Created on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:10
Written by Alice Jester
We have a lot of new people coming to The Winchester Family Business recently and that prospect couldnâ€™t excite me more. After all, we are a strange breed online anymore. Weâ€™re level headed, happy Supernatural fans. While that attracts a lot of viewers that have gotten frustrated by the excessive negativity on a lot of television sites, it also attracts people that might not understand what weâ€™re all about.
Weâ€™ve especially had some issues recently with commenting on articles. While Iâ€™ve always had some general unwritten guidelines for people to follow when commenting, the need has come up recently to be clear about what those rules are. So, please excuse the bluntness and the legalities coming up in the following rules list, but they need to be said.
Rule #1 - Be nice
Yes, thatâ€™s a rule on many sites. Let me be specific here though.
- No personal attacks. In other words, comments like â€œYouâ€™re a freaking moronâ€ will likely get edited or deleted.
- Keep the discussions limited to the article, not other posters.
Rule #2 â€“ Be constructive
- Thereâ€™s such a thing as â€œconstructiveâ€ criticism. Itâ€™s a lost art that existed once a long time ago. You can make points that disagree with the author, but do so in a respectful tone. Donâ€™t sit there and start with â€œYou bitch.â€ â€œI respectfully disagreeâ€ works better. Make your point without loads of bitterness, for people hate reading extreme negativity. Itâ€™s honestly offensive. Donâ€™t say â€œThose stupid writers are completing ruining the show.â€ â€œI have concerns over the creative direction,â€ works better.
Rule #3 â€“ No Sam vs. Dean nonsense, no Jared vs. Jensen nonsense
- One cannot be knocked down for the sake of building up another. It often happens though. People come on here claiming to be â€œSam fansâ€ or â€œDean fans.â€ Here, weâ€™re â€œfans.â€ We adore both brothers and actors, even if some of us might have a slant toward one or another. An obvious example is â€œJared is a terrible actor, Jensen is the best actor ever.â€ Another obvious one, â€œSam is such a waste, Dean is the only decent brother.â€ Now these are extreme cases. I take notice of â€œimpliedâ€ comments too, aka using the brothers to raise an issue that isnâ€™t there. Things like â€œSam did this, so it must be Deanâ€™s fault.â€ Um, no. Unless thatâ€™s exactly verbatim what the author says, donâ€™t go there.
UPDATED 6/19 - We are not a Sam site, we are not a Dean site. Any comments that say one or the other will be edited immediately. No warnings. This disrespects everything we do at this site and it will not be tolerated.
Rule #4 â€“ Donâ€™t put words in other peopleâ€™s mouths
- You donâ€™t know how many times I see â€œSo youâ€™re sayingâ€¦â€ and then a wild conclusion is reached based on a comment. This is a fandom often times with a short fuse. Letâ€™s give each other the benefit of the doubt, shall we? Try to get clarification on the intended meaning.
Rule #5 â€“ When a discussion has reached an impasse, move on
- I can guarantee you there will always be someone that disagrees with a point. Thatâ€™s perfectly okay. The dissenter or dissenters are more than welcome to discuss their issues. However, after a while, when itâ€™s clear that both sides are at an â€œagree to disagreeâ€ point, there isnâ€™t much more to discuss. Donâ€™t continue posting comments loaded with bitterness, disapproval, and harping on other posters for answers. Just move on.
Rule #6 â€“ Show respect
- This falls in line with â€œbe nice.â€ We on this site love our show. Happily. Disrespect ruins the fan experience. You donâ€™t know how many people I run into at conventions that donâ€™t go online anymore because other fans were too disrespectful and mean on other sites. This site was created specifically as a refuge for those who didnâ€™t feel welcome by the negativity of those other sites. We love our show. We want to be around positive people who love our show. When our favorite show upsets us, we come to discuss and talk through the concerns like adults. Itâ€™s a support group almost. This site is called the â€œFamily Businessâ€ for a reason. If thatâ€™s a bit too much happiness and civility for you, there are plenty of other sites that will suit your other needs.
Rule #7 â€“ Have respect for what we value on this site
- The Winchester Family Business has been around for two years. We have grown a lot in that time. Most migrate here because they want a fan friendly place. A place they can post comments, or just plain lurk without fear of attacks or excessive fan fighting. That environment will never change. If the moderators find you are not in line with what we value (see rules above) we will act. Posts will be edited. People will be warned or banned. All comments are kept in the administratorâ€™s archives for future reference should those that want to stir up trouble come back. This site isnâ€™t for everyone, we know that. We are not going to change to be for everyone though. What weâ€™re doing seems to work fine for those we like to serve.
Okay, now that I have clearly stated the rules, just remember we have a lot of fun here too! We really arenâ€™t that rigid. This is the first time Iâ€™ve ever had to make clear the rules. Thatâ€™s not half bad. So, letâ€™s take time to smile and remember we support the greatest TV show in the world. Itâ€™s all good.
Rule #8 (Added 1/12/2011)
- No baseless accusations or assumptions. Discussions get heated. People disagree with you. If you're going to question someone's opinion, don't make statements assuming something about any poster or writer without having something to prove your case. For example, don't call someone a blatant "Sam fan" or "Dean fan" when there is no clear evidence of that. Don't chastise someone for changing their mind and throwing accusations they've been manipulated or censored.
Rule #9 (Added 11/01/2012)
- We welcome all opinions here, good and bad. Anyone who posts the comment "If you don't like it, don't watch" in response to a critical or negative post will have their post edited immediately. No warnings. That does not promote the spirit of discussion that we have here.