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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jbnbsn99, 27 Sep 2016.

  1. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    We've had a lot of new people join the site recently. Welcome! The more the merrier. The mods were doing some discussion, and we think it would be a good idea to put out of a guideline on how to have a good time on ZooChat.

    1. Be nice. This should be self-explanatory but sadly needs to be explained.
    2. When possible, use correct spelling and grammar. I know there are a lot of non-native English speaks here. My hat is doffed to you for speaking in a second tongue (or third or whatever ordinal). However, we all communicate best when we speak clearest. Google Chrome and Firefox have built-in spell-checkers. Also, I find the Google add-on Grammarly to be highly useful. We do have several English teachers on the site who are more than happy to do some extra grading (not really, no teacher wants extra grading).
    3. Before asking a question, try and find the answer yourself. Sadly, I've noticed this trend in my own teaching. Especially with younger people, they've lost the incentive to search for things on their own. This is a huge site that's been around for years. Please use the search bars at the top right of the screen to look for your answer. Older members do rather get tired of answering the same thing multiple times.
    4. Everyone on the internet gets treated exactly as they act. As this is a faceless medium, no one knows who you are, how old you are, or what you look like. We only know you as you present yourself. If you present yourself professionally, then you will be treated professionally in return.
    5. We welcome everyone and we want everyone to participate. Participating does not mean randomly sharing links to your blog of youtube channel and not doing anything else. In fact, these activities are considered rude acts of self-promotion and are usually deleted. If you want to share things, make sure you are also contributing to the community.

    Remember, we are all here to share and learn. Don't be the troll that gets in the way of that.
     
  2. Nisha

    Nisha Well-Known Member

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    6) Think before posting - hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people read threads and posts on Zoochat. If you wouldn't tell everyone something (ie: strangers, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) then maybe it isn't a good idea to be put it on Zoochat
     
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  3. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

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    7) You are not an expert unless a good number of other people acknowledge that you are. Modesty will get you far more friendly replies and discussions than hubris. And if you don't really know what you are talking about you will be called on it.
     
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  4. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    8) Do not act with aggression when corrected or questioned; nor should you assume that age and alleged experience means you cannot learn something from those younger than yourself. We have members in their teens who interact as equals with members in their fifties or sixties - this is how it should be. Respect is earned here, with no free points given merely because you are a few decades older than the person you disagree with!
     
  5. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    With the new forum in place, it would be a good idea to bring this post back to the forefront.
     
  6. dinosaur50

    dinosaur50 Well-Known Member

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    Ty for telling me on Google add-on Grammarly I love it
     
  7. ZooBinh

    ZooBinh Well-Known Member

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    9) Do not bump old threads. There are many threads that have been inactive for months or even years. If you do not have anything of value to add to the thread, then don't post it. I have seen this with many new members lately. In my case (on this thread), than I am adding value, as I am pointing out some mistakes new members make by not reading the forum rules. If you are updating on a news thread, or updating a project, than it is considered a thing of value, but a random question or statement is considered bumping the thread, which is not adding a thing of value.
     
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  8. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely love the irony here :D. It's one of the funniest things I've read on ZooChat in ages. You seem completely serious about it, and you also clearly have noticed that this thread hasn't been updated in over a year.
     
  9. ZooBinh

    ZooBinh Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, should I thank you, or laugh with you? :rolleyes:
     
  10. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Self-awareness, what is it? :p
     
  11. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    Well if that was a genuine attempt at comedic irony, then well done. You should do dead-pan standup. I suspect not, however.
     
  12. ZooBinh

    ZooBinh Well-Known Member

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    No, I'm good with the comedy, I'm only funny coincidentally...