Obviously, general forum rules still apply here. Go read those if you haven't already.
More specific rules for this board:
- No PvE-centric topics or posts.
Please remember that this forum is for discussion of PvP in GW2. Discussion of topics and ideas that apply both to PvP and PvE are welcome here, but talking about things that are geared more towards PvE than PvP is not what this forum is for. Moderator discretion will be used to fairly determine what is and is not appropriate for this forum, and topics will be moved or deleted accordingly.
- Back everything with evidence.
Empty conjecture is completely worthless. Games designed to be high in depth rarely have conclusive answers, especially early in their lifespans. As a result, to be useful, everything needs to be supported with evidence - replays, calculations, expert opinions.
A corollary to this: If you think something is imbalanced, makes sure that it's not a personal skill issue, and find evidence that validates your claim.
- You can be wrong.
Not everyone's opinion will be equally weighted. Players playing at a high level of competition will, by virtue of their experience, be more qualified. However, that doesn't mean that their statements will be accepted unconditionally - the previous rule applies to them, too.
- Don't make things personal.
PvP discussions tend to be more contentious than usual threads, but there's plenty of room for constructive disagreement without resorting to personal attacks.
- Make your posts have actual content.
This encompasses a lot of stuff. For example:
- Don't post just to say "I agree."
- Stay on topic. Don't derail threads, either intentionally or by not reading other posts in whatever thread you're replying to.
- Don't try to be funny.
As with Rule #1, moderator discretion will come into play when determining what is and is not a content-rich post. Keep in mind that this is not a general discussion forum, so if your thread/post (however long or short it may be) is not constructive to the PvP discussion going on here, it should not be here.
- Discussion about "elitism" and "rank discrimination" is expressly forbidden.
For various reasons that are too involved to explain in a rules thread, the rank discrimination and elitism cited by many people in PvP discussions does not exist. However, it is also (unfortunately) a topic that many posters feel quite strongly about. Therefore, referring to it is almost inevitably counterproductive. In addition, "pulling rank" without proper justification for doing so is highly frowned upon and will be met with appropriate moderation.