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Rule #1: Read First, Type Later

One of the most irritating things for a seasoned member of a forum is to have a newbie come into the forums and start typing before they know anyone or have read any of the threads. Read first and you will learn the feel and flow of the forum before you post a message.

Rule #2: Respond Before You Start a New Thread

If you want to follow good forum posting etiquette, try responding to some existing conversations before you launch your own thread. Learn what everyone else is talking about, get a feel for the tone and conversations at hand, and find something with which you agree and can relate.

Rule #3: Look For It, Don't Ask For It

Chances are, any simple questions you may have are already addressed somewhere in the forum. Good forum posting etiquette means you should use the search feature available to you or manually scan the topics before you ask a question. One sure-fired way to get the seasoned posters on your bad side is to ask a question that has already been answered.

Rule #4: Don't Just Talk, Respond Too

Forum posting etiquette dictates that you should respond to at least twice as many threads as you start. If you want people to respond to your threads, it's always best to respond to theirs too.

Rule #5: Use the Title and Subject Fields Wisely

If you are in an informational, technical or help forum, there are many seasoned and experienced subscribers in that forum who are likely willing to help you, but these folks scan the subjects for things they know the answers to and avoid threads that they may not be able to answer.


A thread subject or title that says: "HELP!!!!" may go answered, whereas a title that says: "I Need Help With XXX" is much more likely to get a good response from someone who knows what XXX is and can help. Make your title informational, informative about what question or subject you are asking or talking about.

Rule #6: Be Courteous

In person at social situations, you may say or do something out of character or perhaps lash out or hurt someone's feelings, but that incident can be quickly forgotten or only remembered by those who see it.

In an online forum, that type of an incident is there forever, and anyone can see it, or worse, stumble upon it weeks or months later and dredge it up again. Ask yourself before posting whether what you are about to say is something you will want read a month from now. If it's not, don't type it, no matter how tempting it may be at the time. Remember, everything you put out on the internet can come back to haunt you.

Rule #7: Don't Use Internet Shorthand

It's one thing to be casual in a forum and not worry too much about perfect grammar or spelling, but be sure to write out all your words and avoid most internet shorthand. An occasional BTW, LOL, or the like is perfectly acceptable, but avoid using IM short speak.

Rule #8: Stay on Topic

While it's okay to make a casual comment, share an experience, or make a joke, try to keep the comments you make in a thread on-topic with the conversation. Forum posting etiquette says there is little more frustrating than to scan a thread title about one subject only to find 60 posts about something entirely different and you had to read them all to see if the question was ever answered.

Rule #9: Don't Spam or Promote

This probably should have been listed in the first position for forum posting etiquette. It's usually acceptable to have one link in your posting signature, but it is never acceptable unless the forum is for that specific purpose to post affiliate links, promotional content, or advertising. Nothing will get you blacklisted or kicked off a forum faster than spamming.

Rule #10: Help as Much as You Are Helped


If you come into the forums to ask questions, post a thread, and then disappear and never respond to anyone else's threads, questions or comments, chances are the forum members will be less likely or willing to help you in the future. You don't have to personally thank everyone who responds, but you can definitely respond with thanks to all who answered and make an effort to help others if you can answer their questions too.

Rule #11: Use Socially Acceptable Language

You wouldn't come into a stranger's house and start cussing, telling off colored jokes, or using inflammatory language and you shouldn't do this in a forum either. Until you are absolutely certain of the rules and atmosphere of any given online forum, it's best to always keep your language PG-13 or cleaner.

Rule #12: Read the Forum Guidelines and Follow Them

If the forum has guidelines, it's good forum posting etiquette to read those guidelines and follow them to the letter. When in doubt, refer back to the guidelines.

Rule #13: Respect the Moderator

If there is a moderator in your forum, and that moderator tells you not to do something, whether you agree with them or not, don't do it! Forum posting etiquette says you are coming into someone else's forum, you play by someone else's rules. If you don't like it, you're welcome to find another forum with different rules. Remember, the moderator usually has the power to suspend your posting privileges or ban you from the forum.

Rule #14: Post in the Proper Forum or Thread

Internet forum posting etiquette says to place your post in the appropriate forum or thread. It doesn't matter if one forum thread is more active than another, you should always use the appropriate forum or thread for your content.

Rule #15: Quote or Use Names When Responding

Some forums allow members to receive email updates. A post in a forum that has continuity is one thing, but an email that says only, "I agree" will not be of much value unless the member goes back to the forum, finds the thread, and retraces the conversation. If you have the ability to quote someone, do so. If not, use the name of the person to whom you are responding and use part of the original question in your response. Also, when threads in a forum become long, it's difficult without quoting or directing your response to someone to know who or what you are responding to.

Lastly, let's look at some quick forum posting etiquette rules to follow:
• Never use all caps
• Don't toggle between CaPitAl aNd LoWeRcAsE LetTeRs
• Use normal punctuation and grammar
• Keep it short and simple whenever possible
• Be careful sharing private information
• Provide enough information to answer any questions you ask
• Use minimal outbound links, and only when absolutely necessary
Don't be a troll and don't feed the trolls (*see below)
• Follow all posted rules of the forum at all times

***** Chilly's Rules :

I hereby bequeath these rules to those bent on being a pain in the balls:

1) Don't be an idiot
2) Post as if you are sitting across from the "audience"
3) No religious or political posts
4) See Rule 1

If you follow these simple etiquette tips you will find your time in an online posting forum productive and fun. Happy posting!



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Can I speeks likes I bees kickedum outs ofs the therd grades fors chewen tabaccos?
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I will attempt to follow lol btw sorry for the massive amount of sarcasm my old lady hits me when I try it at home :(

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Hey Bruno, I think you've broken all of your own rules in most of your posts. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: Jus kiden 8) Rick
 

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bruno said:
BBFmavrick said:
Hey Bruno, I think you've broken all of your own rules in most of your posts. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: Jus kiden 8) Rick
you are probably right ---but people can change :wink:
I guess because when I made a comment about the tone of the board a few weeks back you told me to keep my mouth shut and it would get better all by itself :shock:
 

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bruno said:
BBFmavrick said:
Hey Bruno, I think you've broken all of your own rules in most of your posts. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: Jus kiden 8) Rick
you are probably right ---but people can change :wink:

bruno has been born again. :lol:
 

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I was going to delete my posts in the other topic, but Nick Bruno's thread has changed my mind. I will not reply to 'that' topic anymore no matter when/where/why I am called out. Sorry for opposing opinions, but unlike others I acn handle other's opinions without having a cow :?

I do not hate anyone and really like most of you on this board. Sorry if you feel differently :cry:
 

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Thanks bruno,

I know that this forum tends to have an older target audiance and the internet / forums are kind of a new thing to them. Most of us can remember a time before computers, tv's with remote controls, cell phones or schools with air conditioning. That's just some of the things I have seen happen over my life time and I know I am one of the young ones here.

I know that a lot of times we find this site looking for advice and end-up finding friends. So then when we finish our build we run out of engine specific things to talk about. Which is understandable and perfectly fine but it makes it interesting at times to say the least! :lol:


Anyhow, I want to thank all of you for sticking around and answering questions. Because we all know the guys that do this for a living can't be on the board all day.
 

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bruno said:
Rule #1: Read First, Type Later

One of the most irritating things for a seasoned member of a forum is to have a newbie come into the forums and start typing before they know anyone or have read any of the threads. Read first and you will learn the feel and flow of the forum before you post a message.

Rule #2: Respond Before You Start a New Thread

If you want to follow good forum posting etiquette, try responding to some existing conversations before you launch your own thread. Learn what everyone else is talking about, get a feel for the tone and conversations at hand, and find something with which you agree and can relate.

Rule #3: Look For It, Don't Ask For It

Chances are, any simple questions you may have are already addressed somewhere in the forum. Good forum posting etiquette means you should use the search feature available to you or manually scan the topics before you ask a question. One sure-fired way to get the seasoned posters on your bad side is to ask a question that has already been answered.

Rule #4: Don't Just Talk, Respond Too

Forum posting etiquette dictates that you should respond to at least twice as many threads as you start. If you want people to respond to your threads, it's always best to respond to theirs too.

Rule #5: Use the Title and Subject Fields Wisely

If you are in an informational, technical or help forum, there are many seasoned and experienced subscribers in that forum who are likely willing to help you, but these folks scan the subjects for things they know the answers to and avoid threads that they may not be able to answer.


A thread subject or title that says: "HELP!!!!" may go answered, whereas a title that says: "I Need Help With XXX" is much more likely to get a good response from someone who knows what XXX is and can help. Make your title informational, informative about what question or subject you are asking or talking about.

Rule #6: Be Courteous

In person at social situations, you may say or do something out of character or perhaps lash out or hurt someone's feelings, but that incident can be quickly forgotten or only remembered by those who see it.

In an online forum, that type of an incident is there forever, and anyone can see it, or worse, stumble upon it weeks or months later and dredge it up again. Ask yourself before posting whether what you are about to say is something you will want read a month from now. If it's not, don't type it, no matter how tempting it may be at the time. Remember, everything you put out on the internet can come back to haunt you.

Rule #7: Don't Use Internet Shorthand

It's one thing to be casual in a forum and not worry too much about perfect grammar or spelling, but be sure to write out all your words and avoid most internet shorthand. An occasional BTW, LOL, or the like is perfectly acceptable, but avoid using IM short speak.

Rule #8: Stay on Topic

While it's okay to make a casual comment, share an experience, or make a joke, try to keep the comments you make in a thread on-topic with the conversation. Forum posting etiquette says there is little more frustrating than to scan a thread title about one subject only to find 60 posts about something entirely different and you had to read them all to see if the question was ever answered.

Rule #9: Don't Spam or Promote

This probably should have been listed in the first position for forum posting etiquette. It's usually acceptable to have one link in your posting signature, but it is never acceptable unless the forum is for that specific purpose to post affiliate links, promotional content, or advertising. Nothing will get you blacklisted or kicked off a forum faster than spamming.

Rule #10: Help as Much as You Are Helped


If you come into the forums to ask questions, post a thread, and then disappear and never respond to anyone else's threads, questions or comments, chances are the forum members will be less likely or willing to help you in the future. You don't have to personally thank everyone who responds, but you can definitely respond with thanks to all who answered and make an effort to help others if you can answer their questions too.

Rule #11: Use Socially Acceptable Language

You wouldn't come into a stranger's house and start cussing, telling off colored jokes, or using inflammatory language and you shouldn't do this in a forum either. Until you are absolutely certain of the rules and atmosphere of any given online forum, it's best to always keep your language PG-13 or cleaner.

Rule #12: Read the Forum Guidelines and Follow Them

If the forum has guidelines, it's good forum posting etiquette to read those guidelines and follow them to the letter. When in doubt, refer back to the guidelines.

Rule #13: Respect the Moderator

If there is a moderator in your forum, and that moderator tells you not to do something, whether you agree with them or not, don't do it! Forum posting etiquette says you are coming into someone else's forum, you play by someone else's rules. If you don't like it, you're welcome to find another forum with different rules. Remember, the moderator usually has the power to suspend your posting privileges or ban you from the forum.

Rule #14: Post in the Proper Forum or Thread

Internet forum posting etiquette says to place your post in the appropriate forum or thread. It doesn't matter if one forum thread is more active than another, you should always use the appropriate forum or thread for your content.

Rule #15: Quote or Use Names When Responding

Some forums allow members to receive email updates. A post in a forum that has continuity is one thing, but an email that says only, "I agree" will not be of much value unless the member goes back to the forum, finds the thread, and retraces the conversation. If you have the ability to quote someone, do so. If not, use the name of the person to whom you are responding and use part of the original question in your response. Also, when threads in a forum become long, it's difficult without quoting or directing your response to someone to know who or what you are responding to.

Lastly, let's look at some quick forum posting etiquette rules to follow:
• Never use all caps
• Don't toggle between CaPitAl aNd LoWeRcAsE LetTeRs
• Use normal punctuation and grammar
• Keep it short and simple whenever possible
• Be careful sharing private information
• Provide enough information to answer any questions you ask
• Use minimal outbound links, and only when absolutely necessary
Don't be a troll and don't feed the trolls (*see below)
• Follow all posted rules of the forum at all times

***** Chilly's Rules :

I hereby bequeath these rules to those bent on being a pain in the balls:

1) Don't be an idiot
2) Post as if you are sitting across from the "audience"
3) No religious or political posts
4) See Rule 1

If you follow these simple etiquette tips you will find your time in an online posting forum productive and fun. Happy posting!
jones said:
Thanks bruno,

I know that this forum tends to have an older target audiance and the internet / forums are kind of a new thing to them. Most of us can remember a time before computers, tv's with remote controls, cell phones or schools with air conditioning. That's just some of the things I have seen happen over my life time and I know I am one of the young ones here.

I know that a lot of times we find this site looking for advice and end-up finding friends. So then when we finish our build we run out of engine specific things to talk about. Which is understandable and perfectly fine but it makes it interesting at times to say the least! :lol:


Anyhow, I want to thank all of you for sticking around and answering questions. Because we all know the guys that do this for a living can't be on the board all day.
Interesting.
 

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Good rules, all. I would like to add that if a tech. question is asked and answered the asker should at least aknowledge the poster who offer solutions to their problems and a "thank you" would be nice too. If by chance you take their advice and it works tell all of us as other people may have the same or similar problems and read this forum too. Keep in mind the people that help are not paid for this service and are under no obligation to do so. They are helping out of the goodness of their hearts and their generosity. And one last thing, most of the people that help have years of hands on experence so try not to argue with these people just because you do not like their answer.
 

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Good rules, all. I would like to add that if a tech. question is asked and answered the asker should at least aknowledge the poster who offer solutions to their problems and a "thank you" would be nice too. If by chance you take their advice and it works tell all of us as other people may have the same or similar problems and read this forum too. Keep in mind the people that help are not paid for this service and are under no obligation to do so. They are helping out of the goodness of their hearts and their generosity. And one last thing, most of the people that help have years of hands on experence so try not to argue with these people just because you do not like their answer.
Very good, I agree :wink: I do little quicky jobs for free for people in the garage, and a simple (I appreciate that or thanks) means more than money. and Bruno, your post was great. Thanks Rick
 

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hey im kind of new to this site. it seems to me when i signed up there was a note saying something like respect the new guys and the new guys should try and get along with the old guys. well maybe that was on another forum i signed up to. i don't know. but your points are correct. and should be held to by anyone. sometimes typos can happen. but when the person is a repeat offender that is something else. my point is the same as yours. etiquette is also respecting others. one thing everyone should remember. oh and sckool soaks. :lol:
 

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We have lost or came close to losing some very knowledgable and skilled people on this forum because someone argues with the person helping. It is frustrating to answer a question just to have the guy come back and argue a point and more often than not the arguer has little or no direct experence with the question/answer. Nobody wants to hear "But my ex-wife's cousin's nexdoor neighbor had a similar problem on his Pontiac and he told me how he fixed it"
 
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