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Forum Rules (read before posting)

Post#1 by fanthom » 29 Dec 2010, 00:47

I have copied and modified (to match the Porteus background) these great guidelines from the Gentoo forum:

[edit by brokenman]
Any users registering with nonsensical name (E.g sldfghw) will be immediately deleted due to active spam bots.

1. Use common sense - Just because it isn't explicitly stated as one of the rules below doesn't mean it's OK. Use common sense and good etiquette when posting, replying and browsing these forums. This includes the following:
* No posts for the sole purpose of increasing your postcount.
* No "senseless" posts. Yes, this is subjective. As a subjective way to help understand the meaning of this rule, if a coherent conversation cannot be read in the thread, it might be senseless.
* Keep the forums free from SPAM. This means no SPAM posting, no unsolicited messaging. Also, please do not reply to SPAM, just report it.
* No Quote pyramids.

2. Check that your question isn't answered anywhere else - Porteus is documented at

3. Search before posting - Please try to use the search feature on the website prior to starting a new topic regarding a problem you are experiencing. Chances are, due to the rapid growth of the forum, your problem (or a problem similar to it) may have been solved already. By searching prior to posting, you will help yourself by finding a solution sooner, and keep the newer problems in focus.

4. Include logs and tell us what commands were executed. What we want the most are: /var/log/dmesg and /var/log/messages. Use for long and multiple files. Jayflood's 'Porteus System Info' tool can be also very helpful - you can launch it from Kmenu/Lxde menu and receive a lot of useful info about your system straight on the desktop. Remember: nobody can help you if they don't know what's wrong, or what you did to get the error you received. Providing this information will greatly aid others in assisting you, and will allow us to diagnose your problem easier and sooner.

5. Choose a good subject - Do not make your subject say just "Help porteus newbie" -- nobody wants to hear this. Describe your problem briefly in your subject, then you can describe your problem in greater detail in the body of your article. Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer. Avoid "subject says all", etc. A better subject might have been "X Windows crashes whenever I run program foo."

6. Use BBCode tags if you feel you can - tagging helps to make articles more readable. Some additional tips:
* Avoid long lines with no embedded whitespace. Insert spaces or line breaks to allow browsers to wrap text. Horizontal scrolling makes articles hard to read.
* Many visitors do not have wide, high-resolution screens. Remember this when deciding whether a line is "too long."

7. Thank those who help you - If you post a problem and someone helps you, simply replying with a thank you message or an acknowledgment that their suggestions worked are very much appreciated.

8. If your problem has been solved, please add the [Solved] tag to tittle of the thread. It will make it easier to search the forum for working solutions.

9. When you found an answer yourself, please describe how you did it rather than posting: "It's ok now" or "I have found it!"

10. One thread - one topic. In case of having a few issues with Porteus or modules, please start a new thread for each issue.

11. Keep on topic - If you are replying about something to do with iptables for example, and someone mentions a configuration tool that runs in KDE, don't start talking about KDE--stick to the topic. Go start a new topic and post a link to the old one if there is relevant information there.

12. No personal attacks - These forums are not a place for you to take cheap shots at somebody because he/she did something. Do that some place else (or better yet, get over it). You have been warned. Hopefully, this won't be much of a problem here.

13. Illegal activities - Please do not discuss illegal activities, such as cracking software, breaking into web sites, etc. on these forums. While such activities might not be illegal in all countries, this server is hosted in the Canada and, as such, must abide by Canada laws. By allowing discussions about illegal activities to take place on these forums, we may expose the Porteus project to unnecessary legal liability.

14. Cross posting - Please do not post about the same subject multiple times. One thread is sufficient.

15. Multiple accounts - Each person should have only one account.