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A Guide to becoming a respected forum member

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1 A Guide to becoming a respected forum member on Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:37 am

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Content - First and foremost the most important part of this tutorial. Lots of people post things like: "Fail", "No" or other things that do not contribute to the thread. These comments make threads less enjoyable and just bring negativity to the thread. Also things such as "This" or "Win" after quoting a member doesn't contribute without anything additional. Only post something that you think will contribute to the topic and try not to flame other members. If you are going to post make sure it is well thought out and a make it a constructive post.

Respect - Too many times a thread will just turn into a flame war because members don't respect each others opinion. If someone posts something you don't agree with don't just start flaming them instead write a response backed up with facts. If you're respectful to others posts for the most part other members of the community will be respectful of your posts as well. To gain respect on the forums, you must show respect on the forums. Flaming another member, or idea may seem like a good idea in the short run, but if you continue to put members down it will reflect negatively on you. This is not a great way to get yourself known on forums. Consider who you may be offending before you post. It's possible to be funny and remain respectful towards all members.

Technicalities (Punctuation, grammar and spelling)- Although it may not seem to make a difference, using correct punctuation, grammar and spelling will make your posts look more professional. As well as, attracting the attention of more readers who are glancing over the page. Like I've said before grammar makes a difference, between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse. You will find that most respected, long time members use correct punctuation, grammar and spelling in almost all of their posts. It's a small, easy thing to do that will improve they way people view your posts. Here is a list of just a few tips that can help make your posts more effective and more respected:

- Capitalize all letters that should be capitalized included the first letter of the post.
- Always end the post in some sort of punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point, etc.)
- Don't hesitate to use the "Enter" key. Separating big walls of text will make the post easier to read.
- Vulgar Language does not help get your point across.
- Refrain from using slang as much as possible.
- Use correct punctuation to keep your post from looking sloppy.
- Lots of smileys do not make your post look any better or more intelligent.

Starting Threads- Do not start a thread just for the sake of starting a thread. If you have a topic you would like to discuss that is already being discussed in a thread, just contribute to the current thread. To find out if a thread is already in existence, click on the Search tab.



This will allow you to search thread topics, posts and users. Use this tool to your advantage before starting a thread. If you do have a worthy topic of starting a thread and it is not already being discussed, great! Once again click Forums and search through all the forum sections until you find the one that best suits the topic you are posting.

Reputation- Rep is a good way to tell how respected someone is on the forums. The more rep a user has, the more others have agreed with that user's posts and ideas. A lot of members try to get as much rep as possible. A few things to remember when thinking about rep are as follows:

-Do not beg users for rep. It will just get your post deleted.
-Earn your rep. Posting respectfully and intelligently will do this for you.
-Trading rep with other users just for the sake of gaining rep is not allowed. It is called 'Rep Boosting' and you can have all of your positive rep removed for doing it.
-Some users will rep you back for giving them positive rep. Don't expect it though and don't be disappointed if they don't.

An example of all of these is Naft, everyone of his posts follow this criteria. Everyone be like him.

Credits go to the idea and notes from iStobs from MLG.

Content - First and foremost the most important part of this tutorial. Lots of people post things like: "Fail", "No" or other things that do not contribute to the thread. These comments make threads less enjoyable and just bring negativity to the thread. Also things such as "This" or "Win" after quoting a member doesn't contribute without anything additional. Only post something that you think will contribute to the topic and try not to flame other members. If you are going to post make sure it is well thought out and a make it a constructive post.

Respect - Too many times a thread will just turn into a flame war because members don't respect each others opinion. If someone posts something you don't agree with don't just start flaming them instead write a response backed up with facts. If you're respectful to others posts for the most part other members of the community will be respectful of your posts as well. To gain respect on the forums, you must show respect on the forums. Flaming another member, or idea may seem like a good idea in the short run, but if you continue to put members down it will reflect negatively on you. This is not a great way to get yourself known on forums. Consider who you may be offending before you post. It's possible to be funny and remain respectful towards all members.

Technicalities (Punctuation, grammar and spelling)- Although it may not seem to make a difference, using correct punctuation, grammar and spelling will make your posts look more professional. As well as, attracting the attention of more readers who are glancing over the page. Like I've said before grammar makes a difference, between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse. You will find that most respected, long time members use correct punctuation, grammar and spelling in almost all of their posts. It's a small, easy thing to do that will improve they way people view your posts. Here is a list of just a few tips that can help make your posts more effective and more respected:

- Capitalize all letters that should be capitalized included the first letter of the post.
- Always end the post in some sort of punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point, etc.)
- Don't hesitate to use the "Enter" key. Separating big walls of text will make the post easier to read.
- Vulgar Language does not help get your point across.
- Refrain from using slang as much as possible.
- Use correct punctuation to keep your post from looking sloppy.
- Lots of smileys do not make your post look any better or more intelligent.

Starting Threads- Do not start a thread just for the sake of starting a thread. If you have a topic you would like to discuss that is already being discussed in a thread, just contribute to the current thread. To find out if a thread is already in existence, click on the Search tab.



This will allow you to search thread topics, posts and users. Use this tool to your advantage before starting a thread. If you do have a worthy topic of starting a thread and it is not already being discussed, great! Once again click Forums and search through all the forum sections until you find the one that best suits the topic you are posting.

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I will try to act like this, lol.

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You better, also stay active.

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Atmosphere wrote:I will try to act like this, lol.
So, what are you doing?

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