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Forum rules, please read before post

Carriots forums are intended to provide a warm, friendly atmosphere for the Cariots community. In order to maintain order and a sense of community, all users should read and follow these conditions. By participating in the forum, users are affirming their willingness to comply with these terms. This memorandum has been created to provide you with information about what you can expect here, what is expected of you, and to answer some questions you may have in your use of the Carriots forums.

 

Terms of Service

 

We would like to direct your attention to the Carriots  Terms of  Service and Condition and Privacy Policy Use Agreement, particularly Section Blog and forum. It tells you what:

  • you can and cannot do on the forums.
  • the moderators can do to regulate the forums.
  • procedures may be put in place by CCP.

 

Rules of Conduct

 

  • You must have an active Carriots account to post on our forums. Your forum account is linked to your subscription to the Carriots service. If you are suspended or banned from the platform, you will not be able to post.
  • Be respectful of others at all times. The purpose of the forum is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. Occasionally, there will be conflicts that arise when people voice opinions. Be courteous when disagreeing with others. It is possible to disagree without being insulting.
  • Do not cross post questions. Please refrain from posting the same question in several forums. There is normally one forum which is most suitable in which to post your question. If you're not sure where to post, ask a moderator first.
  • Ranting is prohibited. A rant is a long-winded, redundant post, often filled with angry, non-constructive comments. A free exchange of ideas is essential to building a strong sense of community and helpful in the development of the game, but rants are disruptive and incite flaming and trolling. Please post your thoughts in a concise, clear manner and avoid going off on rambling tangents.
  • Personal attacks are prohibited. Commonly known as flaming, personal attacks are posts that are designed to personally berate or insult another. Text of this nature is not beneficial to the community spirit and will not be tolerated.
  • Trolling is prohibited. Trolling is the word used to describe a post that is deliberately designed for the purpose of angering and insulting other users. Posts of this nature are disruptive and do not contribute to the sense of community we want for our forums.
  • No posting of personal information. Please respect the privacy of other Carriots users and do not give out information such as phone numbers and addresses.
  • Private communication between the moderators and administrators of the forum and the forum users is not to be made public on these forums or by any other venue. You are not permitted to publicize any private correspondence (including petitions) received from any of the aforementioned.
  • Warnings and bans are not to be discussed on the forum. Such matters shall remain private between Carritos and the user. Questions or comments concerning warnings and bans will be conveyed through e-mail or private messaging. Likewise, discussions regarding moderator actions are not permitted on the forum. If you have questions regarding a post or thread, please file a petition.
  • Immediate banning from the forum can result from any of the following: The posting of pornography; discriminatory remarks which are sexually explicit, harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive; excessive obscene or vulgar language; posts which discuss or illustrate illegal activity; providing links to sites that contain any of the aforementioned.
  • Spamming, bumping and pyramid quoting are prohibited. Spam is defined as the repetitive posting of the same topic or text or nonsensical posts that have no substance and are often designed to annoy other forum users. Bumping posts in order to keep them near the top of the list is also prohibited. Petitions or "/signed" posts are a version of bumping and likewise are not permitted. Pyramid quoting is a response to a forum thread that contains the quotes of four or more previous posters, sometimes with additional spaces added unnecessarily. Posts of this nature are not conducive to community spirit and are unwelcome.
  • Redundant threads will be deleted. As a courtesy to others before beginning a new thread, please look to see if an active thread on that topic has already been established. If so, place your comments there instead. Multiple threads on the same subject clutter up the forum needlessly and many good ideas may be lost. Keep discussions about one topic to one thread only.
  • Impersonating another forum user, moderator, volunteer, administrator or Carriots employee is strictly prohibited. You are expressly forbidden from impersonating anyone else, including those named above, on the forum or in the blog. This includes suggesting that Carriots or volunteers will perform a task for you.
  • Avoid using profanity. Using partial masking (such as asterisks or punctuation marks) to bypass the profanity filter is prohibited and will result in the same action as if the actual word had been typed.
  • Post constructively. Negative feedback can be very useful, provided that it is presented in a civil, factual manner. Tell us what you don't like and why and how you feel it could be improved. Posts that are not constructive, insulting or rude may be deleted, no matter how valid the ideas behind them may be.
  • Reopening a locked thread by creating a new one is not allowed. Recreating or reopening a thread that has been closed by a moderator is prohibited. Threads that have been closed by a moderator have been closed for the benefit of the community. Reopening a locked thread will result in its removal.
  • Ban evasion is not allowed. Forum bans are enacted when a user grossly violates forum rules. While they are rarely executed, they are done with the community‚Äôs interest in mind. Attempts to bypass a ban will result in additional ban(s) and may result in a permanent ban of your forum account(s).
  • Disputes which cannot be resolved between forum users and moderators may be arbitrated by the forum administrators. To discuss problems or concerns, please file a petition.
  • Please use English when posting on the forums. Please use English when posting on the forums as a courtesy to other users unless the forum channel is specifically created for discussions in another language.
  • Do not create posts which may distort or stretch the forum layout. This includes posting images, ASCII art, signature files which are too wide or high, creating user names of an inappropriate length, pyramid posting, or any other activity which may alter the default layout of the forums. These posts will be deleted, and your forum account may be at risk for temporary or permanent banning.
  • Rumor threads and posts. Rumor threads and posts which are based off no actual information and are designed to either troll or annoy other users will be locked and removed. Users who engage in these type of threads can expect to receive a warning and ban.

 

Signature and Avatar Guidelines

 

One of the perks of continued membership is having a custom signature for your posts. The contents of your signature must be acceptable for our community, and shall not contain any profanity, vulgarity, or insults/disparaging comments to our community or its members. In addition, comments and/or links  that represent direct competition are not allowed.

 

  • Keep your signature and avatar in good taste, the contents of your signature must be acceptable for the community: no vulgarity, lewd men/women, profanity or insults to other community members.
  • If you use an image as your signature, it should be no larger than 486 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. Your avatar will be limited to 100 pixels by 100 pixels.
  • Animation should be kept to a minimum and both your signature and avatar shouldn't be too distracting.
  • Keep the size of any images in your signature below 50KB.
  • Do not include spam, harassing links or affiliate links in your signature. However, we will not object to you posting links to either your personal websites or other commercial projects that you support. This is a privilege, which you are allowed as a contributing user.
  • Do not create fake signatures. Your posts may be edited and you may receive a warning.

 

Any signature violating these rules will be considered spam. The signature will be deleted and our moderators will address the offending member.

 

General Posting Guidelines

 

USE SEARCH FIRST!

 

Use the forum's search feature first to see if there are already some good threads on the subject. It's easy to search - just use the "Search" feature at the top right of the page.

 

BE DESCRIPTIVE WITH ERRORS

 

We cannot possibly help you if you simply post a thread, copy and paste your JSON or Groovy script and say "it has errors what's wrong with it?". Keep this in mind:

 

1. Explain what you are doing (or what it's supposed to do).

2. Explain what exactly the error is.

3. Remember that you know a lot more about your situation than we do. Don't assume we know just what it does.

 

DON'T USE STUPID TOPIC NAMES

 

Post a descriptive topic name! Give a short summary of your topic IN THE SUBJECT. Don't use attention-getting subjects. They don't get attention. They repel attention and annoy people.

 

Here's a great list of topic subjects YOU SHOULD NOT POST (thanks devshed):

 

1) Help me

2) Hello

3) You must know the answer

4) Please help this female newbie

5) Something wrong

6) Come on IoT gurus

7) This one for you

8) Just wondering

9) This is too complicated for me

10) possible?

11) Very urgent

12) I have a question

13) Stupid question

14) Newbie needs help

15) pulling my hair out

16) this is driving me nuts

 

Generally ANYTHING similar to those is unacceptable. Just post your subject.

 

IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THE ADVICE, DON'T ASK FOR HELP.

 

Often times, people post questions about their projects with the wrong mindset from the very beginning. Soon they are receiving replies, and silently debugging their code, making no effort to even acknowledge the people helping them! It becomes one sided, and the poster isn't aware that many of the people helping them hope to learn something as well! Letting people know of your progress and how their suggestions apply (or do not apply) will not only help you figure out your problem quicker, but you'll be returning the favor to those of us who learn more by helping.

 

In even worse scenarios, sometimes the poster will argue back even when they don't know what they're talking about. Hey - if you know it all, don't ask for help.

 

When people give you free advice that may solve your problem, by all means, try it out! And if it's not what you need, at least thank them.

 

And if people post solutions that is over your head, ask them for an explanation.

The solution you are given may not always be something you are totally familiar with, so just ask for a better explanation!

 

REMEMBER WHEN PEOPLE HELP YOU, THEY ARE DOING YOU A FAVOR

 

Regardless of how big your ego is, it is NOT someone else's privilege to debug your project. It is not their privilege to have them help you. It is YOURS. Remember that when people help you they are doing YOU a favor. Be patient, help people out by posting good descriptions of what you need help with.

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