A few guidelines about posting on ANY forum.
1. Read the rules and make sure you adhere to them. No-one like rules, but the company/member has provided a free service to members and one should respect that certain rules are put in place to keep the place functional.
2. Respect other members. Not everyone lives by your rules and different people have different opinions on a particular subject. Say you say without being too forceful, and try avoid blatently picking on certain people/organisations. If you have a problem with anyone on the forums, PM them and try to resolve it that way, rather than flaming that person via online forums.
3. Flaming and baiting should be avoided. Most forums try to provide a useful database of problems and/or solutions, so unessary posts which are created for flaming should be avoided. If there is a flame section, by all means - rant!
4. Try to get to know what you can do in the forum, like editing posts, deleting them or using the features provided by the forums. Double posting should be avoided where possible and one should edit the post, unless you are quoting from other posts.
5. One liners and smilies are not decent posts and do not contribute to a good post. If someone asks a question, try and give a decent answer. If the question is about eg: an nVidia card, don't suggest an ATi (or say the problem is an nVidia card itself) - try and HELP with what the guy has, unless the question is specifically asking for a replacement card.
6. If you want to post something, don't be lazy - READ the whole post (at least read the last 5 - 10 posts) so you won't be suggesting something someone already has.
7. If you answer a question, post your reasons as to why you think your answer is correct. ie: if you recommend hardware, say why and try provide a link.
8. Posting large images are inconsiderate. Rather post a URL and let those who want to see it, click on the link. Not everyone has ADSL/Cable and big images can kill modem users bandwidth. Be considerate!
9. Post decent titles! Clearly state the title of your post. Help, Problem, etc are no good - something like 'Problem with ATI 9800 XT Drivers' is better and gives people a better idea of what help you need (or at least give an idea of what the post is about)
10. Most forums are used by people from all over the world. Don't diss someone for bad spelling or post racial comments. Everyone can help from all countries - so learn from everyone.
11. Posting mindless stuff to increase your post count is lame. If you post good content and reply with good content, it's never a bad thing. Posting mindless stuff is not a bad thing all the time (one needs to be able to discuss some mindless stuff from time to time, but do remember the reason for the specific forum - normally there is a main reason for it's existance )
12. Be yourself - don't try and be someone you are not! If you only have an old PC whilst others have the latest and greatest, it's not a big deal. You have something they have not got There's nothing worse with someone who claims to know it all, or someone who is always 1 better than the next person. Chill, relax and be yourself, that way you get the best experience.
13. Multiple posts of the same content under diffferent threads is a no go. If you are uncertain as to which section to post it - post it in the general section (if there is one) or the bussiest thread that seems to be the most appropriate. Admins will move it to the correct forum and leave a link to the origional post (if appropriate)
14. Patience! if you have posted something and are hoping for an answer - it will come! Someone WILL answer - it is very seldom that you find unattended posts unanswered (almost non-existant). There is no need to bump a fresh post (within 24 hours at least!
15. If you see someone new, and they post something without conforming to the rules, an Admin is always near, so we will definately help them out! Feel free to help others, as long as it's done in a decent manner! (there's always some good folk who help out anyway)
16. Don't hijack someones thread! A little wondering is not such a big problem, but one should generally stick to the topic - if you wish to discuss something else, start a new thread and post a link if required.
This is just a guide, and hopefully it will not grow too long. Common sense is the key - many people use forums and everyone has a right to enjoy their time in them. Remember that you are not all knowing and there are many people you can learn something from!
Let me know what you guys think. Once I have a more final version, I will post it int the guides section. This is my own idea of posting, so if you object with anything - let me know too - my opinions won't reflect all of yours!
The opinions expressed above do not represent those of Advanced Micro Devices or any of their affiliates.