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Aussie Stock Forums code of conduct

Discussion in 'Announcements and Site News' started by Joe Blow, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow Administrator

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    When I started these forums I imagined that all members would be capable of acting in a mature fashion and would take advantage of the diverse, intelligent group of people that we have here. I imagined that adults would be capable of acting like adults.

    Obviously I was wrong. As a result of recent events I have decided to compile an Aussie Stock Forums code of conduct which will be applied to all members equally. I'm tired of my role as administrator being politicised. I'm not here to take sides, I'm here to enforce the rules of the forum and make this a pleasant place to be for everyone.

    As it has always been my intention to create a stock market forum that served the needs of it's members, I'm inviting everyone to make suggestions for the code of conduct.

    Tell me what sort of forums YOU want.

    I'm all ears!
     
  2. money tree

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    Hi Joe

    I know its tough. I have managed a similar forum for 6 years, and you cant please everyone, and its a thankless labour intensive job that nobody seems to comprehend or appreciate.

    Dont think for a minute that I dont appreciate what you have done, or the effort and time you put in, I do. But sadly I cannot respect your methods. You simply do not stick to a set of rules, naming treating offenders equally. here you are now, trying to tell us that is about to change. I dont believe you. tech/a just called me a wanker and you didnt do a bloody thing about it. I am not the first person to complain about preferential treatment.

    I have never fired insults like tech/a has (wanker, fool, idiot etc), nor have I made baseless claims like he has. yet somehow, I am made out to be the enemy here. All I have done is stand up for myself, which YOU failed to do. tech/a even admitted he was in the wrong.

    We need a set of rules, and more than one person to judge offenders.
     
  3. chicken

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    NO swaering,stick to the facts,and treat everyone as you would like to be treated...I am sure if I have annything to say...I dont have to call a person by a swear word....BAD language should not be tolerated... :2twocents
     
  4. money tree

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    hi chicken

    I think there is already a filter on swear words, and we havent seen much of it anyway. people like tech/a have used phrases like "pierce off" which offend me. there should be zero tolerance in this regard.

    1. no swearing, implied or otherwise

    2. no flaming. this means no insults of ANY kind, implied or otherwise. This includes refering to someone as "unsuccesful" or "the idiots" or "happy now precious" and especially direct insults such as "wanker"

    more rules:?

    also, the more posts someone has the higher the example they should set. they should know better. just because you think you are senior doesnt mean you are above the law.
     
  5. RichKid

    RichKid PlanYourTrade > TradeYourPlan

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    Yes I agree that swearing or thinly disguised variations of it should not be allowed. And yes I am aware that Tech has used unpardonable language in the past but I thought he'd taken things on board until some recent posters flared things up again; but I'm sure we don't expect him to remain silent when provoked- but abuse is still abuse.

    Basically once the code is written up it should be applied unapologetically to all. If anyone has a complaint perhaps you can refer the post to a moderator or perhaps we can have a sticky 'complaints' thread tucked away in the control panel or somewhere else? Not sure if that'll work but it'll ensure things don't slip by.

    Also, sticking to thread is of paramount important- so if someone starts getting personal (playing the man not the ball) it is no longer on thread and that is a no no ; ) Perhaps if people want to have a biff at each other they can do it via private msgs (or preferably on hotcopper). Or we could have a 'biffo' thread where people beat each other up... but that would be silly so I'll ditch it.

    Also there should be no one asking blatantly for financial advice, perhaps a new member orientation page would help as some newcomers describe their portfolio and then ask for specific advice, often without searching the forums first or realising that the forums are put in jeopardy by such questions.
     
  6. money tree

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    a brief history of tech/a vs the "evil-doers":

    1. tech/a repeatedly posts with highlights and bold
    2. crashy asks tech/a politely to cease
    3. tech/a responds with foul language, insults, baseless claims, ego and arrogance. he insists that he can do whatever he likes because he has a track record we should all worship
    4. crashy receives no support from other members, nor the moderator, so he takes matters into his own hands, deciding to knock tech/a down a peg or two
    5. see step 3
    6. crashy receives no support from other members, nor the moderator, and leaves the forum in disgust
    7. tech/a responds by admitting he was arrogant and over the top with highlights/bold, but does not apologise
    8. new member tulip reads the injustice, and decides to act
    9. new member money tree lays low
    10. tulip exposes tech/a's system as not as successful as he claimed, but uses insults and accusations
    11. Joe blow repremands tulip, but not tech/a
    12. money tree exposes tech/a's track record as not as successful as he claimed, but without insults or accusations
    13. tech/a loses the plot because he suddenly doesnt have a track record to support his attitude, so he restarts with the insults, foul language, arrogance and "dick measuring"
    14. Joe blow loses the plot
    15. here we are
     
  7. RichKid

    RichKid PlanYourTrade > TradeYourPlan

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    Maybe you guys should have a thread to yourself for comic relief. We others can pop in from time to time to see how silly it is getting.

    These are the Aussie 'Stock' Forums, we should be discussing stocks and systems not the people. Tulips questions about Tech's system were fine but then he had to get personal rather than technical about the system and Tech didn't hold back either so now this has got worse. This has got to stop, it's just silly moneytree. I do agree about Crashy, he didn't get much support when he was called names, I hope he comes back, I'm sure he'll appreciate you going in to bat for him. I for one did enjoy Crashy's posts (even the complex ones about derivatives) and I liked his general online demeanour.

    Money tree, you do have a sense of humour but does it have to be at the expense of others? You may be exposing yourself to the same sort of criticism that techA is being subject to, he did put some effort into acclimatizing to ASF once the issue was raised. Let's just tone it down a bit, we're not far from having a really great forum.
     
  8. tulip

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    hey Joe Blow, it's your forum you decide.

    Here's a scenario though. Joe Blow, you meet someone at a gathering who has an interest in the market as you do (lets call him Jack), and start a discussion. Now Jack comes across as knowledgeable but quite unpleasant and arrogant. Your discussion has quickly turned into a tutorial, and Jack's manner is extremely condescending toward you. He is dismissive of your thoughts and ideas. Jack is loud and intimidating and everyone at the gathering now notices that you are on the receiving end of ridicule, loud and boorish behaviour. Now there are some at the gathering who realise that this behaviour is a reflection of how Jack sees himself in life, so they tolerate him. Others?

    How would you go Joe Blow?
     
  9. Joe Blow

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    If you don't like someone's manner then ignore them. There is even an ignore list in your UserCP options to make it easy.

    There is simply no excuse for provocation or personal insults.

    I have not seen anything to suggest that tech/a has openly attacked anyone without being provoked first. He has been called "egotistical" and "arrogant", "a big girl" and "the pied piper". And then there was your remark which I won't repeat.

    Hopefully once I've posted the code of conduct people will know what it expected of them... and then there will be no excuses.
     
  10. dutchie

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    Hi Joe

    You are in a hard place in the middle of what I would call petty "squabbling" that does no one involved credit.

    I have only been a member for a short time and have enjoyed reading the posts (as well as being educated).

    This is a great site and I personally would hate to see it degenerate into a forum where people slang off at each other for some percieved injustice etc.

    I agree with you and others that you must make up a set of rules that everyone has to abide by, irrespective of their seniority, and if people wish to fluant these rules then they are banned from the site (maybe one or two warnings first - depending upon the offense)

    Also it would be a good idea, as mentioned previously, if new members were directed to these rules before they were permitted to post.

    I think that it would be necessary to write up the rules and specify a date that they became enforcable so that everyone knew where they stood.

    I for one would be happy if you made up the rules and that was that!

    Good luck

    PS I would be happy to assist in any way.
     
  11. tulip

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    I absolutely and unreservedly apologise to tech/a for suggesting he has a little d..k!

    What was I thinking at the time?

    I also apologise to all whom I have offended on this forum for the use of the word d..k and the insensitive manner in which it was presented.

    Joe Blow said of my suggestion “And then there was your remark which I won’t repeat” The emotion in his comment would suggest Joe was blushing as he was typing. So on a personal level Joe, please accept my humblest of apologies for putting you through such an embarrassing ordeal.
     
  12. Joe Blow

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    Tulip,

    Your sarcasm has been noted.

    Tell me, are you here to talk about the stock market or is it your intention just to be a troll?
     
  13. Porper

    Porper Ralph Nelson Elliott

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    I think you need to get tougher Joe, all the posters on here used to be worth listening to, now the forum is growing it is inevitable that we are getting some idiots/timewasters. Nobody other than the people who are involved give a damn about who said what or who did what, they need to grow up and get a life, or of course go to Hotcopper were 90 % of all posts are similar to the ones we have started getting on here.

    If it means banning or giving final warnings to people, senior posters included then I am all for it.I think it all needs nipping in the bud or it will get totally out of control.
     
  14. money tree

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    Well thats interesting. So its ok to attack someone with insults like "wanker" so long as they confront you in a mature professional manner, such as "do you have to be so arrogant?". Joe, I see your defence of my attacker as an insult from you.

    So I guess your management skills are limited to "ok who threw the first punch" instead of "break this fight up NOW, both of you are in trouble"

    I gotta say, thats no way to run a forum. You are pretty much asking for fights to keep going. In my opinion things have spiralled out of control because you let tech/a get away with murder.

    Lets see if tech/a is as big a man as the bank account he shoves in our face. I would fall over backwards if he ever apologised. Thanks to tulip for leading the way.

    personally I have not gotten personal with tech/a so I dont see any reason to apologise. If anyone feels I need to apologise for anything, say the word.

    Also tech/a and forum members, you might like to ask yourself a serious question:

    why is it that the only two members here with formal finance qualifications are the only two people with tech/a in their sights? perhaps they see something the rest of us with less experience dont?

    ps. I dont see tulips last comment as sarcasm, more tounge in cheek. His apology to tech/a was believeable and that last comment was simply intended as a "did we all have to take everything so seriously?"

    I am sure tulip has more to offer this forum than anyone. The question is, will he?
     
  15. Joe Blow

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    You can see it however you like. Do I think you provoked tech/a? Yes. Do I think he responded in the best, most appropriate way? No. So what did you do? You raised the ante and kept baiting him. Are you telling me that you are incapable of seeing how you were perpetuating a cycle of petty provocation and name calling?

    You did get personal. You accused him of having multiple usernames. You called him 'arrogant' and 'egotistical'. You accused him of having a 'selfish agenda' for posting here and called him a 'big girl', amongst other things. So don't say that you didn't make it personal.

    As for apologies, I don't remember asking you to apologise. In fact, I don't remember even giving you a warning, even though you provoked tech/a and participated in the name calling. Why? Because I had given tech/a the same leeway because he had been baited. I was hoping you two would take the mature option and sort things out amongst yourselves. Obviously I was wrong on that one too.

    As it happens, it appears that tech/a may not be returning to the forums, so it'll be interesting to see what happens from here. I don't hold grudges, if you are prepared to abide by the forum rules then you are welcome to stay. If not, then I'd appeciate it if you let me know now.

    I agree he has a lot to offer the forum. If he can do it without uttering obscenities then he's welcome to stay.

    Joe
     
  16. stockgod

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    Guys this needs to stop now. Lets start both with a clean slate and if it continues then they should get the boot. Joe's doing a great job, lets leave it at that.

    Note to Joe. You cant spend this amount of time on one little petty fight, you will get burnt out with this forum with in 6 months.

    I have a suggestion on how to moderate this site, put a tool on every post where people can bring your attention to any misbehavior (a black flag if you like) Once a post is black flaged then you are able to either delete take no action or even bar that person. I know what some people will say after reading this but at the end of the day, joe you have the final say.

    here is a link about what i am talking about (please look up in the right hand top side).

    http://melbourne.craigslist.org/clt/58044064.html
     
  17. Joe Blow

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    Money Tree,

    I accidentally edited your post instead of replying to it, so I had to delete it. Sometimes having administrator powers can be a curse, especially when you press the wrong button after a couple of beers. You are welcome to recreate or resummarize it in another post if you like so don't start screaming at me about censorship. It was an accident. Sorry.

    But stockgod is right, I am wasting far too much energy on this particular conflict. As far as I'm concerned it is now over. I should have a code of conduct up on the site by the end of the weekend or shortly thereafter and after that it is going to be one warning then a ban. I am only interested in members who are prepared to conduct themselves in a mature, respectful manner.

    I'll leave the trolls, troublemakers and timewasters to the other forums. They can have them. The reason I started these forums is because I wanted to create a place that was different. I lost sight of that for a moment and I'm not quite sure why... but it won't happen again.
     
  18. Joe Blow

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    Stockgod... there is one. See the little 'danger' symbol up near the post number in the top right hand corner of each post.

    If you click that it should take you to a 'report bad post' form.

    :)
     
  19. stockgod

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    thanks joe, is there any way to make it stand out a bit more?????
     
  20. Joe Blow

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    I don't think so, but I will look into it for you.
     
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