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Forum Guidelines
« on: November 21, 2003, 11:57:12 pm »

To help make forum posting and browsing easier for everybody, here are a few guidelines to follow at your pleasure.  Many thanks to Gentoo Forums for allowing us to modify their guidelines slightly.

Use common sense - Just because it isn't explicitly stated as one of the rules below doesn't mean it's OK. Use common sense and good Netiquette when posting, replying and browsing these forums.

Check that your question isn't answered anywhere else - There are many good sources of information that can be found on this site and many others.

Search before posting - Please try to use the search feature on the website prior to starting a new topic regarding a problem you are experiencing. Chances are, due to the rapid growth of the forum, your problem may have been solved already or a problem similar to it. By searching prior to posting, you will help yourself by find a solution sooner, and keep the newer problems in focus.

Include logs and tell us commands executed - Nobody can help you if they don't know what's wrong, or what you did to get the error you received. Providing this information will greatly aid others in assisting you, and will allow us to diagnose your problem easier and sooner.

Choose a good subject - Do not make your subject say just "Help newbie," nobody wants to hear this. Describe your problem briefly in your subject, then you can describe your problem in greater depth in the body of your article. Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer. Avoid "subject says all" etc. A better subject might have been "X Windows crashes whenever I run program foo."

Thank those who help you - If you post a problem and someone helps you, simply replying with a thank you message or an acknowledgement that their suggestions worked are very much appreciated.

No bashing - If someone is posting about a problem they are experiencing, don't simply tell them they are using the wrong program and recommend they try your recommendation. Instead, provide facts or opinions supporting your recommendation, provide positive feedback, and please keep the criticism low.

Keep on topic - If you are replying to a topic regarding somebody's problem connecting to a WiFi network, and you wish to discuss about how to configure a WiFi network, do not reply to the topic, start a new one and quote the original post if you so chose.

No personal attacks - These forums are not a place for you to take cheap shots at somebody because he/she did something. Do that some place else (or better yet, get over it). You have been warned. Hopefully, this won't be much of a problem here.

Illegal activites - Please do not discuss illegal activities, such as cracking software, breaking into web sites, etc. on these forums. While such activities might not be illegal in all countries, this server is hosted in the US and, as such, must abide by US laws. By allowing discussions about illegal activities to take place on these forums, we may expose the OESF forum to unnecessary legal liability. Therefore, any posts that advocate activities that are illegal under US laws may be deleted without notice.

Cross posting - Please do not post the same question to multiple forums. Cross posting clutters up the forums and makes things like searching harder for other users. If you feel your question could fit in multiple forums, please pick the best one and post there. If you would like your topic moved, message a Global Moderator.

Ask Questions The Smart Way - If you are new to the internet, forums or the world of Linux portable devices, or if you just aren't sure what kinds of questions are okay to ask and how they should be phrased, then please feel free to contact a moderator or site admin.  They will be more than willing to help you.

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« Last Edit: January 04, 2018, 09:01:05 pm by Varti »

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