Forum Etiquette

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Forum Etiquette

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Forum etiquette (sometimes called “Netiquette”) refers to a code of conduct for use in forum postings. If you mind your manners in the following ways, you and your peers on the forum will get along fine.

1. Search the forum before starting a new topic. Before creating a new topic, you can use our search function to scan the forum and see if a similar topic already exists. In many cases, you will uncover more information by reading previous posts than by starting a new topic. The reason for this is simple: people don’t like repeating themselves.

2. Think before you post. Ask yourself these questions:

• Has my question/request/information already been asked/expressed?
• Am I adding anything new/significant to the topic? Is it related to the topic?
• Is this something I want to include in a public, possibly permanent, forum?

3. Post clearly. Ambiguous questions can lead to no response, leaving the poster discouraged. Instead, make sure to provide as much essential information as is necessary to get your point/question across.

4. Reread your post. You should check your post for spelling, grammar, and tone.

5. Check your tone of voice. With few exceptions, forum tone should be neutral. Since computers can’t portray the inflection or tone in a person’s voice, how you word your post directly affects how people will respond.
Avoid using all capital letters. THIS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING.

6. Use an informative subject heading. The subject line of a post is what will first attract people to read it. If it’s vague, confusing, inflammatory, or doesn’t describe what’s contained within, no one will read it or respond and chances are it will be removed.

Good subject: Notating vs. Sequencing in Overture
Good subject: How do I Enter Multiple Voices on a Track?
Bad subject: Overture Sucks!!!
Bad subject: I want to set up 16 tracks of different instruments but can’t figure out how all the tracks and staves are supposed to be configured when opening the library panel on the side or when inserting a track from the drop-down menu.

7. Don’t crosspost. If you haven’t gotten a response to your post, don’t repost it across multiple forums. Instead, try to be patient.

8. Trim signatures. Signatures are common at the end of posts. They can include a small picture, quote, your computer specifications, or song lyrics. Ideally, something that represents you in some way.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your signature under four lines. Anything more will compete with the content of your post and compromise the readability of the bulletin board.

9. Not sure? Get permission. If you have a post, video, music, or pictures that you’d like to share but aren’t sure if it's appropriate for the forum, simply request permission from an administrator for further clarity.

10. Quote sparingly. Quote brief excerpts from previous posts, enough to orient the reader only.
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