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There has been a huge amount of growth in the message board over the last while. As a result, I thought it important to welcome all the new members that have joined (welcome!) and update these policies. Please do read these and do your best to abide by them, ok? I'm really not asking too much here - and neither are your fellow contributors. Thanks in advance!

  • Please be kind and considerate towards one other.
    I'm going to assume we're all adults here - if not in actual age, then at least in mentality. I really hate flame wars. They're not good for anyone. They make everyone feel bad and they spread a generally tense and unfriendly atmosphere. I've put up these message boards in order to foster and encourage folks - no matter what stage of the game they're in. Please don't ruin it for everyone by being cruel to someone just because they can't see your face. I reserve the right to revoke posting privilege from those that do not abide by this general rule of thumb.

    If you have concerns with a particular member, please take it to private messages. But keep in mind that harassment is never acceptable and could result in your being banned from the board.

  • Please refrain from using too many swear words or deragatory terms that are sexist, racist or homophobic in your postings. We can all find other ways to review a song besides "man, this was *bliping* awesome", can't we? We're supposed to be a creative bunch here. :)

  • Remember to review 2-4 songs for every one that you post.
    This has been discussed before (many times) and the vast majority of members have been really great about it. If you give, you will receive. This rule applies to all review forums such as the "Lyric Critiques" and "Lyric & Music Critiques" forums.

  • As much as possible, try to post topics in the appropriate boards.
    This will contribute to keeping the whole forum active.

  • Please don't create welcome messages for each new member that joins the board.
    There have been a lot lately! :) And although this is a very kind thing to do, posting too many of them pushes other conversations prematurely off of the main page.

  • Avoid posting entire messages or thread titles in ALL CAPS.
    It gets hard to read. Don't worry - every single post has an equal chance of being read, no matter where it's posted.

  • Remember that all posts are copyrighted by their author.
    Don't copy someone's post for use elsewhere unless given express permission by the author. This means that it's a bad idea to take a post - no matter how informative - and post it to another forum, place it in your newsletter, or anything similar, without checking that it's alright by the author first. Please use common sense.

    It's ok to mention your studio or your band or your company's songwriting-related product, book or recording equipment - especially in the context of a conversation. But please don't join this community merely to advertise or solicit people via private messaging. That's not what it's here for. It's here for actual discussion. If you have no intention of taking part in discussions, the people that *are* regulars will know and your message will fall on deaf ears anyway. Anyone found to be abusing their membership will have that membership revoked and their account deleted.

  • Be careful!
    It's not a good idea to give certain information to strangers - especially not in a public forum. The same rules you use within a chat room, should apply here. Just use your common sense and you'll be fine.

In general, I reserve the right to remove offensive or inappropriate posts and/or offensive or inappropriate posters. I also give this right to the moderators. Please don't make it necessary. It's not something I enjoy doing but I would like to preserve the friendly atmosphere around here as much as possible.

Beyond that, have fun!


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