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The Thaiger Talk Forum Guidelines

The Thaiger Talk Forum is a global community of diverse personalities all of whom deserve our respect and to feel comfortable with others’ opinions whether we agree with their views, or not.

Always remember that members are the first level of moderation on the Forum. Verify your sources are real and what you are posting includes your opinion. Do not be a misinformation re-poster!

 

Etiquette – How to be “nice”!

We would like you to be civil, polite, and respectful in your interactions with other members. These guidelines can help you be a good member! 

  1. We encourage and love debate but be courteous even when disagreement may be vigorous! 
  2. The forum values and welcomes differing opinions within our Guidelines. So, it is likely you will come across opinions you do not agree with! It is fine to disagree with and challenge opinions, ideas, and facts. Attacking another member because their opinion differs, is not.
  3. Respect that each member is entitled to make personal decisions for themselves, and to have them respected, even if you think they are “driving the train to Loonyville”!
  4. Help each other out. We all have different life experiences and knowledge to draw from to answer questions raised! 
  5. Do not be afraid to share. If you are not sure about the information you see in the Thaiger News, share that feeling. We need you to communicate about Thai news to maximise its relevance and value.
  6. 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. Understand that it sometimes takes a while to get used to the “vibe” of a forum and may not pick up immediately on satire!

 

Post writing Tips

Here are some tips to help you write great forum posts!

  1. When writing your messages, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking face-to-face with someone. A comment that would get you punched in the face probably needs to be reworded!
  2. The shorter the post, the sometimes more effective it is! If you can try and limit your posts to 10 lines or less, it will really help all the readers!
  3. DON’T SHOUT IT ALL OUT! The overuse of CAPS can cause offence. Try to minimise the use of Bold and CAPS to only stress occasional words and not the whole post. Otherwise, people may SHOUT BACK!
  4. Refrain from using slang, uncommon abbreviations, acronyms and “text-message” style substitutions for words. As we are both a multi-age and a multi-national forum, not everyone may understand what you are saying or used to you saying it!
  5. Choose one discussion topic under which you would like to post each of your unique comments. Multi-posting the same post may help your post count, but just irritates most other members. Duplicates may be removed.

 

Topic Tips

Forums thrive on great topics to discuss. Here are a couple of tips to help guide you!

  1. Before starting a new topic, check if there is already a topic open on the subject. If so, contribute to it there.
  2. Always, keep an eye open for new, interesting topics and other participants’ comments. Be involved with what interests you and create Topics you think would be interesting to hear from others about.
  3. Use descriptive titles for new Topics. Try and avoid using vague titles like “Help” or “Question.” More will respond if you are being more specific or descriptive about the Topic, especially if it is fun! 
  4. Once you have left your comment, keep an eye on the forum to see what other people have to say. You will receive notifications when someone replies. “Liking” responses help build more interest.

 

Rules…. the must-dos!

Posts not meeting these requirements, including attempts to intentionally incite annoyance or offence, either by insults or pointless nit-picking of member comments, maybe actioned and members sanctioned, at the Moderators discretion.

  1. Use English Language only when posting. Posted images or videos in a foreign language must include English subtitles.
  2. Do not include any personal information of any Member, ask for such information and/or include profanities, obscene or vulgar language, videos, pictures, or links to other websites which provide the same.
  3. Do not defame, insult, bully, or harass, any other member, person, or organisation. Be respectful of a person’s country, race, culture, appearance, gender, sexual preference, religion, political beliefs, education, career choice and age.
  4. Do not make changes to quoted material from other members posts, except for purposes of shortening the quoted post. This cannot be done in such a manner that it alters the context of the original post.
  5. Understand that the Forum considers “Facts” to differ from a “Personal Opinion.” Facts may be inferred or quoted. Members are responsible to make sure their Posts are not misleading and do not knowingly share articles, pictures and videos previously identified as Misinformation.
  6. All text and posted content must align to the topic and/or the first post under that topic. Posts must be accompanied by a personal comment & a valid working direct link (URL) to any quoted text or data image for verification or for any fact(s) or inferred fact(s) used in a personal comment.
  7. Quoted sources must be viewable by any member. Links to sites requiring a membership or subscription to view the whole item linked are not permitted. Links must be checked by Members before posting to ensure they meet these requirements and are valid working links.
  8. Members are not to insert more than two relevant image files – pictures or videos, per post. Moderators may use their discretion and DELETE any image files that do not comply or are deemed offensive as per Forum Guidelines.
  9. Members posts are not to be written to look like a news article or press release and must not include copyrighted material unless with the consent of the owner and accepting that The Thaiger’s disclaimer applies.
  10. Links to other ASEAN forums is not permitted nor discussion of any other forum, its format or staff. An exception may only be allowed for a reference within a new member’s first post in their introduction.
  11. The Moderators review contributions on the Forum and may, at their absolute discretion, restrict topics or edit, move or delete posts considered to be too controversial or which may pose a higher risk of misinformation being distributed.
  12. Thaiger Talk Moderators are all volunteers. Any abuse directed to them will be severely sanctioned, including a possible permanent ban from the Forum. All Questions to Moderators, and any comments or complaints about Moderation actions, must only be raised by a Personal Message (PM) to a Moderator and must not be posted on the Forum itself.
  13. No direct links to advertising are permitted 
  14. Moderators, at their discretion, may apply one or more sanctions on members who have breached the rules of the forum. 
  15. Website links may require pre-approval. Website owners must submit such links to the Forum Admin Team for approval. Such links must be appropriate, be of interest to the Forum, and abide by the same rules that are required for member posts.
  16. Duplicate accounts are not permitted. Posting under multiple user accounts may result in the suspension of the member concerned.
  17. Access to the Forum may be as a Guest Member or as a Registered Member. Levels of access to and use of the Forum may be restricted by the Membership Level of the Member (as shown below), by the Thaiger or by the Moderators in response to specific or general concerns associated with the Forum use and/or content posted.
  18. Membership of the Forum is by way of a website registration process (see Member Levels). Persons seeking membership who provide false and/or misleading information when registering may be banned from being a website member.
  19. Opt-In Sub-Forums are created at the discretion of the Moderators. These may have rules applied to them in addition to the general guidelines in this document. By electing to Opt-In to the Sub-Forum, members acknowledge acceptance of such additional rules.

 

Lese Majeste

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. Accordingly, the following are required to show our respect for its laws, as this is our respect to its people and their King. 

  1. Posts must not comment, discuss nor invite debate about the Thai monarchy. Any such post identified will be deleted.
  2. Your participation in this Forum acknowledges you understand that 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.
  3. Members also acknowledge that The Thaiger accepts no responsibility for any other consequences whatsoever that may arise due to a member choosing to disregard this rule by posting any such comment(s). 

 

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 100 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 and then 1,000 posts to the forum, they’ll be promoted to what are our highest ranks, Gold Member and Platinum Member, respectively. 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.

The Thaiger Talk Forum Guidelines | News by Thaiger

 

Finally…to keep the Lawyers happy!

This website and its content are owned and operated by The Thaiger Pte. Ltd. (“The Thaiger”). The Thaiger provides the Thaiger Talk Forum (The Forum) subject to website terms and conditions and the above Guidelines. 

This document comprises the Forum Guidelines, (the Guidelines) and serves only to manage the conduct on the forum. For the full Terms of Use Agreement, please refer to that document separately. Check regularly as the Forum Guidelines are subject to change without notice.

If you have any concerns about The Thaiger’s Forum Guidelines and Rules or you’d like your account and profile deleted, please send your comments/questions to talk@thethaiger.com. Please note that The Thaiger owns all content published on the website, including the forum, so reserves the right to keep users’ posts active after deactivating the user profile. A username may be anonymised if required. For more information about how your privacy is respected on The Thaiger, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

(The Thaiger Talk Forum Guidelines Version 2.2 – last updated 16th April 2022)