Now, you may be asking yourself: What is a "Trend Topic" as they're known? To give a brief overview, remember when all the TTV Hosts had official "Fanclub" Topics about them? And I later got an "official" hate club topic? And then how more fanclub and hate club topics were made? Like this or this?
For the unaware, those were topics that were made. And it got old, quite fast. So then we decided that as of then, "Fanclub/Hate club" topics would not be allowed. Then the next trend came in.
The voting trend. It started as something of a joke topic with @Political_Slime, in light of his recent-at-the-time name change. At that point we got even more. Suffice to say, the joke ended up getting old.
To where we then got Ask Topics. The Politician one came first*. However, we always seem to make the same mistakes
Needless to say, trend topics, or topics replicating the same general joke, are not allowed. Duplicate topics are also not allowed. My best advice to new members to use the search button in the upper right hand of the screen. Use key phrases and words to try and find the topic you want to make, and if it hasn't been made yet, go for it!
Thanks for reading!
*Because the topic was created before the rule/guideline, it may stay open.
Amendment I - Community Projects may only be started by Masters
Unfortunately, Community Projects have recently become somewhat of a trend as well. Some may wish to bring members together to work on something on a much larger scale than what they could do on their own. Others may want to see what others can do when confined to a certain concept or theme. However, some just want to jump on the band wagon.
It's easy just to make a community project. It's not as easy to become Master.
As such, only those with the Trust Level of Master can create a Community Project. To add on to that, entries must be new creations. They can not be recycled.
Amendment II - Going Away/Coming Back topic are not allowed
While these aren't necessarily trends, they do nothing to add to any form of discussion on the Message Boards. Usually, topics like these are started when a person is leaving for an extended period of time or coming back after said extended period of time. Often times, the topic will be made, and the person won't do either of the above and just make the topic to have it.
While this isn't always the case, it's also not really necessary since this is something that can be handled in private messaging groups.
Amendment III - Contest Guidelines
Contests are a fun way to engage with others in the community, and challenge them into achieving a goal through certain parameters. However, in some cases, contests can also be used to work around Amendment I. As such, here is what you need to know about Contests.
- You must have a physical prize for the winner. Either that, or the prize must be a method that allows the winner to get a physical item, such as a gift card.
- Contests can only last a maximum of 3 weeks from their starting point. After that, they must be ended and a winner must be chosen.
- Contests can only be hosted by Masters.
- Additionally, only 3 contests can be hosted a year, per Master.