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This thread is locked and will be used solely by me to document significant rule changes. Each post will include the date the rule was added/deleted/changed, and the change that was made.
You can make your own dedicated threads to discuss specific rule changes if you like, but otherwise, you can discuss all of them here: >>1023
The rules are at https://lolcow.farm/rules
July 15, 2015
/pt/ thread criteria
The /pt/ guideline for new threads has been adjusted to make it explicit that not only must you post evidence, but staff reserve the right to move your thread if they don't consider your evidence good enough to prove the person is a lolcow. I've italicized the changed sentence.
>If you are posting a new thread about someone who isn't widely known, and there are no previous threads about this person, then in the OP you need to include an explanation of why you consider them to be a lolcow. You should include links, pictures, videos, screenshots, quotes, or other evidence. If you do not do this, or if lolcow staff deems your evidence insufficient, incorrect, or irrelevant, then your thread will likely be moved to /b/.
Additionally, I added a new paragraph to clarify that not all threads necessarily have to be about lolcows. They can be about figures of interest who may have been considered lolcows at one point but now may not be. This rule only applies to people who are very well known in this community and similar communities.
>Threads about well-known figures who have been discussed heavily in the past but may not currently be considered lolcows, such as Dakota, may be posted in some cases. This typically only applies to people near-universally known to communities like ours.
July 19, 2015Race discussion ban
(As with all rule changes, this rule change can be discussed here >>1023
Discussions of race and ethnicity are now banned in /pt/, unless the posts are 1) very relevant to the thread and the discussion, 2) not hostile, inflammatory, accusatory, or targeted at other posters, and 3) as objective as possible. Even in those cases, such posts should be made infrequently, and you should not post about it in a particular thread multiple times over short periods. This also applies to blanket stereotypes suggesting that a certain culture or nation is superior/inferior, or good/bad.
This ban is in place purely to reduce the chance of threads quickly derailing into off-topic arguing, bickering, and spamming. Race discussions are banned for pragmatic, not moral or intellectual, reasons. I think people should be free to discuss these things, but they're simply too prone to causing major derailments.
This does not apply to mere use of controversial language, so long as the language is obviously not intended to make a racial statement. For example, saying "shut up nigger" as a general insult when the target's race is unknown or not black would not be considered a racial remark. Exceptions will also be made for certain non-serious replies like >>>/pt/139716
Race discussions are universally banned in /g/ with no exceptions.
It also applies to /b/, with some exceptions. The ban applies to /b/ threads which are not dedicated to race topics, but the rule will be enforced somewhat less harshly. However, generally speaking, you should not make a hostile or off-topic racial comment in a /b/ thread if the thread is not about race.
/b/ may be used to host race "containment threads" where people can say whatever they like freely without any sort of moderation (as long as global rules are obeyed). There are already some threads like that, and it is recommended that you choose one of those threads rather than making a new one. You may make a new /b/ thread to discuss race or ethnicity if 1) all of the existing threads do not sufficiently cover what you want to discuss, and 2) there has not been another race thread made recently. Please carefully check the catalog before deciding to make a new thread, and make sure a new thread is truly needed.
If you're in /pt/ and really feel the need to make some sort of comment related to race, you should probably find one of the existing /b/ threads, link to the /pt/ post you're replying to, and keep the new discussion in /b/.
July 21, 2015
No more samefag refutation
Some posters occasionally request that I confirm they are or aren't a certain person, or aren't a samefag. I actually already mentioned this a month or so ago, but: I will no longer reply to these requests and have not responded to one in some time.
I've done so a few times previously, but 1) it's time-consuming for me, and 2) it eliminates some of the point of having an anonymous imageboard with no IDs. Particularly, there are currently no rules that disallow samefagging on any board (unless the samefagging is done to break one of the global rules, such as the rules against personal armies and deceiving lolcow staff).
Every time a non-samefag makes this request and I confirm they are not a samefag, I am effectively helping the community "cheat" and potentially figure out who samefags are by looking at the ones who do not make such requests.
Some form of poster IDs may be added at some point. But at this current time, samefagging, by itself, is still not against the rules, and I will not doing anything to prevent it. Samefagging is taken into consideration when deciding whether to move a thread from /pt/ to /b/, but even in those cases, the fact that someone was samefagging is not revealed publicly.
August 23, 2015/snow/
An experimental new board, /snow/, has been created. See >>>/snow/1
October 24, 2015Self-posting>>1359
Similar to this rule, excessive self-posting in /pt/ or /snow/ may result in moderative action.
Posting details about yourself is fine in many scenarios, but giving your life story or inserting unnecessary remarks about yourself in an off-topic manner is irritating. No one cares. You may be given a warning, a label, and/or a temporary ban.
December 20, 2015
After a long discussion in the most recent townhall, we've decided that most general threads should go in /b/.
Rule of thumb: if a general thread is about a large group, subculture, community, or website (like a thread for all of Tumblr), with many different people mentioned, it should go in /b/. If a thread primarily focusses on a small number of specific people, it should probably go in /snow/.
As a result, the Tumblr thread was moved to /b/. The HAES and fatty threads were also merged and moved to /b/.
General threads like those frequently lead to lots of discussion and debate around broad issues; often sociological and political ones. They tend to derail easily and not focus so much on specific people. The key theme of /pt/ and /snow/ is that threads should be about specific people.
I know it can sometimes be confusing to determine whether a thread should go in /b/, /pt/, or /snow/. If it's a general thread, post it in /b/, and staff will move it necessary. If it's not, you should probably post your thread in /snow/.
January 4, 2016Vendetta false flag threads
A new rule has been added:
>Do not post vendetta threads in the direct or indirect guise of a self-post, by impersonating someone you have a grudge against.
Vendetta threads are still not necessarily banned, but this specific kind of vendetta thread is. However, don't post a thread impersonating someone you have a vendetta against, with the intent of people calling them out for what they think is self-posting. It can be considered a kind of "self-thread false flag" attempt.
So, now, both "real" and "alleged" self-post threads are disallowed.
February 22, 2016
Any user who meets all of the following criteria may be subject to a permanent ban:
1. Explicitly says, or appears blatantly as if they found this site through another website like /r9k/, /pol/, Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube, MPA, or elsewhere.
2. Holds some extreme political, social, or religious view (e.g. a SJW or fascist).
3. Contributes nothing or almost nothing to the site other than discussing their views in various threads, and arguing with people.
To be clear, this is not a restriction on simply having far-right or far-left views, or arguing with people about them (as long as it stays in /b/ and doesn't derail other threads). Rather, if you've come to this site solely to talk about politics and nothing else, have no idea what the site is about, have no interest in lolcows, have not contributed any actual content, and haven't posted anything on-topic in any /pt/ or /snow/ threads, then you might be banned.
We have no problem with people finding this site through other communities, as long as they lurk before posting and try to integrate themselves. All 3 of these criteria must apply in order for a ban to be warranted.
April 27, 2016Multiple rule changes and clarifications