One of the ways to scroll through the titles of all the threads on the board before you post your message to make sure a similar topic isn’t already in existence. (For example: If there is already a thread marked “Spoilers” and you’ve found more spoilers you want to discuss, they can all be discussed under the existing Spoiler thread, even if it’s half way down the board.) Responding within an existing thread takes up less room than starting a new topic on a similar subject.
For the benefit of our readers who do NOT want to know what's going to happen before it's seen on screen, please warn if there are spoilers in your post, and don’t reveal spoilers or rumors in your subject line. Also please remember that after an episode airs on the East cost, it still an hour or two away for our West coast readers! Yes, there are many viewers who prefer to remain "unspoiled" and we want to create a safe place for them to read and post. It's easy to be gracious to them and allow them to visit with us: Just don't put spoilers in your subject and warn if spoilers or rumors are referenced in your post. Just a few minutes of consideration allows more of our friends to feel comfortable with our message boards.
Eye on Soaps was created with a particular atmosphere in mind, being one of grace and tolerance. This policy also extends to our message boards. Absolutely no "flaming," insulting or harassing of other posters will be tolerated. Criticizing other people for having an opinion that is different than yours does constituted flaming. Please remember that fellow posters, as well as actors, are real people too and must be afforded the same respect you’d like for yourself. Save your drama for your mama and let's just talk soaps without attacking.
Varying opinions and constructive criticism on the show or its characters are welcomed and encouraged. However, repeated posts that merely state such things as “Bobbie Sucks!” or “Mac Rules!” will be deleted, particularly if there is already a “Mac Rules!” etc. type thread in existence. Neither blatant bashing nor gratuitous cheerleading lead to insightful or entertaining posting, and both clutter the board unnecessarily. Saying, "I thought _____ was GREAT today" is fine. Endless rambling about a character, actor or couple to the point that the board appears to be a kiss ass fest for them isn't appropriate. If you wish to wage a campaign to promote one character, actor or couple, please use your handy dandy search engine of choice to look up sites for that one subject and enjoy talking with the fan groups there.
If you wish to call other posters' attention to information, spoilers or columns from a website, either paraphrase the information or even better, post a link to the page. Copying the information directly is infringing on the copyrights of others. Writers have worked hard on the information you read and simply cutting and pasting their column into a post doesn't give the people with whom you wish to share it a chance to see their other work that could be around. PLEASE just post a link referring the other posters to the website where the work is presented.
We definitely welcome all posters to our message board community and appreciate you spending time with us to share your thoughts. These guidelines are not in place to play Gestapo on the net specifically, but in hopes of preventing our boards from turning into the negative battlefields so prominent on the net.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the webmaster (me). If everyone can keep these guidelines in mind and be considerate of one another, I know we can rise above the behavior so prevalent on other boards.