One of the things I've enjoyed about the forum is that I really didn't need to spell out rules. It reminds me of the argument against including a Bill of Rights to the US Constitution: that spelling out certain rights would lead to the usurpation of others not enumerated- and indeed that is what happened. I sometimes think that if I post a big list of rules then people will start trying to work between them and arguing when I ban someone who did something not technically against a rule etc. The guideline is to conduct oneself as a gentleman, but obviously people's opinions differ as to what that means in this day and age and to me being an American Puritan who doesn't like swearing in topic titles. Misunderstandings of language and culture are expected on an international forum, but decorum is more difficult for me to spell out. In short, to get banned one must annoy me or Steve enough and/or be more trouble than he is worth. Obviously I will give more leeway to someone who's been here a long time adding to discussions than to someone whose first post is an insult or incitement. Being weird is fine and being argumentative is fine as long as it is kept civil, e.g., no ad hominems, no slights to character, no insults, respect for others' opinions. Snipes at another's taste are okay with me, and I find them funny sometimes as well, but only if they are in good fun. Sarcasm and well-meant jabs are difficult to convey in text (even with italics, bold, underline and smilies) and should probably be avoided, but a thick skin and ability to shrug off perceived insults are also recommended. When in doubt, ignore it or assume that the other person was well intentioned. And remember it's not life or death, you don't actually have to talk to these people, it's not like the forum follows you down the street and nips at your heels. You can always walk away, and when in doubt, it is the better option to avoid escalation and eventual bad feelings and/or getting banned. So that's about the best I can give. If anyone has anything to add it might be a good idea to put some guidelines together.