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Title: Forum Guidelines ** please read first! **
Post by: grumpy on January 07, 2009, 10:30:59 PM
Hello!

Everyone was new here at one point.  There is nothing wrong with being new, but most people don't like to feel, be thought of, or are afraid that they will be treated as the newbie who doesn't know anything.  So here are a few suggestions for those new to pleo and/or the forums that should help you fit right in!


My name is Grumpy.  And there's a good reason I get to be the administrator.  Sometimes I have to be mean, and Bob is just too much of a softie.  But I only get to be mean when you don't follow the rules . . .   We all want this to be a fun place to visit, and we want it to feel like a family, so things are kinda loose and goofy, but we also want to keep this an interesting place for people to learn about pleos.   So we have just a few guideline we want to enforce:

This is a community of pleo fans, both experienced and inexperienced.  There is tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and more here and there will be a lot of varying opinions on different subjects.  We're all human (or robots ;) ) and we're all drawn to this site because we have a common bond as Pleo owners/fans.   The Bob the Pleo Forums is a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act with respect for your fellow members as well as the forum staff.  Our goal is to treat our members as we would wish to be treated on their forums.  In return, we ask that you act here as you would wish for your own members to act on your site.  You are not expected to leave your personality at the door; there are going to be topics and discussions that will have heated debates,  just please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it.  Keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and do not make this a personal issue between you and another member.

So welcome!  Enjoy!  But please take a few minutes to read the next couple of posts in this topic!
Title: Re: Forum Guidelines ** please read first! **
Post by: grumpy on September 16, 2010, 10:17:11 AM
Tips for New Members

Be Friendly!
When newcomers arrive, welcome them to our growing community. Many of our community's senior members are a wealth of knowledge and have much to share. Help new members learn about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved in the Community.

Be Appropriate!
Keep posts relates to the board and topic being discussed.  I know it's fun to get side-tracked and run off on rabbit trails, but it's not beneficial for discussion at hand.  If there is a related discussion that needs to be addressed, just start a new topic!  Hijacking one members topic to discuss your own problem isn't any more polite than taking over or monopolizing a conversation.  Please do contribute your own experiences or insights.  But if you need to change the topic, again, you can always start a new one.  And there may be places where explicit or vulgar language or graphics is appropriate however these forums is not one of them.

No Cross-Posting
Do not post the same discussion more than once on a board or on more than one board.  Duplicate discussions are frustrating and counterproductive for other members, especially for those whose time and energy is limited.  You'l find posing the same issue in several places will actually get you less help than one well thought out post.  Duplicate discussions will be deleted.

No Advertising Spam
Do not place your advertisements through the Discussion Forums.  This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your membership.  Affiliate links are not allowed within the forums.  If you wish to promote a particular product, program, or site then please contact the admins for permission and help doing it properly.

Be Polite!
Don't attack others.  Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated.  Challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully . . . without insult and personal attack.

Be Cautious!
Think before you post.  We encourage you to keep personal information personal.  In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others.  Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed.  Information that should be considered personal includes but is not limited to your home phone number, name, and age. If you need to give this out for any reason, please do so privately.

No Abuse of PM
Personal messaging is provided to the members of the forums as a service intended to enhance the "community" experience.  The purpose is to allow for conversations to take place directly between members.  This privilege is not to be abused!  Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden.  Any member receiving an inappropriate message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away.  Although personal messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, an Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the messages in the database and read them.  They are not "private", but are also not shared.  In addition, personal messages are not intended to deprive the community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group.  Please uses posts instead of messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.
Title: Re: Forum Guidelines ** please read first! **
Post by: grumpy on February 12, 2014, 10:55:00 AM
Topics:

This forum is dedicated to pleos.  SO we ask that you try and keep thing pleo related.  I know it's fun to talk about all sorts of stuff, and to a certain extent, that is what helps bring us together more like a family.  But we ask that you limit the outside stuff so that people looking for information on pleos don't have to slough through a bunch of other stuff to find the few things related to pleos.  Here are a few things NOT intended to be a part of the forums:
We have a number of boards designed to organize topics.  This helps people find the information they are looking for and allows members to better discuss the related topics.  And we ask that all specifically non-pleo topics be kept in the Pleo Cafe area.

Posts:

When posting, just think about basic courtesy to those who will read your posts.  These guidelines  are aimed at keeping posts readable and enjoyable by all:


For a complete list and details on proper nettiquette, you can refer to the Wikipedia article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette

Simple guidelines to avoid spamming:

Just ask yourself these three questions before posting:

If you can answer "Yes!" to all three, then post away.  Otherwise reconsider if you should post.   That's not to say you MUST have three "yes"es in order to post, but that you should think twice beforer you do.

And when responding to topics that have been idle for more than 30 days, there's a reason you are prompted with a warning about this.   Answering a question or giving your comments a month or more later is probably a waste of time.   The issue has most likely been dealt with, and the person you are responding to may no longer be keeping up with the topic.  So, unless you have a really meaningful piece of information for the sake of posterity or need to revive an old issue, don't waste your time!


PMs, Chats, and the Shoutbox:

The forums provides many ways to share information and carry on discussions  each of these different ways are suited to different needs and styles.  Be aware of how each works, and the audience for each.  Using the different tools available to you correctly can greatly improve your experience here.  Likewise, using them in the wrong way can make things harder for everyone!

For a more complete discussion of these tools, refer to the Forum Communication Channels (http://bobthepleo.com/forums/index.php?topic=2180.0) topic.

Gallery:

The gallery provides an easy and great way for members to share personal pictures and other files about their pleos.  Since it is hosted locally with the forums, it is easy to integrate into posts and doesn't require members to have accounts with other services.  That doesn't mean you can't feel free to include images from other sites or from accounts you may have with Picassa, Photobucket, youtube, etc.  But there are a few things to consider when using the gallery.

Profiles:

As we talk and discuss things with each other, we develop associations, relationships, and friendships.  We develop mental pictures of what we think each other is like.  But as stated earlier, we have to be cautious what information we share.  However, there is some basic information that is helpful to share that doesn't put anyone at risk, and does help others to better know you and therefore to understand and relate to you.  We here at Bob the Pleo forums do not use this information for any other purpose other than to get to know you better.