Layin' down the law.

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When the CoffeeCup forums first went online almost 7 years ago, we had no idea how well received they would turn out to be. First we started with just a few topics — mostly users discussing the latest episodes of a TV show — and now we have thousands of threads in more than 40 discussion forums. You'll see discussions on a variety of subjects from web development and search engine optimization to PHP coding and of course the latest scores from the World Cup! ;)

During all this development, we never really had any guidelines on how we wanted things to be handled in the forums. We've always let the forums more or less police themselves, relying on the users to determine what is and isn't acceptable. But our forums are a lot bigger than they used to be. People from all walks of life — from teenagers to senior citizens, people from the U.S. all the way to the Fiji Islands — participate on our forums, and due to the wide range of users and demographics, I feel it's time to lay down some ground rules. We aren't making these changes to curb open communication, but to make the forums more enjoyable for all involved. After all, what may seem perfectly acceptable to someone from one region or demographic may be offensive to someone else.

With the help of many users just like you, we've defined a set of guidelines to help dictate behavior on the forums. They're all common sense rules that we should know, but that we tend to forget because of the anonymity of the web. I invite all of you to look them over and start putting them to use.

In the interest of fairness, and to keep these forums as outstanding as they already are, we will start enforcing these new polices very rigorously. We have a great group of forum admins who will be helping me out with these new guidelines and will do so fairly.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support. Without each of you contributing in our forums, these forums wouldn't be here.

Thanks again for your support.

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