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9th Dec '17 4:45:37 AM Arcorann
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For the record, the actual rules of every community and forum on the internet pretty much boil down to 'Don't be a dick' and/or 'Don't piss off the mods'. [[note]]This site's rules are exceedingly simple: Fun will be had. Boorishness and Dickery will not be tolerated. Mutual respect among the posters is expected. Vandalism of the wiki will get you banned tout suite.[[/note]]

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For the record, the actual rules of every community and forum on the internet pretty much boil down to 'Don't "Don't be a dick' dick" (claimed by Wil Wheaton as "Wheaton's Law") and/or 'Don't "Don't piss off the mods'.mods". [[note]]This site's rules are exceedingly simple: Fun will be had. Boorishness and Dickery will not be tolerated. Mutual respect among the posters is expected. Vandalism of the wiki will get you banned tout suite.[[/note]]



** This is a corollary to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect The Streisand Effect]], a law of the internet which states that the more effort is put into removing information from the internet, the more attention is called to that information, and the further it will spread.

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** This is a corollary to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect The Streisand Effect]], the StreisandEffect, a law of the internet which states that the more effort is put into removing information from the internet, the more attention is called to that information, and the further it will spread.



* '''The "Lock the Gates" Phenomonen''': If a forum has been online for an extended amount of time, and veterens hang around, new players will cease to stay due to the use of inside jokes, phrases and just an air of 'us, not you'. When the length a forum has been online approaches infinity, the chance a new user will stay approaches 0%.

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* '''The "Lock the Gates" Phenomonen''': Phenomenon''': If a forum has been online for an extended amount of time, and veterens veterans hang around, new players will cease to stay due to the use of inside jokes, phrases and just an air of 'us, not you'. When the length a forum has been online approaches infinity, the chance a new user will stay approaches 0%.



** '''Corollary to the Corollary''': Veterans who have come back for no reason then to hate and troll, will directly hate other veterans who dont hate the forum's franchise/topic/ect.

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** '''Corollary to the Corollary''': Veterans who have come back for no reason then to hate and troll, will directly hate other veterans who dont don't hate the forum's franchise/topic/ect.
franchise/topic/etc.



** A thread hating on twilight

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** A thread hating on twilightTwilight



** A thread where people will threaten, always threaten, people with other twilight opinions

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** A thread where people will threaten, always threaten, people with other twilight Twilight opinions
7th Oct '17 1:14:33 PM 1810072342
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*** '''No Love For The Follow-up''': Forums based around a particularly piece of media will often regard any derivative works as an automatically-nixed subject. This is not inherently reciprocated, depending on the general level of respect for the original and the nature of its fanbase. If the derivative is regarded as a FollowTheLeader work, though, civility will usually go out the window on both sides.

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*** '''No Love For The Follow-up''': Forums based around a particularly particular piece of media will often regard any derivative works as an automatically-nixed subject. This is not inherently reciprocated, depending on the general level of respect for the original and the nature of its fanbase. If the derivative is regarded as a FollowTheLeader work, though, civility will usually go out the window on both sides.
7th Oct '17 1:12:46 PM 1810072342
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** '''The Pet Peeve Phenomenon''': On every forum there will be certain things that no-one is allowed to be in favour of, usually related to the forum's history. Establishing what these are in advance is one of the primary tasks of lurking.
*** '''No Love For The Follow-up''': Forums based around a particularly piece of media will often regard any derivative works as an automatically-nixed subject. This is not inherently reciprocated, depending on the general level of respect for the original and the nature of its fanbase. If the derivative is regarded as a FollowTheLeader work, though, civility will usually go out the window on both sides.
7th Oct '17 12:42:11 PM 1810072342
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* '''The law of great ideas''': The more promoted an idea is, the more it is likely to come from someone who is never going to be able to act on it.
* '''The law of bugs''': The more obvious and easy to trigger a bug is, the more people are going to do it on purpose.

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* '''The law Law of great ideas''': Great Ideas''': The more promoted an idea is, the more it is likely to come from someone who is never going to be able to act on it.
* '''The law Law of bugs''': Bugs''': The more obvious and easy to trigger a bug is, the more people are going to do it on purpose.



* '''The Shared-name Overshadow Rule''': If there are two characters from two different series with the same name one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google images then the other For example: Scourge the cat from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and Scourge the hedgehog from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' (See OneMarioLimit).

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* '''The Shared-name Overshadow Rule''': If there are two characters from two different series with the same name name, one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google Deviantart/Google images then the other other. For example: Scourge the cat from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and Scourge the hedgehog from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'') (See OneMarioLimit).
7th Oct '17 12:23:12 PM 1810072342
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** There is such thing as a site that cannot attract trolls.

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** There is no such thing as a site that cannot attract trolls.
7th Oct '17 12:18:00 PM 1810072342
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* '''The law of overriding problems''': The more noticeable a problem is in something, the less likely discussion about other topics will be.

* '''The Shared-name overshadow rule''': If there are two characters from two different series with the same name one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google images then the other For example: Scourge the cat from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and Scourge the hedgehog from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.

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* '''The law Law of overriding problems''': Overriding Problems''': The more noticeable a problem is in something, the less likely discussion about other topics will be.

* '''The Shared-name overshadow rule''': Overshadow Rule''': If there are two characters from two different series with the same name one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google images then the other For example: Scourge the cat from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and Scourge the hedgehog from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.
''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' (See OneMarioLimit).



** '''Corollary''': Members creating polls on internationally-popular sites about national issues will have their results skewed by people sincerely ticking the 'Who even is that person?' joke option.

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** '''Corollary''': Members creating polls about national issues on internationally-popular sites about national issues will have their results skewed by people sincerely ticking the 'Who even is that person?' joke option.
7th Oct '17 12:16:06 PM 1810072342
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** '''The External Skype Server Phenomenon''': Sub-communities within a larger one will develop their own internal caste system, complete with mis-uses of power. However, casual references to this sub-community in the main environment means the chances of the actual mods discovering what's going on will steadily approach one over time.




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** There is such thing as a site that cannot attract trolls.


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* '''The LawOfWikiExpansion Corollary''': As a specialist website/forum gains more pages for general stuff, more people will use the website for purposes other than what it was set up to do/discuss.

* '''"Just Tv Tropes It"''': Any online resource frequently used to explain concepts to other forum members will eventually become the default resource for this purpose as people get used to it.


7th Oct '17 8:59:02 AM 1810072342
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* '''SpotlightFallacy Law''': Any community online will become known to the general public by its most abhorrent members.
** '''The Troper Tales Solution''': Purging sections of the site that encourage unwanted behaviour can allow communities to restore their reputation.
7th Oct '17 8:49:58 AM 1810072342
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* '''The Shared-name overshadow rule''': If their are two characters from two different series with the same name one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google images then the other For example: Scourge the cat from Warriors and Scourge the hedgehog from Sonic

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* '''The Shared-name overshadow rule''': If their there are two characters from two different series with the same name one will be massively more well known (aka have more images on deviantart/google images then the other For example: Scourge the cat from Warriors ''Literature/WarriorCats'' and Scourge the hedgehog from Sonic
''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.




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** '''Corollary''': Members creating polls on internationally-popular sites about national issues will have their results skewed by people sincerely ticking the 'Who even is that person?' joke option.

* '''Contribution Desire vs. Contribution Ability Law''': Any online environment that allows free submitting, especially those that encourage creative thought, will inevitably receive additions that add nothing from people who just wanted to join in.
** '''Corollary''': Many of these people, with constructive criticism, will mature into making sensible and worthwhile contributions. Some of them won't. There is no way to tell which is which in advance.
16th Sep '17 6:05:26 PM nombretomado
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* '''The [[Series/SouthPark "Whateva! I do what I want!"]] Law:''' As the length of a policy discussion approaches infinity, the probability of someone using "because freedom!" as an argument for setting the loosest rules imaginable, or even no rules at all, approaches 1.

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* '''The [[Series/SouthPark [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark "Whateva! I do what I want!"]] Law:''' As the length of a policy discussion approaches infinity, the probability of someone using "because freedom!" as an argument for setting the loosest rules imaginable, or even no rules at all, approaches 1.
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