Hello and welcome to new members! With a growth of up to 25 new members daily most people has never communicated via this big "chat room" Let to do the "first post for dummies" or "dummies and forums".
1]Introduce yourself. So much easier to talk to someone that has introduced himself.
2]Try to just chat. Its not a good idea to tell dif his fortuner are going to flip on your first post.
4]Get involved and join gtg or outings.
5]Don't make this space your personal battleground.
6]Don't always moan, there must be some positive things in your life.
we can go forever on this but its a guideline.
ps...if you brandbash a pajero dont be surprised if your post just disappear. gone. forever.
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Too many suggestions for newbies will overwhelm them and they won't be read never mind adhered to. Engel's first post says it all.
It's one of my pet peeves when a newbie arrived here and goes straight into a complaint of some sort. Drives me crazy.
In the past we've even had people contact Admin to tell us how to change the forum on their first day here and without having made any posts yet! aargh
(Range Rover, thats another post on my count )
* "Wat Spike probeer sÍ in sy min woorde" -Die Skim "
Here is the first iteration of the forum netiquette
Oh, to which I might add, if you have nothing positive to contribute, perhaps contribute nothing at all.
When you signed up, you agreed to the Terms of Service (TOS). These Terms of Service are there to protect members and are not just some irrelevant doodlings by the moderators and admin. History has shown that forums collapse because of the lack of a TOS. Do not challenge the TOS. You will be banned faster than you registered. These are not cast in stone however, and will be amended from time to time.
Who are you?
- Introduce yourself, and let us know who you are and what makes you tick.
- Spend some time browsing and get to know what makes the forum tick.
- Be positive, be relaxed, and most of all retain a sense of humour (but remember something that is humorous to you might not be to someone else).
- Don't remain anonymous. Put your picture in your avatar, and let us know about your wheels in your signature.
- Get involved in forum outings and get-togethers. There's usually something happening in your area within a month or so of joining.
This forum is generally language agnostic, being dominated by English and Afrikaans, and we must recognise that some people are not comfortable posting in their second language. Try however, to post in English when posts are of a detailed technical nature, or may be of significant value to foreign tourists.
There is a forum help section. This is where you post your questions, suggestions etc about the forum itself. There are a couple of "How To's" there.
When making a post, consider whether it is in the right place. All the forums have clear titles and purposes. If in doubt, post it in The Pub and explain you don't know where it must go. A mod will gladly then move it to the right place. However repeat offenders cause a sense of humour failure in the mods. Do not make the same post in multiple sections. This is know as "crossposting" and is not only considered spam, but also dilutes the usefulness of your post, as answers may be spread across the posts. Crossposts WILL be deleted.
When making posts consider your audience. You will probably not know most of them.
When asking a question, consider someone may have already asked the question before. The search is a powerful tool. Take note of the stickies in each forum. These usually contain posts of questions which repeatedly come up.
Consider this forum is a family forum, so swearing and dirty jokes are frowned upon and will probably be edited or deleted. What might be fine for your kids might not be fine for others.
If something someone else has said angers you, carefully think about your response before you hit "post reply". A cup of coffee will generally result in you editing your post or not posting at all.
Brand bashing is unacceptable and not necessary. If you have personal experience of problems with a specific brand, you can discuss these in an adult manner without resorting to abuse of the brand or its owners. Remember friendly brand-bashing can be easily misconstrued.
It is not considered good manners to join immediately for the sole purpose of selling something. At least introduce yourself.
Any attempt at a commercial posting without contacting a moderator will be deleted. Commercial postings are those where you are pushing your own line of business or products. Take note we have "commercial member" status for those members who wish to advertise or promote their products. This also helps finance the maintenance of the forum (an expensive business).
Consider that the moderators are human, and don't have all-seeing eyes. They make mistakes. They are also holding down jobs and have families, so can't always respond to various things immediately. Their time is freely given to the forum to help run it. Acknowledge this commitment.
The things new members do which generally annoy forum members include:
- people who complain most of the time.
- challenging other members. Make some positive contributions to the community before you get the latitude to do that.
- griping about the government. If you don't like it, make a contribution to doing something about it.
- griping about many aspects of the forum (interface, software, performance etc etc).
The forum is like most things in life - what you put in is what you get out. We trust you enjoy your visits here.
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Carpe Diem Scrotum
Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime!
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One of my pet hates when the site is just used just for convienance, eg to sell an item. post 1 and then dissapear.
Then to find another web address to sell ...
I would like to thank you for posting this advice for nuwe people. I am new to the form and have found this info to be of grate help.
Ek het pas geregistreer en probeer nog my weg vind. Eerstens is ek baie bly dat ons in Afrikaans kan kommunikeer, alhoewel ek Engels sal gebruik as daar 'n Engelse "post" is. Net een vraag hoe vind ek die verskillende "topics" sonder om te "search". Ek sien daar is 'n kategorie vir "new posts" en as jy daarop klik dan vewys dit in watter kategorie dit in voorkom.Met ander woorde hoe kom ek direk uit by "n spesifieke" kategorie uit.
Thanks for the advice guys it really helped me a lot. I have been a member now for about a month or 2 and will unfortunately not be joining any GTG as I live in Windhoek.
But I will keep my eyes open if you head this way, you are more than welcome to give me a shout if there is anything I can help with regarding Namibia.
Thanks for the forum! Keep up the good work, guys like me (young and inexperienced in 4x4) really appreciate the knowledge and advice that we have access to.
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2009 Mitsubishi Triton D/Cab 2.5 - I'd like to drive a luxury 4x4 but unfortunately I need to go everywhere
Thanks i agree people like me just starting off i cant wait for the GTG's due to my lake of experience and i hope to learn from all of you
(The MarshMallow) Land Rover 2006 defender 110
(The Blue Beast) Land Rover Disco 3 TDV6 S
"Let My Landy take me were no one has gone"
Hello Everyone, my name is Sean and I am addicted to Dirt. As you can see i am a neewbee, and not too farmilliar with forums so if ive "buggred" (hope thats acceptable) this one up please excuse me , i did however read the Tips from Engel,Spike,Simon b.Off road addict and Dirk and thank you guys, it realy helped. I have a Toyota prado 4L V6 Vx and i must let you know without dissing any other 4 x 4 that this is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned . dont get me wrong, I love any vehicle that can handle whatever the off road environment throws at it. Looking forward to receiving and sharing valuble information on the forum. cheers Sean
P.S will post an avatar asap.
Howzit Sean, from just around the corner I guess.
Erin Bosch (082 342 1909)
4xfagger no. GP0048
2001 Land Rover Defender 130 TD5 D/C with everything
Howzit Imvubu, yip we hail from the vale, where the men are men and the chicks drink ALE..ha ha ha LOL trying to get into this forum , do you know if there is a facility wherby you get an e-mail when a member replies to a message ..
And am i chatting in the right place or just messing up this thread
I am a new member, and I would like to thank everyone for their tips to us newbies, the info will definately help me find my feet in the forum.
I intend on getting a 4x4 and find all the different topics interesting and educational. Hope it is not too long till I get my own wheels, but first need to complete my studies.
I will edit my avatar as soon as possible.
Hi all / Hallo almal.
I am reading this forum for the last 3 weeks joined it 3 days ago got me a Conquest trailer here. I will become a supporter and a contributer though i am only starting out now. Thanks for the regulars as you know shearing knwledge is the only way to spread knoledge.
I pride myself for not being computer illiterate but for the life of me I cand find where I can add my Avatar?? Could someone please enlighten me