I've been around the block a few times when it comes to forums, so I figured it may be helpful to put down a few things I've learned and what-not for newbies. I'm still screwing up now, so if anyone disagrees with something or has more to add, post it here. Hopefully the more established members can help to make this more personal to TOT. At the moment this is more of a general guide. Newbie's Guide to SurvivalGround Rules
Here are a few general forum etiquette rules. Some communities may be more forgiving than others, but it's considered polite to adhere to these.- Don't double post.
Use the edit function if you have more to add. Double posting to bump a thread is also very rude.- DON'T TYPE IN CAPITALS OR USE EXCESS PUNCTUATION!!!!
It won't make your post any 'louder', it just makes you look irritating. - Learn to use quotes.
If you're not replying to a post directly above yours, quote the post you're replying to. If you don't, things can get confusing.- Spell check.
It doesn't take more than two seconds, and it's important that other members can understand what you're saying. Firefox
has a spell-checker built in.- Don't 'grave dig'.
Bumping long-dead threads can be irritating. Make sure you don't bump anything beyond the first page of the thread index.- Don't spam.
This is pretty obvious. Posting a link to your own website is considered very rude, and may result in an instant ban on certain forums. Advertising via PMs is also a ban-worthy offence in most forums, and you will
be caught out. Spam can also include annoying or pointless messages. e.g A post in which you simply say "lol".- Don't post explicitly sexual, violent or hateful material.
Nobody wants to see that. Full stop.Making Your First Post
Your first post can either make or break your experience in a new community, so make sure you get it right. Although there's always time to change people's views on you, your first impression will govern how easy or difficult it is to be accepted into a group. Spend some time lurking, and read people's posts to get a general idea of how best to present yourself.
The most difficult post is always the first. The main thing is not to worry. With an introduction thread, most of the effort will be made by the established members. This is their chance to suss you out and begin to build a relationship. As long as you're friendly and agreeable, things should run pretty smoothly.
Here are a few tips to get your started when making your introduction thread:
- Don't babble! Keep it short and sweet. Start with hello, give a few details such as age, sex and hobbies, then leave it to the other members to ask more about you.
- Tone it down! You don't want to come on too strong until you're sure of what's acceptable within a community. Keep bad language, prejudices and flirting to a minimum until you get more comfortable.
- Be interested in other people! People love
to talk about themselves. By asking questions to other members, it shows that it's a two-way-street, which is always appreciated.
- Bring something to the table! Show that you have something original to bring to the community. Whether you have a sense of humour, an interest in debate or good advice, show it off! Just as you'd bring food or drink to a party, bring some interesting or funny threads to the community. It'll be appreciated. Just make sure it's not already been posted.
- Be yourself!
This is the most important. Although not everybody
will love you, being comfortable with who you are will earn you great respect. People can tell if you're trying to please them, and it will usually result in suspicion. The main thing to remember is that you've joined a community to have fun and socialise. The more you learn to relax, the more fun you'll have, and the more likeable you'll be.
Go forth and prosper, little ones!
[Undoubtedly I'll edit this as I think of more. Formatting needs some work too. Bare with me. Once again, if anyone disagrees or wants something added, shout at me here.]