Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 1630 Location: Chennai, India
Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:20 pm Post subject: Forum usage guidelines
Forum Rules & Guidelines
Welcome to Indian Aquarium Hobbyist. We hope this portal & forum will provide you with information & know how to maintain a better aquarium. While you learn from our experience, we hope to learn from yours. We encourage you to use this forum to post any queries you might have & to post replies to queries from others. While we are on the subject of posting, we have a few Do's & Dont's for posters. The intention is to maintain certain standard and culture.
By standard, we mean using good language & good content. Please mind your language and write using all that you learned in your English classes. Make sure that your posts are factually correct. By culture, we mean the tone & type of response. We want a friendly atmosphere which promotes participation by everyone.
We have listed a few rules for all posters to follow. Please read and follow these in both letter & spirit. We hope you enjoy IAH as much as we enjoyed putting it up for you and all aquarist here in India.
PS : Please consider this as work in progress, subject to change & improvements. We welcome your views of this subject.
Forum Rules - DOs
Join, lurk, then post. Spend some time & read as many posts as possible & check on what's available & what's not. Find out what acceptable on the forums & what's not.
Read FAQ. Check out the Frequent Asked Questions section. Answers to your queries may be there.
Search before posting. Please search the forum before posting. Your topic might already been covered. In that case, we suggest that you reply to that post instead of starting new all over again.
Post in appropriate topic area. Start a new topic under appropriate heading. For example, queries on Discus should be in Discuss Discus under Fresh Water Fishes. A query on Discus illness must be posted in Diseases & Cures under Fresh Water Fishes.
Post on same topic. Replies must be relevant to the previous postings and the heading. A post with the heading "Breeding Discus" should have posts relevant to breeding Discus & should not change over to Discus illness or Discus tank requirements. This is help viewers when they are searching for a particular topic. For example, viewer looking for "Discus Illness and Cures" will miss it because the heading says "Breeding Discus", but the discussion is on "Discus Illness".
Post new queries. If you need answers to queries which are related but not exactly same topic, start a new tread.
Post with same tone. This means that when there is a serious discussion going on, you should not post a joke or light hearted comment.
Post your own work. All your postings MUST be your own work. Please respect copyright. Do not post anything from from any published work. This includes anything from other sites, books, CDs, eBooks or emails. Please include a link to the other site instead. Or, mention the name of the book & the viewers might want to look it up.
Post in English. Please post only in English. Avoid other languages, since other users may not understand them.
Post using good language. Please make sure that your posts are well written in terms of grammar, spelling, style, with appropriate words capitalised, etc. Please avoid SMS language. Please DO NOT type the entire post with capital letters.
Post with appropriate topic heading. Please post descriptive headings. "Help me, please", "I need help", "I have a question", "Big problem", "URGENT" are examples of bad headings. Good one are "Ideal sizes for a planted tank", "How do I clean white lines on old aquarium glass?", "Filter and lights for a six feet aquarium".
Post after researching. Your post must be factually correct. Incase you are not sure, please check on it.
Posting in Buy / Sell / Exchange. This forum is for hobbyist only. Commercial posts are forbidden.
Posting in LFS Announcements. Commercial entities may post here. Only availability may be posted. Prices SHOULD not be posted. Poster's email id & telephone numbers may be posted. Viewers & posters may communicate directly with each other to discuss prices, etc.
Forum Rules - Don't Dos
Avoid Copyright infringements. Respect copyrights. Do not post someone else's work, even partial work, here on IAH Forums. You may not post pictures or graphics, unless it is in public domain or you have the expressed permission of the copyright owner. You may provide links or URL of interesting sites/pages.
Avoid Bad Language. Do not post bad words, four letter words, cuzz words on the forum. Do not swear, use hate-words, use vulgar or obscene comments. Avoid anything that may be irritating, insulting, threatening, defaming, etc.
Avoid Off Topics. Do not post off topic replies in Forums. Check if your post is on same topic or is relevant to the subject.
Avoid Non Aquatic Topics. Let's keep discussion purely aquatic here at IAH. Incase you must post off topic stuff, please do so in Chit Chat.
Avoid personnal messages. Do not post messages meant for one person. Especially regarding prices, PMs sent/received etc., We have Private Messages which should be used in these cases.
Avoid Commercial . Avoid commercial postings anywhere other than Forums -> Commercial -> LFS Announcements.
Avoid price details. Posting prices is strictly prohibited. You may not negotiate or make counter offers, etc on the forum. Use Private Messages instead.
Avoid Defaming or Libel Do not assert, imply, or insinuate or ascribe any actions or behaviours to a separate party that are unproven and speculative, to either a public or private figure.
Avoid Insults. If you don't have something nice to say, please don't say anything at all.
Avoid Insulting Smilies. Avoid using smilies in an insulting or hurtful manner.
Do Not Once a thread has been Locked by an Admin or Moderator, do not restart another thread to continue the discussion. This will invite an immediate action and you could be banned from using IAH.
ZERO TOLERANCE to SPAM LFS and Commercial entities may use the LFS Announcements forum for their postings. Posts are restricted to ONE per entity every Sunday. Posting of commercial messages in other forums will be considered as SPAM and invite immediate action. No verification of intent is deemed necessary and none will be asked for.
Do not bump any thread with posts that does not add value to it.
Treat other Forum members with respect. Don't be rude, vulgar, hateful or bigoted. Discuss the message, not the messenger.
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