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∑ Read through threads that were started within last few weeks. If itís really busy board, you may not have to read that far back, just be sure you get a feel for climate of board. Don't consider posting anything until you've at least done that.
∑ If you have a specific question, find search feature and use it. More than likely you will find answer to your question. If your question involves trends or a timely issue, consider what you found in archives, learn from it, and then reframe your question so you get answers that are more current.
∑ NEVER, NEVER, NEVER advertise unless section of board you are posting in is specifically for advertising. Often there is a section reserved for advertising, look for that section and if it doesnít exist, then you cannot advertise on that board.
∑ Using a sig line with your name is normally okay, however, it's best to check rules and guidelines for posting before using one.
∑ Always remember, it's better to say nothing than to say something mean.
∑ And along those lines, if someone says something mean about you and you feel you must defend yourself, do not do so immediately. Write what you want to say in a text document on your own computer (not on messageboard) and wait until next day to read it. Sugar is always better than vinegar. If you run a business, consider that your customers may happen across messageboard and you wouldn't want your company name immortalized by something you said in a tiff. Actually, you might find it would be petty to even respond, be bigger person.
Now that you know there are rules and courtesies to consider, go out and find a messageboard that discusses a topic that interests you. Enjoy and learn from diversity youíll find there, just remember to play nicely.
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