- 4) Do a search before posting, to make sure you are not repeating something that has recently been said.
Please use the SEARCH feature to see if this question has already been asked and post in the relevant thread and please use the LOSTPEDIA WIKI to see if the information you need is in the wiki database.
Please see the How To Search The Forums thread for more information and help with the search function.
Do not double post the same messages more than once or post multiple, unrelated messages to bump your thread in order to get more attention, these will be removed.
The moderators may merge, move or split topics to their proper locations as they see fit. If a question that has been asked several times previously reappears, we may close, merge and/or remove that thread without warning.
Multiple threads on the same topic can be a bit annoying when trying to browse the forum, so please take care to post threads in the correct section.
Things directly concerning Lost should go under the "Main Discussion" folder.
Non-relevant threads should normally be placed under the "Off Topic" folder.
Any thread not posted in the correct section may and will be moved by a moderator to the proper location.
- 5) Please try to limit personal comments and conversations to private messages, especially in the Main Forum.
Visit our Off Topic Forum for games, chit-chat, and posts unrelated to LOST.
- 6) A troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude or offensive messages designed to annoy and antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion.
If you see these types of posts, the two best ways to make sure it gets taken care of quickly by a mod without encouraging attention to trolls are as follows:
*Private Message a Moderator:
A message will immediately be sent to a moderator, who can deal with the action appropriately.
The following links will take you straight to a blank PM for you to fill out.
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If you message a mod about a concern with a post, please send a link in your message.
*Report Post Function:
Another way to take action is to use the report post icon located in the upper right hand corner of a post. You can then write the reason for reporting it in the "Message" field.
Do not continue the cycle by flaming them back with rebuke and offensive language, as this usually feeds the fire, and makes things worse; it's also the kind of reaction they are looking for. Trolls love attention, and usually go away eventually when ignored.
Trolls will be dealt with accordingly, usually ending with a ban.
Also, most forms of trolling occur when a user creates a sockpuppet. Sockpuppeting is when a user creates multiple accounts for their own use.
There are many reasons why one would sockpuppet but most do this to harass other members or to call attention to their own ideas and threads or to just generally be a jerk.
We take sockpuppeting very seriously here, and when caught the accounts will be banned.
- 7) Anonymous Proxies: Proxies often indicate a user is trying to hide their true identity, and if the user has nothing to hide or isn't planning anything they shouldn't be afraid to use their real IP. Most users who use proxies are trolls and troublemakers, and a user using an anonymous proxy will be banned.
If you have any individual issues, you can contact a Moderator or Forum Patrol member who will be happy to help.
SysOps from the Lostpedia wiki are also heavily involved in the forum, so keep an eye out for them too if you need someone with high level access to the server in the case of vandalism etc on the wiki side.
You can also find more information in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) pages.
We hope you enjoy the forum's high level of analysis and discussion!
Please Also Read: Lostpedia's Spoiler Policy
Note to posters - if there are any additional items you'd like to see added to this guide, please contact a Moderator. As always, feel free to access the Lostpedia Suggestions page to offer feedback and suggestions pertaining to Lostpedia or or visit the Forum Q&A thread to ask any additional questions.