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1Ouch! What is forum etiquette? on July 29th 2014, 10:15 am


Forum Etiquette

Its Definition

The definition of forum etiquette is to maintain a standard of posting behavior that is acceptable and appropriate. Forum etiquette can be flexible, according to the subject of the forum, but there are certain standards most people expect others to maintain. Some lines must be drawn for the safety of all posting on the forum.

The Biggest Breach

One of the important things to remember about forum etiquette is not to post personal information about another poster. Even if that poster has all but drawn a map to his house, posting a real name or address is considered grounds for a permanent ban on most forums as this could compromise someone's safety. Infact in some countries it is a violation of the law. It goes without saying that this is probably the most serious breaches of forum etiquette that there is and if you ever break it you can expect that it will be taken very seriously by the local moderator or administrator.


Simply put, flaming is insulting someone on a personal level. Personally attacking someone should not be done as it is a violation of forum etiquette. Rather than attacking someone because of their opinion you should be constructive and ask them why they have that point of view. This will help you better understand their point of view and who knows...  you might learn something. Regardless of whether or not you agree with a poster you can always agree that you disagree because in the end everyone has a right to express their opinions.

Spimming, Spamming, and Scrolling

Posting the same thing over and over again is called scrolling or in some cases spamming, and is also a banning offense. The reason why is that it is not only annoying to other members but it also uses up bandwidth which someone else has to pay for.It is entirely unnecessary and makes the poster look childish.


Trolling is also a bad thing. What exactly is trolling? Trolling is the art of a posting something inflammatory with the intent of provoking a non constructive emotional response from those who read it (usually anger). Another definition reads someone who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. I really like the second definition better because it describes the intent of the person with such great clarity. Needless to say, trolling comes in many forms but usually goes hand in hand with going off topic and flaming.

Don't Shout So Loud

Typing in all caps should not be done because it is considered shouting and is very rude.

Final Thoughts

Anything remaining about forum etiquette can be summed up by remembering the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Acting like an adult and behaving, even in the face of being flamed, is always the best course of action. If a poster becomes harassing, obscene or personal, rather than retaliate just simply flag the post for the local moderator. If the ability to flag posts is not present on the forum you are on then you can paste the link to the offensive post(s) into an e-mail or private message to a moderator or forum administrator.

Thats all!


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