Hi guys and girls!
Since we are not much for rules, we would simply like to tell you what we would consider an ideal forum member. Stick around, some of these are useful even in real life.
A good forum member…
… is kind and helping to others in the forum.
This doesn’t call for much detail. Be a good person!
… searches before posting a new thread.
Many questions have already been answered in the forum. Use the search button at the top right of our page to find out if your question or topic has already been covered. This way you won’t have to wait for someone to answer.
… posts their threads in the most appropriate sub-forum.
Posting your thread in the right sub-forum will attract the right people to your conundrum, which will make for a speedier reply.
… includes all the important things in their posted thread.
For instance, if you are asking a technical question, it would be good to share all the information that may help us understand your problem.
… realizes that communicating only through text takes effort.
This is the internet. We can’t hear the sound of your voice or see you smirking, therefore; No one can be sure if you are being sarcastic or joking. So be careful, if your post can be misinterpreted it probably will be.
… knows that having a different opinion doesn’t imply stupidity.
Sometimes people are strange, they value things that we don’t. It doesn’t make them stupid or wrong, just different. Agreeing to disagree, is perfectly OK.
… knows that winning an argument doesn’t really mean anything.
There are no achievements at the forum. Being proved wrong or loosing to a popular vote doesn’t mean you are stupid or wrong. Though it might mean you learned something.
… reads his/her own post before submitting.
Being able to reflect on your own reply before blurting it out is one of the best things about the internet. Ask yourself, is this post helpful, encouraging, or perhaps funny? If so, then hit that submit button!
… keeps their signature at bay.
Every user has this nifty little space, which is posted along with everything they contribute. It’s a really good place to advertise your custom story, youtube channel, twitter feed, and so on. However, they easily become distracting when they are filled with big images or paragraphs of text. A good rule of thumb; try to stay within three standard size rows of text.
… knows that critique is at its best when it inspires betterment.
Giving bad critique isn’t good for anyone. It makes the critic sound bitter and deflates the spirit of the creator. If you have nothing good to say, you don’t have to say anything.
… knows that bad critique is just someone else being a sourpuss.
Only listen to critics who are on your side. That doesn’t imply you only want yeasayers, but unless the critic seems excited by your project, they probably don’t have your best interest at heart. Listen to the people who are cheering for you to do better and truly consider their suggestions for making your creation even better.
… knows that saying Thank You or I’m Sorry doesn’t hurt.
Courtesy is awesome, it makes other people feel better and it costs you nothing. You won’t look weak or wrong, it will only make you a good person.
… realizes that if all else fails, use common sense.
There isn’t always an answer to every situation. Just make the best of things and try to be a good person.
If you follow these suggestions, there isn’t much chance we would interfere with your doings. However, if you are a fan of fine print, here goes:
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