Discuss creating forum rules
These forums still don't have rules formed and I would therefore like us all to discuss what rules and policies should we create. So feel free to post your suggestions and proposals. They will be discussed and this discussion will be taken into account when rules are to be put together.
So far I have talked a bit about rules with a_thing on IRC channel (#libervis) specifically about the way we are gonna treat questions about proprietary, nonfree software.
What we agreed on so far is that people should be allowed to ask questions about proprietary software, but should also be let know that this is primarily a Free Software support site and that such questions may not always recieve all the answers they would hope for. The key is in education. Instead of jumping on those users bashing them for asking the wrong question we should educate them about alternatives and/or urge them to consider free alternatives (with which they're gonna gain much more support afterall).
In addition to this there was also the question of terminology (as in GNU/Linux vs. Linux for example). It is clear that this also cannot be strictly enforced on behalf of any of those two terms and it would be silly to attempt that, but just as with the issue of questions on nonfree software the best way to go about it would be to create some basic guidelines people should try to follow, ones which wont be strictly enforced.
That said, for above mentioned issues those guidelines would look something like this:
"Since this is a Free Software support community, questions about nonfree software would in most cases be taken as secondary."
The above is a guideline, a note letting people know where they stand if they're about to ask a question on proprietary software.
"Insults, verbal violence or "flaming" in general is not allowed.
If someone asks a question about unfree software, there should be no flaming on that person. Instead, they should be educated and kindly advised and urged to consider trying Free Software alternatives."
The above is a rule except for the part suggesting advice which is apparently a guideline. The rule says not to flame, period. If you just keep quiet and not give advice you're not breaking it.
"It is encouraged to use correct terminology on this site. A good and recommended reference to follow is at http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html"
That is a pure guideline.
So, you should make a distinction between guidelines and rules. Guidelines aren't strictly enforced. They are only suggestions for how to behave, ones that would be best to follow. Rules on the other hand are strict and not keeping them has consequences (warnings, ultimately bans).
Feel free to continue the discussion with suggestions, ideas etc.