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Title: Reminders
Post by: Major Wood on January 25, 2010, 12:50:12 am
I have a few things I want to remind all of you. These are things that have gotten a little lax around here. I want to bring it back and keep Zebra Huddle the best place for roller derby refs to discuss roller derby.

Appropriate posts - One of the things that I try to achieve on Zebra Huddle is high quality, useful discussion. Please keep that in mind when posting. Try to make sure that new topics that you post are asking relevant questions, or providing useful information. Threads that are just jokes, or don't provide for useful discussion make the forum more difficult to weed through. I don't want to alienate people who are just here to learn.

Spelling and grammar - I've seen a lot of posts lately that have been difficult to read due to spelling and grammar errors. I don't want to be the spelling/grammar police, but it is important. We have some people on this forum that can't claim English as their native language. While they quite possibly speak better English than many of us here do, it is surely difficult to decipher posts that have bad spelling, poor grammar and improper punctuation.

Signatures - Please put your information in your signature, so we all know where you are from and what you do.

Thanks for your cooperation.

-Major Wood
Title: Re: Reminders
Post by: Bishop on January 11, 2011, 03:24:43 pm
 
It's a new year, are there any reminders you'd like to share with us?

One thing that's been on my mind of late is that it's possible to disagree without being disagreeable.
Title: Re: Reminders
Post by: Major Wood on January 11, 2011, 08:55:02 pm

It's a new year, are there any reminders you'd like to share with us?

One thing that's been on my mind of late is that it's possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

Yes, thanks for reminding me that I need to tell people a few things regarding decorum on here.

Your point is a good one. It's fine to have disagreements on here, it will happen, constantly. However, please do so respectfully. There is a big difference between debating, arguing and fighting. There is absolutely no place for the latter here.

Read more, post less. While it's great that Zebra Huddle is very active, Zebra Huddle is less useful if there are a lot of posts with little value. So think about what you are posting and be sure that it adds to the conversation. Twenty people in a row saying the same thing in a different way is unnecessary. It also makes searching difficult.

Speaking of which, remember to search before posting. There is a link to the search function in the top menu bar of Zebra Huddle. Also, you can find instructions here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=843.0) for how to add a Zebra Huddle search function to your web browser.

Lastly, consider your experience compared to those who you are replying to. This goes both ways. If you are fairly new and are posting something that is in contradiction with someone who has worked 100+ bouts, think critically about your post to be sure that you are making valid points. Very experienced refs aren't always right, but have seen and discussed many of these things before. Likewise, if you are very experienced, make sure you don't assume that everyone knows the history behind certain things, or that someone doesn't have what it takes just because they are new to this.

That's all I've got for now.
Title: Re: Reminders
Post by: Bishop on April 06, 2011, 08:50:30 pm
Today I had this dilemma : Start a new thread or post to a thread two years old.  What's preferred?

Read more, post less. While it's great that Zebra Huddle is very active, Zebra Huddle is less useful if there are a lot of posts with little value. So think about what you are posting and be sure that it adds to the conversation. Twenty people in a row saying the same thing in a different way is unnecessary. It also makes searching difficult.
Perhaps a daily per user post cap?  Or how about a daily post cap algorithm that is a function valuable post %?
Title: Re: Reminders
Post by: Major Wood on April 06, 2011, 11:08:08 pm
I don't like the idea of capping posts (though I think there is a cap for new users until they have posted so many times, so we don't get spammers all over). Also, don't expect the valuable posts thing to stay around long. It's on my list to remove.