It's once again time for a refresher for our Senior members and a primer for our new members. Survivalmonkey.com was started as a place for the sharing of ideas and information related to survival and preparedness. We felt that a proper mindset was paramount to a better way of life - now and if the S ever HTF. We started off as a band of 12 friends who shared a set of common ideas, goals and a general zest for life in the now. As we began to grow, we felt it necessary to create some sort of structure or guidelines for others to follow when they joined us. We wanted others who found us to know what we considered appropriate and decent communication. The Code of Conduct was created and has been tweaked a number of times since 2005. I actually think it's time for a revamp of the CoC but you can locate it here: Survivalmonkey.com Site Rules and I'd like everyone to have a look at it. The problem with our rules is that they can be skated and bent. It's the occasional posts like the one you are reading now that attempt to define that grey area between proper survivalmonkey etiquette and an actual infraction of the CoC. Our original intent was for members here to be kind to others while engaging in idea sharing and brainstorming. We encourage lively debate but discourage name calling, antagonizing and trolling. While we don't prohibit every 'off color' joke, some get too off color even though they don't actually break the CoC. We had always hoped there would be some self regulation by the members and many of you use the 'Report' function located in the bottom of each post. This creates a Notice for moderators so we can look at and discuss the reported post and see if it aligns with our code or is inappropriate. We encourage all of you to use it. The world is getting angrier these days. Massive unemployment, layoffs, rising costs of food and gas and a general uncertainty for our future has a lot of people stressed out. Unfortunately, some of that stress gets taken out here in the form of grumpiness or rudeness to others. We want survivalmonkey to remain a site that's an enjoyable place to visit for all of us, new and old. We want survivalmonkey to be a beacon on the web, displaying the kind of attitude that shows it's members as the successful survivors: able to solve problems, overcome challenge and adversity and lead the thirsty to water. We want to be the place where members encourage each other and find that silver lining to each others problems. Considering where many of us feel the world is headed, the time for ridiculous spats and pettiness is over. We need to come together and support each other in each of our individual endeavors. If we can't do that, I don't think we'll have much of a chance once the real problems begin. I'm asking all of you help us out with keeping our site on its intended path. I'm asking all of you to teach this survivalmonkey philosophy to our growing numbers of new members by example. There are a lot of forums out there in our niche. Some are unmoderated and some are moderated with an iron fist. If we simply treat each member with a little kindness, we should settle somewhere right in the middle. If you feel that we are being ninnies in wanting a kinder forum, free from unwarranted anger and hateful debate, I suggest you Google 'survival forums' and find a new home. We'd appreciate an acknowledgement of this message.