Hi all,

Those of you who've been with us for a while know we had posted rules here before the Great Server Meltdown of 2008 grin

Alas, those well-written and concise guidelines were lost, apparently forever, in said crash. So we're reconstructing them from memory. In the meantime, here are a few things to bear in mind during your time here at GH Talk:

1. We're champions of free speech and we enjoy a good debate as much as anyone. However, free speech has consequences here just as in real life. You wouldn't try and get into a synagogue wearing a Nazi uniform, or stand in front of an elementary school screaming profanity. There's a time and place for everything.

We've created a special forum, "The Flame Pit," where pretty much anything goes. In other forums and especially the Shout Box, please be aware that profanity and personal attacks may be deleted. We are aware that not everyone agrees on what constitutes offensive speech, but someone's got to be the referee, so we as moderators reserve the right to make the call on what belongs in the Flame Pit and what does not.

2. No pornography. We're not prudes, but there are plenty of other places to go on the Internet if you're looking for porn. Again, we as mods reserve final judgement on what qualifies.

3. Any activity that involves "taking it to real life," i.e. stalking, will result in the poster being banned and GH Talk cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities.

Also, this is an Internet message board and as such--while you're never really anonymous on the Internet--we don't want you wasting your time or ours on lengthy threads theorizing about or demanding someone's "real identity."

Other than that, have fun.

Anything to add, subtract, divide or multiply? Let us know.

The Moderators