RULES & GUIDANCE FOR �SOUL EXPLORATION BOARD� (SECORK)

I dislike rules because they often make people rebel against them. That is why I avoided for over a year to impose them. But it seems that some people can�t behave without them and sometimes people need guidance to adapt to certain environments, therefore I thought of few and hope they will help to clarify misunderstandings and respect the way this board is running.

(Please scroll down to read them. Thank you. )

WHY DO WE HAVE THIS MESSAGE BOARD?

{From *~ poetic soul ~*, the creator of this cork} I have joined SOI in March of 2001 and looked around for a similar cork. At that time I could not find any board that dealt exclusively with BDSM issues. Some boards touched the issues but where not exclusive and I needed a place where I can learn more and share. Thus, I made this cork and it has now been running for over a year. It was not easy to maintain it, especially at the beginning when I was basically the only one posting topics and questions, but perseverance paid off and today we have regular contributors on the cork and occasional visitors. Thank you, all.

We also have many readers who are glad to have the place to learn, without contributing. That is great !. So, the board is here and it is up to all of us to make the best of it, to share honestly, to ask questions, to learn and to teach. It is not easy for people to share openly with strangers, it takes sometimes a lot of self-examinations to come out and expose our views or our concerns. Please have that on your mind when answering to posts. Sharing can be fun, so let�s all try to make it such and not a burden and disappointment. We come to board when we need another opinion or to answer to the questions. Flaming is not productive, constructive criticisms is.

WHERE CAN WE CHAT?

If anyone wants to discuss any of the topics from the board in a chat room, you are all welcome to stop by my room #r-nyscene(New York Scene)). The room was originally made for contacts with people from North East USA, but it is not restricted to anyone, except to minors, under the age of 18 (in compliance with SOI rules). Please read the room homepage by clicking on the blue-colored link on the upper corner of the page with name New York Scene. Some of the regulars have linked their own rooms to the cork and I believe the owners of these rooms would not mind discussing issues of interest in their rooms as well. Best thing is to ask them.

WHO IS WHO ON �SECORK� ?

Some of us have posted our profiles on the cork #r-sepeople (Soul Exploration Board Who's Who). Feel free to visit the cork to read and/or contribute your own profiles if tempted.

DESCRIPTION OF THE MESSAGE BOARD

Serious and open-minded D/s and BDSM Discussions

Discuss and state your opinions with civility and in adult way. This is *politically incorrect D/s & BDSM message board* . We love to be different and say exactly what we mean. Give respect and expect the same back. No RP (role-playing)!

RULES & GUIDANCE

1. NO PERSONAL ATTACKS

2. NO MENTIONING OF REAL NAMES WITHOUT EXPRESS CONSENT FROM THE PERSON.

3. NO SCENING AND ROLE-PLAYING.

4. IF YOU HAVE TO USE �ACTION SPEECH�, PLEASE REDUCE IT TO THE MINIMUM.

What is �action speech� ? Smiles, grins, winks, laugh, hugs are minimal actions, if it takes a whole sentence it is not minimal any more and resembles a scene. We can discuss scening, just don�t do it on the message board.

5. RESPECT PEOPLE WHO ARE KIND ENOUGH TO SHARE WITH YOU

6. POST YOUR MESSAGES IN AN ADULT AND CIVILISED WAY

7. WE DON�T HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERY OPINION

BUT that is not an excuse to flame a person. State your own opinion, no one will flame you for expressing your own ideas.

8. DON'T POST DUPLICATED TOPICS ON THE SAME PAGE.

There is no need to over-crowd the cork with several threads dealing with the same topic. Post a new one if you have a new question.

9. PLEASE DON�T USE CORK AS A PRIVATE MAILROOM.

Each SOI member (usually nicknames are colored) can be reached instantly by mail at SOI.

You can email members at nickname@hyperchat.com or nickname@workline.com

If you are not a member and wish to receive answers to your post in private mail, please leave your e-mail address; otherwise you will not get your messages.

10. SECORK IS NOT A PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENTS BOARD.

Please post your personal ads in #r-wantads; #r-rtsearch and linked message boards #r-rtsub and #r-rtdom

WHAT WOULD OR COULD BE DELETED FROM THE BOARD?

1. OFFENSIVE POSTS AND PERSONAL ATTACKS

2. POSTS WHICH ARE DIRECTLY AGAINST SOI RULES

3. POSTS WHICH DON�T CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOPIC MIGHT BE DELETED

4. PRIVATE MESSAGES TO MEMBERS ( USE MAIL ROOM )

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM YOUR HOSTESS

I prefer to settle misunderstandings, which might arise on the cork, through discussions on the cork, not in my mailroom. Please respect my time and contact me via mail only when there is absolutely no other way and you have a very good reason for doing it.

Thank you.
claire de lune

WELCOME AND ENJOY YOUR CORK !

May 12, 2002