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Posting Rules & Guidelines
FedoraForum.org Rules & Guidelines

Welcome to FedoraForum.org

Here are the forum rules, some guidelines, and some tips on how to ask and answer questions. Our goal is to provide a civil, helpful, and consistent environment for members to request and provide help while keeping everyone, including the forum staff, happy.


How To Post

Click on the "Forums" link at the top of any forum page and select the forum appropriate for the topic after reading the descriptions. Once inside the forum, click the "New Thread" button on the top left to get a text box for entering the post text. But first, read and understand all of the rules and guidelines below.


Forum Rules

The following rules must be obeyed. They are for the good of all the members of the forum. Failure to comply with these rules will result in administrative actions all the way up to loss of membership.

1).  Respect the forum staff.
    Staff members serve without pay to keep the forum running efficiently. They monitor threads and posts to ensure compliance with the forum rules. Decisions by and instructions from Administrators and Community Managers are final and must be respected. Do not argue with a staff member or make derogatory comments about a staff decision or instruction in a thread. Members should contact staff members via a private message (PM) to discuss decisions or instructions from the staff. Never ignore or fail to comply with decisions or instructions by a staff member.

2).  Don't be abusive.
    Abuse of other members never accomplishes anything useful. The staff takes a dim view of people who instigate or participate in such conflicts. We are here to help each other not fight.

3).  Don't cross-post (double-post).
     Posting the same content in multiple parts of the forum is counter-productive and wastes the time of other members. Cross-posting leads to confusion when replies are made in the duplicate threads. Staff members will close, merge, or delete duplicate threads and posts. Posts or threads advertising other posts are also considered to be cross-posting.

4).  Don't advertise in threads or posts.
    Threads and posts are not to be used as space to advertise a product. Links to other sites that sell products also may be considered advertising. With prior staff approval, some non-commercial forms of publicity may be allowed. Always check with a staff member before posting such content.

5).  Don't breach copyright.
    Never upload or post copyrighted material without first getting the permission of the copyright owner. Include in the thread or post that the permission of the copyright owner was obtained and identify the copyright owner.

6).  Don't use profane language or post images containing nudity, violence, or other offensive content.
    Our members can be as young as thirteen and people of all ages can view your posts. Therefore, all content here has to be considered family friendly. A staff member will edit or delete threads and posts with potentially offensive content and issue a warning to stop the practice.

7.)  Don't post content that is religious, political, or sexually explicit.
    There are many forums for such posts. This is not one of them. Most people have strong feelings on these topics and may be offended or provoked by such content. A staff member will close threads that veer into these topics.

8).  Don't post content about "cracking".
    Content about any form of password or encryption "cracking" is not allowed. Even though there are packages such as aircrack in the repositories, discussions about cracking or software related to cracking often lead into discussions of illegal activities. A staff member will close threads related to "cracking".

9).  Don't post homework questions.
    Its obvious that getting someone else to do your homework is a form of cheating. A staff member will close any threads asking for help on homework assignments.

10).  Don't post garbage or nonsense.
    Posts containing nonsense or inane ramblings are a waste of time, space, and often provoke members. Such posts will be closed or deleted and members who post such material will be in danger of losing their membership. A staff member's judgment regarding the value of such posts is final. Non-linux content should be posted only in the Wibble sub-forum or in the Social Groups area of the forum (under User CP).

11).  Don't post in languages other than English.
    Fedora and FedoraForum.org are both* located in the USA. While we have an international membership, we must insist that English is used in all posts as questions and solutions must be standardized and the staff must be able to understand them. Threads and posts in other languages will be closed with instructions to post again in English. Please don't worry or apologize about imperfect English. Forum members understand this issue well and will compensate for English language errors.    *(Note: FedoraForum.org itself is not officially connected with or sponsored by FedoraProject or Red Hat, Inc.).

12).  Don't re-post moderated threads.
    New members may notice that their first few posts do not appear in the forum immediately (a.k.a. "moderated"). This is a normal circumstance to allow a staff member to review the post content. Be patient when that happens and do not submit the post again. A staff member will review moderated posts as soon as possible. Acceptable posts will be released from moderation. Posts that violate the forum rules will be deleted.

13). Use the default font type, size, color, and justification in posts.
    There are various font types, sizes, colors and other options available for the text in posts. However, the default font type, color, size, and justification should be used for all routine post text. Use other font types, colors, and sizes sparingly and only when needed for emphasis or special formatting circumstances. Using non-default font attributes routinely or capriciously will not be allowed. Staff members may edit such posts and issue a warning to stop the practice.

14.)  Don't create multiple accounts.
    Only one account is allowed for each forum member. Extra accounts will be deleted or merged and a warning will be issued to stop the practice. A request for a username change can be submitted via the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every forum page or via a private message to a administrator who is online. Generally, this courtesy is granted only once, so think carefully when requesting a change.

15).  The posting rules also generally apply to signatures, avatars, and usernames.
    Inappropriate content in avatars and signatures is not allowed, however the staff may allow religious symbols or signature quotes when they do not offend others.
    A staff member will request changes to signatures and avatars and usernames that are considered inappropriate. The staff 's judgment is to be considered final in all matters.


Guidelines

These guidelines, if followed, can help members get more from the forum and make it a more pleasurable experience for everyone.

1). Be polite.
    Nobody should need this explained to them.

2). Use informative thread titles.
    Thread titles such as "Heellllppp!!!" or "ARGH!!!!!" are guaranteed to reduce interest in a thread. Use a thread title that is specific and informative while still being brief such as "Mouse Glitch/HD Hit Once Per Second" or "No Sound With PulseAudio". A clear, brief, and informative thread title will attract more people with the relevant skills and knowledge to the thread.

3). Add white space to posts.
    Organize the content of posts into proper paragraphs. Doing so not only improves comprehension of the subject matter, but also avoids the look of a "wall of text" which usually repels readers.

4). Capitalize appropriately.
    Capitalize the first letter of the first word of every sentence, proper nouns, proper names, and so on. Avoid typing in all uppercase text which is considered the equivalent of screaming. Do not type in all lower case which makes the author appear to be lazy and also is hard to read.

5). Use proper punctuation.
    Use standard English punctuation. It is ridiculous to omit punctuation and expect people to want to read such gibberish. Also don't use multiple question marks and exclamation points to try and express emotions like desperation or irritation.

6). Use proper formatting.
    Use the [CODE] tags around terminal commands and code. Use [QUOTE] tags around comments by other members or sources. These and other formatting aids are available as icons in the "New Thread" text box or by clicking "Go Advanced" when replying.

7). Don't use texting abbreviations, leet-speak, slang, or colloquialisms.
    Never forget that people around the world will be reading posts here. Abbreviations, leet-speak, slang, and colloquialisms may not be universally understood.

8). Don't invent acronyms and use as few acronyms as possible.
    Most people use and understand certain very common acronyms such as FYI (for your information), IMO (in my opinion), AFAIK (as far as I know), as so on. Those are acceptable. But stick to the very common ones and avoid littering posts with those.

9). Don't "bump" posts.
    This is the practice of posting again, usually with useless content, in an attempt to attract attention to a thread. It typically is a sign of impatience and desperation. Staff members consider it to be rude. To help prevent this practice, the forum controls automatically add any additional post to the first post as an edit within the first 24 hours. If a post has received no replies after twenty-four hours, the proper way to post again is with a description of the efforts exerted to solve the problem in the meantime and the results.

10). Report bad posts.
    Use the "Report Post" link above every post when something needs to be brought to the attention of a staff member (e.g., advertising spam, an abusive post, or a thread in the wrong sub-forum, etc.).

11). Don't PM or email individuals with requests for help.
    The right way to get answers to problems is to post in a thread and let everyone have a chance to respond. That also makes the solution available for the benefit of other members. Staff members and other knowledgeable members donate their time to help solve problems, but personal requests are impolite and an imposition.

12). Go easy on the images.
    Including images in posts often helps to explain something more clearly, but not everyone has bandwidth to waste on downloading large image files. When posting images is important for a post, make sure that the images are scaled down (to prevent people having the scroll around to view a large image) and compressed to yield a file size of 100KB or less. Images are not normally allowed in signatures as they can significantly increase the load time for users. When an image in a signature is important, keep it small in scale and filesize, and low-key (non-irritating).

13). Use emoticons as intended.
    A collection of emoticons is available to add to the text of a post for the purpose of helping readers understand subtle meanings or humor that might otherwise be misunderstood. The emoticons can help convey the writer's intended meaning. But use the emoticons as intended and sparingly. Occasionally, a member will get the idea to splatter emoticons all over the place in their posts. This practice is annoying and a staff member may warn you to stop the practice.

14). Don't troll, flame, or whine.
    Trolling is posting provocative and inflammatory content to get people upset. Flaming is posting aggressive, hostile, and insulting responses also to provoke a reaction. Neither of these activities are acceptable whether intentional or not. Trolling and flaming usually involve the violation of one or more forum rules and can result in administrative actions by a staff member. Whining usually is done to express displeasure with something, such as Fedora, without asking for help or even identifying a specific problem. People often are compelled to submit whining threads to tell the forum members they are leaving and never coming back. It's never really necessary to post such things, but when compelled to do it anyway, do it in the "Reviews, Rants & Things That Make You Scream" sub-forum.

15). Your problem/answer deserves it's own thread.
    Posting your problem on someone else's thread is impolite. You should start a new thread to explain your problem, referring back to an older one if necessary. Also, if the thread is more than a few months old, chances are that the original poster is no longer interested in your new ideas or solutions. CM's and Admins. will close older threads with new posts and may split off the new post to it's own thread. Possible solutions will be retained on the old thread, however, to help others who may be searching.

When Asking Questions...

  •    Read the Fedora Set-Up Guides and search FedoraForum.org before asking questions. For best results, add your Fedora version number in the search text box.
  •    Check the "Read This First" sub-forum for assistance. Search the Fedora mailing lists and try searching with Google as well. There's a good chance your question has been answered before.
  •    Provide adequate details. Include the Fedora version and the architecture of the computer (i.e. AMD, Intel, 32-bit, 64-bit, cores, etc.). For video issues, include the video card make and model. Include the version of the component causing the trouble and anything else that might be useful to helpers. For third party RPMs, explain where you got them. Attach screen shots or other files that might be relevant.
  •     Don't be self-deprecating. Don't talk yourself down. Don't call yourself an idiot, and so on. None of that is necessary. Everyone was a newbie at some point.
  •     Don't mark your question as important or critical. All questions asked are equally important.
  •     Return to a thread when a question has been answered, or a problem has been solved, and give your thanks to the people who helped you. It generates good will. And as your skills increase, consider coaching others.


When Answering Questions...

  •     Don't use jargon in answers and instructions if it can be avoided. Newbies may not understand. Without being condescending, adjust the terminology in the reply to the level of the person receiving it.
  •     Never reply with RTFM or refer people to Google. Just be quiet and move on instead.
  •     Point the user to existing resources if they can provide useful information. Use community sites like the Fedora Set-Up Guides and FedoraProject.org as resources in replies. Searching for the issue at Red Hat Bugzilla also is a good idea.
  •     Always assume the user has a default installation unless they say otherwise.
  •     Always assume that the user is a newbie unless it is clear they are not. Give detailed instructions.
  •     Do things the Fedora way. There is always more than one solution to a problem. Choose the one that will be the easiest for the user. For example, suggest automatic package installation (YUM, PackageKit, or Yumex) over manual installation, and binary RPMs in the repositories over source. Where possible, suggest using the official Fedora repositories and the related RPM Fusion repository. They are of higher quality. Don't replace any core packages and never instruct users to do anything that might break their system, this includes using --force and --nodeps when installing an RPM. Try to think as a newbie and choose the simplest solution.
  •     Explain each step of a solution. The ideal solution to a problem should teach the user how to solve similar problems in the future.


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