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Forum Etiquette

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        01-01-2008, 10:37 AM
      #1
    Showing
    Forum Etiquette

    I wanted to post a link that I think everyone should read. I hope everyone reads them anyway.
    I have been getting my blood pressure up lately because some members seem to have an affinity for starting threads that don't really have any pupose other than to inflame the emotions of others. I thought it might be a good idea to share a simple list of rules.
    I wonder sometimes, do parents not teach 'if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all' anymore?


    http://www.ehow.com/how_2106033_use-...etiquette.html

    1 OneRead the forum rules. Even if you're excited to be a member of a new forum and can't wait to join in, take the time to find the group policy page and read it thoroughly. Some forums are fussier than others about Internet etiquette.

    2 Lurk a little before you dive right in. Read a number of posts, or check out the group's archives. Get a feel for the tone of the forum so you can participate accordingly.

    3 Remember your face doesn't show. Words alone can convey sentiment, but without benefit of inflection or facial expression, they can be misconstrued. Use descriptive wording, emoticons or .gifs to ensure your meaning is clear. By the same token, don't jump to conclusions about another person's intent in posting an unclear comment. When in doubt, ask for clarification.

    4 Type in lowercase or standard case, not in all caps. By the rules of netiquette, all caps equates to shouting. If you type with all caps, you will annoy and possibly offend other forum members.

    5 Say online exactly what you would say in person. In other words, if you wouldn't say it to the person's face in front of your Grandmother, you shouldn't type it into a forum.

    6 Be respectful. Internet etiquette is similar to standard etiquette in this area. Appreciate that your opinion is one of many. You can disagree with another person without being disrespectful or rude online.

    7 Ignore Trolls. Netiquette guidelines are very specific where they're concerned. If you engage in conversation, you'll raise your blood pressure and empower the Troll. You can't win a flame war, and you can't sway a Troll's opinion. Often, they don't even care about the subject; they live for the conflict and nothing more. Trolls are common and not worthy of your time. Ignore their posts—no matter how inflammatory—and eventually they'll get bored and move on.
         
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        01-01-2008, 12:41 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Good post! I love it.

    Its been said many times before, but lets keep this forum friendly and happy.
         
        01-01-2008, 01:56 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    Thanks Vida! That's a great link, thanks for posting it
         
        01-01-2008, 02:08 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Your welcome :) I figured this was better than the scathing retort I had typed up to a "troll" type post. It got my blood boiling too early this morning so figured I better do something constructive instead. Got to start the new year out right :)
         
        01-01-2008, 02:12 PM
      #5
    Showing
    That was a very good link!
    I agree.
         
        01-01-2008, 02:18 PM
      #6
    Foal
    That was a good link....i hope certain people read this.... :roll:
         
        01-01-2008, 05:21 PM
      #7
    Started
    I'm probably one of the problems!

    But I read the link and I am glad you posted it! Thanks!
         
        01-01-2008, 11:00 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Hehehehehehehe, I love it! Most people do abide by these rules in general but I perticually loved number 7

    Ignore Trolls. Netiquette guidelines are very specific where they're concerned. If you engage in conversation, you'll raise your blood pressure and empower the Troll. You can't win a flame war, and you can't sway a Troll's opinion. Often, they don't even care about the subject; they live for the conflict and nothing more. Trolls are common and not worthy of your time. Ignore their posts—no matter how inflammatory—and eventually they'll get bored and move on.
         
        01-07-2008, 06:34 AM
      #9
    Trained
    Thats really good vida! I hope everyone reads it :)
         
        04-05-2008, 11:15 AM
      #10
    Foal
    problems

    Hello And I do appolige for this if I am out of line here. But I see that this forum is one of the best I've seen on the internet , But what concerns me is the amount of younger people who have such a vast knowledge of the horse world that are just useing there knowledge to be mean and hurtfull to other younger members here. It is a shame that this site gets so mean and hatefull to each other . When in all honesty they have a world of great knowledge and advice to use to help each and evey member here and to help bring other members to this forum which will help it to grow. But we need to find a way to talk to each other dicuss the horses we all love and or want to someday own with out the consisant hurting of each others feeling. The young people here are all from what I see very good horse people for the ages they are . Id hate to see this forum go away or turn the corner to be as a lot of others have and just be bitter and them be gone it would be a shame the welth of knowledge here is unbelieveable for so small a group lets try to use it to help instead of hurt each other and the forum thanks Dave
         

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