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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Etiquette in a forum

I never fully understood the rules of Etiquette in a forum, I often wonder when someone posts a reply, should I try to acknowledge each person, or observe mostly from the outside of the post and let the post run its' course?

How often should I weigh into a post that is running and when is it time to observe that the post is not by business and there is a private conversation going on?

How do I know who is an administrator when I read a post and I am receiving an instruction, rather than just a point of view?

As a child a not so kind relative once advised me to read a book, "How To Win Friends and Influence People"

what are the ten commandments of forum Etiquette?

What is it taht people like and dislike when they read a topic post?
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 08:06 PM
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I'm sure that one of the moderators can provide you with the "official" etiquette guidelines.

I suggest that a "Thanks in advance for any help" might be adequate for common courtesy. Beyond that, remember to read your post before hitting "send". Lastly, remember that common wisdom is just that.....common......that doesn't mean it is absolutely correct !! There aren't many absolutes in life, why would this place be any different?

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post #3 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 08:25 PM
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it's the internet. there shouldn't be rules.

people can't even post things in the right section, why be loose on certain things and not others. let it all go, let the weak get eaten.


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post #4 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 08:26 PM
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I'm sure that one of the moderators can provide you with the "official" etiquette guidelines.
Don't talk politics
Don't talk religion
Don't start flame wars

Other than that, politeness and courtesy are always encouraged, but optional. However there is usually a direct correlation to the amount of useful responses you get to how nice you are over time.




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When you post a topic, be specific. I hate ones that just say "Advice please" or "Help with my car"...

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post #6 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 06:52 AM
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"Remember to re-read your post before hitting submit"

Yes..good, make that great advice Jeff.

It's not rocket science, USE punctuation...

its just aweful the way people will type run-on sentences with out breaks and forget to put
a comma and a period where one is needed it makes it really hard to read when theres no breaks or grammar used many wont even add a capitol letter at the beginning of a sentence and jump around topics.

See what I mean!
If it's hard for you to read, it's hard for all to read!
And don't open with "dumb question"...there aren't dumb questions,
...it's a forum, it's here for answers!

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Don't use teenager text abbreviations. It's a message board - use proper English!

When u have questions about ur car and r looking 4 answers, don't expect many responses 2 ur questions if u write this way. lol

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Don't use teenager text abbreviations. It's a message board - use proper English!

When u have questions about ur car and r looking 4 answers, don't expect many responses 2 ur questions if u write this way. lol

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We don't need no stink'n rules.

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post #10 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 09:04 AM
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We don't need no stink'n rules.
Somewhere another forum is missing its idiot .

I kid, I kid .

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Keep in mind clear friendly communication. Also keep in mind we are a incredibly diverse group. Ages 14-80. Rich-poor. Australia-Canada. Engineer-gardener. People who are love versus hate. Like most old/vintage/classic/muscle cars- people who love vintage Mustangs or further 64 1/2-66 only. Further fastback only!

IMO to get along which should be our goal we need to be accepting/open minded.
The person who can't or won't punctuate has a question. The person whose post looks like rambling text messaging (an oxy moran IMO) has a question or concern.

I have to admit ones that bug me are new posts with statement/title "Help..." or "Gotta Question". A post titled 65 Mustang V8 front drum brakes problem... is the kind that gets attention.

Those like me who are retired with nothing to do may jump on this way before one that says "question" because we're experienced with the early V8 drum brakes!

Unlike 911 the one saying Help... may be put off til last!


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I would say treat others the way you want to be treated (we all started w/o knowing alot).
Understand somethings don't go over well in text. (deadpan humor for instance)
Realize that what you post can/will be used against you by members, courts, law enforcement
Do not piss off moderators
If your post doesn't help you or someone else- you prob shouldn't post it.
Last: if you wouldn't say it to your mother or your child........do I really have to finish this one?
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From recent forum turmoil, most problems start in the General Discussion forum. Someone expresses a viewpoint and asks for others to agree. It goes south from there. From this, I gather, no matter what your point of view many others have the total opposite and aren't shy about ripping your head off.
Since every general discussion topic can be politicized, and we can't go to religion or politics, what's the point of the General Discussion Forum?
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From recent forum turmoil, most problems start in the General Discussion forum. Someone expresses a viewpoint and asks for others to agree. It goes south from there. From this, I gather, no matter what your point of view many others have the total opposite and aren't shy about ripping your head off.
Since every general discussion topic can be politicized, and we can't go to religion or politics, what's the point of the General Discussion Forum?
So you’re saying that you can't have a discussion that does not involve religion or politics? Come on Lister, you're smarter than that.

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I really appreciate when a poster does a "final response". Some of the problems presented are pretty vague. They receive a lot of suggestions, hopefully with one that works. When the op finishes the post with--- "this is what I did/what it was/what worked", it provides knowledge to everybody and signals the end of the discussion.
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