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Are you new to internet forums?
« on: May 05, 2008, 11:11:24 PM »
Certain rules of unspoken etiquette are recommended to be followed when using Internet forums.

- Read any rules and guidelines established by the community; some may have different regulations on a particular subject.

- Always be courteous.

- Before creating a new topic thread, search to see if a similar topic already exists.

- Follow standard grammar/spelling rules and try not to use slang.

- If the forum is categorized, post in the correct section.

- Include as much technical information as possible if posting a technical inquiry, especially in the subject line.

- Stay on-topic.

- Avoid double posting and Crossposting.

- Respond to topics started by others more often than starting topics of your own so that you don't appear self-absorbed.

- Avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts. (All CAPS is considered "shouting" and causes readability issues.)

- Do not resurrect a very old topic if you have nothing significant to add. This practice is known as revival or Necroing.

- Try to refrain from lashing back at a poorly behaving member or participating in a flame war; instead, notify the messageboard's staff of the event.

- When quoting a previous post, include only the relevant portion of that post. Keep in mind that your audience can likely still see the message you're quoting on the same screen and can read it again if need be.