Vivaldi Community Rules


  • Community Manager

    Easy to follow:

    1. Treat others with respect.

    2. Be courteous.

    3. Use the Search Feature before starting a new thread.

    4. Use a short and clear title for new threads.

    5. When reporting problems, tell us what platform you are on, browser version, extensions (if any), system specification (CPU, RAM), connection type and architecture (X32 or X64), and give us the steps to reproduce your issue.

    6. Think first, think twice, before you write.

    7. Don’t use ALL CAPS.

    8. When in doubt, ask more questions and explain your perspective.

    9. If you have any problems, please contact a forum moderator by clicking the link in their username and sending them a Chat message.

    10. If you see a thread or post that violates our community rules, please flag the post for the attention of the moderators using the 3 vertical dots icon.

    11. Moderators are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi staff members. Treat them with respect. If you have an issue regarding moderation, contact a Vivaldi Community Manager via Chat.

    12. Users posting any of the following material will either be warned or banned:
      Spam, scams, harassment, pornography, copyright-infringing material, self-promotion, and/or any other language that is offensive or in violation of local or international laws. The forum administration reserves the right to determine what language is or is not acceptable.


  • Moderator

    @gaelle we could add one more rule: "do not use all caps"



  • @gaelle I find it weird to have lots of posts replying to some previous post, that does not quote any content at all for context. Example at feature requests

    The replies I got by @RRR13 and by @Pesala, are that it saves space.

    I agree that it saves space, it obviously does.

    I argue that it wastes time, much more time than what is saved by not scrolling through the extra space.

    Strings of replies without context like the one in the example are meaningless without context. So for the sake of one user saving space, and saving their time by not providing context they waste everyone else's time, by reading/scrolling through meaningless posts, or having to click back to get it.

    Naturally when the thread is short and about a single subject, quoting is probably not needed. Also on the features thread (or here, I hope) because a "reply" is not a reply to some specific post, but to the thread itself.

    But when having (short) crossed conversations, should users be strongly encouraged to quote some context, or otherwise risk having their posts considered similar to spam?


  • Moderator

    @rkzn said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    I argue that it wastes time, much more time than what is saved by not scrolling through the extra space.

    Users will often quote an entire post, so one has no idea which paragraph they are referencing. Here, if you select some text before clicking quote, the reply will only contain the selected text.

    However, this thread is about forum rules, not feature requests for the forum, and it's pretty much impossible to legislate for what is just a user's preference. I hate it when I have I have to skip loads of irrelevant text to get to the part that matters.

    If the user does not make a question clear, then I will often just ignore their post, or sometimes I will ask them to clarify.



  • @Pesala said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Users will often quote an entire post, so one has no idea which paragraph they are referring too.

    A bad use of quoting does not make another bad use of (not) quoting a good thing.

    it's pretty much impossible to legislate for what is just a user's preference.

    No it is not. Nor impossible, nor simply a user's preference.

    Sure it has some subjectivity in it. So do the top two lines of the rules above: Treat others with respect, Be courteous.

    It is a matter of usability, not a matter of doing it my way, but in a way that is useful.

    If you'd like a non-subjective rule, for the feature request thread, that could be: No conversation. Period. Any post which is not ONE suggestion gets deleted. There is no need to be that harsh, as much as there is no need to one liners that only contains a "lol" or a mystery reply that helps nothing.



  • @gaelle Yesterday I reported one, or two, posts as spam(y). Today I get a message

    "ERROR You do not have enough reputation to flag this post"

    What changed? Did someone disagreed with my flagging? I would understand that, off course, but... And, what "reputation"?


  • Moderator

    @rkzn It's probably because there are spammers abusing the report button. So maybe now you need to have some reputation to be able to do so.

    Reputation is probably calculated by number of posts, registration date and up votes.

    But I'm just guessing.



  • @An_dz Don't think so. Reputation is upvotes alone. If you really wanted to mass spam/report etc. you could just make an alt account and upvote yourself. But that's overly complicated and therefore probably a good measure against offenders.



  • @luetage
    @An_dz said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Reputation is probably calculated by number of posts, registration date and up votes.

    But I'm just guessing.

    i just had a reputation removed. forum notified me by telling me i had an "upvote". this was discouraging.

    i feel the rating was unfair, but everyone should be able to voice to opinion that a user is unhelpful. i think vivaldi should have a seperate hidden reputation for each user only accessible to admins for spammers and such. that way the good measures are less likely to be used improperly.

    also, please change the notification from "upvoted your post" to "downvoted your post" if that's what happened. it could be a helpful feature that easily reminds me when im being annoying/unhelpful.


  • Moderator

    @monkey_wrench_gang898 said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    (...) please change the notification from "upvoted your post" to "downvoted your post" if that's what happened.

    But that's not what happened. You're only being notified when your posts are upvoted. You don't know who and when (and sometimes why) downvoted your post.


  • Moderator

    @OlgaA said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi team members.

    "Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi team members." <- this is listed in the rules twice now? By mistake, or for emphasis?


  • Moderator

    @ayespy I fixed it.


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  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @gaelle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Easy to follow:

    • Treat others with respect.

    • Be courteous.

    • Use the search feature before starting a new thread.
    • Use a short and clear title for new threads.
    • When reporting problems, tell us what platform you are on, browser version, extensions (if any), system specification (CPU, RAM), connection type and architecture (X32 or X64), and give us the steps to reproduce your issue.
    • Think first, think twice, before you write.
    • Don’t use ALL CAPS.
    • When in doubt, ask more questions and explain your perspective.
    • If you have any problems, please contact a forum moderator.
    • If you see a thread or post that violates our community rules, please report it to the moderators.

    Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers and not Vivaldi team members.

    • Users posting any of the following material will either be warned or banned:
      Spam, scams, harassment, pornography, copyright-infringing material, self-promotion, and/or any other language that is offensive or in violation of local or international laws. The forum administration reserves the right to determine what language is or is not acceptable.

    Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi team members.

    Rules of common sense, but do not treat only the moderators with respect but everyone in general, including the Vivaldi Team. These seem excluded from this rule, as written



  • @catweazle What you are suggesting is literally the first rule. The first rule includes moderators naturally too, it could be argued mentioning them again specifically is superfluous.


  • Moderator

    @gaelle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    If you have any problems, please contact a forum moderator.

    This would be better stated as "Please flag the post for the attention of the moderators using the 3 vertical dots icon."

    A numbered list would be better than the bulleted list for reference purposes.

    • Use the Search Feature with a link would be best.

    • If you have any problems, please contact a forum moderator.

    How? Best add "by clicking the link in their username and sending them a Chat message."

    • Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi team members.

    Might be better stated to distinguish from rule 1:

    • Moderators are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi staff members. If you have an issue regarding moderation, do not complain about it in the forums (a bannable offence). Contact that moderator or another moderator via Chat.

  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @luetage said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    @catweazle What you are suggesting is literally the first rule. The first rule includes moderators naturally too, it could be argued mentioning them again specifically is superfluous.

    Naturally, it's education basic. It just caught my attention to mention 2 times 'Treat moderators with respect. They are unpaid volunteers, not Vivaldi team members. This sounds for me as you just have to treat the moderators with respect, why they work voluntarily, but not the members of the team



  • @catweazle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    @gaelle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Easy to follow:

    • Treat others with respect.

    What I mean is the first rule includes everyone. Members, the team and moderators. There is no need for another rule like this, if you enforce it.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @luetage said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    @catweazle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    @gaelle said in Vivaldi Community Rules:

    Easy to follow:

    • Treat others with respect.

    What I mean is the first rule includes everyone. Members, the team and moderators. There is no need for another rule like this, if you enforce it.

    And less still 2 times, It could be ignored perfectly. It may be mentioned to attend to the decisions of the moderators


  • Community Manager

    @gwen-dragon and @Ayespy Thanks for spotting and fixing the mistake!


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