It's so important, because it links to every other rule. If you aren't nice, people won't want to talk to you! Being nice is very important, so we can maintain a safe forum for everyone! If someone starts saying mean things all over the place, and nobody cares, the forum would fall apart!
It's a structure that surrounds us! Without that rule, every other rule can be bent and twisted into a bad thing!
Note: One person used multiple accounts to close this topic. Remember that doing that is breaking the rules of the forum, and as you have already been warned before, any more of this will land you a punishment. Sorry if this sounds harsh, I'm just trying to remind you that when someone flags a topic (even if they don't use their main account, like in this case) we know who it is. So do not use alts or flag without reason. Thanks!
Ok. I did my reply as an edit of another, and I deleted that. Here is my final reply!
I like all the rules, and they should all be respected. But this one is what I think should be most respected:
Being nice, always. This part is super important. If we are always nice, then the forum would be a much better place. Imagine it. No flags, which leads to no BOT wars. There would also be no more flame wars, which would be really good. If everybody was always nice, than the forum would be a much kinder, better place.
Use respectful language, assume that everyone is just as smart as you are, and don't call people names. This part is also extremely important. If we all respected each other, nobody would feel sad and hurt. The forum would be safer, for everybody. I think more people would come, and less would leave, if we all respected one another. And I like the "Assume that everyone is just as smart as you are." If we all did that, less people would feel like the underdog, and more people would feel confident and want to help. The forum would be a more helpful place. And as for "don't call people names" would also be like the respect part. Less people would feel sad and hurt, and more people would be happy and positive!
Pretend that you're speaking to a friend face to face This is a good rule. If we all thought of each other like friends, if we all were face to face, it would be much harder for Hopscotchers to say mean things. First of all, friends are friends. They won't be mean like that. Second of all, it's really hard to just say something mean while looking them directly in the eye. By being face to face. If everyone pretended like this, there would be less fights, and more positivity and helpfulness.
That's what I think should be most respected! I think all of them should be respected, but this is a really important guideline that should be the most respected.
I want to say why I chose this over the don't share personal deets guideline.
Sharing personal information isn't good. Period. I know there is internet safety problems. But it's unlikely for someone just to track you down. There is bad people out there, but there also is good. And there is more good out there than bad. The chance of somone hunting you down is very slim. People on the forums are all over the world, and so you think someone is going to go through all that work of finding you, traveling to wherever you live, and doing something bad? I know it's possible, but that is a rare occurrence. Internet safety is important, but I don't think it should be the most respected rule of the community guidelines.
Ask this to yourself:
Would you rather have a tiny chance of someone hunting you down from a small amount of personal information,
The forum filled with unhappiness, chaos, nastiness, wars, no safety, and negativity?
I would ask them why they did that. I could misunderstand, or they could have done it for a reason I haven't heard of yet. Once they tell me why and I still don't think it should be edited/deleted, I would tell them my opinion. I would also say reasons about my opinion. Then if the leader understands, they would edit or put it back. If they still don't understand, I would contact a mod/admin.
First, ask the L/M (leader/mod) why they did said thing. To clarify their purpose. If it made sense, I would leave it, but I'd ask the original poster to say what they meant. If they didn't mean for it to be bad, they could change it, with the L/M's approval. It I thought the L/M made a non sufficient edit/deletion, I would say why it wasn't the best idea. If they see what I mean and agree, then it's perfect. We'll bring the post back and continue with our lives. If they disagree, we could talk it out until we come up with a solution.