Rules & Guidelines
Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:18 am
#1: Before creating a new thread, you are encouraged and expected to first search for an existing thread on the same topic. If relevant, it may be better to add on to this existing thread than starting a new one. Duplicate threads add clutter and waste bandwidth.
#2: When creating a thread, make sure to choose the appropriate forum section. Deliberately starting a topic in the wrong section to gain more exposure and responses is frowned upon.
#3: Choose clear and accurate titles for your threads. Avoid misleading or vague wording in the subject line. Avoid using ellipses in the title as a means to create suspense.
#4: Bumping threads without adding anything to draw attention to a specific topic is not allowed. If people are interested in discussing a certain topic, they will do so without such prodding.
#5: Use the "quote" button in moderation. Avoid quoting long posts, blocks of quotes or posts that contain embedded images. If you are replying to a large post, only quote the specific part you wish to respond and remove any irrelevant text.
#6: Limit the use of emoticons. There is no need for ten emoticons in a row. You can usually get your point across with one or two.
#7: Use font colors and sizes sparingly, as they can be annoying and distracting when used to excess.
#8: Do not double, triple, quadruple, etc. post. Wait until someone else replies before making another post. If you need to add something, edit your previous post.
#9: Avoid going off-topic. If you need to discuss a different subject, simply create a new thread.
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#11: Embedding large images that take up the whole page creates an unpleasant browsing experience. Post them in reasonable sizes or post the links to them instead.
#12: Inline linking (hotlinking) media files should be avoided. There are plenty of free file-hosting services where you can upload the files you wish to share.
#13: Do not spam or vandalize threads. Editing your posts to significantly alter or remove their content entirely is strictly prohibited.
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#15: Use the "report this post" function with prudence and caution. Only report posts which clearly violate forum rules.
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