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Forum Etiquette
« on: June 20, 2010, 10:58:19 AM »
?  No 'flaming'. Avoid personal attacks, pettiness, abuse. Respect other users; if you disagree with them, outline your reasons calmly.
?  No 'trolling' - trolls are posts deliberately designed to provoke an angry response. That doesn't mean you can't be controversial, if you really mean it.
?  No personal disputes - if it gets personal, take it offline.
?  Don't be patronising or sarcastic. It comes across about ten times worse online.
?  Don?t use coarse or vulgar language. While it might sound fine in conversation, the printed word is much less forgiving.
?  Don?t post when you are angry. Wait until you have calmed down and then post.
?  Re-read your post before you post it and ask yourself if someone might be offended by what you?ve said.
?  If someone else's post offends you, don't immediately fight back online. Consider whether they really meant to cause offence. It can be easy to sound rude without meaning to, especially if English is not your native language. However, if you really are troubled by the post, don't respond - take it to a Guild officer instead.
?  Post in the most appropriate forum (and only in one forum).
?  Stay on topic - try to focus on the original topic. In particular, don't change subject in the middle of an existing thread - just start a new topic.
?  Conversely, don't start a new topic if your post relates to an existing one - reply to the existing thread instead. Make sure you reply to the appropriate post, not just the last post in the thread.
?  When starting a new topic, make the subject line clear and informative. It makes the topic easy to find.
?  Make sure you're understood, even by non-native English speakers. Try to write full sentences, and avoid text-message abbreviations or slang.
?  If asking a question, provide as much information as possible, what you've already considered, where you've already read etc.
?  Read what's already there before posting. You may be repeating what others have already said or asked.

?  Let sleeping dogs lie.
?  It's tempting to revisit controversial debates that you are passionate about, but it's rarely productive to do so, since it almost always results in the same heated, lengthy, and time/energy draining discussions leading to the same conclusion that was reached in the last round.


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