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Offline Colin2B

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There have been a number of posters who are either placing new theories in this section or answering a question with a new theory.
When you joined TNS you agreed to abide by the forum acceptable usage policy Can we ask you to reread 4; 5 particularly sub rules 4 and 5.

Posts in the main section (General Science, Non Life Sciences and Life Sciences) should be short questions on a science subject with the question summarised in the title.
If you have a new theory please put it in New Theories. This not intended to stifle discussion on a topic, neither is it aimed at you personally suggesting you are wrong, or that your theory is wrong. It is just how the forum is organised. Neither is it discrimination aimed at you, everyone is treated the same. If someone posts a question about marine life in the "Non Life Sciences" board it will be moved to "Life Sciences" unless it is a question regarding the terminal velocity of a whale entering the atmosphere. If you want to discuss the whale's last thoughts, please do so in Just Chat.

Members who use other science fora say we are far more liberal in allowing open discussion. We will allow some discussion of alternate views in a thread, however, if a thread is being used to promote a specific alternative theory or is blocking a discussion with repetitive posts of a new theory, the moderators will take action.
To aid discussion, if you post a reply to a science question, it is good forum manners to make it clear that this your own theory. If you appear to post to promote your own theory by posting a link to it, or repeating a message, you are infringing these rules.

We ask you to only post new theories that have not been posted elsewhere. If you do it will be considered advertising and you will find your posts deleted without warning. We have been tolerant of this in some cases where the poster might be seeking peer review of first drafts to improve their theory, but the line is fine and easy to cross. Over enthusiastic defence of your theory might lead us to make the wrong conclusions about your intentions.
Above all keep it friendly.

If these rules are infringed, the forum moderators will take action. This action can take a number of forms: thread locking, deletion of posts or threads, moving a thread, splitting a thread, or banning a member. A number of members have been banned recently for persistent misuse of the site.

It should be mentioned here that all the moderators are unpaid, they do it because of an interest in promoting science education, which is also the objective of this site. Most moderators have full time work and families, even those retired generally act as consultants, visiting lecturers, and have their own projects. They also like to join in the discussion. As a result moderators are likely to take the action which involves the least effort, please don't take this personally.
« Last Edit: 30/05/2016 11:50:36 by chris »

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