There are a few simple guidelines which we expect all participants in the Arsenal Report community to abide by, all of which directly inform our approach to community moderation (detailed below). These apply in all sections of Arsenal Report, while moderation decisions are also informed by the context in which comments are made.
1) We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on another forum member), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. The key to maintaining Arsenal Report as an inviting space is to focus on freedom of speech and intelligent discussion of topics.
2) We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. This includes, but is not limited to, pornographic images (because some of us check this site from work and don't want to get in unnecessary trouble) or other elements not suited for a public setting. If you want to post something that falls outside of this guideline, please add an [NSFW] tag to the title of your post so people can avoid the topic if they want.
3) We believe in true freedom of speech. We do not censor opinions, regardless of how moronic they may be. Keep in mind that freedom of speech doesn't actually mean you're allowed to say anything you want unchallenged. If you want to go on a racist tirade, go ahead...but don't expect the community to stay silent and not challenge you on it.
4) We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright. But not really...post stream links and call Harry Kane a cunt all you want. YOLO.
5) We will remove any comments that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like. Our aim is that this site should provide a space for people to interact with each other, and we actively discourage commercial entities passing themselves off as individuals in order to post advertising or links. We also discourage people just posting links as comments to add to debate. If you are unsure, ask before posting links.
6) Keep it relevant. We know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is drastically unrelated to the original topic, then it may be removed in order to keep the thread on track. This also applies to queries or comments about moderation, which should not be posted as comments. If you have any complaints about moderation, please write it down on a piece of paper, roll it up into a thin cylinder shape and then gently slide it into your anus.
7) Be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear about what you are saying, and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended. Remember that text isn't always a great medium for conversation: tone of voice (sarcasm, humour and so on) doesn't always come across when using words on a screen. Essentially, its importance u speak well english or else weill kick you from forums.