Consider whether each message you post is actually worth posting. This does not mean that every post has to be dead-pan serious, but that a balance needs to be struck. Having a high post-count doesn't necessarily mean you have a lot to say!
Write in English
RIBnet is an English language site. Occasional asides in other languages aren't a problem, but are generally unhelpful for most of the other users. You're not going to be marked for spelling and grammar (although you can spell check your messages now!), but txt spk isn't appreciated.
Make sure that what you post is correct
If you make a statement of fact, be prepared to back it up with some evidence. If you are stating an opinion, please make this clear and be prepared for others to disagree with you. Whatever happens, please remain calm and polite at all times.
RIBnet is a friendly group of like minded people. If someone posts something that you disagree with, then by all means say so but do it politely and rationally. It is also helpful to say why you disagree. If you have to resort to abuse then you have clearly lost the argument! Personal attacks and abuse will not be tolerated and may lead to a suspension of posting rights, or in extreme cases an outright ban. Threats of physical violence, either explicit or implied, are not acceptable on RIBnet.
Don't upload irrelevant attachments
Image attachments are welcome where they are interesting or useful. Generic pictures and clip art do not fall into either category.
Use the archive
There is a massive archive of information in the RIBnet forums, and it is all searchable. If you have a question please take the time to search the archive and read previous discussions on the subject before you post.
Use the Private Message system
Please avoid using the forums for personal conversations or two-way discussions that will only be of interest to the two people taking part. The PM system is there for you to use!
- Blatant advertising outside the "Trade announcements and special offers" section
- Repetitive posting of the same information
- Unsubstantiated claims or wild marketing hype
- Creating "spoof" users to promote your product
- Generic adverts in the "RIBs for sale" forum
If you use the forums to promote your business or products you are required to join as a Trade Member. Any posts that are deemed to be unsuitable will be removed, and repeat offenders may have their account suspended.
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