To Hell and Back exists because we want to provide a good conversation environment for Dean fans.
Everyone is welcome. But be aware, this is primarily a board for Dean fans so don't be surprised if most people here tend to watch the show from a more Deancentric POV. Having said that, we encourage all kinds of discussion from criticism and literary analysis to squee and we welcome Sam fans, bibros and their perspectives, as long as we all stay polite and respectful of each other. We are a Pro-Dean site, not an anti-Sam site. There is a huge difference and I think it's important that all our members keep that in mind.
Here are some posting rules we hope would facilitate the board atmosphere we strive to achieve.
What to Post
All types of discussion and analysis are encouraged here including criticism of the show, any of the characters, the writers and directors and of course, creator, Eric Kripke. If you like/dislike the way a character behaves or think he is well/poorly manicured, or if you think a writer or a director's work has been awesome/sub-par for the season, you are perfectly free to say so. If you disagree with one or all of the opinions expressed, please do speak up in a mature, respectful and non-melodramatic manner.
What Not to Post
Posting only for the purpose of advertising or pimping other websites, is not allowed on this board. Of course, you can post links to other websites as part of a discussion. Just do not post for the purpose of blatant advertising. Charity causes are an exception, and you should contact the Mods about it before posting.
Please stay away from "Me too" posts because they rarely add any substance to a discussion. When you agree with another poster, just like when you disagree, please give your reasons.
A bit of snark is fine and welcome, but please avoid bashing or taking gratuitous cheap shots at characters, actors, writers or directors. Ranty bashing usually doesn't add much to the discussion and can be really off-putting to someone who likes and cares about that character. It is perfectly fine to be critical of anyone's work (acting, writing, direction etc.), comments they make in interviews or the way they behave at Cons or public appearances. However, please try to keep the discussion respectful, no personal attacks or cheap shots just because you think your favorite is being overlooked somehow or because you are having a bad day. Disagreement again is welcomed so long as people don't take any and all criticism of their favorite actor as some kind of personal insult.
Please refrain from bashing actors' families and especially their partners. Critiquing their acting or their interviews as individuals, is fine. But we would ask that you keep any personal nastiness about the women or men that the actors are in relationships with, far, far away.
Please use standard grammar and punctuation. When making longish posts, make sure to break the post up into digestible paragraphs. That makes your posts easier to read and people are less tempted to just scroll past big, unbroken chunks of text. It also makes it easier on the poor mods who have to read everything.
Read at least the current day's posts or the previous 2 pages of the posts before posting.
Please try to stay on topic in each thread. Understandably, some discussion can fit in more than one thread. In that case, just choose the best fitting thread for your discussion. The Mods will move the discussion if needed.
When you are linking to posts on other forums, please don't name the posters and please refrain from bashing specific people. They are not here to defend themselves, so it is unfair to take shots in that way. Of course, the contents of the post are fair game.
Do not state your opinion as if it were fact and the only correct and acceptable view on a particular issue, character or storyline. Also please do not ascribe motives to someone's point of view.
Disagree by all means but please do not bait each other, belittle or make personal attacks against individual posters.
If you disagree with a particular viewpoint on a character, plot point or wardrobe malfunction, tell us why by talking about the character, plot point or wardrobe malfunction and not about how you feel about the opinion itself. The former leads to interesting discussion, the latter to hurt feelings and wank. That means no drive-by posts that do nothing but proclaim your outrage that someone should hold such an opinion. That is not discussing the show, that is discussing your fellow posters and that way leads to the fires of Mount Doom.
Repetitive posting is annoying to all involved, and does not add to the discussion. Don't do it. It is not about the content of the posts, but the poster's behaviour. Posts that say "You must have faith in Kripke because everything he writes is awesome pie!!" again and again are just as annoying as posts that repeat some variation on "Kripke hates Dean and wants to have Sam's giant psychic babies!!" Generally, if looking back on your last three to four posts, you are making the same points over and over again, you are just repeating yourself and it's time to move on. Yes I know that seems obvious, but this is a case where the point bears repeating!
Avoid making sweeping generalizations about Samfans, Deanfans or Sawed-off Shotgun fans. No group is a homogeneous entity and it is very alienating to be talked about in such a way. Please remember that your fellow posters have feelings too and they are not going to like being labeled for the purpose of dismissing their arguments, any more than you would.
Any information from episode descriptions, casting, interviews, articles and promos, that has to do with unaired episodes in US, EST are spoilers.
However, episode titles are NOT considered spoilers on this board.
Please keep all spoiler talk in the spoiler forums. If you need to mention a spoiler outside of that forum, please use spoiler tags. The BB code is [spoiler]...[/spoiler]. If you notice a spoiler that is untagged, please PM the poster or let one of the mods know ASAP.
Fanfiction & Meta Critiques
Please follow these guidelines when you critique a piece of fan fiction or meta:
DO share your reasoning behind the criticism - It's perfectly acceptable to say so if you don't like a particular piece of fan fiction or meta, but you also have to back up your critique with reasons.
DON'T make one-line posts like "I hate this fic! It's crap!!" That's uninteresting, has little meaning and adds nothing to the discussion.
DO include specifics in your critiques. If you want to make a generalization about an author's weaknesses, you need to provide at least one or two specific examples from fics or essays to back up your assertion. If you don't have the time or inclination to do so, then you should save your post until you do.
DON'T attack the authors personally even though you don't like their work, and DON'T make speculation about authors' motives for writing the stuff they wrote.
DO speak up if you happen to like a piece of fan fiction or a meta essay that is being critiqued, and share your reasons; everyone has different taste, and chances are there are others who agree with you.
DON'T confuse ranting with legitimate criticism.
DO remember to be polite to each other, even when you disagree.
Your Mods and the Warning system
Your mods are: 99mangoes, aithne, Corona, I.Jones
Mod announcement posts will be labelled and bolded. Please pay attention to them.
With all of the above being said, we don’t intend to twirl our evil moustaches and watch for every single misstep, because we all make slips ups once in a while. It is when a poster makes offense against the rules repeatedly that the Mods will take disciplinary action.
When the situation warrants, a warning would be issued to the offending poster. After two warnings, the offending posters will be place on moderating status, where all their posts would need to be approved by a Mod. After the third offense, a suspension or a ban would take place. An IP ban is reserved as a last course of action.