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Posted: Dec 2 2015, 09:45 PM
I. Forum Rules
II. Posting Standards
III. Helpful Resources
IV. Origin of CBRév
I. RULES: The CBRév staff is not interested in playing police - we'd much rather spend our time talking about important topics like Sara Lance, mutants in the Marvel Universe, Zayn Mailk, and FIFA scandals (to name some). Comic book fans are a passionate, opinionated people. However, it's integral that CBRév maintains a climate that encourages ongoing, stimulating discussions about our favorite topics while also encouraging posters new and old to participate, and be themselves with consideration of others wanting to do the same.
Sound complicated? It's not! Check out our rather simple rules below and see for yourself.
Note: Rules are subject to change.
II. POSTING STANDARDS More coming soon!
III. HELPFUL RESOURCES Coming soon!
IV. THE ORIGIN OF CBRÉV: Some of you may already know a little bit about the staff members here, and what went into the creation of this forum. But, there is more to the beginning of our story than just an ill-conceived reboot.
All of us moderators at Comic Book Révolution are former members of the ComicBookResources Forums, specifically the X-Boards. The initiative to create this website stems from developments in that community in the spring of 2014.
There is a certain kind of person who grows up following comics. In our conversations with one another over the years, we found an intelligence, wit and originality that was missing in conversations about other fictional properties. Growing up as a comic book fan can make you a bit eccentric. The moderators at ComicBookResources understood this at one point in time and gave posters enough latitude to create a fun, engaging culture that radically differed from that of other boards across the Internet. However, that suddenly changed and now those moderators and admins will use any excuse available to them to delete conversations and ban posters whom they disliked. This effectively created and fostered the same clique-like behavior and attitude that resulted in the exclusion of others that the posters were advised against creating. ComicBookResources ceased to be fun when a critical mass of the more eccentric and original posters had been excluded.
Maybe even worse than all that is ComicBookResources' new policy of deleting threads that are meant to discuss important issues surrounding the comic book industry. Civil conversations about the treatment of female writers in the industry were closed down. Simple exchanges between posters about the lack of diversity in the "Big Two" were deleted and warned against for the most unconvincing of reasons. Specific examples used multiple times: "This is too much of a hot topic to discuss right now", and "These comments are not appropriate for this thread. Take it to PM's or elsewhere".
Now, keeping in mind ComicBookRresources is a commercial enterprise. Its priorities must differ. It must keep a neutral appearance on all fronts and that now includes keeping "controversial" topics and discussions within the forums to a minimum.
Those of you who used to frequent the X-Boards on ComicBookResources know the peculiar atmosphere that reigned there, and it’s our hope that we can recreate the same energy here. We’re not interested in logging on to post, “I like Jim Lee’s design for Jean Grey’s costume,” or to get pre-release spoilers. We creatively, intellectually and politically engage with these works. They exercise our minds and imaginations. But, this forum isn’t just for former X-Posters - whoever wants to take part into constructive, intelligent and transgressive debate, or just complain about the people doing the above, are welcome here, regardless of the fandom they’re affiliated with.
Of course, we won’t tolerate harassment, hostility, cruelty, or viciousness, either. But, we won’t squelch conversation, debate or disagreement, simply because they threaten to make people uncomfortable.