this rule.

    -Rule 7-

    • 7) Comment replies consisting solely of images will be removed. ASCII images over one line are also not allowed. You may post single line emoticons (ಠ◡ಠ, ʘ‿ʘ, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , etc.), but large ASCII images and vertical text do not add value to the discussion and will be treated as spam.

    Child comments (comment replies to other comments), that consist only of a link to an image/video will be removed. Links as part of a larger sentence giving context will still be permitted. For example,


    [random sentence made a link](http://www.example.gif)





    Will be removed, but a comment like this:


    Here is an example of a comment containing a [link](


    will still be permitted. This is to prevent long chains of pictures, videos, or gifs that derail and detract from the conversation more than they contribute or progress it. The Faraday Finder Discussion Board is a self-post only community focusing on discussion, and such comment replies only serve to derail the conversation and are often 'spam' in nature.

    If you think your post has disappeared, see spam or an inappropriate post, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Admins, we're happy to help.

    The community works much better when everyone works together to keep the place running as smooth as possible.