VirtualR Posting Rules Updated

With more than 120k comments already posted, the comment area is undoubtedly a core feature of VirtualR.

In order to maintain a civil and constructive commenting environment that everyone can enjoy, we have updated the posting rules and would like to ask all readers to quickly familiarize themselves with the rules by checking them out here.

While we would like nothing more than to read informed conversations/debates that are kept in a civil tone regardless of the disagreement or posted subject matter, we do realise that is sometimes an unrealistic expectation.

Many of us have strong opinions and varying ways and abilities to express these opinions.

But the most important thing from our point of view is to maintain a civil atmosphere and promote a pleasant place for people to visit. Nobody should want to trawl through post after post of arguments that are insulting, belittling or abusive to others.

To that end, the existing posting rules have been tweaked and a little expanded to cover most situations. They are not there to curb your right to express yourself or to limit what you can say. However there are boundaries that are either inappropriate or unacceptable. You cannot just say whatever you want. You are chatting to other people who have feelings too.

The rules are mainly there for the protection of each member so they don’t have to be subjected to insults/trolling etc. and to stop those who wish to dish that out, as well as being there for, as we said, helping VirtualR be a civil environment for people to engage and discuss in.

Please enjoy your time with us and enjoy your hobby as it is one we all share!

GTOmegaRacing.com

  • Christopher Trees

    I like arcade and unicorns and hello kitty. Sims are so unrealistic!

    • http://batman-news.com Leeman

      Ha. Nice try.

    • Francis Cappellazzo

      +1 for effort

  • Kabonfaiba

    This is probably snobbish, but I’ve never felt the need to read any comment/forum rules. I’ve just written everything like I’m texting a person sitting opposite me in words I would normally use verbally. The problems only start when you try to express any kind of tone, or write statements left up to interpretation because lack of clarification, or using swear words as a figure of speech, only to be taken out of context, or making a joke.

    • EZehnder

      That’s a totally valid way of doing it and that would fit 99% of forum rules, I’m sure.

    • F1Racer

      To be fair, unless there are some rules being applied that stray away from the norm or some that are specialist for a particular forum/site then not reading the rules probably won’t catch you out if you are civilised and act in a regular manner.
      But, all the same, it is always advisable to be acquainted with a sites rules in case they have any that you need to know about over and above what you expect to fine, and don’t want to get caught out – I mean beyond the obvious ones of don’t troll etc.
      And naturally not everyone is the same and some to need those boundaries set in writing. I’m sure you can appreciate the need for rules nonetheless and why they need to be there on forums/blogs and other social environments (except YouTube of course where anything goes and all the crazies have field days there trying to out-insult the other). :)

  • http://derekspearedesigns.com/ Derek Speare

    VirtualR provides an excellent service for Sim Racing Enthusiasts everywhere. Promoting the positive exchange of ideas and information makes the value of our pursuits that much more. Making sim racing better for everyone should be one of the goals for all of us.

    • http://www.protosimtech.com ProtoSimTech

      Wholeheartedly agree. Well said.

  • Leny

    Rule #1
    I am the best

  • rci808

    Lets just work it out in the racing servers.
    :P

    • F1Racer

      You say that, then look at the stupid video you posted which got you banned. Unbelievable.

  • ch d

    Great. Now you only need to provide sources to your news.
    I find it annoying to read something here without any sources.

  • Chima Madujibeya

    Seems clear enough and fair enough to me :)

  • GamerMuscle

    http://i.imgur.com/77T4Pxm.jpg

    1st RULE: You do not talk about virtualr R

    2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about virtualr R

    3rd RULE: If someone says “simcade” or shouts “troll”, loses internet connection the sim war is over.

    4th RULE: Only two tire models to a sim war.

    5th RULE: One sim argument at a time.

    6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.

    7th RULE: Sim wars will go on as long as they have to.

    8th RULE: If this is your first night at virtualr R , you HAVE to sim war.

  • Guy Moulton

    I think it is the responsibility of VR to verify the integrity of article reviews they post. This means that the credentials of the reviewer must be transparent. If it is purely an opinion piece, that is one thing and a simple nickname is fine. But when posting a review of any sort for a product which can be purchased, a nickname is not enough to verify the voracity of the piece. Articles which can affect a company’s bottom line in any way (positive or negative) need to include a real name, not a nickname, and some sort of profile for that reviewer.

    I had a post deleted because I called to question (rightly so) the integrity of a negative article written by someone with nothing more than a 3 letter nickname. This is the sort of thing that calls into question not only the integrity and motivations of the anonymous reviewer, but also that of any site which uses that review as an article on the front page.

    My name is included with my profile right here. If you google my name I’m sure you will find out more about me than you care to know. I have no commercial interests in sim racing or any sim racing company or hardware manufacturer. I’m just a guy who wants honest reviews on products.

    • GamerMuscle

      “nickname is not enough to verify the voracity of the piece”

      You should be evaluating things on the merit of the content not the author . If someone makes a point or argument about a given thing then the argument stands by its logical strength the arguments made and strength of any sources or information they link to.

      Of course if someone is just making a subjective point again it really does not matter who they are.

      So having an authors real name is not really connected to if something is going to be honest or not and you can normally evaluate the value of a review by its content.

      furthermore with the nature of crowd funding add revenues and personal preferences its going to be imposable to pin down each persons conflict of interest on a given subject.

      “I had a post deleted because I called to question (rightly so) the integrity of a negative article”

      I have found virtual R only delete comments that are offensive maybe your counter point was offensive or received in a certain light that merited it being deleted ?

    • pastor_tedhaggard

      “Articles which can affect a company’s bottom line in any way (positive or negative) need to include a real name, not a nickname, and some sort of profile for that reviewer.”

      Point 1: and how exactly do you go about proving or forecasting whether an article, positive or negative, will affect a companys bottom line. What are you going to do, review their management accounts on a minute by minute basis?
      How would you correlate that information back to a specific article made?

      Point 2: i don’t see how comments are related to nicknames. I do not care what the persons nickname is, i judge a comment on the merit of the actual post, and whether the comment stands up to evidence and scrutiny. i do not change my perception or judgement based on who is posting.
      having a psuedo name or a nickname actually potentially allows for a more free, independent discussion, because the focus is on the content in the post itself, and there is no bias or attention attached to who is posting the comment.

    • Justin Schmidt

      i am always against demanding real names on the internet.

  • Big Ron

    Oops. I am one of the top-commenters at VirtualR. I should shift my freetime activities somewhat.

    • F1Racer

      835 :)

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