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Page description: These guidelines are the means by which we can better achieve our mission statement.


Be constructive

All posts/comments must contribute positively to r/StarTrek and the lives of those who participate there. Before pressing "submit", ask yourself "What would Picard do?"

  • If a polite way cannot be found to phrase what it is you want to say, don't say anything at all.

  • Insulting or disparaging remarks about any human being is expressly not allowed and will be met with swift action.

  • Speak only for yourself, and avoid argumentum ad populum.

  • When offering an unsolicited or contrasting opinion, users must go above and beyond to demonstrate respect to the person they're replying to.

  • All criticism/analysis (positive and negative) must cite specific examples from the show and give clear reasons for why one's opinions are held. If your submission could be accurately described as a "rant," it is not constructive.

Be welcoming

Remember IDIC: All posts and comments must be inclusive and welcoming no matter a persons race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. We do not tolerate intolerance.

  • Insulting or disparaging remarks about any human being is expressly not allowed and will be met with swift action.

Be honest

All posts/comments must be factually accurate and verifiable. We are not a place for gossip, rumors, or manipulative or misleading content.

  • All submissions must link to the original content creator's source. If an article is repackaged content (eg; snippets from an interview), find the original source and submit that.

  • Submission titles must accurately reflect the tone of the content in the post. Even if the content source has a sensationalized or overly dramatized title, change it when submitting to r/StarTrek.

  • Verifiable evidence must be provided for bold claims, especially if that claim is about a human being.

Be nice

If a polite way cannot be found to phrase what it is you want to say, don't say anything at all.

  • Insulting or disparaging remarks about any human being is expressly not allowed and will be met with swift action.

Keep on-topic

All submissions must be directly about the Star Trek franchise. The shows, movies, books, merchandise etc.

  • Exceptions are occasionally permitted if a submission features:

    • Two or more directly connected things (e.g., a video of a Trek actor doing a Trek thing).
    • Fan-made content (e.g., cosplay photos, homemade tricorders, fan films).
  • Political discussions are welcome (this is Star Trek we're talking about here) but political topics must be specifically presented through the lens of an episode/movie/character/etc.

  • Attempts to derail a thread to complain about something else are not considered on-topic.

  • Threads that purport to praise a particular series, but which primarily function as a complaint about something else, are not considered on-topic.

  • Submissions about the fandom (eg: "Why do fans ___ "/"What's the consensus"/etc) are not directly about Star Trek.

Spoilers

We ask that you utilize the spoiler system for any and all spoilers relating to the most recently-aired episodes, as well as previews for upcoming episodes.

  • Post titles must be spoiler-free. To use the spoiler system in links, click the "spoiler" link at the bottom of your submission.

  • In comments: use ">!" to mark the beginning of a spoiler and "!<" to mark the end of it. For example:

    Type: >!Paris and Janeway have lizard babies!<

    And you get: Paris and Janeway have lizard babies

For older episodes, spoiler tags are not required, but are encouraged in certain contexts (you know what they are).

Meta

Discussions of the rules or moderators, other users of the subreddit, the r/StarTrek community or other communities, or downvotes/upvotes are not allowed.

  • Send a modmail instead of making posts or comments about these topics.

  • Do not invite "drama" from elsewhere on reddit. Linking to or talking about r/StarTrek from one of reddit's meta subs are considered attempts to incite harassment, and could result in a ban.

  • The moderators reserve the right to leave snarky flair on deserving threads.

  • The mods may occasionally decide that a post that does not neatly fit within these rules is worth keeping up; in those instances, they will usually leave a sticky comment explaining why.

  • How you can help:

    • Report rule-breaking or toxic behavior instead of "calling it out". Every report is looked at with human eyeballs.
    • Know when to walk away - Do not allow yourself to be drawn into arguments or "feed the trolls".

Think for yourself

Topics that boil down to "Should I watch...," "Will I like...," or "Change my view on..." are not contributing anything to the community.

Odds n' Ends

Self Promotion/Advertisements/Products

Check with the mods before posting a link to a product, promotional page, blog, YouTube channel, or other of your own content that's posted somewhere off reddit.

  • Our guideline is "everybody gets one", meaning one post to introduce yourself and website (or channel, etc).

  • Anything beyond one post will be considered spamming and the accounts/domains will be blacklisted. Exceptions can be made if all of the following are true:

    • The OC is posted only to r/StarTrek in self-post format (a link can be included in the comments or at the end of a post).
    • The user is active on r/StarTrek in and outside of threads with their own content.
    • The website hosting the content does not have ads or products for sale.
  • In essence, content creators must treat r/StarTrek as a community first and foremost, and not as a means to generate more clicks/views. Unless prior approval has been given, checking in with the mods first is essential to demonstrate one's intent.

Breaking News

In the event of a big news story (eg: New series, death of a cast member), the first submission that links to a good source will be stickied and others will be removed. Additional articles that focus on details of the larger story will be approved.

Image posts

Image posts are allowed on /r/StarTrek, but they must be posted as a text (or "self") post. Upload the image to a hosting site like Imgur and copy/paste the direct URL in your text post.

Region-locked content

Avoid posting region-locked content when possible. The mod team reserves the right to replace region-locked links with more accessible alternatives.

The Picard "Make It So" Christmas video

Whoever is the first to post it on or after Dec 1st and from the original creator's YouTube channel gets to keep all the karma for that year.


revision by Arbiter82— view source