Forum Etiquette

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Forum Etiquette

Postby philaquarist » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:41 pm

Mr. Moderator,

It may be good to remind everyone of the basics of forum etiquette. If we do not have one, I have taken the liberty of lifting a "typical" one from Wikipedia, which can serve as a starting point for our own RP Forum etiquette. If I remember right, Fugu also tried starting one some time ago, giving concrete suggestions to serve as the starting base.

Wikipedia wrote:Forum etiquette

Certain rules of unspoken etiquette are recommended to be followed when using Internet forums. They include:

>One should read all the rules and guidelines established by the community. Some communities may have different regulations on a particular subject.
>One should always be courteous to other forum members.
>Before creating a new topic thread, one is advised to search to see if a similar topic already exists.
>Contributors should follow standard grammar and spelling rules and avoid slang. Leetspeak is sometimes accepted.
>If the forum is categorized, one should strive to post in the correct section.
>When making a technical inquiry, one should include as much technical information as possible, especially in the subject line.
>Contributors are asked to stay on-topic.
>Contributors should avoid double posting and Crossposting.
>To avoid appearing self-absorbed, one should respond to topics started by others more often than starting topics of one's own.
>Contributors should avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts. All CAPS is considered "shouting" and causes readability issues.
>One is advised not to resurrect a very old topic if nothing significant will be added. This practice is known as revival or Necroing.
>One should 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, one should only include the relevant portion of that post. Contributors are requested to keep in mind that their audience can likely still see the message they are quoting on the same screen and can read it again if need be.
>Signatures on forums should generally have a maximum height of 100 pixels, as to not cause clutter.


The other big isue to talk about is the use of proper lanuage in this forum. Some people use text language. Others use Tagalog or Taglish or even the latest American slang. Maybe this results from the relative "youth" of many posters.

Which is proper? This will depend very much on whom the moderators see as their long-term target "market". If we wish to be truly global or international in scope, then we should insist that all postings be done in proper English. Again, that is just IMHO, and is really for the Moderators to decide.

Phil

P.S. Maybe another very basic thing to remiond everyone that a forum is different from a chat room, an instant messaging or IRC system, a blog, an email system or a usenet/newsgroup. Each of these have their own individual objectives, even if there is much commonality of function. For example, the language and decorum for a chat room is not necessarily appropriate for a forum, and vice versa.
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Postby reefphilippines » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:54 pm

Hi Phil,

As a basic of forum etique, we are currently following the:

Contributors are asked to stay on-topic.

If the forum is categorized, one should strive to post in the correct section

Contributors should avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts. All CAPS is considered "shouting" and causes readability issues.

One should 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.

and also "text language" is highly discouraged.



The other big isue to talk about is the use of proper lanuage in this forum. Some people use text language. Others use Tagalog or Taglish or even the latest American slang. Maybe this results from the relative "youth" of many posters.

Which is proper? This will depend very much on whom the moderators see as their long-term target "market". If we wish to be truly global or international in scope, then we should insist that all postings be done in proper English. Again, that is just IMHO, and is really for the Moderators to decide.


This one would be hard to enforce, we are encouraging everyone to post their threads/reply in english since we have members from different regions but since our native tounge is tagalog it is really hard to avoid to post in tagalog, i am also guilty of this.

thanks for the suggestions
i will be adding a sticky thread in the general discussion forum "rules of posting"

thanks
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Postby Fugu » Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:57 pm

This was burried in the PMAS section:

Basic etiquette rules for posting on Reef Philippines


1.Respect others opinions
Sometimes people can write something that you may find offensive. Before launching into a public condemnation though, please consider that the person may not have intended to cause offence. It is very easy to misinterpret a post on forums. There is absolutely no need to resort to insults. Respect others' views even if you disagree with them.

2.Lurk (anonymously observe) before you leap.
When you jump into a forum, do not post any comments right away. Try to read and catch up with what is going on and observe what people are saying. After you feel comfortable and think you are ready to add useful information/comments to the conversation, please do so. If you are looking for certain information you may find it has already been posted within the relevant forum so have a look through the recent topic titles. Using the forums' search features -located within the top menu bar will help you a great deal. If you don't find any information - definitely do post your question.

3.Post into the correct forum.
There are a number of different forums on this site - the full list is can be found by clicking on the 'forum' link on any page. Please use the appropriate forum when starting a new topic. There is also the 'Reefers Pub' forum which is used as a catch-all forum. We suggest you read the individual forums write-ups, which will also help you understand the use of the various forums. If you have a question as to where to post - you can post into the 'Just Getting Started' or 'Reef Discussion' forum - we will move it if needed.

4.If you're not sure of a fact, state so in the post.
There's nothing wrong with taking a guess - just please state so in your post.

5.Give a follow up report for the ones that took the time to help you
People try to help out - and when they do, it's nice to at least get a thanks. Also - when others search out the thread - it's at least nice for them to be able to see what the outcome was.

6.Post pictures and or drawings whenever possible
Providing advice is much, much easier when we have something visual to go from. If you're using images from another website - please be sure to give the proper credit - Keep advice constructive

7.Disputes
Please do not use the forums for personal disputes, heated debates, flame wars etc. You are expected to treat each other with respect in the forums and take any personal disputes to a private mode of discussion off the forums. If you should find that your discussion is becoming too heated or someone is becoming far too passionate about their argument, please take the discussion to private message or email ~ and notify a Moderator or Administrator Move to PM if the subject drifts too far off topic
Do try and keep to the topic of the thread. If you want to raise a new issue then consider whether a new topic is more appropriate.
If you have a unique question that others can learn from, make it a thread rather than a PM

8.The benefit of a forum, is to have the archive of information.
PM's are not public, and aren't of help to other members. Posting the question into the forums will still help you (and will get more input from multiple members) - and will serve to help other members in the future too.

9.Understand the limitations of the forum, that you may not get the answer you want to hear, or any answer during off timesUnfortunately - you may get advice that isn't what you want to hear. It's not provided to make you upset - just the facts. Try to follow the advice if you feel it has merit.

10.Provide links to back up your information
The more you can back-up your 'advice' or 'opinions' - the more people will consider them.
Pass on interesting articles or links as you find them
There are many, many information sources and articles on the web - so as you find good ones - please do post them for the other members of the community.

11. No Trolling
What is a troll? It's a person who posts something which is bound to stir people up and then sits back and watches as dozens of people jump in and start arguing. Sometimes trolls get their friends to join in or post under different names. Generally they will do anything it takes to get attention. If you see a message like this, please refrain from replying to it ~ and notify a Moderator or Administrator via the use of the AP Staff link at the top right of every page or report the post via the button located at the top right of the offending post. Anyone trolling will be moved into a Restricted Usergroup - and a Moderator or Administrator will have to approve ALL posts before they will display within the forums.

12.Please follow the forum rules
ie. enter your signature, etc. And be sure that you have READ AND AGREE to the site's Terms Of Use.
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