Please note the section about quoting below
Many of us do not understand how a successful discussion forum functions, so here are some guidelines to help. Most importantly - This site has a worldwide audience and many points will get lost in translation so - be patient and understanding
Since this is a Molosser and Rare Breed Dogs Discussion Forum let us start with a few definitions:
1. An act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., esp. to explore solutions; informal debate.
2. An extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic.
3. An exchange of views on some topic.
: for'É™m, fÅr'-) n. pl. forums also fora (for'É™, fÅr'É™)
The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business.
1. A public meeting place for open discussion.
2. A medium for open discussion or voicing of ideas, such as a newspaper, a radio or television program, or a website.
3. A public meeting or presentation involving a discussion usually among experts and often including audience participation.
Molosserdogs.com is ...
a place to relentlessly spam with self-indulgent repetitive topics about the whose dog is better than whose.
a place that employs psychics who can answer intricate questions such as "Why does my dog lick his balls?
a place where you discuss or present morally and otherwise offensive material. Take it to Something Awful and laugh it up with the others.
a place where discussion involves name-calling and/or harassment of other users you are free to disagree with anyone, just do so in a polite and civil manner
a place to advertise your stuff For Sale. You might be surprised to know this, but there is already a Classifieds section on The Breeders Directory where you can list your dogs, pups and other items for sale. You can announce litters but do not put prices etc. on this forum. Posting them in the forums will most likely result in your thread getting flamed, and thus causes headaches all around. Save the wear and tear on your stomach from excessive Tylenol or alcohol usage and just post them in www.thebreedersdirectory.com
[color=red]To make this even easier I will provide examples of good and bad discussion topics[/color]
- non-self-indulgent topics ARE GOOD
these give room for everyone to discuss equally
- topics that ask opinions on personal issues ARE BAD
please understand that no matter how much you try to explain what is going on, we do not know you or your situation well enough to give you any beneficial advice. Talk to friends and family instead. Also please be considerate of us who come here to have fun - solving your problems is not what most consider fun.
- unique topics ARE GOOD
the alpha-topic; the one that starts interesting new discussions that can be brought back after the interest in the topic ceases
- repetitive, unoriginal and blatantly rude topics ARE BAD
as stated in the original forum rules, these clutter the forum and lead to emotionally charged arguments and will not be tolerated
- the occasional comical topic IS GOOD
a topic filled with humor and farce that gives everyone a good laugh
1.You DO NOT need to quote the entire initial post with your response. More importantly, you DO NOT need to quote it on the 1st page. Everyone knows what you are referring and responding to.
1a. If you are replying to the last post in the forum there is no need to quote it. We know that is what you are responding to.
2. You CAN edit your quotes. If there is only one point that stands out and is the basis of your response, you can just quote that point by simply deleting the rest of the post. Just don't mess up the QUOTE tags.
3. You DO NOT need to quote pictures and/or other media files. If you are responding to a picture, there is no need to quote the picture again and again. A simple reference is all that is needed.
4. Multiple quotes. When quoting someone who quoted another person, please try to limit it to a 2nd generation quote. Meaning...only 2 different quotes. More than that, and it all gets bunched up and is not that reader friendly. It's not anyone's fault, but rather just how the quote function and the formatting of the forums work.
5. The "[t]" tag problem. Realize when you are editing multiple quotes you need to make sure that all the [t] and [/t] tags are all accounted for. They need to be closed off just like any other html or BBcode tag. If you have one floating in your quote it will mess up the structure of the forum. Please try and be careful of this.
*Please realize this is only to help, and make things more reader friendly for everyone.
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