A Reminder of the Community Rules

Hello all! Hope you are enjoying this fine Tuesday. I wanted to take a brief moment to remind everyone about the Foldit Community Rules. As part of the community, everyone is expected to adhere to these rules at all times, so it is important all are aware of what is expected. Here are the highlights:

  • Keep the conversation PG-rated, since there is a wide range of ages in the community. Anything deemed offensive or obscene will not be tolerated.
  • Do not make offensive references to a person or group by race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, orientation, age, disability, etc. and no offensive IDs or nicknames.
  • Do not discuss illegal activity (e.g. offering or discussing where to get warez, pirated movies, etc.) under any circumstances.
  • Do not shout (i.e., TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS).
  • Do not harass or insult other members. You can respectfully disagree, but don’t be rude or belligerent.
  • Do not impersonate any other user in chat.
  • Do not make threats toward other members, directly or indirectly.
  • Do not release personal, real life information about other members.
  • Do not spam websites for either personal or commercial purposes. Posting a personal website link once is okay, just don’t do it repeatedly. Posting a link that is about another player is not okay, unless it is a news item.
  • Do not repeat yourself over and over to try to get noticed, as this is disruptive. (Bumping posts without additional content also falls under this category.)
  • Do not use scripts to copy data from other players or external sources.
  • Do not actively use multiple scoring accounts simultaneously.
  • Do not harass other users via private messages.

To view the entire Community Rules document, click here. The document contains the admins' process for dealing with violations of community rules. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line!

(Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:30  |  4 comments)
Aotearoa's picture
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I cannot accept all these rules personally.

But thank you for sharing.

I am human, and I am uniquely me and during the normal interactions with other humans I express myself uncontrollably even though i resist, in different situations. Please do not turn me into someone or something other than what I am (or have become) I may slip up now and then but i try hard not to when possible. (online turetts disorder?!)

Thanks for your understanding !

For all the others whom suffer mental illness or odd disorders, You are welcome to join our Team so to be yourself and we hope to ignore any situations you encounter with other team members.

Keep it real,


Renton Innes.
New Zealand

Joined: 09/24/2012
Groups: Go Science
Ha ha ha

I like your open mind and freedom of speech Renton :D

(Indeed all strange or mental ill people - or students ? - are welcome to our group, most of them being very creative, just what we need).

However I don't remember you or other members of our group ever didn't respect these community rules (unless by MISTAKE) :-D

Happy Folding,


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I certainly see your very valid points.

Though, I think it's important to have a set of guidelines to help make the community a safe, positive place.

You are very right that we all should be understanding of those who suffer from mental illness or even just eccentricities :) And I that's what we strive for, however, that understanding ends when others are being harmed by actions. I think that is the general message of these rules. Try not to harm others and shoot for making this a safe place.

Anyway, thanks for your comment. It's always good to gain further perspective. :)

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Core Community Values

I feel we all have core values we share and we all want to give something to make our online community stronger. as soon as you start to restrict or govern the communication the community has with one another the expectations restricts the flow of information each different person experiences and that research from each perspective is vital to understanding the proteins we all are learning about. Each of us have different perspectives and ethics, morals but i find when a moderator starts to enforce their own upon others, you lose people whom would otherwise be of value to a part of the project. All our beliefs are important and the cultures are so diverse but together we all have found a way to use them to go forwards and ages display different expressions and languages/slang that make us so strong.

Do we all know what our roles are here ? I doubt we do. Perhaps we need to all contribute what we believe are core values are and each group can identify with them in their own way.



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