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Forum Etiquette

Post by Keith » 6 years ago

Forum Etiquette
The Internet has become a highly interactive medium. In order to participate in discussion forums and newsgroups, it is important to be familiar with standard and accepted Internet forum etiquette. Here are some tips to help make your forum participation more productive and beneficial...

1. Terms-Of-Use
Read the forum rules and terms-of-use before you begin posting. This way, you can avoid having your "introduction" to the forum being an accidental breaking of a rule or other misconduct.

2. Worthy Comments
Don't simply post "I agree" in response to something already posted. If you are going to participate, make the effort to add something extra to the conversation. Provide details, and know what you are talking about. Other participants will welcome posts that contain additional and valuable information.

3. Notification
If you participate in a conversation, make an effort to follow the conversation through. If you don't plan to monitor the group regularly, try to use an email notification feature if available, or subscribe to an RSS feed of the group. It will seem rude if someone asks a question about something you posted, and you are not around to respond with an answer. Follow any threads that you have posted to.

4. Signature
Include a signature on all your posts. If you include links in your signature, take advantage of controlling the anchor text for those links. This is particularly important in forums that provide "do follow" links. This will help your overall search marketing strategy.

5. Avoid Spam
Participants will not welcome forum spam. Provide valuable, respectful comments, and avoid the temptation to post blatant commercial messages that simply hype and promote your products and services.

6. Post In The Proper Forums
Most discussion groups are organised by specific topics or subjects, so make the effort to post in the forum most appropriate for your subject. Moderators may become frustrated if you consistently open threads in the wrong forum. If you are unsure of where a certain topic might belong, contact the forum moderator and ask which forum would be most appropriate.

7. Apologise For Mistakes
If a post is perceived as spam and deleted, or posted in the wrong forum and moved, you should apologise to the moderator right away. Believe it or not, an apology for an accidental inappropriate post can go a long way in getting back into the moderator's good graces.

8. Regular Participation
Try to post in forums on a regular basis. Create a routine for the forums you monitor, so that participation is regular and routine instead of sporadic and random.

9. Proper Grammar And Punctuation
Forums are not nearly the same as instant messaging systems! It is important that forum messages contain proper capitalisation, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

10. Understand The Culture
Understand the culture of the forum before you begin posting. It is often best to observe the forum for a short while, in order to gain an understanding of the forums unwritten rules, and what the community will allow and not allow.

11. Humour Does Not Always Translate
Keep in mind that, like email, forums are a flat medium, and communication can often be misconstrued. Humour may not always go over well because it may not be understood, or even be clear that it is humour. Forums often have an international audience, and you will not want to alienate fellow posters by posting something that may be funny to you, but insulting or indecent in another culture.

12. Avoid Sensitive Subjects
If you are posting in a professional business forum, avoid subjects that are controversial. The Internet is global in scope, and there will likely be forum participants that have a differing view point or perspective than yours. Stick to safe subjects, so that your personal opinions on controversial or sensitive subjects don't alienate your potential customers.

Forum participation can help establish you within an industry. Follow the above guidelines to make the most of your forum participation.
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Post by misticaber » 6 years ago

I agree with the forum rules having read them and agree that bad spelling,grammar and textspeak make it very difficult to understand what people mean. Did we already have rules or are they new?
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Post by Keith » 6 years ago

They have always been there, but not very prominent
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Post by caisterman » 6 years ago

You’d loose half the members if you banned bad grammar and text speak, innit!!! :lol:

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Post by springhay » 6 years ago

Ooooo -- I think this is one of the sensitive subjects better avoided isnt it??

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Post by Unsy » 6 years ago

Personally I'm not sure about 8. Regular Participation

I've made some great friends through the forum but only tend to post when I have something to contribute or a question to ask. I find small talk on a forum quite difficult - I love reading the chit-chat and banter, and would contribute if face-to-face.

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Post by Keith » 6 years ago

This 'Forum Etiquette ' is meant as a guide only they are not RULES and everybody is free to post what they want to, when they want to providing they abide by THE FORUM RULES.

You willl find that on our forum (and on every other forum on the internet) there is a 'Core' of members who post regularly, whilst the majority of members browse and post occasionally.
Some members will browse and never post because they think they don't have anything to contribute or are frightened of making mistakes when posting.

If you have any questions about using the forum or any of it's additional features you can ask ME, or any of the Moderators, or even a friend on the forum. However, I would prefer you to ask your question in this 'Tips & Tricks' section because if you want to know, it is certain that other members do as well.

Don't forget the FAQ's (Link top right of every page)
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