|February 2nd, 2015, 08:41 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2001
/!\ Forum rules /!\
Welcome to our forum!
Before you begin posting, please read this thread, as these rules will help you get the most out of your experience here and make our forum a better place for everyone. If you break them, you will receive warnings and possibly be banned. We don't want to do this, so please think before you post.
1. This is our house.
This is our house and you are our guests. We will do everything in our power to treat everyone with respect and accommodate everyone's wishes, but this is a private site, so when you're here, you abide by our rules. We're not obligated to observe anyone's notions of free speech or fairness, but we will try to. Feel free to open a dialogue with staff or moderators or give suggestions in the Site Questions & Forum Feedback Forum.
2. Follow forum etiquette.
Use common sense and treat others like you would want to be treated. This doesn't mean you can't argue with someone and things may get heated sometimes. However, flames are largely discouraged and we expect people to have a good reason to resort to harsh language. Gratuitous swearing, insults, or trolling will get you banned. In general, you'll never go wrong by being nice, polite, and mature.
There is a general etiquette that is followed on the forums that you can only learn through reading and posting, but here are a few important examples:
3. Think before you post.
Consider carefully the context of the conversation and the user you are responding to before posting. It's very important to be informed about a discussion before posting your thoughts. Do not post just for the sake of posting. We will warn for excessive "+1" posts. Also, don't be a backseat moderator. Our moderators handle the moderation so you don't have to. If you feel like moderation is warranted but nothing is happening, use the Report Post button () at the bottom of a post to inform forum staff rather than make a fuss about it in the thread at hand.
Everyone that is on Jazz2Online is capable of contributing to the site in one way or another. Some people contribute by being helpful when someone posts a question. Some people contribute by writing interesting or humorous posts that stimulate discussion. Others provide resources or news. There's no single way to go about contributing, but all of these things help make our forums better. Many longtime contributors will have more posting freedom on the forums. It's not a license to do anything they want, but in general good contributors will get favorable treatment.
When you create a new thread, make sure to include content worth discussing in it. A link or YouTube video is not enough. An opening post should set the tone for discussion by being thoughtful and well constructed. We will not hesitate to close threads that don't have enough content.
5. Don't spam.
Don't use our forums as your personal marketing resource. Don't post referral links or blatant traffic grabs. It's fine to post a thread that links to your personal blog or an article you wrote or published on another site if the content is relevant to the discussion, but treat our forums as your home, not as a tool to drive traffic. Additionally, don't treat our forum as a substitute for Google or a way to be lazy in your studies.
To discourage spambots, we require that new users post in an existing thread before they can create a new thread. A good place to make your first post is in the Who are you? welcome thread.
6. Respect forum veterans.
All other things being equal, we will give preferential treatment to members who have been with us longer. This doesn't mean they get to do whatever they want, but they do get the benefit of the doubt. If we know you and you've been around and contributed, you are much less likely to have your posts or account moderated.
In practice, this policy means a user who has thousands of posts can get away with breaking a few minor rules with just a warning while a new user might be banned. Is this unfair? Probably. But that's how it works here, longevity and contribution are rewarded.
7. English is the official language.
Please use English only, and make an attempt to spell check and type coherently.
8. Respect your ID.
Don't register 10 accounts or make your ID a novelty account that only posts a 1-liner joke over and over. Your ID is your name, it's how our users will know you and recognize you. For this reason we require that members wait at least five months before changing their username and reserve the right to refuse any name change.
9. Read these rules.
Yes, we realize that if you weren't reading the rules to begin with you probably won't be reading this, and if you're reading this, you're already reading them. So, err, keep reading.
10. Have fun!
Our forum has fun people. Enjoy it. Make others happy. Be happy. Avoid being negative. Heed the admonition of Oscar Wilde: some people bring happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
Adapted with permission from TeamLiquid.net's Ten Commandments. Thanks, TeamLiquid!
Last edited by Stijn; October 13th, 2015 at 01:08 AM..