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Forum Guidelines & Rules

Last updated 24 July 2021

This website is owned and operated by The Thaiger Pte. Ltd. (“The Thaiger”). This document comprises the Forum Guide and Rules, (hereinafter referred to as the “Rules”) and serves only the conduct on the forum. For the full Terms of Use Agreement, please refer to that document separately. Both documents are subject to change without notice, so it is advisable to regularly check for updates.

The Thaiger Talk forum

  • To help you gain the most from The Thaiger Forum, please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines before participating.
  • Every comment is valued for its content. This discussion forum allows everyone to have a say and it brings out many different ideas and viewpoints.
  • A single comment may have as much influence as 100 comments if the idea is a good one.
  • In order to play a positive part in the discussion and to give your views maximum impact, we encourage you to follow the etiquette guide below.
  • The rules and guidelines are designed to help give all members a better understanding of what behaviour is expected and to make your experience both enjoyable and safe.
  • Breaches of any of the rules stated below can result in permanent removal from the forum.

Member Levels

  • All new joiners to the forum start at the Member level, with limited access across the forum.
  • After 10 posts, Members are automatically promoted to Bronze Member, when most limitations are lifted.
  • Once a Bronze Member contributes 200 posts to the forum, they are promoted to Silver Member. At this stage, there are virtually no limitations applied as they are highly valued members of the Thai Talk Community.
  • Those that contribute 500 posts to the forum, they’ll be promoted to what is currently our highest accolade, Gold Member. Such respected members will be well known to the staff and the regular forum users and as such will be awarded even more freedoms.
  • Other member levels are available for our YouTube members (Thaiger Cub and Thaiger Legend) – please request to be manually updated if you are in one of these member groups. Either reach out to a Moderator or send an email to info@thethaiger.com. They loosely correspond to Silver Member and Gold Member, respectively.
  • Thaiger Influencer is our last member option, these tend to be influential members of the community who specialise in an area and contribute to the community accordingly.
  • Finally, Moderator and Admin members are our staff who help keep the forum safe and clean.

Guidelines (Please do) – The Etiquette Guide

  1. It’s a good idea to read through the topic listings on the site, keeping an eye open for new, interesting topics and other participant’s comments, before getting involved in the discussion yourself.
  2. Before starting a new topic, check if there is already a topic open on the subject. If so, contribute to it there.
  3. Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid vague titles like ‘Help’ or ‘Question’. You will receive a better response to your posts by being more specific or descriptive about the content of your post.
  4. Once you’ve left your comment, keep an eye on the forum to see what other people have to say, but you will receive notifications when someone replies.
  5. Always respect the views of other participants even if they don’t agree with you. Remember that contributions to forums are personal opinions and should be considered as such.
  6. Be constructive. It’s okay to disagree with other posters; in fact, we encourage debate. Try to be interesting and stimulating – and provocative and controversial at times, where appropriate. Agree to disagree, maybe, at times but just try to steer towards a positive exchange; that is all the forum team asks of you.
  7. Always keep things civil. We recognize that this can be difficult at times, especially when you are passionate about an issue, but it is important to keep the discussion focused on the issue rather than letting it deteriorate into a battle of wills.
  8. Refrain from making contentious or quarrelsome entries and ignore other members who appear intent on quarrelling. They will soon be spotted by the moderating panel and advised accordingly.
  9. If you feel that someone has insulted you or violated any rules or guidelines, report their comment to the moderator by selecting the Report button at the top right corner of the post to notify us. Avoid replying to the offending post since this is likely to be seen as if you want a dispute. The moderator will look at the offensive comment and take appropriate action – its removal if necessary.
  10. Lend a helping hand. Some of us are real computer experts and feel at home using social media and online networks. Others are newcomers or too old to catch up with the new media. If you can, offer them help with using Thaiger Talk.
  11. Do not be afraid to share. If you’re not sure about the information you see in the Thaiger News, share that feeling. We need you to communicate about Thai news in order to maximise its relevance and value.
  12. When newcomers arrive, say “hi” and welcome them. Help new members to ‘learn the ropes’ about how to find information and resources and how to get involved.
  13. Stay on topic. This forum has been created for the specific purpose of enabling members to discuss and debate the topic as titled. Off-topic posts may be deleted at the moderator’s discretion.
  14. Turn off the ‘CAPS LOCK’. Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence. Do use CAPS occasionally, though, in order to give special emphasis to the odd word or two – NOT THE ODD LINE OR TWO! And, as you can see, it’s also harder to read.
  15. Avoid using uncommon abbreviations or acronyms, as users may not immediately understand what they mean. Proper English will help.
  16. In consideration of readers’ time, try hard to limit your posts to 10 lines or less. Some of us have daytime jobs and moderators will edit or remove entries that are too long.
  17. Choose one discussion topic under which you would like to post each of your unique comments. Don’t cut and paste the same comment into several discussion topics. These will be considered duplicates and may be removed.
  18. Avoid ‘trolling’. Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offence, either by insults or pointless nit-picking of user comments. They add no value to the debate and, if spotted, will be excluded permanently from further forum use.
  19. Avoid bullying, harassing or threatening other participants. If another participant proffers an opinion that you don’t agree with, you have no right to demand (a) that they support their position with a detailed argument or (b) that they respond to your questions. It is up to each individual to participate in the forum as much or as little as they wish. Let freedom and respect be all users’ watchwords.
  20. Please respect the moderators. Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have his or her fair say.

Rules (Please don’t)

  1. Don’t post personal information about another forum user. This Includes identifying any individual by their real name if they have not already done so or provided personal contact information.
  2. Don’t defame anyone or any organisation. A comment is defamatory if it lowers or harms the reputation of a person or organisation. If you wish to accuse someone of committing a crime or being an idiot this is not the place to do it.
  3. Do not discuss nor invite debate about the Thai monarchy. Strict lese majeste laws may be applied against any person or group believed to have defamed, insulted or threatened the King of Thailand or any member of the Thai royal family, whether living or deceased. [Updated on 24 July 2021 – see Lèse-majesté section below for more details].
  4. Don’t post anything that could be considered intolerant of a person’s race, culture, appearance, gender, sexual preference, religion or age.
  5. Don’t use obscene or vulgar language. Lots of people from different backgrounds participate in forums. We want our users to be able to do so from home, work, school, university or wherever they may be. Disguising swear words by deliberately misspelling them doesn’t make them any less offensive.
  6. Don’t personally insult or harass other participants – ‘flaming’ in forum jargon. Always focus on the logic of the argument rather than the individuals involved in the argument. Users are entitled to choose not to enter into a debate with you.
  7. Don’t post links to any inappropriate, offensive or illegal material or to any website, username or entity that is deemed to be in breach of rules 1-6 above. Inappropriate content is anything that may offend or is not relevant to the discussion.
  8. No advertising or links to advertising or “Spam” is permitted. Advertising or Spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting, or promoting by someone that has ownership or other “vested interest” to the website involved, including efforts to promote other online forums or websites by website owners.
  9. If you are a website owner and have a link that you consider may be of interest to the forum, please submit it to our admin team and we will review your submission. Such links must be appropriate and abide by rules 1-6 or they will not be approved.
  10. Don’t use multiple usernames. Posting under multiple user accounts will result in the banning of any offenders.
  11. Avoid usernames consisting of trademarks, company names, website names, or obscenities.
  12. Don’t post copyrighted material, unless with the consent of the owner and accepting that The Thaiger’s disclaimer applies.
  13. No cryptic posts. Using cryptic messages to ‘skirt’ the rules is contrary to the essence of the forum and not permitted.
  14. Don’t post offline personal contact information (e.g. your home address, phone numbers, etc.) and do not ask for personal information from others. This is to protect your security and identity.
  15. Don’t complain about the moderation, on-site. You can direct an email to the moderator if you’re unhappy with the action taken. Be respectful in any private communications with moderators, who may often be volunteers who donate many hours of their own time to help in the smooth running of the forum. Violations of this rule will not be tolerated.
  16. Fake News
    1. Posts by Members are not to be written in a style that creates an impression of being a news article or press release. Moderators in the first instance will hide such posts and offer the chance for the member to rewrite the post. No warning points issued in such a case.
    2. Members who continually fail to meet the requirements in (1) above, will come under standard warning and disciplinary methods.
    3. Members may only quote publicly available statistics (i.e. not from a website for member’s only) in their posts and must refer to the organisation or website source of such information. This allows other members to access and review for themselves.

Lèse-majesté

Update to rule #3 – effective from 24 July 2021

Previous Rule: Don’t defame, insult or threaten the King of Thailand or any member of the Thai royal family, whether living or deceased or criticize the monarchy as an institution.

New Rule: Do not discuss nor invite debate about the Thai monarchy. Strict lese majeste laws may be applied against any person or group believed to have defamed, insulted or threatened the King of Thailand or any member of the Thai royal family, whether living or deceased.

The highlighted change tries to address a challenge for our Forum in handling posts referencing the King and/or royal family. The Thaiger Forum has members from around the world and we welcome them. However, the Thaiger Forum has its deepest association with Thailand and its people and our respect for its laws is our respect to its people and their King.

We need to firmly apply the rules around posts about the monarchy due to the strictness of Thailand’s lese majeste laws. These laws, widespread by nature, allow any individual Thai citizen to raise a complaint against an individual or organisation. The penalties can be harsh for breaching them. Prudence and respect dictate we establish, maintain and apply strict rules for these laws.

Know Your Moderators

The Thaiger Forum is moderated by the editorial team in consultation with an expert committee. While they may not have answers to all your questions, moderators are here to help in any way they can. Moderators have the right to edit or delete posts that violate the rules above, without prior notice. They are also responsible for promoting participation in the forum and online contributions and comments by members. You can spot a moderator because their posts indicate that they are moderators. We are always looking for new moderators to help with the multitude of topics in the field of Thai news and lifestyle. If you feel you can contribute, let us know.

Each moderator may see things through slightly different eyes and some variance is to be expected. However, moderators promise to base their decision-making on the content of posts rather than personal feelings about the person posting in them.

If you have a question for a moderator on a decision, you can email them and discuss it privately. They may not see things the same way you do, but they are open and approachable.

Sanctions

Breaches of the moderation rules will be dealt with as follows:

  1. Removal of comment – any comment that, in the view of the moderator, breaches the rules will be removed.
  2. Temporary Suspension – a participant who repeatedly and flagrantly flouts the moderation rules may be suspended from access to the site for a period of up to one week determined by the moderators. The period will reflect both the severity and consistency of the breach.
  3. Permanent Blocking – a participant who continues to violate the moderation rules following reinstatement after a period of suspension may have their access to the site permanently blocked.

Automatic Blocking – a participant who posts or links to inappropriate, offensive or illegal material will be immediately blocked from the site.

Concerns

If you have any concerns about The Thaiger’s Forum Guidelines and Rules, please send your comments/questions to info@thethaiger.com. For more information about how your privacy is respected on The Thaiger, please refer to our Privacy Policy.