To Dos and Don'ts

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[December 12 2022] This is not a public utility service. This is just a personal project currently running on extended life support. You are welcome to use it, get the information you are looking for and leave. I am not going to be able to provide any form of support or respond to feedback.
[December 12 2022] I like this to be a safe space for myself and others. You are going to get blocked for creating needless controversy or not adding anything of value to a discussion. If you cannot be nice, please stay away.



If you are new to forums, here is the primary thing you need to know. This is not Facebook or Twitter or even Reddit that you might have used over the years. This is a traditional old fashion bulletin board style discussion forum with a small moderation team. Everything you post here is visible to everyone and if it disrupts the sanctity of this platform, it would be moderated. You are advised to treat other members with respect.

If your account gets restricted or banned because of violation of these simple guidelines... I would not be responding to any communication associated to related moderation action.

Recommendations
  • Don't quote entire posts (especially longer ones) if you are responding to a specific part of the post. Use the @mention functionality to respond to other members instead of quotes wherever possible. Select the relevant part of the post and click on the hovering reply link. Avoid quoting at all if there is an active conversation because members would know what is being discussed without requiring a reference. Ignoring this would get you banned pretty fast. Quoting the last post in the thread would likely get you banned instantly. There is a reason why Reply link is hidden in last posts of threads.
  • Try to post the Speedtest.net link instead of sharing the image directly. It should embed automatically. BBCODE also works fine but does not point to the result page. Other speed testing services do not provide a similar image for embed. Try posting raw values instead of posting the screenshot of entire browser page unless non-speed data is also essential in conversation.
  • Paste tabular and textual data instead of uploading/share an image (This applies to all kinds of scenarios like ping tests, trace route, cloudping.info, router backend information, plans listed on ISP websites, content on websites and emails and so on).
  • While posting screenshots, try to capture the actual useful content instead of sharing an image of the entire desktop/app.
  • Be clear in your thread title and posts. Do not post same questions/queries in multiple threads. Do not abuse the profile or personal messages for the same purpose.
  • Avoid pasting content formatting while copying content from third party sites. Desktop browsers allow Control+Shift+V for plain text pasting.
  • If posting information from an external source, do not copy and paste the entire article. Post an excerpt. Always link to the source. Some sources are best avoided for sharing information here like Telecom Talk, Dream DTH, Kerala Telecom and a few others.
  • Best to search before sharing something that you think is brand-new information. Forum would suggest related posts when you are typing the thread title for a new thread.
  • Keep the forwarded shit from Whatsapp on Whatsapp.
  • This one is a bit subjective. Not all news articles need a generic repetitive response. It gets annoying after a while. Reactions exist for a reason. We are past the stage where it is funny to read the same old sarcastic responses which adds no value to the discussion.
  • Keep low quality tweets (especially) from anonymous accounts on Twitter. Not every funny or sarcastic tweet needs to be posted here. Just like WhatsApp forwards, they are best kept on Twitter itself.
  • [April 5 2022] Do not use low quality Indian news sources for international news that has an official source or is covered better by international sources.
  • [April 5 2022] Not everything is newsworthy or worthy of an independent thread. Try to find an existing active discussion and post there. This forum is not a dumping place for every news story you read in a day from whatever source you get your news from.
  • [April 6 2022] Do not post if you are going to ask me to remove your posts or threads for no good reasons in future. You want to remove personal information? Sure. You want to remove incorrect or outdated information? Sure. A thread of yours did not get a response so you want it to be deleted? This is just plain annoying.
Not allowed
  1. Affiliate Links
  2. Advertisements and other forms of promotions
  3. Competing platforms like Telegram Groups and forums
  4. Copyright infringing content and platforms
  5. Trolling/Hate/Abusive language/Personal attacks/Rudeness/Unreasonable behavior. Just try to not be annoying.
  6. Useless signatures
  7. Shortened links

This is just a gist of the previous thread that I usually link to for terms of use on this platform. For more details, go through this thread: Disclaimer - Privacy Policy - Rules - Regulations

If you want to hide offtopic forums, you can turn on this setting. Access to offtopic forums is also restricted based on user activity in these sections.

Things to know​

  • Features like personal conversations are restricted on new accounts. Ask the other member to start conversation if it's enabled on their account.
  • Native uploading is mostly disabled for now. There is an option to donate which gets you that feature along with ad free UI. To share images etc, use third party sites. Suggestions here.
  • If there is a conversation going on about a legit service or product, try to stay away if the only comment you can offer is "why pay when you can pirate".
 
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