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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:06 am 
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You've heard it a million times already, but it really does take but a few seconds to make that all-important first impression.

Here is a little list of 'Do's and Don'ts' to help you get start

Do's
-DO make an original name.
-DO use correct grammar.
-DO take your time to type.
-DO read the rules
-DO have fun!


Don'ts
-DON'T call anyone a n00b when you joined today.
-DONT swear or be offensive
-DONT post pointless posts to boost your post number
-DONT open a million new threads on your first day
-DONT post in threads that have been dead for over a month unless you have something new to say
-DONT post large pictures
-DONT have huge signitures

Warnings

Intro thread replys from exisitng forum members tend to get a little strange. This is a forum tradition and is considered a new members right of passage. Don't be freaked out, its harmless.

Please note that if you are called a n00b, it is not an insult. Its a websight term that just means your a new member. Don't be to offended.

No 'l33t speak' unless your really feel you must.

Some helpful forum terminology

"Bump"
In a busy discussion forum, everyone wants to be heard. Sometimes there are more forum members posting new threads than there are members replying to them. Most forums sort threads by newest first, the most recent appearing at the top of the page. Each new thread pushes the old ones further down the forum. What does one do when no one answers?

A common inclination is to "bump" such a thread back to the top. A member does this by posting a second time to the thread he originated, making it viewable again at the top of the forum's front page. His second post might be "Anyone?" or simply the word, "bump." This forum does not allow bumping.

"Flame"
Controversial forum threads can become quite heated. To flame another forum member is to attack them or their ideas which they have posted in a hostile and rantish fashion. In order to prevent a thread from becoming too heated, some members preface their comments with "I know I'm going to get flamed for this," or "Please don't flame me for this, but..."

"Lurk"
Someone who lurks in a forum only reads the posts of others and never actually posts a message himself. Some people lurk in forums for days or years before getting involved. Others are lifetime lurkers, always reading and never posting.

"Post"
A great forum post is not made of wood, but of thoughtful, well-expressed remarks that benefit the readers. The term smacks of the type of post one leaves on a physical bulletin board. A forum post is simply a message left or "posted" on an Internet bulletin board (discussion forum).

"Sig"
A unique text phrase, link, or graphic that appears below a member's message post usually offering information about themselves or their company. Interesting or humorous quotes are often used in these "signatures."

"Spam"
Spam is not limited to your email inbox. Posting advertisements or other forms of unsolicited self promotion normally constitute spam on discussion forums. A favorite trick of spammers is to post the same announcement on multiple forums purporting to have value to the members, but only intending to make money from an affiliate link. Some forums allow affiliate links and others do not, depending on the terms of service.

"Thread"
Though forum threads can sometimes be needlesome, they have nothing to do with sewing. A thread is a series of messages left by forum members in response to the initial topical post created by the thread-starter.

"Troll"
A post that attempts to lure readers into responding by using subtle, but controversial language. A troll may be crafted as intentionally incorrect in order to bait the emotions of readers. Trolling is also used by talk radio show hosts to elicit calls.

"Water Cooler"
When the flames get too hot, forum members may retreat into the relaxed atmosphere of a general discussion forum, an area where any topic may be discussed without fear of being severely corrected by experts. Many forum sites include a water cooler forum to allow members to break the ice and have casual discussion. Our's is called the 'Whatever' forum.

Avie: The picture that represents you at the bottum of your name


The intro thread

Introducing yourself to a group can be an awkward and sometimes hard task. If you don't have the ability to jump right in, you may want to post a little 'hello' first. This is probably why you are here. With the huge influx of new forum goers and the amount of introduction threads here, I have composed a short list of what to (and what not to) include in your short introductory thread to make it 'stand out' and seem more interesting.

1. Think of a witty title. This should be the most obvious. A title is the main component of any literary piece, be it a post or a book, it attracts an audience. For example, which would attract your attention: 'A Modest Hello for Modest People' or 'shy n00b alert'? The worst thread title is the most commonly used one. Don't use it.

2. Tell something about yourself. Granted, you don't have to give out anything you don't want to, but tell us something about yourself that mind sound interesting, original, bizarre, or what-have-you. Why are you here? What are your interests? What are you like? These are some questions you may want to answer.

3. Do not ramble about nothing. Don't start taking about a refrigerator locked in your basement and toasters dropping into your bathtub. It doesn't make sense. And it sure doesn't tell anything about you.

4. Be respectful. This is pretty much common sense. I guarantee that it will help you integrate into the community. Everyone likes to be respected. Don't you?

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"BOW BEFORE THE SHAUNINESS THAT IS SHAUNI! "--Shadowman

"Shauni fell down a drainage ditch and died. That was the end of her pokemon journey. "--Shauni


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:10 am 
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Contact The moderating team

Message a moderator if you have issues with another member. Don't make your arguments public.

Shauni (me) cover GMT.

Silver and Josiah cover PST.

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"Shauni fell down a drainage ditch and died. That was the end of her pokemon journey. "--Shauni


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Due to a really bad combination of problems with the system that hosts the forums (unexpected rollback + glitched backup system), all threads, posts, accounts, and the like created between sometime on March 26 and July 11 were deleted and appear to be unrecoverable.


It’s a bit of an odd time for the forum at the moment, as we have just lost months of history and members due to a server glitch. Please be patient as we rebuild, please note post dates on any threads you are about to post in so you know how old the comments are. Please take this into consideration when talking to ‘new members’. They may have been here for months. If you are going to join the forum now and want to make a good impression, please keep all these facts in mind as you explore.

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"BOW BEFORE THE SHAUNINESS THAT IS SHAUNI! "--Shadowman

"Shauni fell down a drainage ditch and died. That was the end of her pokemon journey. "--Shauni


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:29 am 
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NOTE TO EXISITNG FORUM MEMBERS

It is not just new members of the forum that needs to make a good first impression.

I’ve noticed a few introduction threads turn into arguments that are way off topic.

My advice to you all is “LEAVE IT AT THE DOOR”.

Don’t scare off new forums members by cluttering up there intro threads with “stay away from that member” or arguing in the thread.

Introduce yourself, welcome them to the forum, tell them a few interesting things about the place and yourself, and leave it at that.

New forum members have the right to make up there own minds and shouldn’t have to read 10 pages of arguing.

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"BOW BEFORE THE SHAUNINESS THAT IS SHAUNI! "--Shadowman

"Shauni fell down a drainage ditch and died. That was the end of her pokemon journey. "--Shauni


Go to ROM the Comic

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