July 11th, 2005, 06:21 PM
New Forum Rules (and Signature/Avatar/Reputation Guidelines)
The following rules are now effective in the Dev Shed Lounge forum. People found in violation of these rules may find themselves with a warning, temporary or permanent ban.
1. Think before you create threads seeking advice for personal problems.
The Dev Shed Lounge forum has the following description:
Recently, people have been using the lounge to discuss absolutely anything. While this is a lounge and it is not directly related to any programming or computing topic, it is still part of the Dev Shed Forums which is a selection of forums for discussing programming and computing issues.
In the past, the term "anything" has been taken too literally. We want you to use the lounge for relaxing and talking about topics which don't fit elsewhere, but please think before you use this forum to discuss your personal problems. I don't want to single out any particular threads (although we have examples of lots of these), but if you have a personal problem, go and speak with your friends or relatives. While there are some situations when it may be useful to seek opinions from online strangers, are these the types of threads you really want to be posting in a public forum?
2. Please keep political and religious threads to a minimum and keep to reasonable factual discussing.
We don't want to force a rule where all political and religious threads are deleted instantly. Dev Shed is a wonderful international community and people enjoy seeing opinions from different parts of the world, but yet in the past political and religious threads can become off-topic very quickly and progress into flame wars where people with different views get into huge arguments. We are not going to stop people posting these types of threads, but the thread may be edited or removed at the discretion of the moderating team, if things start to get out of hand.
3. No racism, bashing, bandwaggoning, hates, sexism or insults.
All of these cause too many problems and are just not worth it. People can take offence by things you say (even when you don't necessarily mean it) and although the lounge can be more off-topic than elsewhere, it should still be somewhere where people are happy to post without being attacked or insulted by other members.
4. Refrain from becoming too off-topic in lounge threads.
When someone creates a thread in the lounge, they generally have a good reason for doing so - perhaps they want to see the opinions of other members in the forum. If people post in this thread and within a few posts the thread is completely off-topic, discussing something else, it can be very annoying for the original thread starter. Please try to keep threads as on-topic as possible. If you don't have anything useful to say which relates directly to the thread, then don't bother posting.
The moderators do not want to limit too much what types of thread you can create in the lounge. What we really want to focus on is people keeping the threads on-topic. Any off-topic post or thread that has become out of hand before any moderator intervention may be deleted or closed for this reason alone.
Taking "The Milestone Posting Thread" as a prime example where people should feel free to post their milestones and people can congratulate them, but don't start having chit-chat in this thread too.
Obviously, this rule is even more important in forums outside the lounge.
5. Do not post just to try and provoke a response.
Feel free to post in the lounge, but don't post here just so that you can provoke a response from another member of the forums.
6. There are other forums besides the lounge!
Please don't forget that there are lots of other forums besides the lounge. Dev Shed Forums is aimed primarily at helping people solve their programming and computer related problems. By all means feel free to post and relax in the lounge, but at least help contribute elsewhere, by posting in other forums too.
7. Use the shoutbox!
The shoutbox can be used for more off-topic "conversations". Don't feel that everything has to be posted in the lounge.
8. Signature and Avatar Guidelines
Once you have been a member at Dev Shed for 90 days and have 100 posts, you will have the ability to include a signature in your post and upload an avatar to your profile. Your signature will be shown only on your first post on each page of a thread, to avoid clutter.
- Keep your signature and avatar in good taste: no vulgarity, lewd men/women, or profanity.
- If you use an image as your signature, it should be no larger than 486 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. Your avatar will be limited to 100 pixels by 100 pixels.
- Animation should be kept to a minimum and both your signature and avatar shouldn't be too distracting.
- Keep the size of any images in your signature below 50KB. Your avatar will be limited to a size of 14.6KB.
- If you don't want to use an image in your signature, you can have up to six lines of text (with a maximum font size of 2).
- Do not include spam, harrassing links or affiliate links in your signature.
However, we will not object to you posting links to either your personal websites or other commercial projects which you support. This is a privilege which you are allowed as a contributing user.
- Do not create fake signatures. If you are not yet entitled to having a signature (because you have not been here for 90 days or don't have 100 posts) you are not allowed to create a fake signature, where you post the same text or links at the bottom of every post. Your posts may be edited and you may receive a warning.
9. Reputation rules
Reputation should be used to reward users for informative and insightful posts. It should not be used to reward jokes, and pointless trolling.
If you see that someone has been repped multiple times in one post, think hard about repping them again. Go find another user to reward. There are many contributing users to the forum who still have a low reputation.
[Note: Responses to this thread may be deleted and the thread locked, so think hard before posting a response. Do not post a response just to "agree" or apply any reputation to this thread]
Edit: Thread stuck. --Peter
Last edited by codergeek42; July 11th, 2005 at 07:19 PM.
October 11th, 2005, 08:43 PM
Quick links to articles
Quick links to articles / pages will be closed. If you feel the need to post RSS_News_User style news snippets, please do so in the correct forums. If you want to begin a discussion, do not just post "Check out this link, OMG" but provide your opinion and/or commentary.
Comments on this post
Last edited by oneMSBi; November 8th, 2005 at 09:32 AM.
Reason: edited link for outhouse
November 8th, 2005, 09:31 AM
Ok folks.. with the creation of the outhouse, you can now make threads with "quick links", as simon says, in the outhouse.
remember however that the forum is flushed every month and post counts do not apply.
Perfect i believe discussing news type articles.
Last edited by oneMSBi; November 8th, 2005 at 09:35 AM.
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August 19th, 2006, 08:03 PM
What about advertising? I want to advertise my site, but dont know what forum to do it in. Is it even allowed?
August 19th, 2006, 08:52 PM
Yes. Drop by devshed.com, and contact the admins about the costs of advertising on devshed. Anything would be spam, and will be treated as such.
August 19th, 2006, 08:56 PM