Hey Fellow R&C Fans the Holiday Season is here so I just thought I would write some facts for all those new members out there who have just joined and are feeling a bit lost and of course to you ol Vets as well...
Remember that the Holiday Season brings new members to the boards and they often just post without consideration so please be courteous to all members and be as helpful as you can, if you feel the forum is being abused please report it to a Moderator by clicking the "Report Abuse To Moderator Button" which can be found inside the thread in the message content.
So here is some helpful tips to not get flamed and bashed when creating Topics...
First of all remember if you are new the chances of your post being answered already is very high so please use the search featue at the bottom of the page to see if it has been answered and if so you can read through and see how best to solve your problems, however if you find no trace of your question feel free to post away with a new topic and our board members will be glad to help you.
Also some advisable things to take into account on the forums....
Respect Everyone's human. Respect and treat others in the same manner that you'd like to be treated. People who frequent a community and gain ranks based upon their post count demand a certain amount of respect. They've been there for quite some time, they know their stuff and are an integral part of the community. "Insulting the elders" does not go over well. Treat them with respect and they will show you the same courtesy in return. This is not to say that members with higher ranks have special privileges.
Mistakes Everyone makes mistakes. People post things on a board or a chat that may be inaccurate, or said in the heat of the moment. Be forgiving when it comes to these mistakes. Flaming a person or laughing at them doesn't do anything except anger someone else, it's not productive. The day will come when you make the same mistake. It will pay off in the long haul to be polite and go easy on the mistakes others make.
Opinion Everyone has their own opinion. This could potentially be a big section, but I will sum it up for you into a couple sentences. The people you interact with in a community come from all walks of life, many different religions and beliefs, different family income levels, different points of view on many of today's hot topics of discussion. In a nutshell, each person is entitled to his or her own opinion. Discussion about it is the best thing to do, after all that's what communities are for. If it turns into some kind of sparring match, agree to disagree and move on.
Flame Wars Everyone appreciates a good heated debate. It could be about anything, the weather, a certain type of food, computer parts, a game, a car whatever. Debates are a wonderful aspect of communities. That's what makes up a community, enthusiasts discussing the finer points of a hobby or an interest. Unfortunately it is all too easy for these debates to degrade into something that isn't welcome in most communities and that is a "Flame War". A flame war is a situation in which one or all of the aforementioned rules has been broken and a moderator is forced to step in.
Spamming Spam, what is spam? Well spam is posting irrelevant, off-topic or redundant posts on a message board. These posts clutter the message board and/or chat. They annoy those who are visiting the forums looking for legitimate information. Spamming can also impact on the board or chat's performance, doing so lands you in the realm of illegal and definitely in violation of the board code of conduct. If you're trying to post to get someone's attention, use private messaging to do the job. Spamming can land you in pretty hot water with not only the admins, but other board members. The majority of users despise Spam in all forms. Avoid it at all costs.
So remember do not be afraid to ask for help and act polite, because rudeness is not appreciated and a Merry Christmas to you all.
Message Edited by Game-Sage101 on 12-20-200503:12 PM