24 Dec Sample Online Forum Guidelines and Rules
Setting up a Blog is not easy and allowing others to post on a Blog or Forum can be problematic, therefore I recommend at least some rules to help you in the process. I had set up a simple set of rules for our online forum think tank and thus I thought I might share them with you.
The fewer the rules the better and simplicity is key. The more rules and the more you stifle the use of your forum or participation on your Blog. Below are the set of rules we came up with;
The simplistic rule of thumb here is use “Common Sense.”
“This is an Online Forum” and we would expect you follow Common Sense and Standard Online Forum and Blog Etiquette with regards to your fellow participant.
In case you do not understand, here it is in black and white:
1.) Be Nice, ie “golden rule” and no swear words that are over the top.
2.) Work hard to stay on topic without self-promoting.
3.) Only original comments here, do not post private emails, other people’s work.
4.) No Foreign Military Spies allowed in Military Section, will report to DOD, CIA. We are watching you, so do not screw around, trust us on that. You would not be the first.
5.) Sploggers maybe turned into authorities as spies, good luck if that happens to you. We cannot take the risk, you understand.
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I certainly hope this is of value to you or it might help you come up with a cool set of guidelines or rules for your website, whether you run a Blog or an Internet Forum. My goal is merely to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007.