Posting Rules: MUST READ before posting!!
Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2003 2:45 pm
I'm sure that many people have noticed the explosion of the SPCR userbase, which has led to the explosion of these forums and other forms of support. In an effort to keep forums relatively organized, I have setup several guidelines:
- Use common sense - Just because it isn't explicitly stated as one of the rules below doesn't mean it's OK. Use common sense and good Netiquette when posting, replying and browsing these forums.
- Search, scan and read articles in the relevant section on the main site - There is a great deal of information on the main site, a lot of which is highly detailed and densely packed. Chances are answers to many of your questions will be self-evident as your silencing knowledge grows. By doing the prerequisite reading and learning, your questions / comments will be both more answerable and more interesting to others when you do begin posting.
- Search before posting - Please try to use the search feature on the website prior to starting a new topic regarding a problem you are experiencing. Chances are, due to the rapid growth of the forum, your problem may have been solved already or a problem similar to it. By searching prior to posting, you will help yourself by find a solution sooner, and keep the newer problems in focus.
- Choose a good subject - Do not make your subject say just "Help a newbie," nobody wants to hear this. Describe your problem briefly in your subject, then you can describe your problem in greater depth in the body of your article. Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer. Avoid "subject says all" etc. A better subject might have been "X Windows crashes whenever I run program foo."
- Use BBCodes if you feel you can - BBCodes help to make articles more readable. For more information visit: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/faq.php?mode=bbcode so you can learn things like embedding long linksinstead of leaving them "naked" (like the first time in this sentence) to cause over-wide page formatting. NOTE! Long URLs that are posted without using bbcode posting conventions may be simply deleted by the admins/moderators.
- Provide full details of your gear and conditions when you ask questions or make strong statements. Things like a basic component list in your PC, ambient temp in your room, the noise environment (at least a general description) and so on. Temperature readings and noise perception are both extremely dependent on conditions. Being specific and detailed will save time and avoid frustrations for everyone trying to discuss the matter with you.
- Thank those who help you - If you post a problem and someone helps you, simply replying with a thank you message or an acknowledgement that their suggestions worked are very much appreciated.
- No swearing, cussing or other bad language. Find other ways to be dramatic or to make a strong point. Strong language is one of the common triggers for silly arguments. This is a somewhat subjective matter, and mods will use their discretion to delete swearing posts. Repeat offenders will be banned.
- No bashing - If someone is posting about a question they have or a problem they are experiencing, don't simply tell them they are wrong recommend they try your recommendation. Instead, provide facts or opinions supporting your recommendation, provide positive feedback, and please keep the criticism low. Bashing posts or threads may be deleted without warning, and offenders banned, after ONE warning.
- No personal attacks - These forums are not a place for you to take cheap shots at somebody because he/she did something. Do that some place else (or better yet, get over it). You have been warned. Hopefully, this won't be much of a problem here. Personal attack posts or threads may be deleted without warning, and offenders banned, after ONE warning.
- Cross posting - Please do not post the same question to multiple forums. Cross posting clutters up the forums and makes things like searching harder for other users. If you feel your question could fit in multiple forums, please pick the best one and post there. If you would like your topic moved, message a Moderator. They will be deleted if mods find them.
- Ask Questions The Smart Way - If you are new to the internet, forums or the world of Silent Computing or if you just aren't sure what kinds of questions are okay to ask and how they should be phrased, then please read this document. It covers many of the same points as covered in this guide, but goes into far more detail and offers detailed explanations and suggestions.
- Don't post big images, post links to them instead - images larger than 640 x 480 pixels have the effect of making pages so wide that lateral scrolling is required. This can make a page a real nuisance to scroll through. Please avoid posting such large images; a link works just as well even if it not quite as compelling or dramatic as the pic. Again, posts may be deleted without warning, and offenders banned, after ONE warning.
- Don't hotlink to another site's images. If the images are not on your own webspace, just post a URL instead of the image itself. It is good netiquette not to use someone else's bandwidth for your forum posts, plus it ensures that the originator of the content gets their proper credit.
- The User Reviews forum have an additional set of rules. Make sure you read the FAQ and Rules in that forum before posting there. It will be the most carefully moderated forum here.
- No avatars or images in signatures please. - This is a collective decision by admin & many regulars who like the clean uncluttered look of the SPCR forums. We encourage creativity in the content of your posts rather than repetitive images that can have meaning & impact only the first time around. There are lots of other forums that allow avatar sigs; please feel free to go wild there. Thanks for your cooperation. - Note: The only exceptions are small folding @ home related images. Text signatures are allowed, providing they are:
- Maximum 300 characters long
- No more than 4 lines
- Smaller font preferred to reduce the "height" of the posts so that long threads are easier to scroll through.
- All members must post in English - This allows the staff to ensure that the rules are being followed. Content in other languages are allowed as long as full English translations are provided, or otherwise at the discretion of the staff.