Forums (both traditional vBulletin style, and Discourse style) are quite different in terms of writing style from other social channels (Facebook, instant messaging like WhatsApp, etc.).
While most of you are already familiar with these concepts, I feel as if it is good to have basic forum etiquette summed up in this post. Here goes!
**This community is a place for civilised public discussion.** By civilised, we mean mature, structured discussion. Forums are organised; topics are divided into categories and threads. Posts within threads offer something *meaningful* to the discussion, such that readers and contributors alike enjoy taking part in these discussions.
**Be agreeable, even when you disagree.** It's inevitable that from time to time, you won't agree with what somebody else posts in this forum. Don't revert to name-calling or other forms of attack on a person just because they have a different perspective to you. Be civilised, offer your perspective and *constructive* comments towards their ideas, but don't criticise people.
**WATCH YOUR TONE!!** Make sure your posts are **well-written** and make sense. Bear in mind, the tone of your message will be interpreted differently by different people. If you use a negative tone or have a badly written post, other users may take your post in the wrong way properly (they might not take it seriously). So in general, avoid:
- screaming caps
- using more than 1 exclamation mark
- really, really long sentences
- titles like the one above :)
Before posting, ask yourself: “Is this really something I would happily hand in to my English teacher?”
This is your forum! Contribute to discussions or start your own to interact with our awesome community. See something that you don’t think belongs here? Flag it, the mod team will handle it appropriately. Got feedback on the forum? Post it in Meta!
If you want to read more, there are some useful tips on this website: http://forum-services-review.toptenreviews.com/25-forum-posting-etiquette-tips.html
Our FAQ also goes over the majority of these topics in more detail: