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Dear MB-ians,We have recently noticed an increase in some of the issues around the forum and as a result a few new and some old rules are being highlighted in this post for all to read.
Sultan was introduced into the show as a parallel lead and has had
several seemingly romantic interactions with Madhubala up until the
RishBala marriage. But now that the marriage has been concluded and
Sultan's character declared a cameo, any possibility of a romantic track
between Sultan and Madhubala have been concluded. However, we have
still noticed a high volume of suggestive and sometimes just outright
inappropriate speculations being posted in several threads with regards
to SulBala. As a result at this time, while you are more than welcome to
discuss Sultan and Madhubala screen presence/chemistry and their scenes
WITHIN THE SCOPE of the show, any excessive romantic suggestions and
sexual speculations regarding the two will NOT be allowed.
understand that you are ALLOWED to discuss Sultan-Padmini and
Sultan-Madhubala as long as it is done within the scope of the show.
Sultan and Padmini have NO romantic standing in the show and therefore
any romantic speculations of the two will not be allowed. Sultan and
Madhubala also have no romantic standing in the show at this point and
therefore any further inappropriate romantic speculations on the two
will also not be allowed. You are also allowed to hold these discussions
in one central thread if you'd like, however please refrain from making
"couples appreciation threads" on the same.
feel free to appreciate their characters or their chemistry, but lets
remember that it does NOT have to be romantic in nature or contain
overtly sexual suggestions. Any instances of inappropriate discussions
(as determined by the DT) WILL lead to severe action and possible
warning level raise for ALL involved.
TRP Discussions - Over the past few weeks we have noticed a harsh increase in the threads dedicated to the discussions (and more often than not the "blame games") related to the TRP for that week. We had an established TRP thread in the past which members have since lost track of and this is resulting in an high level of repetitive threads for TRP discussions. Therefore, at this time, all TRP discussions should be limited to the already established TRP thread below.
MEIEJ TRP Thread
understand that while you're welcome to discuss and speculate about the
TRPs in the above mentioned thread, it needs to be done in a CIVIL
manner and without getting offensive/instigating towards a particular
character or fan group.
The TRP thread WILL be monitored and any offensive/instigating posts WILL lead to severe warning and warning level raises.
ATs, EDTs and Chat Thread Rules - High
traffic threads like the chat clubs, appreciation threads, discussion
hubs or central episode discussion threads have always been difficult to
monitor and that is why sometimes offensive comments/inappropriate
behavior is unintentionally overlooked. However in the past few months,
the high traffic threads in this forum have been used as a space to bash
and attack several actors (some not even a part of MB), characters and
fan groups without pause. And THAT is unacceptable.
Every one of these high volume thread has their own rules, which include but are not limited to:
No bashing characters/actors/members
No discussing characters, actors and shows other than MB
From now on, any combination of 3 offenses (including bashing, spamming, attacking fans, discussing actors/characters not related to the show) by ANY participants of the thread will lead to a 24 hour closure of the thread and appropriate warnings/WL raises for ALL involved.
After the thread is reopened, any combination of 3 offenses by ANY participants for a second time will lead to a 48 hour closure of the thread and appropriate warnings/WL raises for all involved.
Any instances of 3 offenses by ANY participants of the thread for a third time will lead to a 72 hour closure of the thread and appropriate warnings/WL raises for all involved.
ANY further offense after that point in that thread by ANY participant WILL lead to a PERMANENT CLOSURE of the said thread.
a result, please understand that any member found going on a "reporting
spree" will receive a warning PM initially but if the issue persists
after that, they WILL receive a direct WL raise.
want to be able to attend all issues in the forum in a timely manner
and repetitive/excessive reporting hinders the DT from really focusing
on the issues that require our attention as we try to go about closing
repetitive reports. And I'm hoping we all understand how that does not
assist the forum in any capacity.
Bashing/Namecalling/Attacking Fans - Just as a reminder, ANY instances of bashing, namecalling (latest being "channel boy" for Sultan or "tv vamp girl" for RK or just plain "psycho" for all) or attacks towards fans or characters will lead to a direct WL raise. The rules outlined in the previous warning threads are posted below for your reference.
Bashing vs. Criticizing - There is a fine line between
bashing and criticizing. It's one thing to be analyst but another to
instigate and mock. Also, there's a difference between real and reel.
Many have reported comments on Aryan for example, because a member had a
negative view on his character. They 'hate' Aryan's character - this is
an opinion and the Development Team will take no action because it is
not bashing. However, had the statement been like I hate Aryan because
he's ugly - this statement will be edited/removed. We take bashing quite
seriously, therefore any bashing from this point onwards, character, member, celebrity etc. will see a warning level increase. If you are seen getting personal with a member, your warning level may be subject to go up 40%.
Bashing vs. Criticizing - There is a fine line between bashing and criticizing. It's one thing to be analyst but another to instigate and mock. Also, there's a difference between real and reel. Many have reported comments on Aryan for example, because a member had a negative view on his character. They 'hate' Aryan's character - this is an opinion and the Development Team will take no action because it is not bashing. However, had the statement been like I hate Aryan because he's ugly - this statement will be edited/removed. We take bashing quite seriously, therefore any bashing from this point onwards, character, member, celebrity etc. will see a warning level increase. If you are seen getting personal with a member, your warning level may be subject to go up 40%.
understand that at this time, a ZERO TOLERANCE regime has been
implemented towards bashing, personal attacks and name calling. If we find ANYONE indulging in any of the above, their warning level WILL be raised by up to 40%.
addition, just because words like "sadakchap" and "kameena" are allowed
in the context of the show does not mean that they are ABUSED in an
inappropriate context throughout our discussions. Excessive use of such
"allowed" terms to simply instigate fans or degrade an actor/character
WILL lead to them being disallowed in the future. Please understand that
freedoms in the forum are accompanied by an expectation of MATURE
behavior and CIVIL discourse and if these two are seen lacking, then
such freedoms will also be revoked. Our primary concern is to keep the
forum open for HEALTHY discussion and if members do not demonstrate a
capability to indulge in healthy discussion with the present liberties
than rules WILL be redesigned to help us all in reaching that healthy
Comparison Polls - Just
as a reminder, comparison polls in ANY capacity are NOT allowed. If you
have concerns about whether a poll will be considered as a comparison
poll or not, please feel free to PM the DT to confirm prior to posting.
However at this time, ANY comparison polls will be TRASHED and the Topic Maker will receive a direct WL raise.
The fact that comparisons are not allowed on IF has been a long standing rule and as such all members participating in the forum are expected to be aware of the same.
Disclaimers for MEMBERS ONLY/INVITE ONLY Threads -
As mentioned in the previous reminders, this is an open forum where ALL
members are allowed to participate in any discussion across the forum
without prejudice. Therefore any "invite only", "members only" or "xyz
fans only" disclaimers are NOT allowed.
Just to reiterate, any
such disclaimers (including invite only threads/ATs) will be removed
immediately by the DT with a WL raise for the post maker.
are welcome to discuss PROFESSIONAL updates by the celebrities and
production house associated with MEIEJ but any PERSONAL photographs and
updates will NOT be allowed on IF either. They may be celebrities but
everyone is entitled to their privacy and as such that right will be
Threads not in compliance with the above rules will be closed and all participants will receive severe warnings and/or WL raises.
Please also review the following threads for any clarifications on already established forum rules and newly developed Global Rules:
Final Warning - Please Read.
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What I have heard and I understand is that a character has been called "sadakchaap" in the show but that should not be used as a way to replace the character name with such words. Such posts will simply lower down the discussion quality if we start referring the character name with offensive words. And many who are new to the forum will not even follow the discussion.
If such trend continues it will just make things worst. Tomorrow if a villain character abuses the hero and calls him "sadakchaap" or god forbid something even worse onscreen so does that give the license to the members to replace his character name with such offensive words?
Please note this is not just about Sultan's character but applicable for all so please do not use offensive words against any character.
Everyone has a favorite character and some people
prefer unpopular characters due to the actor playing such characters.
And for them it's incredibly offensive to see bashing of such character
to the extreme. Just because a character is negative does not give
members the license to resort to extreme character bashing. Character
bashing frequently occurs when the hated character is seen as a threat
to the fan's preferred ship or main leads. Filthy language and cheap
words leaves a bad taste in people's mouths and creates unpleasant
environment for the members and fans.
We have NOT asked anyone to worship the negative characters or praise them. All of you are more than welcome to criticize the character and use words to express your feeling without crossing the line between criticism and bashing. You can criticize the character in the context of the storyline. Words used in the show should be in the context of the post and scene and not just as one word post, (i.e. "sadakchap", "kutta"). Members shouldn't take the liberty to misuse it every time to mock and insult. The use of these words are very limited in the show so the discussion on this forum use also limit the use of such words.
Members at times cross the line between real and reel by going personal on the
actor who plays the negative role and also the fan groups who likes the
characters. Note, real does NOT equal reel.
You cannot abuse the actor
citing character references. Insulting real people crosses a line, so if
your character bashing entails bashing the members who likes the character
("Sultan fans are stupid, hypocrites", "RK phankies are idiots"), will not be tolerated. At the same time members should also not resort to personal attacks or cyberbully other member just cause the other person have a different view then yours.
Lastly, kindly do not target the
Development Team. If you feel a wrong decision has been taken, kindly
use the PM service. If you do not receive a satisfactory reply approach
the higher DT (CM, GM and admin) in sequential order.
I hope my suggestion will be taken in the right spirit.
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