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Stacey Docherty

Netiquette: Good Forum Etiquette

An important term that you should be aware of and know about is "netiquette". This term is a contraction of Internet etiquette, and it's really the etiquette guidelines for posting messages to online services. Netiquette covers not only rules to maintain civility in discussions (i.e., avoiding flames), but also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of forum messages. In most cases, netiquette is enforced by the forum administrator.  One of the biggest issues facing those unfamiliar with using online forums is that they may not even be aware of what constitutes netiquette. To get you started with using online forums here are some tips to get you started and keep you from being banned on forums;

  • Do Stay On Topic. Many people use forums for knowledge gathering as well as social interactions. Forum posts and threads can be read by hundreds or thousands of users, and as such it's important to read the topic of a particular discussion and keep your posts related to that topic. If you are looking for general chat and comments, look in the forums for an off-topic discussion area.
  • Don't Be A Troll. A "troll" is a person who breaks netiquette on a regular basis by posted inflammatory messages (called a flame) when responding to other users in the forums. Trolls are also users who will find older flame-filled threads on a forum and reply to them just to get users worked up again.
  • Do Turn That Caps Lock Key Off. When you type a post in all capital letters you are going to annoy other forum users. Capital letters are viewed as shouting when communicating online, and its considered rude to do.
  • Don't Double Post. When using Internet forums it annoys other users when you post the same message more than once, in more than on discussion thread. If you make a post and no one replies, then leave it at that. Reposting the same message or slightly edited versions of the same message will not earn you any respect from other forum users, and in fact it may earn you warnings from the moderator.
  • Do Search Before Posting. Before posting a question or asking for help on a particular topic, do use the forum search option to make sure this question has not already been asked and answered by other users. Even if your question does not appear in the thread list, it may still be available as an archived topic in the forum.
nutcutlet

nice reminder stacey

Fairygirl

Yes. Hope it doesn't fall on deaf ears nut  

nutcutlet

just ignore all you don't want. we have a button for it.

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nutcutlet

Excellent. Never respond, just press. Works for me

GillyL

Pressed button yesterday,.....what butterfly Stacey?   

star gaze lily

The blue one Gilly, i've pressed the button too, blue butterfly sent message on hello forkers.

GillyL

Just a tongue in cheek comment SG Lily,saw blue butterfly ramblings on Hello Forkers.No wish to read any more.

KEF

Butterfly should drink more Tea and leave us alone. I've pressed button.

GillyL

Star Gaze Lily

KEF

Good thread Stacey & you know the legalities.

Tina_i_am

Well put Stacey, I hope many read and take note.

Stacey Docherty

Kef I do indeed I was an online investigator for ceop for years!!

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KEF

Stacey we need you. Many thanks in anticipation.

Stacey Docherty

Lol kef as much as I would love to trace the ip addresses and take them down I'm not there any more and it would be a teeny weeny abuse of power!

nutcutlet

We need Stacey and we need you KEF, all our 'proper' posters have skills to share with the rest of us

KEF

Stacey & Nut