We're nearing closer to the premiere, so I thought I'd post this. Credit for these exact written guidelines goes to Gislef. I'll be following these guidelines for the beginning and then will make any necessary changes to take away/add more guidelines.
1 ) This is a discussion board, for theBack to YouTV show. Games, polls, surveys, lists, etc., don't involve discussion. Trivia is marginal. Given all the cross-promotion involved these days on TV, advertising for an actor's guest and talk-show appearances can get out of hand. There's a Games Forum I'd recommend for anyone wanting to run games. Any games posted here will be deleted. Since you can actually add polls now, feel free, just make sure to add discussion so that we don't have a bunch of dead end threads.
2 ) The best way to assure discussion is to explain why you think what you think. "What's your favorite episode?" = not so good. "What's your favorite episode and why?" = good.
3 ) There are personal blogs and sig lines for personal stuff, including fan fiction - please use those. This includes advertising and feedback on your personal stuff. If you have forum or submission questions, PM me, don't post on the forum.
4 ) General rules about flaming, trolling, advertising, etc., apply. If someone violates these rules, report them and don't argue with or engage them or tell them "I'm reporting you." That'll just get you moderated for being off-topic too.
5 ) Again, forums are discussion boards. Responses like "Yeah" and "I agree" aren't really productive or involve discussions, and are often considered disruptive. Neither are countdown-type threads that simply marking time.
6 ) Try to avoid excessive quoting of previous posts, as it becomes disruptive. Folks can read the threads directly above you. Usually more quoting then your actual response can be distracting and disruptive.
7 ) Obviously we don't have to worry about it for a while, but because some folks on other show forums like to compete and race to create them, I'll create all official pinned episode threads about a week before air time. Please post anything relevant in those threads or your thread will be closed.
8 ) Finally, when its summer/winter/downtime, the show's only on in repeats, etc. That's not an excuse to get bored and try to find new off-topic and/or silly non-discussion stuff to post here.