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Welcome to the Tau Message Board. Before you start posting (or before you post again after reading this), make sure you have read the forum rules:

http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=224.0.



[size=16pt]Rules: [/size]

:: Tolerance :: Be tolerant of others views, and try to be open minded.* Discussions are fine, but do not resort to direct attacks and flaming.

:: Moderator Action :: A Moderator's decision is final. If Vash113, Aunny, Lonely Tau, any Global Mod or Admin decide to edit and/or delete your posts, or lock your topic, then it is their decision.* If you wish to dispute an action taken by a Moderator, please feel free to send a PM to the Moderator in question and/or other Site Staff.

:: Thread Necromancy :: Do not post in a thread if the last post in it is more than three months old.* There are exceptions to this rule.* If your post is adding new information to the thread, it may be appropriate to raise it.* Feel free to send a moderator a PM if you are unsure.

:: Punctuation :: Use correct punctuation.* Periods, at the least.* It makes you posts much easier to read, and you will be taken more seriously.

:: Spelling :: Use correct spelling.* We have the spell-checker for a reason.* Take the time to use it.

:: Grammar :: Use correct grammar.* Do not use "leet" or "webspeak".* Do your best, anyway.* This is not a chatroom.

:: Language :: Do not attempt to circumvent the swearing filter.* Tau Online uses an optional vulgarity filter, which may be turned on and off in your profile.* The site will censor words for you, but please do not interfere with this.


[size=16pt]Common Topics: [/size]

:: What Shall I get Next? Threads :: Always provide a general idea of what kind of army you want to build before you ask for specifics.* There appear to be many new members asking for help on what they should buy next, which is fine, except for the way people are going about them. To simply state what you have and ask for advice on what next isn't very helpful, so I ask that all of these threads also include a brief rundown of how they are going to play.* This can be as simple as one word; Static, Mech, Hybrid. This will allow members to offer better advice regarding your army.

:: Army Lists :: All army list threads belong in the Army Lists Child Board, where all currently active army list topics will be moved. You all should post new army list threads within the child board. Although any threads which are created in the wrong place will subsequently be moved, but be warned consistent (as in doing so several times) failure to post lists in their appropriate section may reward the offender with some negative karma.* You may post total costs for units, but please do not post itemized point costs for the options you select.

:: Battle Reports :: Make sure any battle reports contain the following string in the thread title:

"[BatRep]"

It may also be worthwhile to mention the number of points in the title too, as this makes it easier for all members and would probably get thread posters more feedback on their battle. So everyone's a winner.


[size=16pt]Etiquette: [/size]

:: Read the whole thread before you comment.* Make sure you know what the topic is and what has been said already.

:: Keep the language clean.* The swearing filter catches most of it, but do your best to conduct your posts in a civil manner.

:: Use the Search.* There is a Search Function on the forums allowing members to search for topics of interest, but more importantly it allows users to check to see if the topic they are creating has been created before. Doing this would mean topics do not recur (which is not the case on the Tau board as we are continually pointing people to similar topics) so people don't waste their time repeating what has already been said. Furthermore it is extremely irritating to senior members here as we have posted regarding certain topics over and over and over, which is not enjoyable. So I ask all members who are posting here to first check whether their topic has already been done.

:: Note: Moderators will often change the title of a thread you create if contains typos or is otherwise misleading.* This will show up as a logged edit at the bottom of your post.* So if you notice that one of the moderators has been editing the first post in a thread, this is probably the cause.

:: Be friendly and have fun, share your opinions, give advice when you can, and just relax.


Adapted from earlier guidelines from 42 and RJay. - Khanaris
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