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This site contains all kinds of pointless shit posted by very peculiar people. You will doubtless be offended, perhaps outraged – that is assuming we are doing our job and you have any sense at all. Those delicate souls who worry about being offended should probably not hang around here. Quite honestly, nobody should hang around here - it is a very bad place full of very bad people posting truly awful things.

Which is precisely what we would like for the next 20 years.

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troll (/ˈtrl/, /ˈtrɒl/) noun. A person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

Our advice: don't feed the godamned trolls.

Don't engage them, that's just giving them what they want, which is to watch you get your panties all in a knot.

Now trolling is different from somebody whose opinion is different to yours. That's just life. And for the record, you're wrong. You'll have to decide which is which - and of course, they could sincerely disagree with you and be a troll.

We have several ways of dealing with trolls that don't involve taking their bait.

  • Block the thread. Click  If you're not interested in the topic make the whole discussion disappear from your feed.
  • Block the person in question. Click  on any post and all posts by that poster will disappear from your feed.
  • For racist or homophobic or otherwise abusive posts, use the Flames & Freaks button  to inform us of their misbehavior. Now we don't see every click of the button, but if enough people do it, we notice.

You can also control what level of trolling you are willing to tolerate by using the "Flames & Freaks" slider in the settings screen.

The quickest way for the whole thing to turn into a shitshow is to have it become a trollfest. Yes, sometimes it feels good to anger up yer blood.

But you're better than that.

Om.

The DataLounge has been around for a long time and one of the reasons is that we work hard not to let it descend into a cesspool of bitterness, tears and cheap vodka.

Ok, ok we lied about the vodka.

But there are a few rules that we strongly encourage you to follow. Otherwise the Karmic Boomerang is coming for your sorry <insert race here> ass.

Please DO NOT

  • post abusive, obscene, threatening, harassing, defamatory, libelous, or offensive material. 
  • intentionally make false or misleading statements (or you may not get re-elected).
  • offer to sell or buy any product or service. 
  • post any personal information (scary people out there. seriously.)
  • post material that infringes copyright.
  • re-post entire or large excerpts of articles from other sites. Just provide a link and maybe a few selected quotes.
  • post information that you know to be confidential or sensitive or otherwise in breach of the law.

Please DO your best to keep all comments relevant and "on topic" to the particular thread.

Finally, and most importantly, The DataLounge will not accept responsibility for information posted in the forum(s). We are not your mother, though you may treat us like her. Why don't you write more often? And by the way, how dare you treat your mother like that!

If The DataLounge receives notice that any posting is not in keeping with these terms and conditions or the intended use of the site, we may remove that posting and/or any other related postings at our own discretion.

And yes, we are discreet. Sometimes.

Here's what our lawyers told us to tell you:

The DataLounge is covered by the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 230. Section 230(c)(1) which provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an "interactive computer service" who publish information provided by others:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

Don’t try to sue us for stuff you read on the site: we are not the droids you are looking for.

The person you want is the person that posted it...and to get that information from us (if we still have it!) you’ll need a court order or subpoena, a pretty face alone won't do it. (Though feel free to send in the picture, it may get our attention).

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There are a few things you can do to make The DataLounge your bitch.

Offsite Link Previews

Use the checkboxes to show or hide the link previews and images. These previews can sometimes get a little (a lot!) risqué so at work you will probably want to turn them off.

Flames & Freaks

Adjust the slider to set the troll filter for your feed. If you like to angry up yer blood set this to "asbestos eyeballs." If you, like Barbara Bush, don't want to waste your beautiful mind on flamewars, tubgirls and goatse, set this to "delicate flower". Most people will want something in the middle. Reminder: PLEASE don't talk to trolls.

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Permissions and Karma

Am I banned? Why does datalounge hate me?

If you have just discovered datalounge you probably can not post - yet. It's ok. Poke around. Get the gist of the place. The more experience you have with the site the more you can do.

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  • Paid members are subject to karma - paying is not a free pass to post here.
  • In extreme case we may take various actions to ban posters. 

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