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    Smile Respecting Others and Common Courtesy

    This post is not a new rule, TOS hasn't changed, and no one is in trouble; but there has been a large increase in hostility on the board lately, and staff wanted to address it.

    When joining this board, each of you agreed to the TOS. Part of that TOS includes treating one another with civility and respect. We know that not everyone likes each other, nor do we expect everyone to like each other. However, there comes a time that each of us needs to be the bigger person and not post every thought that comes into our minds. Text/PM a friend, roll your eyes, sigh, do what you need to on your end; but remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen, and your words can hurt them.

    No one is asking this place to be rainbows and butterflies, but there is a difference between giving blunt truths and advice, and being purposely hurtful when giving truth and advice.

    We understand everyone has days when they're cranky, upset, or just pissed off, but if you're having one of those days we ask you to yourself these questions:

    - Does my post serve a purpose? (making someone laugh, giving helpful advice, providing information, etc) This is especially relevant when as soon as a person thinks a post is ridiculous, they post a random picture. Soon 5 people are posting random pictures and the thread is completely derailed.

    - Is my post intentionally hurtful?

    - Could my post be easily misunderstood?

    Again, we're not asking for rainbows and butterflies, we're asking that the malicious comments stop.

    Lastly, it's important to be mindful of where you're getting your information from. The OP may post their story, then person A makes a post that includes an assumption about the OP. Soon, person B reads person A's post and takes that assumption as fact. Then people C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, and L all come in and take it as fact and build upon it, when the OP has not confirmed anything. So read each others posts, build upon them, but don't take anything as being 100% about the OP unless the OP confirms it.

    The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. -Voltaire

    Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. -Jesse Jackson

    If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama

    Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. -Author Unknown

    Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson
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