A guest post by Edel Brosnan, Chair of the Guild's Editorial and Communications Committee.
Rule #1: Be nice (this rule has been shamelessly lifted from the excellent "What's Alan Watching" blog at http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/): "This is a place where people can and should argue passionately for their point of view. But there's a difference between arguing with passion and arguing with hostility. If you can't find a way to express your viewpoint without insulting other commenters, or getting strident and self-righteous -- say, equating your opinion with fact, and deriding other people for not seeing the truth of your words -- then either tone down your words until they're more respectful to other people, or don't comment."
Rule # 2: Stay on-topic
This is a place for discussing items of interest to WGGB members. We don't mind if you're a current member, lapsed member, prospective member, longtime friend or implacable enemy of the Guild - we welcome comments, chat, ideas, links, reviews and speculation from anyone who's interested in life on Planet Writer. But please try to keep on-topic - as a basic rule, if you're discussing a state -of-the-nation book, play, film, TV drama, videogame or radio play, then you're on topic. If you're arguing about the state of the nation itself, then you're probably not. Having said that, if you've just had your first or fifty-first commission, or you've just fallen in love and want to share it with the world, then tell us - we want to hear the good stuff too.
Rule # 3: Don't slander any billionaire media giants
Or anyone else, for that matter. As a writers' organisation, we do not believe in heavy-handed moderation. But please don't post anything that would put the Guild in legal jeopardy. We need to keep the legal drama where it belongs - on stage and on screen.
Rule # 4: Give yourself credit
You don't have to post under your own name - we understand that there may be a thousand reasons why you shouldn't put your name to a scathing comment about script editors or the fact that you hate the cover design for your latest book. But reading comments by six or seven different contributors all calling themselves "Anonymous" is horribly confusing. Invent a nom de plume if you don't want to post under your real name - all you need to do is set up a free Gmail or Googlemail account. You can do that by clicking here - https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount. You can also use a LiveJournal, WordPress, TypePad, AIM or OpenID account. (Of course, there's nothing to stop you selecting "anonymous" as your nom de plume, as long as someone else hasn't already beaten you to it). If you'd like to drive traffic to your own website, you can also post comments using your website URL as your ID.