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Forum Announcement: Basic Forum Etiquette--Or, "How I Learned to Stop Shitposting and Love the Forums"
06-28-2013, 04:48 PM
Basic Forum Etiquette--Or, "How I Learned to Stop Shitposting and Love the Forums"
Recently we've been discussing ways to make the AbridgedForums a better community and avoid bad posts that bring down the atmosphere here. The main suggestion was to make a "how-to" guide for newbies to get better acclimated to the community we've created here.

The reason this guide exists is simple: First impressions are everything. The first impression someone has of you determines how they see you as a person, and bad first impressions can be almost impossible to overcome. If your first post in a new community is "hey gaiz czech out mah n00 narto abridjded comentn nd subscriebe" then you're giving off a bad impression and people are probably going to ignore you. Not only does it make the other members feel put off, but you're also not gaining anything that way.

In the end, we all want the same thing: A community to have fun in and improve with this stupid hobby. No one, not even the moderators, likes being super cereal all the time, but some rules need to be enforced and some practices need to be encouraged so that everyone can enjoy themselves here. So here are some basic guidelines that, while not banworthy, will help you make a good first impression and get the most you can out of our community:

1. Don't be a dick. Don't harass other members, don't tell people to kill themselves on the live show chat, and don't be an instigator.

2. Please make an effort to use correct spelling and grammar. This is the Internet of course, but we're also all over 16. Typing at a minimum 6th grade level shouldn't be a challenge. (submitted by LightningCrabz)

3. Staying on topic is expected and enforced, moreso than on most other forums.

4. Don't post pointless threads and don't make irrelevant posts within a thread. As a corollary, don't misuse Unproductive Bickering to spam.

5. Two topics are usually best left alone: the difference between a MENT and an abridged series, and references. The consensus is that there is no difference between the two, and that references are evil. Unless you can provide a unique and insightful new comment, just let them be.

6. Serious Business is for serious business only. No gag threads whatsoever. If you feel a post is becoming too super cereal, feel free to add some humor to lighten it up, so long as its still on topic.

7. Salad forks are for salads. They are not meant to be use for cutting your steak or eating soup. We have soup forks for that. We call them "spoons."

8. Before posting an audition thread, read the audition guidelines.

And what may be the most important one:

9. Understand that videos are posted on this site to be discussed and critiqued by the members. If a video that you created is met with negative response, try not to see it as a bunch of angry neckbeards trying to shoot you down, but rather fellow creators trying to help you improve. (submitted by LightningCrabz)
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