(Jumps up on announcement table).
Greeting ES. It's that friendly reminder time. I started this for several reasons,(and I've wanted to do this for awhile now). One of which is that over the past several months I've seen responses that have used those terms, (and others), indicated in the title. A member has been recited the rules and that member and sometimes others, reply with one of those terms. Another reason is the responses that sometimes are given by just those members reciting the rules can be more than just a little blunt and can cause more problems than they help. Okay. About those Mod wannabe's.
ES has always prided itself on its members "policing themselves". We've encouraged,(and continue to do so),the community to look after itself. This means members, both new and vet, are going to come in sometimes and recite rules and such. And that's very much welcomed here. That means that people care about the site and what it is trying to accomplish, (to continue to be the best for one). This is a good thing. The best case scenario, obviously, is one where a member is guilty of a rules violation or something along those lines, and is called on it by a fellow member or members. That member realizes this and things are corrected. All without a moderator stepping in. That's what makes the place work and that's what makes it the best. So for those of you who use those terms used in the title or others, keep in mind these people have the full support of the staff.,(Well, depending on the reply, for the most part they have our full support). And it is part of what makes this community so good. To those of you who do so, it's greatly appreciated. However, this does lead me into the next subject.
It's not the message sometimes, it's how it's delivered. That's pretty simple right there. There is a thread currently on the first page that was started by a new member. That thread is an example of how that message should be delivered, (though not a rule, it would be appreciated. At least by me). Notice also, the surprise by some about how the message wasn't delivered in what is becoming, (somewhat disturbingly), in typical ES pile on fashion.
Too often, we see responses that border on rude. "Try using the search function Noob!" or something along those lines. Ladies and gents, I greatly appreciate the help. I really do. And with the above mentioned board policing itself subject in mind, it's part of what makes things work around here. However, instead of jumping on the OP's or members posting on a thread, try dialing it back a bit and be at least, even toned in your response. It will usually be received much better that way. Mind you, I understand there are exceptions, (such as trolls and such), but I think you all know what specifically I'm talking about here. That covers that one.
Reporting posts. We get them alot and again, greatly appreciated. It's a little difficult to keep up sometimes and those reported posts help a great deal in our efforts to moderate the community. Now we're not always going to agree with the reported posts, (whether it be merge, move, or something else), and will take no action. Please don't let this keep you from continuing to report posts. Because though we may not agree, it's still appreciated.
Thanks all and please don't forget to tip you waitresses and waiters.