Black People : How to Behave on An Internet Forum

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Internet forums are either a brilliant community where you can meet and chat with new, interesting people, or full of scornful idiots who deserve to be banned from The Net in its entirety. This film explains some of the common mistakes people make in forums, which makes them the sort of loathsome fool no one wants to know.

    1. Step 1: Flame Wars

      By-and-large, the trouble with The Internet, and forums in particular, is that everyone gets to be anonymous. That essentially gives them free reign to be as snooty and argumentative as they like. A ‘troll' posts deliberately controversial or annoying messages for the specific purpose of getting a rise out of people and initiating a hate-filled and overly-argumentative thread. The appropriate course of action is simply not to respond. Don't feed the troll.

    2. Step 2: Godwin's Law

      Godwin's Law states that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”What that means in real terms is that sooner or later someone involved in a forum argument will be likened to a Nazi, or displaying Hitler-like tendencies. Please note that if you're the one invoking Godwin's Law and likening someone to a Nazi, you've immediately lost the argument because it's such a lame-a** low blow

    3. Step 4: Teenagers

      Sadly, teenagers are allowed on The Internet too. They have funny ways of spelling and don't understand that proper grownups don't want to put up with their pubescent attempts at ‘humour'. There's nothing you can do about Teenagers on The Internet, you'll just have to learn to circumnavigate them. Not all teenagers are evil, mind. Just most of them.

    4. Step 5: Post Count

      Every time you post, your post count goes up by one. Some people seem to think that the higher the post count, the more worthy and valuable they are to society at large. Frankly, the exact opposite seems to be the case; posting just to up your count is insanely annoying, so make sure all your messages add to a discussion in some way. If you're replying in a thread, make sure what you're writing is funny, interesting or funny and interesting. “yeh i agree lol” is not, in any way, shape or form, a valid reply, ever.

    5. Step 6: Respect the Admins

      It's their website, and they can do whatever the hell they like with it. You're a guest, and hassling them about how they run things is akin to going round your Auntie's house and curling one out in her tea-pot.

    6. Step 7: DON'T USE ALL CAPS IN YOUR POST

      EVER. ‘Shouting' through the written word is pointless and annoying, clearly.

    7. Step 8: Lurk Before Posting

      Don't just jump in to the forums spouting off reams and reams your amazing knowledge of the intricacies of White Supremacy. Lurk around a bit first and read some threads to see whether or not that's even remotely the sort of thing people there would be interested in.

    8. Step 9: Keep On Topic

      Don't derail the topic and start talking about something else entirely. Make a new thread if you absolutely must.

    9. Step 10: Picture Etiquette

      Don't post massive pictures that are wider than most peoples' screens. What's more, don't post massive pictures of filthy grotty porn or anything in case people are at work. Not even the most ardent heterosexual likes looking at boobies when sat near their boss. It's enough to put them off for life.

    10. Step 11: NSFW

      What's more, make sure you mark any risqué links as Not Safe For Work, just in case, and make sure doing so is in keeping with the forum's tone.By and large, just remember to be excellent to each other. Be all civil and pleasant. Keep your tongue firmly in your cheek and get a nice thick skin.BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!It turns out there's even more annoying stuff people do that we simply couldn't squeeze into the film...

    11. Step 12: Signatures

      ...should be small and tasteful. Massive graphics plugging something you're selling are a right royal no-no.

    12. Step 13: Avatars

      Your profile pic is how people picture you, so choose something good-looking, funny or interesting. Pretty much anything goes, just make sure it isn't ugly or annoying and fits with the tone of the forum.

    13. Step 14: Gravedigging

      Old threads are old for a reason, and that reason is that noone's interested in discussing that anymore. Unless you've got an outrageously good reason to do so, leave dead threads to Rest in Peace.

    14. Step 15: Drama

      Used properly, The Internet can be a tool for good. If used for overblown, melodramatic weepy nonsense, it's ruined and needs to be scrubbed clean. Learn to relax and take everything in your stride. Noone's on The Internet to get all stressed and angsty, we're all just here for a good time. So leave all your haughty drivel at the door.

    15. Step 16: Smilies

      If used sparingly a smiley can emphasise a point: sarcasm comes across extremely poorly in forums – almost dangerously so. A quick winky will sort that. Reams and reams of extravagant animated smileys performing all manner of wacky acts are annoying, and are the sort of thing your mum would do, were she able to use a computer.

    16. Step 17: Read the FAQ and Forum Rules

      Because they'll tell you how the community there likes people to act. They're there for a reason.
    Source: http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-behave-on-an-internet-forum

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  2. Clyde C Coger Jr

    Clyde C Coger Jr going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,

    .......Knowledge is most useful and works better when applied.

    Peace In,

     
  3. Angela22

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    People should always act in forums much how people should act in real life; polite, humble, welcoming! Not rude, arrogant, nor offensive.

    I think much of these rules would help to reign in some outrage if, like Clyde said, they be applied.
     
  4. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    HA! Well, I aint called tha "Thread-ologist" for nuthin! lol

    I'm always in the "archives."

    But, lately, I think Sister Angela22 has me beat! lol

    Nothing wrong with some older threads being bumped up which are often renewed by fresher voices or more recent events which apply.
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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  6. Angela22

    Angela22 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I agree; only certain ones should be left rusted over. XD

    Thread-ologist? New term to me! Should I be calling you Dr. cherryblossom???
     
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    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    this should be a sticky…..
     
  8. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    No, I was labeled ( I prefer "bestowed") :D with the name "Thread-ologist" by info-moetry several years ago; and I have since striven to live up to it. lol

    Now, yes, Info meant it as an insult; but I embraced it!

    .....like how the followers of Jesus were "first called 'Christians' in Antioch," it was originally meant derisively; but, today, "Christians" use the term universally to denote our faith and relationship with the Holy Trinity.




    But, again, here lately, YOU've been giving me lotsa competition! :spank:


    I'm just kiddin' with ya. :p
     
  9. Angela22

    Angela22 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    LOL, I guess I have been, huh? :lol:

    Awww, how can one mean that as an insult? Nothing wrong with bringing up a little old school talkin'. Well, they ain't that old school, but some of these topics are new to new comers! Gotta let them have a crack at it. lol With us going double time, I'm surprised we haven't reviewed every topic five times over.
     
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    Not yet!.... But, WE can work on it! :toast: :lol:
     
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