This message contains guidelines that offer a minimum set of rules for you to behave properly online in the forum.
What Are the Rules for Posting Message in the Forum?
1. If you’re new to the forum, you are encouraged to spend some time reading and monitoring the exchange of messages on the forum before you post anything. This helps you to get a sense of how the people who are already there act. Then go ahead and participate.
2. Post a new topic. The message should involve and give you an opportunity to:
keep up with friends;
better interact with others;
innovate practice with others;
share information, materials, procedures, and/or tools with others;
express openly your experiences, beliefs, and/or emotions with others;
connect and communicate similar interests with others;
identify your development opportunities;
build your professional networks;
provide solution to problems;
open problems and/or issues;
provide general comments;
bring new ideas; and/or
3. Do not use the forum for harvesting or collecting email addresses or other contact information of other practitioners from this forum as form of solicitation for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications.
4. The forum does NOT exist to provide a channel for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any promotional materials, spam, flooding, unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, chain letters, or pyramid schemes on the forum to its participants. Sending unsolicited advertisements to the forum or its list of participants is completely off-topic, and can be grounds for losing your forum membership.
5. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any photographs, videos or other Content other than original works that are created by you or your friends, unless you have consent from the owner of the Content.
6. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material.
Post copies of copyrighted material with the permission of the copyright holder. This is to respect the copyright on material that you reproduce. Consider almost every country have copyright laws.
7. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content which is adult material, obscene, sexually oriented, pornographic, sexually explicit, or ethically reprehensible Content.
8. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any content that depicts graphic or gratuitous violence.
9. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content that makes threats of any kind, intimidates, discriminate, harasses, or bullies anyone.
10. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content which is aggressive or defamatory, as well as personal insults and critical, the coarseness and vulgarities.
11. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any false, inaccurate, fraudulent, or otherwise inappropriate Content, or in some cases, postings that have been mislabeled or are otherwise deceptive.
12. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making publicly available any private information of any third party, including, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.
13. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content that, in the sole judgment of a company, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Content, or which may expose the company or its practitioners to any harm or liability of any type.
14. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content which is vulgar, inflammatory, profane, infringing, illegal, unlawful, invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise in violation of any local, state, national, or international law, rules and regulations, including any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence.
15. Do not use the forum for uploading, posting, sharing, or making available any Content that evokes illegal practices.
16. Do not use the forum for transmitting Internet traffic.
17. Do not use the forum for disseminating instructions, directions, codes, scripts, viruses or other materials or software aimed at limiting or disabling the operation of the forum.
18. A good rule of thumb: Be conservative in what you post and liberal in what you read.
19. Be patient and courteous in your communication. Our group members are from many countries and cultures and from all levels of professional development. Learn to communicate with kindness and respect. We are all here to learn and share, and ask that you do so freely and cordially.
20. Ask questions or offer opinions, ideas, advice, and suggest resources that can help someone with a problem or a question.
How Do I Write Good Messages?
1. Keep messages and paragraphs short and to the point.
2. Post should have a subject heading which reflects the content of the message.
3. If you are posting a reply to a message, always place an appropriate title in the subject header, or check to make sure the one that shows in your reply is appropriate.
Be sure you indicate the topic and summarize the original material at the top of the message, or include just enough text of the original material to give a context. This will make sure readers understand when they start to read your response. For example: “Here is my personal opinion about … “, or “Here is a list of studies and references that I can suggest regarding.:, or “It’s my understanding that…”, or “I believe it’s the case….”
4. If you are re-posting a message you’ve received, do not change the wording. If the message was a personal message to you and you are re-posting to the forum, you should ask permission first. You may shorten the message and quote only relevant parts, but be sure you give proper attribution.
5. Use discretion when posting a long message. It’s a good practice to include the word “Long” in the subject header so the readers knows the message will take time to read. Over 100 lines is considered “long”.
6. Messages and articles should be brief and to the point. Don’t wander off-topic, don’t ramble and don’t post messages solely to point out other people’s errors in typing or spelling. These, more than any other behavior, mark you as an immature beginner.
7. Remember that the reader is a human being whose culture, language, and humor have different points of reference from your own. Remember that date formats, measurements, and idioms may not travel well. Be especially careful with sarcasm.
8. Use smiley to indicate tone of voice, but use them sparingly. is an example of a smiley (Look sideways). Don’t assume that the inclusion of a smiley will make the recipient happy with what you say or wipe out an otherwise insulting comment.
9. Cite all quotes, references and sources and respect copyright and license agreements.
10. Take care in what you write.
11. If you should find yourself in a disagreement with one person, make your responses to each other via mail rather than continue to post messages to the list. If you are debating a point on which the list might have some interest, you may summarize for them later.
12. Surround a word with symbols for emphasis. That *is* what I meant.
13. Use mixed case. Capitalize words only to highlight an important point. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally termed as SHOUTING and considered quite rude.
14. Use the underscore symbol before and after the title of a book for underlining. _War and Peace_ is my favorite book.
15. Acronyms can be used to abbreviate when possible, however messages that are filled with acronyms can be confusing and annoying to the reader. Examples of acronyms commonly used are:
IMHO= in my humble/honest opinion
FYI = for your information
BTW = by the way
Flame = antagonistic criticism
16. Should a personal conflict arise with someone in our forum, first try to resolve it directly with the other person by email (not through the list). If that fails to bring about an amicable resolution, notify kailem adams at: email@example.com.
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