How to Avoid Being Banned from a Windows or Linux Forum

Windows and Linux forums often have harsher rules that are strictly enforced, and users are more likely to be banned from these forums than other forums. However, by following these steps, you can avoid being banned from the forum.

Steps

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    Read the rules and terms of service first. By doing this, you will know what is allowed and what is not, keeping you out of trouble with the moderators.
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    Stay on the topic. While this can be difficult, off-topic posting can get you a warning from moderators. Make sure that you understand what a thread is about before posting in it, and think before you post. Does your post, question or answer relate to the topic? If you are not sure, then do not post it.
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    Learn what constitutes trolling on your particular forum. General guidelines would be to avoid arguments and spamming. Also posting to get attention or making too many posts in one day could be mistaken for trolling. Also, if you encounter a troll, do not give them attention or try to talk with them. This is considered “feeding a troll”, and if the moderators are strict, this can get you into trouble as well.
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    Do not post links to other Web sites unless the forum allows it. Many forums prohibit this, because it is seen as using the forums for self-promotion. If you want to link to your Web site, check the rules to see if it is allowed first. If you are not sure, then do not do it.
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    Do not use profanity or post obscene content on the forum.
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    Do not type in all capital letters (LIKE THIS). You may get banned for it.
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    Keep some opinions to yourself. While you may have your own ideas about how you run your computer, some Windows forums are so strict that they will ban you for posting comments such as (“I don’t run anti-virus software” or “Windows sucks”). If you have such ideas, do not post them on the forum. Avoid starting disputes about what is colloquially known as the “OS Wars”.
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    Do not copy content online and post it on the forum, as this could also get you banned.
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    If you get banned from the forum, do not sign up on the site again with a different user name and e-mail address. Moderators will have the records of your IP address, and they will know that it is you. If you get caught again, you will get an IP address ban which may prevent you from visiting the site again.
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    If you have been banned from another forum, do not post about it on the forum, or you will be banned from that forum as well.

Tips

  • View the site first; you can get an idea if or not that forum is right for you.
  • If one of your posts is deleted or edited by a moderator, do not post it again. This could get you a warning. Also, if a thread that you have started is locked, do not start another thread about the same topic. The moderators, not you, can delete, edit and/or lock your posts/threads.

Warnings

  • If you are banned from the forum, do not sign up again on the same site with a different user name and e-mail address. This will make the moderators more angry and they will ban your IP address.
  • If you are banned and you think that you have been wrongly banned, you can send a polite email to the administrator or moderator of the forum, but keep in mind that they do not have to respond to your e-mails. If you do not get a reply, do not e-mail them again. That is considered harassment, and they can ban your IP address for that.
  • The forum, not you, can lock/edit/delete your threads/posts and make your threads private-view only.
  • Some forums will not allow anyone who has been banned from other forums on one forum.
  • Never post obscene or profane content, such as pornography or nudity; that will get you instantly banned.
  • Even if you follow the rules, you may still be banned.

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