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Introduction
READ ME FIRST before posting on Programming Forums. Remember, our rules and policies may differ from those of other online communities you may already be familiar with so never assume anything. Please note that all infractions are handled at moderator's discretion. To get the most out of Programming Forums, or any other online community, a very good read is How to Ask Questions the Smart Way by Eric Raymond and Rick Moen. Please note that rules are subject to change at anytime without prior notification, so check back here often.

Search First
Chances are, if you have a question, someone else has the same question. More importantly, the answer is probably somewhere out there already if you just take a minute to look. Before posting your question, always search first! Search Google. Search Programming Forums. Doing so can help save hours of time wasted by constantly answering the same questions multiple times.

Infraction System
Our rules are enforced by our team of moderators, super moderators, and administrators via a user infraction system. When a member is given an infraction, they accrue points which remain on their record for a time period. 10 or more infraction points will result in an auto-ban from Programming Forums effective until the number of active points falls below 10.

Keep It Organized
Please help us to keep the site organized by taking the extra minute to make sure you are posting in the correct place. Misplaced threads can cost moderators hours of their time moving threads to where they should have been posted to begin with.

Don't be lazy when it comes to doing your own schoolwork. Do not post homework problems expecting a quick answer - doing so is an invitation to getting flamed. However, if you take the time to show effort and ask a specific question about your homework that is confusing you, we will be more than happy to help you learn. For easy readability, always wrap programming code within posts in [code] and [icode] tags. If you don't do it, moderators will have to do it for you, and that leads to grumpy mods.

Use [bbcode] to style your post only when it is necessary to the comprehension of your post. Avoid using an excessive amount of [bbcode] just to draw more attention to your post. In fact, when every other word is a different color, it is actually an invitation to skip over it because it's too hard to read.

Do not post threads with generic subjects such as "HELP ME" or "PROBLEM". Instead, clearly state a phrase describing the problem as the thread's title. Do not flood the forum by posting the same question more than once (ie in multiple forums). Do not piggyback threads (aka "hijack" threads) by posting your question as a reply to another question. All of these things lead to lots of extra work for the moderation team just to keep things organized and enjoyable for the rest of us.

What Will Happen: The offending post or thread will be moved or renamed and exact duplicates deleted.
First offense: Member will be warned via user infraction system. Warning will be documented.
Second offense: 2 point infraction will remain on user's record for 1 month.

Keep It On The Site
Do not post asking for an answer to be sent to you via email or PM. Problems and their responses assist others who read them. Please do not email or PM forum staff with your support questions.

Whenever possible, include images as attached files instead of using the [img] tag to host them on third party servers. What inevitably happens is the files eventually get deleted and you're left with broken images. Do not manually post "fake" signatures in your posts. Instead, you may create a sitewide signature within the user control panel. Posts must contain actual content and substance and cannot simply be external links.

What will happen: Emails, fake signatures, and personal information will be snipped out of offending post.
First offense: Member will be warned via user infraction system. Warning will be documented.
Second offense: 2 point infraction will remain on user's record for 3 months.

Keep It Spam Free
Do not spam, advertise, plug your website, or engage in any other type of promotion of your own website or a website you are affiliated with. Do not try to be sneaky about it - I have been in the Internet marketing business for three years and I can tell when someone is affiliated with a webpage they link to. Self-promotion links are permitted within forum signatures provided they do not contradict with any other sitewide rules, such as inappropriate language or content.

What will happen: The offending unsolicited post will be deleted (or plugged URLs snipped).
First offense: 5 point infraction will remain on user's record for 3 months.

Keep It Clean
All posts are strongly encouraged to be in full-sentence English. Please do not use "leet" speak or "chatroom" speak. It makes what you're saying hard to understand, especially for those of us who aren't native English speakers.

Mature language and concepts are therefore acceptable to the point that would be acceptable on daytime family television, but offensive postings are not. (If it can't be said without a doubt on Jerry Springer or The Simpsons, then it shouldn't be said here ... but those shows fall near the borderline.) To ensure that standards are maintained we have implemented a filter that will edit out inappropriate language in your postings. However, common sense should prevail and if you are unsure if a word is acceptable or not, please don’t post it. It is prohibited to use alternative characters in an attempt to circumvent the bad words filter.

What will happen: Offensive material will be snipped out of offending post or censored by bad words filter.
First offense: Member will be warned via user infraction system. Warning will be documented.
Second offense: 5 point infraction will remain on user's record for 3 months.

Keep It Pleasant
Do not troll by posting anything with malicious intent against another member (including, but not limited to, racist, sexist or religiously prejudiced remarks).

What will happen: Very derogatory posts will be deleted. Flame war threads will be locked.
First offense: Member will be warned via user infraction system. Warning will be documented.
Second offense: 5 point infraction will remain on user's record for 6 months.

Keep It Legal
Keep it clean and do not post pornographic material or link to it. In addition, do not post anything warez related or related to other illegal acts. Discussion related to hacking is prohibited as there is a fine line between legal hacking and unwittingly assisting someone out there in Internet land with committing a criminal act.

What will happen: The offending post will be deleted and legal authorities may be contacted.
First offense: 5 point infraction will remain on user's record for 6 months.




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