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Forum Rules

Forum Rules

By maintaining an account and posting on the Forums, you hereby agree to abide by these rules.

The Rules

Breaching these rules can result in post or thread deletion, and continued breaches can result in your user account being put into the penalty box on either a temporary (binned) or permanent (banned) basis.

1. Read and search before posting

Your question might be answered already in another post.

2. Use meaningful thread titles

Thread titles should be meaningful to other users, both now and in the future. Thread titles are how you make a first impression on other users. A vague or meaningless thread title might result in users deliberately ignoring your thread. Use a title that summarises your situation, without being melodramatic or insulting. Also note that meaningful thread titles make searching the forums much easier for others.

3. Remember your audience present and future!

Be aware that a large audience might see your post, and your words may come back to haunt you. That audience might potentially include past, present and future employers; colleagues; friends; family; etc. And unlike the spoken word, your written posts will exist for a long time.

4. Provide context when replying to posts

If you are responding to someone else's comments, try to include a quote or summary of their post, to provide context to other readers. But don't quote too much!

5. Don't post personal messages

Do not post personal messages (such as personal greetings, etc) into a thread.

6. Challenge arguments, not people

No abuse, insults or personal attacks

Do not attack other people, attack their argument and this does not mean changing "you are an idiot" into "your comments are idiotic". If you take issue with someone else's position, try to explain why you disagree with them in a polite and professional manner, providing suitable supporting evidence as required.

7. Do not start or perpetuate flame wars

If someone insults or attacks you, do not respond in kind. "They started it" is an incredibly lame argument when your post lands you in hot water with a Moderator.

8. Do not SHOUT

Excessive use of capitalisation and exclamation points (any more than one) is considered shouting and shows that you are unable to adequately express yourself through the use of normal language. Small amounts of capitalisation, when used to emphasise a particular point, is considered acceptable although please note that the forum offers other ways to add emphasis, such as through the use of [*bold*] and [/italics/] in your posts.

9. Avoid multiple consecutive posts

If you are responding to several different posts, please try to consolidate your response into one post by manually copying and pasting your response between browser windows.



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