Just for general info, we've updated the forum policies to be a little bit more explicit about some things, in particular banning - which is something we've only done once, and hopefully won't have to do again. It's no fun. Here is what the forum policies look like now - questions and feedback are appreciated, and if you want to contact me personally by PM, please feel free.
LibriVox Forum Policies
LibriVox is a pretty wide-open sort of project and we try to keep a minimum of rules and regulations to follow, but we do have some that you should keep in mind on our forums and in your PMs:
1. Be Nice.
Excessive and repeated un-niceness may result in your being asked to leave LibriVox.*
2. We Are All Volunteers.
Everyone here, everyone, is a volunteer. We all do our best to make this project work. We cannot be perfect, and we cannot get everything right, but we try our hardest. Please respect that. By the way "we" probably includes "you." In considering this, please refer again to rule number 1, which in the end is the most important.
3. No Unasked-For Criticism.
For various reasons, we don't allow negative criticism (unless asked-for) of specific LibriVox recordings, readers or books on the forum. General criticism is fine. For more information, see: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=454
4. Off-Topic Discussions May Be Moved to 'Off Topic' Thread.
LibriVox survives because of the great community, but sometimes topic threads veer off track, especially Book project threads. In particular long debates about politics or metaphysical arguments can derail a project thread. If it seems like such discussions are hurting the project, they will get moved to the off-topic thread, where you are free to chatter as much as you like as long as you respect rule 1, above. And note, this principle applies to non-project threads as well: if you are off-topic (even in a an off-topic thread) your discussions may be moved.
*To be more explicit, regarding Policy #1:
"Un-niceness" includes: personal attacks, abusive language (in the public forums or in PMs), excessive flaming, threats, and other things that would be considered NOT NICE by a reasonable person.
"Being asked to leave" means: Violators of the Be Nice forum policy will be given three formal warnings. The second warning will come with a temporary ban from the forum. The third warning will result in a permanent ban. [updated by admin]