All content posted in this forum, whether products, theoretical discussions, services, images, or otherwise, must be relevant to the basic subject matter of the Bolter & Chainsword - the Warhammer 40,000 hobby. Essentially, anything that applies to the games and lore set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe (which includes back through the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy) or to the general tabletop wargaming hobby is fair game. We don't discuss the Warhammer Fantasy Battles (Old World/Age of Sigmar) setting, the Lord of the Rings setting, or other non-WH40K settings supported at any time by Games Workshop/Citadel Miniatures (e.g., Rogue Trooper, Stormbringer, etc.) or other companies and other Intellectual Properties.
Some leeway might be allowed for miniatures/models that might be used in the Warhammer 40,000 setting (e.g., converting an AoS model for use in WH40K). Judgment is required in this and it may be determined that discussion of such products is more appropriate in another forum .
A subset of this guidance, and one that is already covered in the basic forum rules but which requires emphasis in this forum, is staying on topic. Far too often, discussions stray wildly off topic as members begin to discuss issues that are only tangentially related to the subject at hand. This becomes distracting and far too often becomes disruptive. It's far better to create a new discussion in a different forum to discuss those tangential issues. This leaves the discussions in this forum freedom to focus on the actual news, rumor, or announcement.
In addition to discussing an upcoming/newly-released product here in NRBA, it's perfectly acceptable to also have parallel discussions in other relevant forums. For example, an upcoming Black Library novel featuring the Alpha Legion during the Horus Heresy might have similar discussions in NRBA, the Alpha Legion sub-forum, the Age of Darkness forum and the Black Library forum. That was a deliberately broad example to demonstrate how a single product might be relevant in multiple forums. Ideally, each such discussion will have a slightly different focus - the discussion in NRBA should be focused on news about the product's release; the discussion in the Alpha Legion sub-forum should be focused on the portrayal of the Alpha Legion and how it meshes with the body of lore; the discussion in the Age of Darkness forum should focus on how the story works within the larger Horus Heresy storyline and body of lore; and the discussion in the Black Library forum should focus on the literary qualities of the novel. In reality, there will be a lot of overlap in such parallel discussions.
Content that is off topic or isn't relevant to the WH40K setting and which is not directly related to the discussion will be edited or removed by the staff.
As a general rule, discussions about products should be limited to one product per discussion. The purpose of this limitation is three-fold:
- Makes it easy for members to find a discussion about a product (the product name should be part of the topic title).
- Keeps the discussion focused, making it easy to know what anyone is (or should be) discussing.
- When the product is released the discussion can be closed or moved into another forum without hindering discussion about some other product that hasn't been released yet.
When reposting content that originated at an external site (e.g., Warhammer Community), in most cases the original article shouldn't appear in its entirety. Instead, a brief summary or introduction should be posted along with a link to the original site. The brief summary/introduction should be sufficient to provide a decent understanding of the original content and (hopefully) create interest, while the link ensures that the original site remains the main provider of the content. We don't want other sites poaching our content, nor do we want to poach content from other sites.
The primary exception to this is if you own the external site or are the creator of the content. In those cases, the content may be posted in full (if you choose).
Re-posts from external sites shouldn't simply be a link to the external site. There should be sufficient information to provide hobbyists with a basic idea of where the link leads and the content it will provide, preventing clickbait tactics and unethical monetization by click.
The B&C is a haven for members to better understand and enjoy the hobby away from political/religious discussion.
When posting or replying to news about an issue that is likely to be contentious, especially if it has significant political/religious implications, posts should remain neutral and non-partisan, otherwise expect such topics to be edited, closed, or removed to prevent political/religious replies and the divisiveness that such discussion inevitably creates.
Topics in NRBA will typically be locked once a product is released. If there is a discussion in the relevant (sub-)faction forum, the closure may include a link to that topic. If there isn't an existing discussion in the relevant (sub-)faction forum, the NRBA discussion may instead be moved into the relevant (sub-)faction forum, depending on the length and content of the NRBA topic (this will generally happen if the discussion was short and productive, without significant problems).
Posts/content that are not directly relevant to the news/rumor/announcement may be removed by the staff. This may include editing of posts to remove inappropriate/off topic content.