How to Get Started :open_book:

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New Forum

We’ve upgraded to a new and improved system with lots of new features, including:

  • posts and private messages update in real time
  • an improved post editor
  • a cleaner, modern interface
  • @-mentions – you can use an @ sign in your post to notify a user
  • email notifications now work
  • emoji support :slight_smile:

Please note that all passwords were reset. You can get a new password by clicking the “I forgot my password” link on the log-in form. Some usernames changed, because the @-mention feature doesn’t work when a username has spaces or certain kinds of punctuation in it.

We’re always looking for feedback and suggestions. You can email us any time at [email protected].

Where is the old forum?

The older content has been migrated into the new system. If you had private messages in the old forum that you want to download, please email [email protected] and we’ll give you a link where you can log in to get them.

How do I customize my forum settings?

Check your user preferences page for a lot of customization options. For example, if you prefer to see a list of forum categories on the home page of the forum instead of a list of latest topics, you can change that in your settings.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

No Spam

In order to solve the spam problem, we have a strict “no self-promotion” rule. Don’t post links to your website/course/app/book or do other self-promotion without checking with the admins first. Self-promoting posts will be removed.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Posting Etiquette

A few basic guidelines:

  • Don’t worry about starting a topic in the wrong category – a moderator can move it later if necessary.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics – people generally don’t like to read the same post multiple times.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • No spam – we have a flat rule about “no self-promotion” (see above)
  • Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.
  • If you want to continue a discussion while changing the topic you can use the “Reply as a Linked Topic” feature.
  • If you ever have questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to let us know: [email protected].

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.


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