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Old 03-01-2003, 06:54 PM
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awsum34 and Chuck are correct, of course. The best thing to do is just ignore them, and they'll get dealt with eventually.

If everyone ignored them, they would go away. But in regards to the entire community, solutions that begin with "if everyone" will probably disappoint us.

We've had a surprisingly small amount of intruders up to this point. But we are growing at a phenomenal rate. That's why we've established the Knowledge Base, and that's why we put up the board guidelines. So that we can advance, not just increase in size. These two additions are textbook signs of the development of an established, growing community -- an education system and a legal system.

We've operated here a long time under great personal freedom. Much more so than the vast majority of other online communities. We've dealt with most of our problems on an individual, case-by-case basis. This solution worked for us, but it was never intended to be scalable. We've expanded beyond the boundaries of its usefulness.

We have been through a lot together, and we are faced with a problem. Congratulations -- we are now officially a community . Let's work to solve it.

Here's what you can do to help:

1. If you see someone violating board guidelines, or acting in a disrespectful manner outside of The Dump, please let them know to read the guidelines. Post a link -- the url is: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Say it in as nice a way as you possibly can. Don't antagonize.

2. If, after a courteous suggestion to consult the guidelines, you see a member still disrespecting the guidelines, please let me know by PM or email at .

3. Don't provoke intruders. They want you to play their game. Ignore them. Don't lose your cool. Be patient.

Here's what I can do to help:

1. Resolve issues with intruders as quickly and efficiently as possible. Nobody enjoys basking in the drama.

2. Make sure the link to the guidelines gets clicked on by most members. Either by strategic placement, or constant reminding, or whatever else works.

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