Provisional Rules of #ThinkingCafe
Provisional Rules are rules voted on by the majority of aops voting, as opposed to the Constitutional rules which this channel was founded upon and which are harder to change. When a provisional rule is mostly a more specific interpretation of a Constitutional rule, that Constitutional rule will also appear but in red. If you are unclear on whether or not you can do something, simply ask an aop. If you have a complaint, please read our page regarding the Grievance Procedure.
The purpose of this channel is and always shall be to create a pleasant and civil forum for debate, discussion, or social chat, free from hostility, insults, harassment, and deliberate disruption. Friendly teasing is okay, as long as no one is getting upset.
We shall not engage in viewpoint discrimination, but neither will we tolerate speech or behavior that violates any other Constitutional rule.
- Aops will have the discretion to interpret the rules broadly enough to
prevent disruption, abuse, or anything else that would ruin the enjoyment of
the channel for either the ops or our well-behaved guests.
- No yelling/typing entirely in all caps.
- No colors.
- No clones or bots
- No cgi scripts allowed because they are usually used by people to evade bans and disrupt channels.
- No flooding. Ask permission before cut and pasting more than one paragraph
- No drive-by spamming. Ops and regular visitors may post their own urls or
mention other channels in the course of conversation.
- No disrupting the channel to argue over a specific kick, but aops must
point the visitor to an explanation of the Grievance Procedure (either by
posting the url to our channel webpage, or by way of script).
- Aops may not argue about channel business in open channel. Violations may
result in action by the disciplinary committee.
We will not allow any speech or behavior that would be considered antisocial, uncivil, discourteous, or juvenile were it to be conducted offline during a meeting in a public, upscale restaurant. (Ex. No dead baby jokes, or surprise urls posted just to gross people out.) This channel is only for people who already know how to behave in public. 3a. Exceptions can be made for some degree of “foul” language, to be determined by the Provisional rules.
- For non-obvious infractions (of any rule), aops must give one warning before kicking.
We will make everyone welcome regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, religion or atheism, or sexual orientation. Therefore, no harassment or insults against groups of people based upon these factors are allowed, although criticism and debate of religion itself, including beliefs and practices, is still allowed.
- No nukes, Trojan site urls, crash site urls, or gross-out urls.
- No promoting violent crimes or crimes against children. This does not rule
out discussion of those topics as long as no one is promoting or advocating
these things. Aops should ask for clarification if someone's statements are
Since we do not tolerate any behavior that would not be tolerated offline, we will not tolerate persistent harassing or threatening behavior in private messages. This channel is to be a refuge from people that would do such things. AOps must also be aware of the possibility of false or incorrect claims. If AOps are uncertain of the facts, we ask that visitors please use /ignore but feel free to let us know what’s happening in case others later complain about the same person.
- We do not temp op
anyone unless they are being
considered for AOp status, whether or
not they are being considered for such
status is determined by a
majority vote of the ops voting on the
issue, and we tell temp ops
not to op anyone else. We can make
some exceptions for emergency
situations such as bad netsplits or
the channel being otherwise
opless. To be considered for AOp status, you must pass a 6-week probationary period as a temp op.
- If the Founder is present when a
permanent op sets a
ban that the Founder objects to, the
Founder should privately ask
the op to remove the ban. If the op
refuses to remove the ban, the
Founder may only (immediately) undo
the ban if the Founder thinks
the ban was abusive and not just a bad
judgment call. In either
case, any refusal to remove a ban
should be discussed on the
- Aops and Sops should not de-op other permanent ops except in cases of
blatant, abusive behavior (and not just a bad judgment call). Even in these
cases, an onotice or private discussion must be attempted first.