We haven't had a list of rules here in years, and we don't really want to have a big list of rules. Since we do enforce some rules/guidelines, here are the previously unwritten rules.
Absolutely DO NOT do these things:
-Nothing related to piracy. Do not ask for or post file sharing links. Nothing illegal. Discussion of bootlegs and other "grey areas" is acceptable if you post in good faith.
-Graphic content or nudity should only be posted if it is on-topic, and should be linked and clearly labeled as such. ("NSFW" is the preferred tag)
1. The forum is called "Metal Discussion" and it is for discussing metal. This means:
-Discuss metal. Posting/replying with lists is not discussing. A sentence or two to explain your thoughts are better than a list of 20 bands when replying to a question.
-If you post a new topic with a link/quote, add your own thoughts. Simply saying "discuss." or "thoughts?" is not acceptable.
-If you're asking for opinions, offer your own opinion too. Elaborate on it for at least a few sentences if you're starting a new topic.
-Asking for recommendations? Go to Recommendation Central. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
-Non-metal discussion goes in The Tavern.
-Promotional stuff goes in the Promotional Forum. Funny how these forums are named, eh?
-Avoid saying "I can't believe nobody has mentioned ___ yet!" and just post an explanation of why you think that.
2. Check for other recent topics on the same subject before posting a new one. Bumping old threads is generally inadvisable, but acceptable if there is a discussion on a specific topic and you have something significant to contribute to/revive the thread.
3. Avoid memes, image macros, and linking unrelated YouTube videos as a response. Memes and similar shit include degenerate bastardizations of the English language - ex. "O RLY?" "/thread" and pretty much anything that a civilized person would need to look up on UrbanDictionary to understand.
4. Don't post anything that makes me write more rules. Also, if you try to be a rules lawyer you'll be fired into the sun.
4.1 Don't be a goddamn moron.
4.2 Don't ask for ideas for your band's name.
4.3 Don't post threads about stupid made-up subgenres, including but not limited to demonic slam, frognoise, and toadcore.
4.4 No gossip threads - no unsubstantiated rumors about drug addictions, who slept with who, etc. This is not high school.