Hey gang, welcome to the Red vs Blue Season 17: General Member Discussion thread! I’m AgentWashingtub008, a resident site-camper and crackpot theorist. Season 17 of Red vs Blue has everybody excited after that cliffhanger, and while there’s an open and more free-form discussion no doubt happening on the Beta of the New Site it’s time to open up a good old forum here on the original site for the members who aren’t over there yet. A space where we can stand here and talk without having to worry about the FIRST!s accidentially spoiling something or having too many conversations going on at once. Of course there can be MORE conversation going on in other threads (like the FIRSTI! one in the Sponsor Subforum) but I think this is a convenient option. Anyways, be sure to come with your reactions, analysis, theorizing, crackpottery, arguments, research, fangirl/boying, arguments and general fun. You just need to like in-depth discussion about a show you like. There are more stories to tell, let’s get ready!
However, before we begin here are some general guidelines to help make the forum experience go swimmingly. (That I ripped off from myself (With some edits.))
Write With Care: Grammar is good. No one is perfect, but as long as you make the effort to make your points intelligently, the conversation will be easy for everyone to follow and readers will know you care about what you are saying and respond in kind,
Conduct Yourself Respectably: The forum is a shared space. Please do not come in here trying to cause a mess or rile up some people. It is almost guaranteed you’ll disagree with someone else here but acknowledging that and asserting your opinion are not mutually exclusive. Keep in mind a good argument is more persuasive than yelling, screaming, and tearing into someone else’s character. Also be aware that first impressions can last. Try and present yourself with your best foot forward to start a successful journey through the thread.
Spoilers: Spoiler tags are an important part of what keeps conversations going smoothly, especially in discussions mixed between FIRST! and Member users. There is a latency that can be a day and can be a week (unfortunately) between these two groups. No one wants to ruin the show for other people. Here is how they work. Click the little Slashed-Eye on your formatting bar and type away! Use your mouse to hover over or highlight an area of tagged text to view it. If you have seen a video here before public release or have just watched it at launch, tag your spoilers in even a spoiler-titled thread. Generally once an episode has been live for the public (and they’ve had the time to watch it in full) , spoilers are considered fair game, especially in the heat of discussion in a spoiler titled thread, but try to be courteous. This is the general member thread, but spoilers can (and should) participate in the fun (as long as they’re responcible). And let’s say a trailer goes up “unannounced” put that in spoilers for an hour or so so people can go watch it themselves or choose not to and know to ignore your posts about it. As a general rule of thumb, content is considered fair game once it has been released to the public/intended group and enough time to watch it (the run time of the episode) has elapsed.
Lurk: Have you ever have your mom tell you it is weird when you stay in the corner for a while to try and figure out what is going on before entering the social space? (Just me?) Well, in here that isn’t an issue. It is actually encouraged. By watching the thread you can see what is the tone and tempo of the conversation going on now. Also, instead of bringing up the same point over and over again, if you found something you want to continue talking about, you can reply to that thought someone else had and you’ve already got a foot in the door. Be careful though, if a topic is older (like a week) you may want to preface your statement or idea again. The key part of lurking is gaining a sense of where the conversation is at. It’s actually free to pay attention.
Try to Stay On Topic: Some threads, like this one, are made with a specific purpose. Try and be respectful of that. People come to specific topic threads for that kind of discussion. There are other threads for more general talking (Bar Threads) and you will be more than welcome there. This is not a chat-room. As to the specifics of this rule, what consists as “on topic” is something related to either the show itself or a show-relevant argument. For instance if something that happened is reminiscent of Star Wars, that is fine to call out. If you are making a point about radio science and no one seems to understand it, an explanation is fine. If a point about the conversation needs to be made, make it. But remember, this is a place about RvB the show and all points of discussion should be able to be brought back to that. (Not all comments obviously, people can get distracted.)
Organize Your Thoughts: When reviewing the conversation in the thread, do not make an individual reply to everything. Try and make all of your points in one post with multiple replies. You can help distinguish where your statements are meant to go in the over-all conversation, but the “reply” function will help you for that. Mobile users also have a hard time editing posts sometimes, so it’s fine but please try to not spam. Post-spamming really just gums up the page and doesn’t present you that well either.
Remember This a Group Effort: Like the previous point, this one is about not dominating the conversation. All of us are all on different internet connections with different speeds as well as having different schedules and circumstances that may effect when and how often we speak. If you have a lot to say, a double post may be appropriate, but try to leave time and space for someone else to talk too. If you are the last person to have posted and you have a really cool new idea, give it a half hour or so if you can. This is talking WITH people, not AT them.
Have Fun: That’s right, we should all be here because we enjoy Red vs Blue and that is the most important thing. We are the greatest online community for a reason and that is because we can all have a good and respectful time together sharing the things we like and maybe even things we don’t like but even that should be a fine experience. Let other people have their fun too. A new conversation may start up with other people, if you have nothing, leave them be. This is a place where we all should be able to talk and have a good time, try it.
And there is the long of the guidelines. We can’t predict everything that could happen, but following these generalities will help. We also need to work together to keep it fun and safe. Report trolling, flame-modding (where everything gets a -1 mod for no reason) , dishonorable conduct, and bullying. Team work makes the dream work, guys.
I can’t wait to get started talking about RvB in-depth with our reactions, analysis, theorizing, crackpottery, arguments, research, fangirl/boying, arguments and general fun. Before we go, the briefest of reminders: Don’t be an idiot or an asshole and look out for the Forum Yetti.
We’ve got two weeks to get ready and I’m very excited, but no running in the hall.