Background: We've gone through various stages of globalization of rules on NF. Giving every section mod sovereignty has historically caused problems. Trying to hybrid solutions of parent forums having consider rules within them was tried and failed. These reasons and recent issues have caused globalization to be the direction we plan on going. The following are tentative plans for new global rules: What is being proposed: We've have begun pushing for global modding. The intent is to reduce controversy and establish a consistent protocol in how rules are enforced, regardless of section. This streamlines the process of reacting to reports and complaints and takes a lot of personal proclivities out of the equation. Goals: Exceptions Exceptions to these rules should internal justification, not random ad hoc adjustments. For example, sexually explicit content isn't allowed in any public area. Bathhouse is an exception by merit of being a private section, rather than being an arbitrary exceptions. Off-topic controversial issues aren't allowed. Cafe is an exception by merit of controversy conceivable being on topic. Consistency over dependence on preferences of current moderator: Rules should exist in such a way that global staff needn't feel excess differences in how to handle issues in other sections. Although some subjectivity is needed, rules should be precise enough that the mod in power doesn't radically alter how rules are enforced in a section. The Cafe has received numerous complaints over not cracking down on trolling, followed by allegedly breaking rules with occasional baiting. A few months ago the Readers Corner received a complaint for not banning/warning a user for insulting them. Before this there had been drama in the CB related to staff being too strict, or not strict at all. These controversies are symptoms, most would agree, of a problem of confusion and inconsistency with respect to how rules are enforced. Users often get mixed messages on what is and isn't okay. Proper modding of baiting/flaming/trolling: The Cafe is currently having issues with qualifies as baiting. Some would prefer that any opinion may be expressed, others would prefer action to be taken against users who use "political opinion" as a shield for expressing bigoted opinions. A majority of the staff is pushing towards this school of thought: Off topic racism/sexism/etc will always be disallowed. Whether or not it's derailing an NA thread about Ameratsu with "Sarada won't get MS since women are inferior" or it's derailing a Cafe thread about mail scams with "they feel for it because women are inferior", it's the same issue. If it's not germane, it's spam. If it's not germane and it's intentionally inflammatory, it's bait and measures need to be taken against it regardless of how they disguise it. The only exception that the Cafe should get here is that sexism/racism could potentially be on-topic. (See "Exceptions") In that event, however, the rules need to be made in a such a way that they are clear, not purely subjective and have clear guidelines for the moderators to follow about what shouldn't be allowed. This thread: This is an open invitation to give feedback and suggest changes to the rules. Please not that this thread is not a complaint thread or an opportunity to share individual greivances so much as to provide constructive advice towards fixing those issues. If you don't like that Mod X does/doesn't enforce flaming enough or that a member Y was banned or that troll Z wasn't, either address that issue in another thread or provide suggestions on rules that would make your desired outcome come about. This is not the place to ask us to remove Mod X, free member Y or ban troll Z, but a broader focus. If you want to chuckle and make commentary on the happenings of the thread, please do so in your convo thread of choose, rather than here. I would prefer to not have to read through counter productive posts, so violators will be promptly removed from the thread.