Official-type MetaChat Announcement: Good gravy....guidelines!
It's finally here! The new version of MetaChat's guidelines is live on the Wiki.→
[More:]The admin/moderator team has been working on these guidelines for a couple months and are very happy to have them in a finished and public state. You'll find the revised stuff in 3 sections under "About MetaChat" - there's an FAQ, a "Guidelines and Policies" statement, and finally a quick description of how these guidelines were developed.
Please take a look through them and let us know what you think. They are in pretty final shape from the mod point of view, but your comments here are of course most welcome. I will ask that everyone let them stay on those wiki pages as is for the time being (that is, not edit), until we can maybe mirror them somewhere more stable than a wiki. It's just an easy place to park them right now where everyone can see them.
The other contents of the wiki are still a bit a-hoo at the moment. Everything below the header "Mechazens" needs some refreshing. Richat and Eideteker have been combing through and looking for things to update and reorganize, with the goal of getting the site documentation current by...well, by pretty soon. What belongs/doesn't belong on the rest of the wiki might make a fun crowd-source topic for another post sometime, so watch for that.
It is a good feeling to get these guidelines up. The mods have actually been working with these as the guideline ideas for some time, so you shouldn't feel any sudden jolts. Ideally they will feel consistent with the present atmosphere, with some added clarity about where the bumpers are. Now that they're up and on public view, we'll say that these are current and in effect as of today.
Thanks to all of you. As I think you will see, the guidelines and policies were truly built on the community's own reflections, experiences, hopes, and thoughtful recommendations. Here's looking forward to more happy MetaChatting.