Guidelines (Read before Posting)

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Guidelines (Read before Posting)

Postby FluXy » 03 Oct 2006 16:44


  1. Use common sense - Just because it isn't explicitly stated as one of the rules below doesn't mean it's OK. Use common sense and good Netiquette when posting, replying and browsing these forums. This includes the following:
    • No posts for the sole purpose of increasing your postcount.
    • No "senseless" posts. Yes, its subjective. As a subjective way to help understand, if a coherent conversation cannot be read in the thread, it might be senseless.
    • Keep the forums free from SPAM. This means no SPAM posting, no personal messaging SPAM, no SPAM in signatures or elsewhere in your profile. SPAM includes unsolicited messaging. If it takes you hours to send hundreds of Personal Messages, it is still SPAM. Also, please do not reply to SPAM, just report it.
    • No Quote pyramids.
  2. Check that your question isn't answered anywhere else - SMC has documentation in the docs directory and an online Level Tutorial.
  3. Search before posting - Please try to use the search feature on the website prior to starting a new topic regarding a problem you are experiencing. Chances are your problem may have been solved already or a problem similar to it. By searching prior to posting, you will help yourself by find a solution sooner, and keep the newer problems in focus.
  4. Include logs and tell us your SMC Version - Nobody can help you if they don't know what's wrong, or what you did to get the error you recieved. Providing this information will greatly aid others in assisting you, and will allow us to diagnose your problem easier and sooner.
  5. Choose a good subject - Do not make your subject say just "Help smc newbie" nobody wants to hear this. Describe your problem briefly in your subject, then you can describe your problem in greater depth in the body of your article. Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer. Avoid "subject says all" etc. A better subject might have been "SMC crashes whenever I load level foo."
  6. Use BBCodes if you feel you can - BBCodes help to make articles more readable.
  7. Thank those who help you - If you post a problem and someone helps you, simply replying with a thank you message or an acknowledgement that their suggestions worked are very much appreciated.
  8. No bashing - If someone is posting about a problem they are experiencing, don't simply tell them they are using the wrong way and recommend they try your recommendation. Instead, provide facts or opinions supporting your recommendation, provide positive feedback, and please keep the criticism low.
  9. Keep on topic - If you are replying about something to do with levels for example, and someone mentions new Graphics, don't start talking about Graphics, stick to the topic. Go start a new topic and post a link to the old one if there is relevant information there.
  10. No personal attacks - These forums are not a place for you to take cheap shots at somebody because he/she did something. Do that some place else (or better yet, get over it). You have been warned. Hopefully, this won't be much of a problem here.
  11. Illegal activites - Please do not discuss illegal activities, such as cracking software, breaking into web sites, etc. on these forums. By allowing discussions about illegal activities to take place on these forums, we may expose the SMC project to unnecessary legal liability. Therefore, any posts that advocate activities that are illegal under US laws may be deleted without notice.
  12. Cross posting - Please do not post the same question to multiple forums. Cross posting clutters up the forums and makes things like searching harder for other users. If you feel your question could fit in multiple forums, please pick the best one and post there. If you would like your topic moved, message a Moderator. Also, please do not post about the same subject multiple times. One thread is sufficient.
  13. Ask Questions The Smart Way - If you are new to the internet, forums or the world of Jump and Runs, or if you just aren't sure what kinds of questions are okay to ask and how they should be phrased, then please read "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way". It covers many of the same points as covered in this guide, but goes into far more detail and offers detailed explanations and suggestions.
  14. Keep image sizes within reason - If you use an avatar or include an image in your signatures, please observe the following guidelines:
    • Avatars should be no larger than 80x80 pixels.
    • Avatars and images within signatures should be no larger than 14k combined.
    • Images within signatures should have a height of 80 pixels or less and a reasonable width.
    • We reserve the right to remove images/signatures with offensive, annoying or otherwise problematic content.
  15. Multiple accounts - Each person should have only one account. If you get banned for some reason and simply create another account, it might get banned the minute the moderators become aware of it.
  16. Polls -We prefer the rule of decisions based on informed discussion over the rule of decisions by simple majority vote.

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