Edit: latest version is here: http://www.terrypratchettbooks.org/article186.html This is my take on things regarding rules, thought I may as well have a go at it then we can add to it, take stuff away, or implement it into something else. It's mostly taken from ideas on another message board I've been involved in for a very long time, not all my own work in other words. I like the idea of calling it 'Code of Conduct' better than 'posting rules' or anything with rules in the titles, I think Code of Conduct has more of an ambience of respect about it? Whatever we end up using in the end we can have linked to from the forums and make it the sign up agreement when you join, that thing no one ever reads and just ticks yes - but is kind of legally binding nonetheless. [b:b62601c85c]Terry Pratchett Unseen Message Board Code of Conduct[/b:b62601c85c] Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. 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