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Offline Ray Brinzer

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Guidelines for Creating Topics
« on: March 28, 2014, 10:58:55 AM »
We need some guidelines for creating new topics.  These are not hard rules, but strong recommendations.  You won't get in trouble for violating them, unless you do so repeatedly, but following them is good for the community and will be appreciated.

Things to do:

  • Give your topic a title which describes what it's about.  That doesn't mean it can't be clever, but a person looking at the index should have some idea as to what the discussion is about.  When a topic has a title totally unrelated to the subject matter, people who would be interested may miss it.  It also makes it harder to find that conversation later on, when you want to refer to what was said.
  • Check to see whether there is another topic on the same thing.  Splitting up a conversation just waters it down.  Of course, it's easier to tell when someone has already created such a topic when it has a title which tells you what the topic is about.  (See point 1.)
  • Start the topic in the category which seems most appropriate.  If more than one category seems appropriate, choose the one which is more specific; e.g. a discussion which involves both evolution and politics should go under evolution.
  • Remember to use quote tags, if you're starting a topic by quoting an article or other source.  Otherwise, it looks like we're reading your words.
  • If you're posting someone else's writing, or a link to someone else's writing, add some comments of your own.  The idea of a forum is to discuss things with each other, not with people who are not here.

Things not to do:

  • Do not start a second topic on the same subject because your first one didn't receive the response you wanted.  You may "bump" (i.e. reply to) your own topic in order to increase its visibility, if you're feeling lonely.  Just don't overdo it.
  • Do not start a topic in an inappropriate category because you think that category receives more traffic.
  • Do not start a large number of topics with very short posts.  If you want to do that sort of thing, get a Twitter account.
  • Do not start a topic where the sole content of the first post is a link.  Give us some explanation as to what the thing you're linking to is, and why we should be interested.

Offline mspart

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Re: Guidelines for Creating Topics
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 04:18:43 PM »
I think I'm 100% on these some of the time!!