Guidelines for The Session. Please read.
I’ve had to do a lot of cleaning up here in the discussions section, as well as the tunes section, recently.
In order to avoid having to do so in the future, I wanted to post a few guidlines here.
So, note your nearest exit row and kindly pay attention to the following…
First of all, I would like to re-iterate the one golden rule here at The Session: "be civil". No nastiness please. Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end of. Constructive criticism is fine, but personal attacks are not.
Secondly, please think twice before posting a discussion.
Remember, the name of this section is "Discussions", not "Announcements", and certainly not "Personal Messages For One Idividual".
If you want to send somebody a message, go to their member profile and click on "send an email".
If you have a question or comment about a tune, then the place to post that is in the "Tunes" section under the relevant tune.
If you do decide to post a discussion, then please keep checking up on it. Respond to what people say and nurture the dialogue.
Every discussion you start is your responsibility. The same goes for sessions and tunes.
I’m thinking about introducing a feature whereby any comments posted to a discussion, a session, a tune or a recording will automatically be emailed to person who submitted that discussion, session, tune or recording. What do you think? Good idea? Not so good idea?
Now, on to tunes.
The Session would appear to have lost its way a bit lately. There have been a few inappropriate tune submissions.
I’m going to have to be a bit stricter about what gets posted. For the time being, I’m going to have to insist that we leave the more obscure, exotic tunes out of the tunes section.
Of course, this raises the whole question of what constitutes an appropriate tune.
Well, ask yourself this: is the tune played at your session? If the answer is yes, then it’s a session tune and you should go ahead and submit it. If the answer is no, then ask youself: would it go down well at your session? If the answer is still no, then it’s probably not a good idea to post that tune.
In light of that test, the actual country of origin of the tune becomes irrelevant.
If you have some obscure, exotic tune that you love to play alone in your room but wouldn’t dare play at a session, then thesession.org is probably not the place for it.
If, however,you have some undiscovered little gem that goes down a treat when you play it at your local session, then please, post it here.
Think of this site as being like a real session and treat the submission process like introducing a tune for the first time.
Like I said, I’ll be keeping a bit of a more watchful eye on the tune submissions. However, this isn’t something that’s entirely up to me.
The Session is *your* site.
If you’d like to see more slip-jigs, for example, post more slip-jigs.
If you’d like to see guitar chords with the tunes, post tunes with guitar chords.
If you’d like to see more discussions about how to play a certain instrument, post a discussion about it.
In short, take a more pro-active role.
This ties in with my earlier point about every discussion, session, tune and recording being the personal responsibility of whoever submits in the first place.
With that in mind, please, please, please, stop and think before starting a discussion or posting a tune.
Thank you very much for your attention and your time. I’ll let you get back to the music now.
Keep those tunes, sessions and recordings coming and remember: this is *your* site.