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Community Rules

The TV3D Community is a place for information exchange, discussion and debate. We have created the following set of Community Rules and Guidelines to foster an environment of shared values, mutual respect and trust.

These apply to user contributions to the discussion forum, articles and documents uploaded to the site and comments added to existing articles published within the site. Truevision3D reserves the right to remove any postings which do not adhere to these guidelines, or take further action if required. (see below)

You are responsible for any content you post. Where it relates to an existing discussion topic or article, ensure that it is relevant and will prove useful to other members taking part.

Keep the content of discussions on the topic of TV3D and related issues.

You are responsible for copyright infringement in your messages. Please do not post copyrighted material in your messages unless you yourself hold the copyright or have received permission from the author.

Please be polite and respectful towards other members of the community, and remember that others may not always share your point of view. Disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. This is a sensitive area and the TV3D Team and/or Community Advisors reserve the right to take action if requested by a community member: remember: your debating style may seem 'excitable' to you but intimidating to others. Any such postings will be removed.

Please do not use TV3D Community for self-promotion. This can take the form of advertisements for your professional services, products etc. or repeated promotion of other websites/blogs/networks etc. We welcome collaboration with other networks but not a series of links to them without direct relevance to the discussion (e.g. repeated linking from comments).

Please remember that many members are not native English speakers; keep you language simple and clear for this sake.

In the unfortunate event of any member abusing the community in any of the ways above, the TV3D Team and/or Community Advisors reserve the right to remove or edit postings. The author (of the article to which the comments are made) and commenter will be notified by the editor or community steward. If members continue to behave in an unsuitable manner, they are liable to being barred from the community for two weeks or longer.

Netiquette

What does netiquette mean?
Netiquette stands for Network etiquette which is a guideline for good manners in network communication and behaviour. Here are our recommendations.

1. One-to-One Communication
We define one-to-one communications as those in which a person is communicating with another person as if face-to-face: a dialog. In general, rules of common courtesy for interaction with people should be in force for any situation and on the Internet it's doubly important where, for example, body language and tone of voice must be inferred.

1.1. Respect the copyright on material that you reproduce. Almost every country has copyright laws. (included in community rules)

1.2. If you are forwarding or re-posting a message you've received, do not change the wording. If the message was a personal message to you and you are re-posting to a group, you should ask permission first. You may shorten the message and quote only relevant parts, but be sure you give proper attribution.

1.3. A good rule of thumb: Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive. You should not send heated messages (we call these "flames") even if you are provoked. On the other hand, you shouldn't be surprised if you get flamed and it's prudent not to respond to flames.

1.4. Wait overnight to send emotional responses to messages. If you have really strong feelings about a subject, indicate it e.g. via FLAME ON/OFF enclosures. For example: FLAME ON: This type of argument is not worth the bandwidth it takes to send it. It's illogical and poorly reasoned. The rest of the world agrees with me. FLAME OFF

1.5. Be brief without being overly terse. When replying to a message, include enough original material to be understood but no more. It is extremely bad form to simply reply to a message by including all the previous message: edit out all the irrelevant material.

1.6. Don't send large amounts of unsolicited information to people.

2. One-to-Many Communication (comments on articles, discussions)
Any time you engage in One-to-Many communications, all the rules for mail should also apply. After all, communicating with many people via one mail message or post is quite analogous to communicating with one person with the exception of possibly offending a great many more people than in one-to-one communication. Therefore, it's quite important to know as much as you can about the audience of your message.

2.1. Consider that a large audience will see your posts. That may include your present or your next boss. Take care in what you write. Remember too, that mailing lists and discussion boards are frequently archived, and that your words may be stored for a very long time in a place to which many people have access.

2.2. Messages and articles should be brief and to the point. Don't wander off-topic, don't ramble and don't send mail or post messages solely to point out other people's errors in typing or spelling.

2.3. If you are sending a reply to a message or a posting be sure you summarize the original at the top of the message, or include just enough text of the original to give a context. This will make sure readers understand when they start to read your response.

2.4. If you should find yourself in a disagreement with one person, make your responses to each other via mail rather than continue to send messages to the list or the group. If you are debating a point on which the group might have some interest, you may summarize for them later.

2.5. Don't get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary material.

2.6. Avoid sending messages or posting articles which are no more than gratuitous replies to replies.

2.7. Read all of a discussion in progress (we call this a thread) before posting replies. Avoid posting "Me Too" messages, where content is limited to agreement with previous posts. Content of a follow-up post should exceed quoted content.

This netiquette document is based on RFC 1855.
There is also a good definition by Wikipedia available with some links to more resources.