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@U2 Forum Rules and Guidelines (updated May 19, 2014)
« on: January 01, 2014, 02:15:55 AM »
This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource -- a place to share stories, knowledge and our interest in U2 through ongoing conversation.

What follows below is a mix of behavioral concepts (guidelines) along with hard and fast rules. This document is an aid to the human judgment and common sense of our community. All members are expected to use these rules and guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Don't Be A D**k

In discussing these guidelines, our moderation team kept returning to one common sentence that sums up so much about what we demand of users: Don't be a d**k.

We're not going to define every possible behavior that fits it. But here's one: Going into an "Appreciation" thread and saying "This sucks..." is bad form, immature and d**kish. Don't do it.

It's a slightly vague concept, but we're all adults here and we all know when someone's acting out of line. In everything you do and say, act in a mature and respectful way.

Improve the Discussion

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Help us make this a great place for U2 discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way. If you're not sure your post adds to the discussion or if it might detract from its usefulness, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

Disagreements may happen in any conversation. But when you disagree, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Personal attacks and flaming will not be tolerated. Be nice, even in disagreement. Especially in disagreement. Nothing destroys a healthy conversation like rudeness.

Don't respond to a post's tone; respond to its content. Avoid knee-jerk contradictions. Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Don't respond to trolls. (That's what they want you to do.) Use the "Report to Moderator" link to let us know privately what's going on.

Always Be Civil

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be -- and avoiding those that do not.

This forum is read by thousands of U2 fans every day from around the world. What you say will be seen and read by many. It will likely show up in Google and other search engines.

Understand that how you say something is often as important, and sometimes more important than what you say. Posting your opinion as if it's an inarguable fact is sure to incite others and lower the quality and civility of the discussion.

Be civil. Don't post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. Don't post anything that violates laws (including copyright laws), or encourages others to violate laws.

Keep it clean. Don't post anything obscene or sexually explicit. Foul language is automatically filtered and should be avoided. Nicknames, personal text sayings and avatars that we consider to be rude, inflammatory, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate will be deleted. To borrow from Hollywood's content rating system, we expect this forum to remain PG-rated.

Respect each other. Don't harass anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.

Respect our forum. Don't post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum. Unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Respect our moderators. Forum rules and moderation are not a topic for public discussion. Don't post questions wondering if other members have been disciplined or banned. Be respectful of the moderators in all communications with them, whether on the forum or in private messages.

Respect U2 and their associates. Discussions that venture too far into the band members' personal / family matters are disrespectful and inappropriate.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions -- avoid even the appearance of any of these things. Let's try to leave our park better than we found it.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. Here's what that means:

Post your messages to the appropriate Topic.

Be descriptive and succinct in your messages, including your Subject titles. Don't post a message titled "I heard the new U2 album!" as an attention-getter unless you really did hear the new album.

Stay on topic as much as possible. We realize discussions often go in a variety of directions. When a discussion begins to change substantially from its original content, please continue by starting a new discussion (in a different Topic/Subject if necessary). We reserve the right to edit or move discussions that veer too far off-topic.

Don't cross-post your message to multiple Topics. This includes repeating the same opinion/fact/story/etc. repeatedly, whether you're using the same exact wording or not. Don't beat dead horses.

Post your messages in English. While we are glad to have members from around the globe, the use of a common language helps ensure that the forum runs smoothly.

If You See a Problem, Report It

Moderators have special authority; they're responsible for this forum. But so are you. If we all work to keep the forum civil, it will be more enjoyable for everyone.

When you see bad behavior, don't reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone's time. Instead, let us know about it by clicking the "Report to Moderator" link that appears with every post.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators don't review messages before they're posted. Neither @U2 nor our hosting provider will be held responsible for the content of any message.

Your Forum Account's Health

By registering an account, you agree to abide by the rules and policies listed here or in other areas of the forum.

We allow one account per user.

Accounts that use temporary/throwaway email address services are not allowed.

Choose a username that you love, because you cannot change it after you've registered.  However, in rare and special circumstances (such as marriage, divorce or other legitimate reasons), the forum moderators will consider changing the displayed username for an individual user. Requests can be made via email to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Be sure to include your current displayed username and a detailed explanation of why you'd like it changed.

All of these forum rules and guidelines apply to your use of Personal Messages, too.

Your failure to follow the rules of the forum may result in a permanent or temporary forum ban. If the ban is temporary, we may set your account to be reinstated after a fixed period of time. In other cases, we may invite you to request that your account be reinstated after a fixed amount of time. At that time, we'll review your request and make a decision to either continue the ban or reinstate your account.

Final Thoughts

These rules and guidelines aren't complete, and aren't intended to be. "There's nothing in the rules" is never an excuse for poor behavior.

Moderation by its very nature is subjective. We promise to apply these rules as fairly as possible to all members. However, our primary goal will always be to preserve and develop a civil community, and we'll ban for any reason and at any time members that get in the way of that goal.

Any member that feels the forum moderation team has treated him/her unfairly is welcome to email You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login for a mature discussion of the situation.
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