I’ve been posting here from more than ten years. I’m not a prolific poster, but based on my ongoing participation I thought I knew participation policies, by firsthand experience if nothing else.
Recently I had need to consult the forum’s policy and posting guidelines looking for position statements, definitions and explanations. It is my intent to always stay within participation boundaries. But when I needed to consult the forum’s policies/guidelines I could not find them.
Recently I looked again, and again could not find these.
Am I the only participant here who cannot find the participation guidelines? What am I missing?
I realize here and there in discussions there are statements made of the forum’s policies and/or guidelines. But where are these to read in full?
In my particular case I was looking for what it means to be “on-topic” and/or “off-topic.” My impression was/is that anything addressing the substance or discussion of the subject at issue is on-topic. But then something happened and it made me wonder if I was wrong and if so how. By “how” I mean precisely how.
For instance, in normal productive dialogue when substantive questions are asked it’s considered on-topic to point out when those questions are not being answered precisely for what they ask. Yet, in my case, I’ve had participants fail to answer precise questions and after pointing this out I’m admonished for being off-topic as though I’m trying to discuss technique rather than substance. This was one thing I wanted to learn more about, and do so without interrupting anything.
It dawned on me today that I should start a topic in order to get a better understanding of this, and to find out where the forum’s policy/guidelines are published.