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    “You cannot build your reputation as a good ranger on Allcom and you CAN most certainly destroy it.” – Long Shot

    Defining the purpose and nature of a forum is often a murky proposition. We present the official protocols for the forum for your edification, but the Ranger Council also feels that its important to remind the group (and perhaps to open up for a discussion) the reasons that we have this relatively no-holds-barred forum within the Ranger department.

    An off-topic forum is a rarity within Burning Man’s official communication channels, but we believe that this forum is a place where a lot of good stuff goes on, from training to general acculturation to an important increase in the breadth of our appreciation of bacon. However, an awareness of maintaining a positive noise-to-signal-ratio and an understanding of the general rules of the road is an important way to keep this forum a productive tool for the department as a whole.

    Rangers new and old are on this forum, which means that we have a broad range of perspectives and experience available to participate in the discussions that come up. That is a gift. But it also creates a responsibility that we all communicate from a place of the neutral, open, and relatively unstructured paradigm of Rangering. When we approach a situation on this forum as if we’re wearing our Ranger hats, we ideally aim to be part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.

    These protocols are in place to help us all get the most out of this forum. With hundreds of Rangers on the forum, its important to remember that the few should make concessions for the many, and not the other way around. We have, over the years, learned that when non-Rangerly behavior or too much “noise” happens on a forum, we lose valuable forum members. That is something that we should all work to avoid.

    Be aware, when you post, as to what sort of impression you might be making on a stranger; listening generously and talking straight are helpful in this pursuit. Dead horse flogging and “open mics” are not.

    Ideally, this is a place where we can get to know and keep in touch with our fellow Rangers, address issues of interest to the department as a whole, and keep in touch with this amazing thing we all get to do one week a year in the desert. This is also a place where we can learn from each other and practice the Art of Rangering. It is up to every member of the forum to ensure that that happens.

    Participation in the forum constitutes agreement to the following guidelines, which apply to posts, profile information, avatars, signatures, any other content on this site and participation in general.


    This is a Ranger discussion forum. This forum presents a learning and acculturation opportunity. Rangers old and new are on this forum if you’re an experienced ranger, demonstrate Rangerly behavior, if you’re hoping to become a ranger, observe, participate, and learn from the community. Rangers are open, neutral, and relatively unstructured. Rangers aim to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

    When faced with a difficult situation, Rangers F.L.A.M.E it.

    Any topic is fair game on this forum. If it’s not of interest to you, or potentially offends you, ignore it. Any topic should be addressed as a Ranger. This is good practice for the playa; we don’t get to choose what we’re exposed to on the playa. Post and reply here as a Ranger. Just like on the playa if you can’t be Rangerly, back out.

    Sometimes it is appropriate to take conversation or disagreement off forum, as no one wants to have an argument in their faces. There are moderators on the forum. Though generally laissez-faire, the moderators will at times help remind participants of the protocols here. Remember we have hundreds readers on this forum.

    On Posting About Working Events

    1. If a request for Rangers is for working an official Burning Man event (i.e. Flambe and Decompression) Rangers can and should be solicited on this forum.
    2. If a request for Rangers is for working a “sanctioned” Burning Man event the person needing to solicit Rangers must, as a courtesy, contact the Ranger Department Head before posting a request. This way we will avoid the problem that was just created. All other conditions under (1) will then apply.
    3. If a request for a Rangers is for working an unofficial event a post may be made to this forum. Please indicate that this is not an official event in your description.


    • You may have full access to the forum once you have worked one year as a Ranger.
    • Rangers who have left the department or who are currently not in good standing are subject to being removed from the forum by the moderators.
    • If you are having account issues, please contact one of the moderators or flint.
    • You may unsubscribe yourself from the forum at any time. Please contact one of the moderators or flint who’ll be able to deactivate your account.
    • Repeated incidents of un-Rangerly behavior or behavior that violates Burning Man’s online protocols may result in your removal from the forum.
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