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[top]Mind the rules



[top]Understandable thread titles:

When creating a new thread, make sure that others understand what it is about from the first glance. For this, you have to make use of thread prefixes (if available in the particular forum) and and choose a descriptive title. Many people (especially staff members) get irritated by indescriptive thread titles such as 'a dumb question' or 'please help me!!!'. If applicable, include the name of the drug and enough information to get a first idea about what the thread is about.


[top]Spelling:

Post in a readable manner. Try to avoid spelling mistakes (many browsers have a built-in spell checker) because most members don't speak English as their native language.


[top]Caps lock:

Don't use CAPS LOCK TEXT or hard-to-read fonts, colors and sizes.


[top]SWIM, FOAF, FUBAR and Flamingo's?:

Self-incrimination about the purchase, sale, or synthesis of drugs is against the rules. For this reason, you may speak on behalf of a 'Friend Of A Friend' (FOAF) and etc. You can even speak about the drugs your pet flamingo is consuming, because it is generally understood that this is a hypothetical scenario that is not actually taking place. The use of SWIM is discouraged.


[top]Drugs Forum slang/Abbreviations:

SWIM = Someone who isn't me / pseudonym of person who engages in illegal activities (The use of SWIM is discouraged)
  • SWIY = Someone who isn't you
  • SWIU / SWIUser / SWIUsername = Someone who isnít Username
  • OP = original poster (user who started a thread)
  • ^ (or multiple ^^^^) = relating to a post above (alternative for quoting)
  • DM = direct message
  • DM-ing = sending DMs / communicating via DMs
  • DF / D-F = Drugs Forum
  • DF-er = member of Drugs Forum
  • DF-ing = reading and posting on Drugs Forum
  • chem = chemistry
  • archive = File-Archive
  • wiki = wikipedia or Drugs-Wiki
  • mod = moderator
  • supermod = super moderator
  • admin = administrator
  • rep = reputation
  • sig = signature

Common internet slang often used on Drugs Forum:
  • LOL = laughed out loud
  • LM(F)AO = laughed my (fucking) ass off
  • IM(H)O = in my (honest/humble) opinion
  • ISO = in SWIM's opinion
  • FYI = for your information
  • AFAIK = as far as I know
  • IIRC = if I recall/remember correctly
  • FWIW = for what itís worth
  • HTH = Hope this helps
  • UT(F)SE = Use the (Forum/Fucking/Freakin') search engine
  • BTW = by the way

Chatroom slang:
  • AFK = away from keyboard
  • BRB = (I will) be right back
  • wiki = Wikipedia or Drugs-Wiki
  • mod = moderator
  • supermod = super moderator
  • admin = administrator
  • rep = reputation
  • sig = signature

Common internet slang often used on Drugs Forum:
  • LOL = laughed out loud
  • LM(F)AO = laughed my (fucking) ass off
  • IM(H)O = in my (honest/humble) opinion
  • ISO = in SWIM's opinion
  • FYI = for your information
  • AFAIK = as far as I know
  • IIRC = if I recall/remember correctly
  • FWIW = for what itís worth
  • HTH = Hope this helps
  • UT(F)SE = Use the (Forum/Fucking/Freakin') search engine
  • BTW = by the way

Chatroom slang:
  • AFK = away from keyboard
  • BRB = (I will) be right back


[top]Names of substances:

Because Drugs Forum is an international community, brand names of medicines should be avoided if possible. If not possible, please specify active ingredients and dosage. Try to make sure that members from other countries understand what you mean. You should avoid slang terms for medicines (addies, oxys, robo, etc.). It is preferred to post '60 mg oxycodone' instead of 'two crushed oxys', '360 mg DXM' instead of '4 oz. robo max', etc. Using the metric system is also recommended.


[top]Back up your claims:

When making statements that are not anecdotal, you should be able to back up your claims with some sort of evidence. Especially if your claims may be controversial, you may be asked to provide proof (preferably scientific). Failing to do so will hurt your credibility and reputation but not usually get you infractions Ė except if you post dangerous advice or make a habit out of posting misinformation. Donít make controversial statements if you are not able to defend them reasonably.



[top]One liners:

Please elaborate and explain your statements.


[top]Respect, flaming and rudeness:

Posting on a forum entails using etiquette; it's easy, without the nonverbal component of communication, to mistake a poster's tone or intention. It is important to exercise respect when posting, especially if the discussion is becoming a heated one. Personal attacks, sarcastic one-liners, general rudeness, deprecating statements, and the like are useless in terms of information and facilitating a constructive discussion, and can constitute flaming in particularly heated discussions.

When posting it's critical to remember to stay focused on the topic of the thread, and not get off on tangents, or start attacking someone personally because they have a different opinion. In fact, differences in opinion, when handled in a mature, non-inflammatory fashion, can lead to a highly informative thread and a more cohesive, comprehensive and therefore accurate picture of the topic being discussed, as it's being addressed from several different angles and (hopefully) scientific sources or expert opinion/knowledge is being introduced.

Respect ensures an informative, useful thread, while rudeness and flaming accomplish nothing and actually generate more work for staff, as they often end up having to step in and put things back on track when a thread degenerates into an inflammatory back-and-forth between/among members, and in extreme cases provocation of moderators and staff in general.



[top]Signal to Noise ratio:

We try to keep a high signal to noise ratio.
Try not to post too much trite and meaningless stuff--one liner posts such as "yeah, totally", "I wish I had some pot", blah, blah, blah. Try to maintain a decent signal to noise ratio, meaning that more of what is said is informative, meaningful, helpful, and interesting (signal); than being a bunch of talking just to hear yourself talk (noise). There are certain areas for such things, the "Some for All" forum is a good place for posting very random things. Within the other forums, try to stay on topic to some degree. This isn't to say everything is strictly business. Have fun but show some restraint Also keep in mind that questions that are specific, thought out, and not already dealt with are just as valuable as answers. A good question is "signal" and can gain you reputation points, just like a good answer.

If your post doesn't add anything, then Moderators will need to clean up after you. You can post such posts in the Useless Chatter thread and in the Some for all and Funny shit forums. Replying to a thread with an (on topic) entertaining remark is usually OK, except if it is offensive.


[top]Posting drug experiences:

When starting a experiences thread, please use the following format for the first post:
Quote:
Please add your experiences with [insert drug name] here. Please add dosage, route and duration to the top of your post like this:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Example
Dosage: 3 mg
Route: Orally
Duration: 16 hours
When posting a experience, please describe:
  • body weight & gender
  • dose taken
  • route of administration
  • Setting: in what environment it was taken.
  • duration of main effects
  • main effects
  • side effects
  • after effects
  • rating of the experience
  • addictive qualities / abuse potential
  • any other valuable information

Info about this drug (other than experiences) should be discussed here:
[link to drug information thread]

[link to relevant file archive entries] (example: These documents about DOC are in the file archive)
[link to relevant image gallery entries] (example: DOC Pics)
[link to relevant drug database]
Trip reports are very useful, but providing details like those already mentioned as well as context makes them more useful to many people.


[top]Posting drug information threads

When posting a thread to discuss the information of a specific drug, please use the following format for the first post:

Quote:
Please post info about [insert drug name] here.

Can anyone add information about:
  • names / synonyms
  • molecule
  • dose
  • duration
  • side effects
  • legal status
  • have there been any reported incidents with this compound?
  • since when has this research chemical been available?
  • stability of the molecule / compound


Experiences with [insert drug name] should be posted here: [link to drug experiences thread]

[link to relevant file archive entries] (example: These documents about DOC are in the file archive)
[link to relevant file archive entries] (example: DOC Pics)
[link to relevant drug database]

[if available insert image of molecule, plant or product]


[top]Post approval

On occasion, a member may see this message:

Quote:
Thank you for posting! Your post will not be visible until a moderator has approved it for posting. You will now be taken back to the forum. If you opted to post a poll, you will now be allowed to do so.
Usually this is because a link to wikipedia or youtube has been included in the post. The former is not infraction-worthy, but it will be edited out because wikipedia is not a primary source of information. Its contributors do cite primary sources though, so instead of linking to wikipedia, find the source of the information at the end of the article under the references section and cite that source and/or link to it (if it's not a forum) and not wikipedia. The latter (youtube) requires editing because anything from youtube should go in the video archive, and that URL should be used to link to the video.


[top]Bumping old threads:

There is nothing wrong with posting on an old thread if you have some valuable information to contribute or another question regarding the topic of that thread. Please do not bump an old thread by just adding "Yeah I agree" or something else of that nature.


Created by Alfa, 11-04-2009 at 23:25
Last edited by Docta, 05-12-2012 at 10:15
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