Ok, So you're New
Everyone was new at one time or another, but that won't draw much mercy when you come into a new place and start stepping on people's toes instead of shaking their hands. Everyone has standard of respect; failing to meet these standards will draw contempt and ridicule, but there is hope. All you need to do is take a little time to show others respect by composing your messages seriously. I'm making this list because even though some of these should fall under the heading: Common Sense, the others are truly learned behaviors. If you've never seen a list like this before, rest assured, these rules will serve you well on any forum.
1. Always read at least 50 posts before posting!
- Nothing draws ridicule faster than asking a question right above someone else who asked the same question.
- Posting a question answered in the FAQ will not make you friends. Read before Posting rules usually specify forum specific rules that often go beyond standard etiquette. Be sure to read it.
3. Write respectfully.
- This in not just modes of address but showing good grammar and spelling. Forums are not like a chat room with text wizzing by. Posters are expected to take the time to write well. Remember, if you respect your readers your readers will respect you. Learning a language means you take effective communication seriously. Prove it.
4. Don't spam.
- Make one post. Always give at least 24 hours before complaining no one answered your post. If you answer two or more people, edit all your responses into one post.
5. Before posting, google your question.
- If your question is answered in the top 5 google hits, people will consider you too lazy to bother helping.
6. Use the forum search function.
- If the forum has a searce function, use it before posting.
7. Don't ask for help without showing that you did make an effort on your own.
- If you ask for help and show you made an effort, you automatically made friends who will extremely helpful.
8. Don't Necropost.
- Necroposting is posting on a thread that was dead and buried and bringing it back to life. You avoid necroposting by looking at the Posted date. If the posted date is more that a couple of weeks ago, it's usually best to start a new thread, unless it seems like a controversial thread, then don't even start a new thread.