These are the forum guidelines of a forum I've been a member of since its inception.
As a bit of background, all the original members were a bunch of Apple tragics who were members of another forum, appleinsider.com. That forum was set up in the mid 90s when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. That forum went through a very acrimonious split mostly because of Americans arguing American politics in an unconstructive way. Applenova formed. But then Apple took over the world, we all moved on with our lives and got a lot older. So we're not very active today but keep the forum going so we can stay in touch.
These are, however, still some of the best drawn up forum guidelines I've ever come across. They served us well and I can assure you we were a very opionated bunch who didn't shy away from robust discussion.
For me, points, 4, 9, 10 and 16 have always been the most important. I am guilty of breaching point 9 myself on this forum by calling my VL result thread "Science vs HCV" instead of "Chester's 4 week VL results". But as I never thought I'd see a medical breakthrough like the DAAs for hep c in my life time, I continue to be overawed by what science has achieved. So I cut myself a bit of slack.
In terms of this forum, 9, 10 and 16 are my biggest issues at the moment. Although experience tells me the issue of disputes and bad behaviour will inevitably rear its head sooner or later. However, a well run forum that doesn't form its own internal cliques will largely self moderate that sort of thing from what I've seen.
But at the moment I struggle with the organic nature of the forum. I want to be able to find stuff more easily. It was difficult finding the drug interactions link at the hospital last week and twice I resorted to calling Greg for help. Which I prefer not to do.
I think there is room for a compromise though by setting up a separate sub forum where more organic discussions can take place. I think this is especially pertinent regarding people's experiences on treatment. These discussions are well suited to rambling threads where everyone can compare notes rather than individual experiences threads which seem to turn into rambling threads with everyone comparing notes anyway.
Edit: all the credit for applenova's guidelines go to our admins and mods of which I am not one. They have ruled us well. Like a rose in a fisted glove.
Huon Valley, Tasmania
Hep C+ since 1980s
Started Indian Sof and Riba, BMS Dac (comp access) 28 August 2015
UND at 4 weeks
Finished treatment 19 November 2015
12 February 2016 UND SVR12