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#1 2013-07-27 17:52:01

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Please start teaching forum ethics in school

And make it mandatory!


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#2 2013-07-27 19:05:40

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Re: Please start teaching forum ethics in school

You mean that teacher must have to teach the pupils how a forum works and what you must and mustn't do? That sounds like a good idea, but a little bit unrealistic. Since some people don't even know how to show a screenshot on this forum...
And some people clearly don't know where the Caps Lock and Comma key are on the keyboard...

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#3 2013-07-27 21:28:16

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Re: Please start teaching forum ethics in school

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Best Behavior and Forum Practices

I've noticed a lot of bad behavior and an awful amount of disrespect. People generally start arguing. This is fine, but don't degrade it into personal attacks. This post is to show the best forum practices by pointing you into the right direction, so you can learn how to be a good poster and NOT get banned.

1. Trolling, Flaming, and Swearing, even in acronym form is not advised. Please, refrain from all three. We're not 4chan. We're Ninjakiwi. When told to stop a behavior, you will do so. You don't need to resort to personal attacks to get your points across. You're better than that. Failure to stop said behaviors will lead to... bad stuff. By refraining from these actions, you are showing yourself to be the better person.

2. When arguing, use Evidence and data, rather than relying on personal anecdotes. Evidence can't lie. The only part that's wrong is your interpretation of the implications. Remember, "evidence or it didn't happen".

3. Argue, respectfully. Learn to see where your criticizer is coming from and try to understand how and why they have such views. They are people too. By understanding each other and telling the other person why you believe in such view, both parties can exchange info and ideas in a peaceful, and constructive manner.

4. Try to spam as little as possible. It's fun to loosen the belt every once in a while, but the forums loses purpose when people start posting unrelated content. Fun doesn't need to be irrelevant. "Filling" posts to get around the minimal character requirement is also considered spam.

Spam is defined as useless, irrelevant content. If you have nothing to contribute, then don't say anything. It'll only make things worse.

5. When in a conundrum, call in a mod. Mods are here to deal with community issues. If you think someone is attacking you, call in the mods and we'll deal with it. It is always better to keep issues small, rather than put them in open display for a giant fire to start. I don't like to extinguish big fires. Nobody does."

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"7. Mods are Mods. Unless you are a mod, don't act like it and put yourself higher than everyone else. Let us do our job. It's what us mods are here for... to do.... mod stuff.

8. Dead Topics are Dead - They've died for a reason; either nobody wants to talk about it anymore or it's just irrelevant and outdated. Unless the last post was in the time frame of 1 month, it's best to just start the topic anew to give it proper context. Also, it is advised that when "bumping" a topic, you should avoid trying to do so at all necessary costs.

9. Look out for similar topics. It's best to keep all threads about the same thing in one place. Unless it's really that different, you'll most likely be able to find something similar in nature to what you're talking about. The Search Function Feature helps you look for posts. Use it to see if something has been mentioned before. Here's a nifty guide on how to use it.

10. No Popularity Contests. As much as I'd love this to not be a rule, everyone must be included, and people are VERY opinionated (some carrying grudges) about each other. It's best to accommodate nobody than to leave someone behind.

11. When criticizing, show flaws and solutions. This way it's much easier to fix the problem. Don't just say, "I think BTD5 is the worst game ever". You should say (not that you are encouraged to) "I think BTD5 is the worst game ever because of <insert reason here>. But it could be improved by doing <insert solution(s) here>". The staff are also more inclined to look at posts that offer proper feedback rather than personal attacks.

12. Treat others how you wish to be treated. You've most likely heard of this one. When interacting, always remember that person will remember you by how you interacted with them."

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"14. Double/Triple Posting is looked down upon. Although there's no official rule against it, we often try to decrease bandwidth use by using less posts. Also, we have an edit button, so use it to add onto your original post. If someone doesn't see your changes, tell them to look at your revised post to inform them of the changes.

15. The Stickies are important. The stickies are there are important threads that are left up at the top because they are that important. They contain important stuff, such as information, rules, and quite possibly, stuff that you planned to write about only to see that the sticky has already covered it.

16. Don't abuse your sigs. Although they're cool, if they're too tall, or simply too big, or too flashy then we've got to remove them. They take away from the posts themselves. Try to keep sigs at a limit of 180px high or less. For colors, if the animations are displayed as flashing many colors in a short time span, consider not using them. "


Taken from the Ninjakiwi forums and a very comprehensive overview of forum etiquette. I did not quote two Ninjakiwi specific rules, but the rest can be(and should be!) used on any forum.

Also, I am aware that many users on this forum don't speak English very well...

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-beh … rnet-forum

There is a video with less rules, but it might be easier to understand.

Now stop being annoying! :)

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#4 2013-07-27 21:59:59

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Re: Please start teaching forum ethics in school

Really good rules, first, I even thought that you wrote them by your own. Also funny that you skipped rule 6 and 13, because they are unlucky numbers.


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