MUST READ THIS PRIOR TO CREATING NEW THREADS!! (Thread Creating Etiquette) v3.0
Discussion of important wrestling topics is the nucleus of our forums. Naturally, we encourage everyone to participate in the forums as much as possible to drive discussion, debate with others, and produce new topics. We have provided many different sections to our forums that allow everyone to participate in many aspects of discussion, focusing mostly on professional wrestling.
We all know how exciting it is to create new threads and see the replies and reactions from other posters about the subjects and issues that we choose. The creation of new topics is strongly encouraged by our staff, and we all look forward to the new topics that we can debate about on a daily basis. But many posters donít seem to understand the amount of work it takes for the mods and admins to keep Wrestlezone Forums one of (if not THE) most organized and clean pro-wrestling forums on the internet.
As the Wrestlezone Forum staff, part of our job is to consolidate your new threads and ensure they have been placed in the proper sections (if you failed to do so.) Therefore, we ask that you follow this Thread Creating Etiquette in order to make our jobs easier:
I. READ THE FORUM RULES!!!
There really isn't a better way to say this. This guideline should be followed first and foremost when thinking about doing ANYTHING on this forum. Our rulebook contains every which way possible for posters to avoid any type of warnings or infractions, to post properly in every section of the forums, and gives you direction and guidance on everything that is in regards to our forums. There is no reason the rulebook shouldn't be the first thing you all read before even thinking about posting a new thread in any of the sections.
II. Check ALL forums and subforums for possible duplicate topics BEFORE posting your new thread.
If anything at all, this is the most important form of etiquette, since it will cause you to be warned/infracted if it is not followed.
A good rule of thumb is to check the first four pages of threads within the forum. If you see a subject that is even remotely similar to the one youíre about to post, please reconsider posting your new thread or consult a member of the staff and find out if it is a Duplicate Topic. Since itís one of the easiest rules to follow on the forum, we'd hate having to infract you for this rule but weíll still do it every time.
III. Place new threads in their proper section. (Not all new WWE threads are supposed to be placed in the general WWE section!!)
If youíd like to create a thread that has to do with a RAW or Smackdown television broadcast (i.e. storylines, particular superstars, angles), please donít be lazy and just throw it in the general World Wrestling Entertainment section. We have the WWE Television and WWE Pay Per Views subforums under the World Wrestling Entertainment section for a reason.
That also goes for all other forums and subforums. Please make sure you familiarize yourselves with all of them before taking a risk and posting your new thread in the wrong section. Posting in the wrong section may result in a warning/infraction.
IV. Put some EFFORT into new threads.
There is nothing that annoys staff more than when posters create threads that they put little to zero effort into. If you don't want to put any effort towards your thread, why should anyone else?
For example, threads that (basically) mimic front-page stories on Wrestlezone.com are lazy ways of making threads. Especially when said poster cuts and pastes the story into the thread and writes "Discuss." It might be a good idea to take about 2 extra minutes and try to think of your own, ORIGINAL thread topic.
Knowing all of this, we'd appreciate if your opening post is ORIGINAL, includes YOUR opinions on the topic, and DOESN'T look like this:
V. Please use proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization in thread titles.
Weíre not judging you if youíre not the best speller in the world. If youíre posting within the thread, we donít expect you to write a 5-star novel with perfect wording, punctuation, and grammar. But, at the very least, please keep the thread title as neat as you possibly can. It takes a lot of time for us to constantly correct your grammar.
VI. If your thread is merely for the purpose of asking a CLOSED question, please understand where it should be posted.
What is a closed question?
A question which has a limited number of logical answers (e.g. 'yes' and 'no'), as opposed to an open or open-ended question.
What is an open(-ended) question (or discussion)?
A question that gains information and promotes discussion, usually beginning with who, what, why, where, when, how, or more subtly '"tell me about.."
If you want to start a thread with a closed question, you shouldnít be placing it in non-spam sections. Those sections are reserved for open discussions ONLY. Creating a thread that asks a closed question should be placed in the Wrestling Spam Zone. Please understand the difference between the two sections prior to posting any new threads.
For example, if you wish to start a brand new thread whose purpose is to ask a closed question such as:
VII. If you are unsure and you believe that your new thread could possibly break any of these guidelines, CONSULT A MOD/ADMIN FIRST PRIOR TO POSTING.
This is self-explanatory. Itís easier to ask for permission than forgiveness on our forums. It only takes about a minute to PM a member of the staff to ask them if youíre following the proper guidelines when creating a new thread. If youíre on the fence as to whether your new thread may borderline break these guidelines, consult a member of the staff, first.
Thank you for taking the time to read and follow these guidelines. By doing so, youíre solidifying this forumís reputation as the best on the internet.
HAPPY POSTING, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO REPLYING TO YOUR NEW THREADS!
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