Excessive use of smilies and punctuation in posts is not allowed. What constitutes excessive is not solidly defined and will be judged on a case by case basis. Removal of the post will not be the action taken in the vast majority of cases, simply an edit of the post to reduce the number of smilies and punctuation.
We all like to have fun but lately we have had pages upon pages of posts that really don't relate to the topic and contain mostly jokes and memes. The occasional joke or meme is allowed but lets keep it in check so it doesn't get out of hand.
Do not create a thread/post for personal promotion or gain without prior permission.
I won't call out any names but please don't create a thread to tell everyone a personal announcement or to celebrate about something not related to the site. This explanation is not all inclusive and this rule may cover other things related to personal promotion. In other words the forum is not your blog, if you want to create a blog there are site like WordPress and BlogSpot for that.
No referral links or online petitions - ie. Do Not post links intended to promote outside business or causes. Special permission may be granted upon request.
The admins have agreed on a few more updates to the forum rules in our never-ending quest to make the community a better place. As always, both the changes below and the existing rules are all up for discussion. Site staff may do most of the work, but the forum truly belongs to the community so, by all means, speak up if you have a problem with anything here or feel that something needs to be added.
Anyway, the notable changes from today are quoted below.
Personal insults against any forum member, site staff, park employee, etc. will not be tolerated.
This basically just means lower-level park employees should not be called out or identified on the forum. Anyone who has stepped into the public spotlight is fair game. That said, the rule above about personal insults still very much applies. As always, keep it civil. If you need a punching bag, I'm sure you can pick one up at your local Walmart.
Excessive use of strong language is prohibited and will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
Nothing new here really- just a bit of clarification added to the rule. What is considered excessive is up to the moderator/park manager/admin reading it and, if it is seen as excessive, the offending language will likely just be edited out- that is, unless it violates the first new rule in this post in which case further action will likely be taken.
All content should be safe for work. If you wouldn't want your mother to see it, don't post it.
This is an important piece of forum etiquette that I felt the need to turn into a true rule. There are times when something needs to be put in multiple threads but those times are few and far between. The vast majority of the time you can probably pick which thread it fits best in. Like some of the other rules in the first post, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with breaking this rule, but there's a pretty good chance it could get one of the duplicate posts hidden.
I think the rule regarding NSFW needs to be specified for HoS. Users have been able to post NSFW content on the forums from the park before, I think the rule should be amended to make it clear that HoS content can still be posted on the forums.
I just took a picture of their posts saying HoS content is appropriate and if the situation arises I'll upload the pictures to remind them of what they said. I'll even send them over PM if anyone wants.
Clearly this is being taken much too seriously. We're not some tyrannical dictators- in fact, we're remarkably understanding. No one is going to get in trouble because they posted a picture taken at Howl-O-Scream.
NSFW is a guideline. If you work at an adult film studio, then obviously pretty much anything will be SFW. If you work at the local Methodist Outreach Center, you're going to have a bit more of a restricted internet experience.
I would say, as a rule, that NSFW means, generally speaking, that most places would fire you for seeing such content on your computer while at their place of business.
HOS is open to the general public, under 18 years of age, and as such nothing that happens there constitutes, in a general or legal sense, pornography or illicit behavior or content. Anything that happens at Busch Gardens which is official and sanctioned by the park is not going to get anybody banned. In the extremely unlikely event that that something official at the park crosses the line (if they unexpectedly decided to start running a brothel out of Castle of Sullivan, for example) and you wanted to post pictures of your ride experience, maybe *that* would raise some eyebrows.