Hello everyone. Now that the Chatbox has been running for a while the moderating staff has been able to put together some rules to ensure it gets to stay running here at TF. These rules have been decided upon not only what we've seen happening here, but also from experiences of other forums. The examples given are not to pin point anyone but rather they were the best examples we could think of. We thought of making the Chatbox for carnivorous plant discussions only, but realize that this is not just a forum, but a community. So we put together some broad examples to explain what it is we're looking to happen through the chatbox. Thanks for taking the time to read, understand, and put to use the following rules (they have also been added to the main forum rules)
Basically the rules for the chatbox are the same as those for the forum, here are a few more details.
•Keep on topic with the forum. While the chatbox is open to a variety of topics, it is preferred that the conversation be carnivorous plant oriented or topics that any member can participate in at anytime. The chatbox is not intended to be an IM substitute. For example, the chatbox should not be used to discuss, strategize, or gloat regarding current online gaming between members, since that is a conversation between two or three members only and discourages others from getting involved. The topics of the chatbox should be of interest to the people that would normally browse TerraForums who could join in a conversation. You can always email, PM or IM about more personal topics like gaming and what you did over the weekend.
•Spamming the chatbox. Do not spam the chat box with random letters shapes or words, this includes talking to yourself. The whole chatbox should not be you telling yourself a story or saying "hello is anyone there" 15 times.
• Try to say whatever you want to say in one send, and not split it up in multiple short worded sentences.