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Author Topic: A point of order: Conduct in this subforum  (Read 51816 times)
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January 27, 2013, 10:36:47 PM

Here are some points on this subforum's ground rules— some of them are just reptition of the overall forum standards. Most of this should go without saying, but it seems a few people need some reminders.

Stay on-topic.

All threads created should be about custom mining hardware, its operation, or its production (including the companies making it or the technology involved).  Generally the subject matter should be boring— technical, procedural, dry things. We're talking about custom hardware for mining here, not civil rights or awesome rock concerts.

Within a thread all messages should pertain to the subject of the thread which is described in the thread title or original post.  Avoid tangents and especially avoid responding to tangents.  Off-topic posts may be spindled, folded, or mutilated at the moderators discretion.  Posts by an equipment manufacturer or their staff in a thread about that manufacturer are automatically on-topic regardless of their content. (If they want to make a fool of themselves thats something everyone would find interesting)

Posts should generally not make people angry. If you expect that your post will make people angry that is a sign that it may be in the wrong sub-forum. However, in some rare cases factual material about custom hardware or its vendors will make people angry. In these cases it is all the more important to be dry, factual, and to avoid speculation.

In all cases, do no harass or stalk people. Keep your behavior civil and professional.  Harassment will be ruthlessly deleted or edited until it is a mockery of the poster (in all cases edited posts will be marked accordingly). If you are in doubt about a behavior it is probably harassment. Don't do it.  If you feel you need to investigate a party that has scammed you, take it to the scam accusation sub-forum.  Be the better man: Just because someone is a jerk that doesn't justify you becoming one.

Feel free to provide criticism but don't belabor it. Making the same point over and over again is spam. Making multiple threads about the same subject is spam. Spam will be ruthlessly deleted or edited until it is a mockery of the poster.  If you think important criticism is at risk of getting missed cooperate with other posters and write up a even handed summary of the issues.  Pointers to well written third party summaries may be stickied, if their material is reasonable and of general interest to custom hardware participants.

To avoid wasting people's time avoid bumping threads with pointless +1s, meme images, or "inb4" messages. Silence is golden. If you don't have something substantive to say, please say nothing at all. If you're not sure what the topic of a thread is either don't post in it or only post to ask for clarification.

Avoid referral link spam. It's generally considered acceptable to use referral links where you would have linked otherwise, but creating a bunch of new posts (or threads) just for the purpose of spreading a link hurts the signal-to-noise ratio here.  The forum has ads available for advertising, and signature space for ads is widely accepted. Overly aggressive advertising smells scammy in any case.

If you are unhappy about these conditions I invite you to not post in custom hardware. If you are unable to control your behavior your ability to post in custom hardware will be removed in one way or another.

Cheers and happy discussing.

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January 28, 2013, 02:27:03 AM

Great to see this.
I'll start moderating this subforum aggressively too - trolls watch out.

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