There have been a few things that happened recently which suggest to me that we need some specific rules on the forum.
First, I was doing a live course to new cosmetic chemists and I suggested to them they should use this forum. A few of the students said they heard about it and even used the forum a few times. But they were turned off because they said they were insulted when asking questions that some of the users thought were too simplistic. That was a bit disheartening.
Second, there was a recent discussion thread which got particularly heated and insults & disparaging comments were exchanged which were not becoming of scientists or just people being civil. I realize that text can be an inefficient way of communicating but it's pretty obvious when people post direct insults.
So, for that reason I'm working on new rules for the forum. I welcome your input into....
1. Suggestions for rules
2. Suggestions for consequences to breaking rules.
I've got some ideas of my own but wanted to get your input too as it will affect everyone here.
It's a bit disappointing that we even need to do this but I want to change the atmosphere on this forum to be less hostile, more friendly, and more useful.
tldr: To improve the community we're going to be instituting some new rules forum. This is the time for you to post your suggestions about what those should be.