Along with the Terms and Conditions you agreed to follow when registering, please follow these rules.

Rule #1:

Members should post in a way that is respectful towards other users, and consider carefully before making posts if any of their content might cause offence. Members must not abuse or harass other users or use vulgar language, racial, religious or ethnic slurs, sexism or slander.

Rule #2:

Spam will not be tolerated. Referrals to other 3rd party websites may be deemed acceptable if they directly address the question asked and do not breach any of the other rules here. See rule #15 for rules on Signatures. Remember, it is up to the moderators to determine whether a link in a post is spam.

Rule #3:

Do not post URLs to inappropriate sites, such as pornography sites, warez sites, racist/hate sites, etc. Images that are not appropriate for the workplace are not to be posted or used as avatars. Do not use inappropriate images on our forums – ones endorsing pornography, software piracy; or those that “slam” any individual or company.

Rule #4:

Members should not use the Private Message system to request specific assistance. All members are volunteers, contributing their time and expertise where and when they can, and such requests may be deemed harassment (see Rule #1).

Do not invite another member to take the question off the forum (i.e. do not suggest that they post to a different forum, do not suggest that they email or private message you the problem, do not simply post a link to another forum). This applies equally to members asking or answering questions.

Likewise, please do not answer questions by creating solutions elsewhere and then referencing those solutions via file links. We ask that you answer the question within the thread itself (note: providing links to existing articles on the internet is acceptable).

To that effect, do not simply create a file with a solution, and provide a link to that. Some of the issues with providing links to files uploaded to the internet are: those links often expire, many users cannot download files from file-sharing sites due to network security restrictions, many users are reluctant to download files for personal security reasons and the ability to search the forum effectively is reduced.

Rule #5:

Soliciting business for yourself is not permitted. This is an all volunteer board, so offering solutions in exchange for compensation is not permitted. Likewise, members seeking solutions must not offer compensation for them. If you have an urgent need, consider talking to our Experts team.

Rule #6:

The policy of this board is NOT to assist with the breaking of any forms of security under any circumstances. Such posts will be deleted or locked.

Rule #7:

Members may use only one username on our forums.

Rule #8:

Do not attempt to impersonate other forum members or forum officials.

Rule #9:

Members must not act as “back seat moderators”. If a member notes an issue that does not comply with any forum rule they may bring it to the attention of the moderators by using the Report button belonging to the offending post.

 

Rule #10:

Do not publicly re-post private emails, or private discussions without the express written permission of the e-mail’s original sender (e-mail is protected by copyright).

Rule #11:

Do not post email addresses, standard addresses, ICQ and other messaging client numbers, or phone numbers which are not your own.

Rule #12:

Do not post duplicate questions. Posts of a duplicate nature will be deleted or locked. All related follow-ups, be they further related questions or clarifications, should be posted back to the original thread.

We advise you not to ‘bump’ (reply to) your own posts too quickly after posting, unless you are posting some sort of clarification. Since bumped threads have replies, they will no longer appear in the “Zero Reply Posts” listing, which many members use to look for unanswered questions. If you do bump, limit it to no more than once every day. Remember that your best helper may be asleep on the other side of the world.

Rule #13:

We prefer that members do not cross-post questions to other forums, but when this does occur members should do the following:
– Post the details of your question on our forum. Do NOT simply post a link/re-direct to the question in another forum with no details posted here.
– Make it clear that you have cross-posted and provide links to the cross-posts.
Cross-posted questions that do not comply may be deleted or locked.

Rule #14:

Members should post in a way that is consistent with ‘normal writing’. Users should not use excessive amounts of emoticons, must not SHOUT (use all upper case) or use excessive amounts of punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in posts or thread titles.

Rule #15:

Any user that has been banned from the board may not re-subscribe under a new username, unless the moderators have given express permission.