Due to recent events, I would like to amend the Main Chatroom Etiquette Guidelines.
First of all, a minor issue and not based on recent events, I would like to clarify that they apply to all site chatrooms. I had that in mind when I wrote them, that's why I added the Main, but I can see that it can be conceived as in main chatroom, i.e. The Periodic Table.
Second, also minor and marginally related to recent events, the guidelines still point to be-nice-policy. We'll have to make some minor adjustments and point to the Code of Conduct. That part is actually not really up for discussion, and also has only a tiny impact overall.
If you have requests, suggestions, or other comments regarding this point, we will of course consider them, too.
Third, and here comes the kicker, I would like to add another point. This is in regards to a discussion we had, which is a bit older: Homework requests in Periodic Table chat? Many points raised in there are still applicable, but I do now feel the need to follow through with what I wrote in my answer there.
If it becomes difficult to have a normal conversation there, because someone constantly asks about homework, we might need to amend our guidelines with a more specific point.
Therefore I suggest modifying point 3 and inserting another point into the guidelines after it. I will make a suggestion below, which can be seen as a template for improvement, but first let's get all on one page.
- Pinging people in chat is awesome and you can ensure that the target people get the message. But nobody wants to hear the constant "donk" noise all the time. Use it when necessary, but try not to use it any instance possible.
I would like to change the last sentence to be a bit more concise. And I would like to insert a no means no statement here (gosh I never thought that would be necessary frowney). After that I would like to insert another point raising the issue of unrelated pinging of random people.
- Pinging people in chat is awesome and you can ensure that the target people get the message. But nobody wants to hear the constant "donk" noise all the time. Try to use it sparingly and only when necessary. If someone asks you to stop pinging, please honour that request.
- Chat is a place of interaction between users. If you have a questions about chemistry (or something else), you are very welcome to post it. Just post it, there is no need to ask if there are experts around. Please remember that you might not get a positive or any response. You should not ping users to get their attention to your question, especially not when you are not regularly conversing with them.
I always wanted the chat to be as open as possible and for the longest time that seemed to have worked quite well. That is the reason why the guidelines are guidelines and not rules; and the list is a we prefer instead of a don't do this. We haven't had the need to show anyone those in a long time, but now that I need to, I find these crucial point missing.
I am actually very sorry to have to bother any of you with that, because that's like violating the first item on the list.
Fourth, if there is anything else missing, this may be a good time to add it in too.
Fifth, you might have noticed the absence of ChemoBot. Yes, we all are sad about this. I propose to add a notice to the answer saying, I'm on an extended vacation.
Please discuss and vote on any of the points in an answer below. It is important to be an answer, not a comment, so that it can be voted on, and eventually serve as the accepted answer to document our process.
Since this is a matter of some urgency, the discussion will be closed on the 5th September 2018.