Having been a member of some relatively strict forums, I would like to compile a list of common practices for forum etiquette. Most if not all of these concepts if violated can actually get you banned from some forums out there, and though this one is pretty relaxed I feel it is worth sharing.
Please review the following to help make sure that this forum continues to strive towards being the very best that it can possibly be. I present:Proper Forum EtiquetteDo not
- Sell or advertize
: Do not advertize or sell products in your sig, it is not constructive and this board is not designed for that purpose. It may be acceptable to mention in the off topic sub-forum if you are offloading some used products and simply wish to give the ROG community first dibs, but otherwise there is a perfectly good buy/sell/trade sub-forum over at OCN for this.Do not
: As a community we will always have differing opinions on things. There is nothing wrong with discussing the difference of opinion civilly, as the points brought up on each side of the argument can be useful to readers. What we want to avoid is making it personal or unruly.Do not
- Be disrespectful
: There is no reason for this, let us make sure that if anyone feels disrespected it was due to a misunderstanding. (Believe it or not this happens a lot on the web, so see "Do - Use proper spelling and grammar below") If an offense occurs, do
- Double post
: There is an edit button for a reason, the only acceptable reason to double post is for place holding (ex. posting a multi-segment article, such as an ROG review), or to bump your post (which is very rarely acceptable).Do not
- Bump spammers or bots
: Simply report the post and let ASUS take care of them. Bumping their posts helps spammers and wastes our time. We have a thread specifically for discussing spammers here
Both of these last two "Do nots" needlessly pad your post count which leads us to the next point:Do not
- Post needlessly
: It is preferable for every post to be constructive, but entertaining works too (or complimentary). Not every post has to be completely useful but going around posting "I agree" or such around several threads is pointless. It looks like your padding your post count, and there is no point to this. Being the first to get to ROG GURU BLACK BELT will not serve you or the forum in any way unless your posts are typically useful. More than anything, just make sure these kind of posts don't get excessive.
***A strong exception to this is if a question is posed, quoting another poster's correct answer and stating it as the truth or best answer is 100% acceptable as it re-enforces the validity of the statement***
So if your post count means so little, what does? Rep!Do
- Add to a users REP
: If you found a post to be worth while, give the poster credit for it. By properly taking advantage of the reputation system, this can really help people to identify someone's level of credibility when they give advice.
I am not saying that anyone here gives bad advice or anything, but a well utilized reputation system helps motivate people to be more useful in the forum, rather than racing to a high post count and such. It is a far superior ranking system to post counts.Do
- Use proper spelling and grammar
: This is not a difficult thing to do, and it makes it a lot easier for people to read your posts and understand what you are saying. It is understandable that we are gamers here, and as such there is nothing wrong with the "Oh Noes" and occasional 1337 speak, but it should be used when appropriate. Our forum is global, and English is not everyone's first language. The best we can do is try to make the best of it and not discourage anyone.Do
- Post in the correct sub-forum
: This is pretty well self explanatory, if you aren't certain if you are posting in the correct place, mention that in the OP and no one will blame you for it. If the thread needs to be moved a mod or admin will take care of it for you. We want the forum to stay clean and organized, it makes everything easier for everyone.Do
- Stay on Topic
: We really don't need to clutter a thread with irrelevant posts. If a new discussion is born that is off-topic for the thread, make a new thread to continue the discussion or take it to PM. Use your better judgement here, three degrees of separation can go either way depending on the context.Do
- Use the search function of the forum
: There is no point in posting a new thread for something that already has a thread, so make a search before you post. We don't need 17 threads asking what AI Suite is.
This list likely is not all encompassing, so be sure to post anything that has been missed. This also applies for anything listed here that you disagree with. I consider this to be a work in progress, and I will be sure to edit the OP as necessary to ensure that these concepts stay true and fair. I invite the Mods and Admin to contribute to this and advise any changes that should be made. If this is post is deemed inappropriate in some way, please allow me the opportunity to fix it.Finally I would like to note that none of this should be taken as a shot at anyone on the forum. You are all great and I enjoy every one of you just the way you are.
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Though typically not required or enforced, here is a list of guidelines on proper forum etiquette.
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