Solved Computing.net Rules of Conduct

April 23, 2012 at 10:17:52
Specs: Windows 7, 2.507 GHz / 4095 MB
Computing.net Rules of Conduct
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Thanks for being a part of the Computing.net Community, and remember to have fun! With that in mind, please remember the following guidelines. Most of these are common sense, and they serve to keep the forums useful for everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and support in this, and if you have any suggestions or feedback regarding the Rules of Conduct, please contact a Moderator.

GUIDELINES
Remember these easy to follow guidelines to keep our forum friendly.
• Helping you with a problem begins with you providing system specs and the operation system you are running. Details help to avoid suggestions that may not apply to you.
• Remember to include as many details about your problem as possible. It’s better to provide too much information than too little.
• Avoid using ALL CAPS or excessive punctuation!!!!! It makes your posts harder to read, and takes away from your message.
• Avoid useless posting, such as claiming "first!", or post "In Before the Lock," or posting to bump a post. They waste time and are not constructive.
• Avoid hijacking a topic, and stick to the original conversation. If you think your problem is similar to one described in another thread, feel free to reference it in your own question.
• Keep criticism constructive. Conversely, try to handle any criticism as gracefully as possible; it shows we care.
• Report violators to the Moderation Team by clicking "Report" on the post.
• Identity theft is real - keep your personal information private.
• Remember that no one from Computing.Net’s staff, Tom’s Hardware staff or Moderation Teams will ever ask for your password.
• Remember that any post made to Computing.net will remain unless a moderator or administrator chooses to remove it. While requests for removal are sometimes granted, at no time is Computing.net obligated to remove posts made to the site.

VIOLATIONS
The following are violations of the Computing.net Rules of Conduct:

• Asking for help pirating, cracking passwords, or bypassing copyright protection.
• Posting, promoting or distributing any content that is illegal.
• Promoting or encouraging activity which is illegal such as hacking, cracking, and scamming.
• Harassing, threatening, embarrass or insult other users, including sending unwanted messages attacking race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Ad hominem attacks are not permitted.
• Hate speech. This includes any content that is harmful, abusive, racist, homophobic, sexually explicit, defamatory, infringing, invasive of privacy, or objectionable.
• Disrupting the natural flow of forum discussion through vulgar language, spamming, flooding, or any variant.
• Trolling, defined as knowingly soliciting strong negative responses simply for shock value.
• Posting off-topic posts in inappropriate forums.
• Impersonation.
• Phishing. A moderator will never ask you for your password or personal information.
• Uploading or linking files which contain a virus or malware.
• Making posts to advertise or promote, forward chain letters, pyramid schemes or multi-level marketing programs.
• Attempting to transfer forum accounts. Actions taken by a user on one account may affect all of that user's accounts.

These guidelines may change at the discretion of the Community Manager and Administrators as necessary to foster an environment appropriate to civil discourse. This outline is a basic set of guidelines and does not encompass every foreseeable event, and individual infractions will be dealt with by moderators on a per incident basis. The Community Manager, Administrators and Moderation Team has sole discretion on how to interpret and apply these rules to circumstances and situations, including discipline or exception. The Rules of Conduct also include adherence to Computing.net website Terms of Service.


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April 24, 2012 at 06:06:04
DAVEINCAPS,

I tend to agree with you that, in most cases, reasons for removal are pretty obvious. Also, most things can be left to a moderator's judgement as well. However, you would be surprised how often users who are banned or have their postings removed for what I think are blatantly obvious reasons will contact me and ask "why?" Its always better to have some set of principles in place that I can refer them to without trying to debate if they are I am correct. Further, its always better for moderators to have something to refer back to if they are unsure.

The Lounge is different, and the same set of rules don't apply. It is much more lax and, basically, it'll be my or a moderator's judgement call on what to remove on here.

I do agree that DOS section is a difficult issue when it comes to software. I try to balance it and not always remove if it seems the person is looking to buy, not pirate, the software. Its usually quite hard to tell.

Overall, these rules aren't intended to change anything major on the site, just provide better guidelines for new users. Like you say, the site has been around a long time, so we have a lot of procedures already pretty well sealed up.

Justin

P.S. Joe hasn't replaced me :) Joe is just helping out with the community management of the site. All technical and operational issues are still through me. I am also still overseeing the whole community management.



#1
April 23, 2012 at 16:48:50
Congratulations... every forum listed in the index should have a link to this post so that posters know what is expected from them BEFORE they post.

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#2
April 23, 2012 at 17:46:08
Ewen,

I have updated the page where users post questions to have a link to this posting.

Thanks!
Justin


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#3
April 23, 2012 at 22:39:49
jpishgar,
That is really well done! Those are the qualities that make computing.net the BEST tech site on-line!

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds


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#4
April 24, 2012 at 00:01:43
I guess it's all OK but I wonder, do we need rules for EVERYTHING? There's always been a kind of casual atmosphere here where behavior is guided by the common standards of decent people. We don't need a rule to recognize a jacka** (Really? You're bleeping jacka**?) and when one posts in the responses usually put them in their place. It just all seems a bit much--something a bureaucrat would think up.

Now this jpishgar fellow shows up and I guess he's in charge and Justin's been kicked downstairs (I don't know the politics of it all). He seems like a nice enough fellow but his threads leave the impression that computing.net is a brand new website and he's setting the ground rules or it's been run so bad these last 15-16--whatever--years and he's here to straighten things up. (Not that that's his intention. It may just be me.)

As far as the 'off topic' rule goes, what's wrong with having a little fun to ease the (occasional) monotony of hearing the same problems over and over? Maybe a game of 'fun with typos':

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Or let a thread that's going nowhere develop a life of its own:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

I don't see the problem with that.

Another thing, I understand the rules against requests for downloads to copyright material, piracy, etc. but sometimes I feel the moderators are too quick to remove those threads. Typically in the dos forum people ask for those early versions but I've seen threads removed where the OP merely asks where to find them--they don't even mention looking for a download site. Maybe we should wait for a violation to occur and not anticipate that one is about to happen.

And in the case where the OP innocently (or not so innocently) asks for a download site, just remind him that's not allowed and let the thread stand as it is. It doesn't necessarily need to be removed. Maybe others with the same idea will see it and not start threads with similar requests.

Well, anyway, I didn't mean to offend the new guys. I'm just an old hippie with a general disdain for rules. And I reserve the right to hit the 'edit' button tomorrow when I reread this and say to myself, "what was I thinking when I posted that!"


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#5
April 24, 2012 at 06:06:04
✔ Best Answer
DAVEINCAPS,

I tend to agree with you that, in most cases, reasons for removal are pretty obvious. Also, most things can be left to a moderator's judgement as well. However, you would be surprised how often users who are banned or have their postings removed for what I think are blatantly obvious reasons will contact me and ask "why?" Its always better to have some set of principles in place that I can refer them to without trying to debate if they are I am correct. Further, its always better for moderators to have something to refer back to if they are unsure.

The Lounge is different, and the same set of rules don't apply. It is much more lax and, basically, it'll be my or a moderator's judgement call on what to remove on here.

I do agree that DOS section is a difficult issue when it comes to software. I try to balance it and not always remove if it seems the person is looking to buy, not pirate, the software. Its usually quite hard to tell.

Overall, these rules aren't intended to change anything major on the site, just provide better guidelines for new users. Like you say, the site has been around a long time, so we have a lot of procedures already pretty well sealed up.

Justin

P.S. Joe hasn't replaced me :) Joe is just helping out with the community management of the site. All technical and operational issues are still through me. I am also still overseeing the whole community management.


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#6
April 24, 2012 at 11:34:30
Thanks for the clarification. Things never seem as devious in the light of a new day as they did the evening before.

One thing about having a bunch of written rules is people simply won't read them. For example whenever you want to download drivers from Intel or just about everywhere, a disclaimer page pops up with dozens if not hundreds of lines of text. You're supposed to read that and click 'accept' or 'decline'. Well no one ever reads that stuff. We just want to get the drivers downloaded.

The same thing will happen here if a page of rules pops up when someone is starting a thread. They'll just say 'yeah, yeah, whatever' and then click the button that let's them finish posting.

But I get it.


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#7
April 24, 2012 at 12:56:14
DAVEINCAPS,

Sure, that I agree with... But you still have to have it I'd say, even if people don't read it. That way, there's something they can at least refer back to :)

Justin


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#8
April 24, 2012 at 13:06:18
BTW,

Guys, I'm going to keep this thread clean and clear off the cross-talk among us after I know people have read it. Just an FYI if you see the postings on it disappear!

Justin


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#9
April 24, 2012 at 18:21:02
Justin

Curiosity, is there a list of the moderators somewhere that I still haven't spotted?

Come to think of it, I only unearthed your name and role by some mischance way back. Maybe there should be a list of roles for those who run Computing.Net itself. Perhaps it would be worth adding it to the original post on this thread.

I've assumed it's still OK to help posters - sorry us Brits have a quaint sense of humor.


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#10
April 24, 2012 at 18:41:45
Hey,

Yeah, there is a list of each forums moderators on the bottom of that forum listing page.

Justin


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#11
April 25, 2012 at 07:27:51
Ok thx - I must get some stronger specs.

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#12
April 25, 2012 at 08:09:29
Hey,

No problem! Its not THAT noticeable, but it is there. I wouldn't want it all in the user's face anyway.

Justin


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#13
April 25, 2012 at 15:20:13
To chime in a bit further on what Justin has already said, each moderator has discretion to adjudicate the rules as they see fit - but you'll find that the meaning of the law here is much more important than the letter of it. Computing.net is set up to be a very welcoming, casual place for folks to come in and share questions and answers to their tech issues, and we want to keep it like that.

So no worries, we won't be Stalinizing the threads anytime soon. ;)


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#14
April 25, 2012 at 18:35:03
That's good to know. I don't mind a bouncer out front of Club Computing.Net, just don't change what makes it work.

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#15
April 25, 2012 at 20:46:40
Yeah, it's OK we can keep the dancing girls and the money - they aint on the list.


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#16
April 26, 2012 at 00:02:20
But that karaoke machine has gotta go. . .

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#17
November 9, 2013 at 12:54:12
forgat passwar need new passwar

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#18
November 9, 2013 at 12:58:28
it,s ok sir plz send me settings passwer but new

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#19
November 9, 2013 at 13:05:03
walklanka

I don't know what password you mean, but we don't send any out from this forum

What password do you mean?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#20
November 9, 2013 at 13:37:24
If its for this site try

http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/my...

walklanka

::mike


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#21
November 9, 2013 at 15:11:26
This seems to be his first posting here so can't be sure what password he's talking about.

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#22
November 11, 2013 at 11:53:10
Probably CN login password.

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#23
May 31, 2014 at 01:25:07
Dear Admin Website,

I feel that there must be an option to select "Best Answer" your own post. Kindly consider the suggestion.

Thank you.


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#24
May 31, 2014 at 02:25:43
If a posting is an obvious 'best answer' it's usually recognized as such and someone marks it that way, although occasionally the original poster will feel rushed to select an answer before the problem is resolved. But that usually happens before the best answer selection is open to others and can only be made by the original poster.

If the problem is not resolved the selection of best answer is a matter of opinion and maybe a person is not the best judge of their own posting.


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#25
May 31, 2014 at 07:38:04
xaphar

Do you mean this post?:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Looks like your own answer nailed it so I have marked it Best Answer.

EDIT:
I think the problem we had with that post is that we had no way to know you were installing flash from debug offline until you told us afterwards.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#26
June 9, 2014 at 23:09:08
Dear Admin Website,
I feel that there must be an option to select "Best Answer" your own post. Kindly consider the suggestion.
Thank you.

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#27
June 10, 2014 at 00:39:11
But why??? Obviously my response there was the 'best answer'.

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#28
December 22, 2014 at 07:09:23
The information on computing net the opinions of its user

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