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[Read Here First] Rules and Help Thread
« on: July 10, 2016, 01:29:02 PM »
Rules and Help Thread

1. Please respect all of the rules of the Geeking Shack.

2. Life is full of different people, so please respect all opinions even if they're different from yours.

3. This forum is for anything related to life, including but not limited to discussion topics, news stories, politics, sports, and music. If you're not sure about something belonging here, please message one of the L.&.C.E Moderators.

4. In threads that can get very personal, (such as politics, sports, and debate threads) please remember to keep tact and tone in mind. For a further guideline on tact and tone, see this post here.

5. Anything posted in this forum represented as fact needs to have a cited source. We encourage this practice especially with debate threads and politics. For more information about citing sources, please see this post.

6. Please keep discussion threads on topic. Please keep chattering to the chat thread.

7. If you have any questions about the Life and Current Events forum, please message one of the moderators:

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July 10, 2016, 04:38:06 PM
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Re: [Read Here First] Rules and Help Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2016, 04:38:06 PM »
Some notes on tact and civility

Topics discussed here (in particular politics and sports) have the potential to be hot-button issues. While we want to encourage open discussion, it's important to stay polite. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Remember that everyone has different experiences and comes from a different background. Even if you completely disagree with someone's opinion, you don't know what led them to formulate that opinion or if you would have the same one given the same circumstances.

2. We can't see your facial expressions or hear your tone of voice and therefore have to go entirely on your words. Choose them carefully. Using occasional emoticons also can help clarify tone.

3. Before you post, if it's a topic you feel strongly about, use the preview and read back over what you've written. You can also get someone else's feedback and catch incendiary words you might have used in the spur of the moment.

4. Most people are not trying to offend you. If you find yourself upset by someone else's post, try taking a step back and calming down before reading it again, to see if you may have missed something.

5. If you have any concerns, feel free to message any of your L.&.C.E. moderators.
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July 11, 2016, 01:02:46 AM
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Re: [Read Here First] Rules and Help Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 01:02:46 AM »
Citing Sources

A Note About Citing Sources
Whenever you link to outside content, please make sure that the content that you are linking to is within the Geeking Shack's rating guidelines. No crude language, no crude images, no graphic content of any kind, anywhere on the page, and no large amount of pop-ups.


Why Should I Cite Sources?
When having stating something as fact, it's nice to have evidence to back it up. This goes for here on the Geeking Shack as well! Not only does it help spread proper education to your fellow users, but it gives you credibility in the discussion as well.


When Should I Cite Sources?
It's good to cite sources whenever you're stating something as a fact, whether it be a statement from a person of importance or a scientifically proven fact. Some things are basic knowledge (like the fact that Earth is round) and don't need citing.

In certain forms of discussion especially (such as politics and science, or news rumors and reports), we do require that you backup your claims with a source. It just helps discussion run smoother, and is considered polite.


How Do I Cite Sources?
I'm glad you asked that! At the Geeking Shack, citing your sources isn't like writing a college essay. Citing sources is as easy as providing a URL link to your source at the end of your post, like so:

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Most Bernie Sanders supporters are going to support Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election. (Source)

However, sometimes it's good to cite your sources like so:

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According to the Washington Post, 85% of Sanders supporters say they'll back Clinton for President.


How do I link a website?
You can link to outside content by using a URL code. The code is available below, or you can click on the world icon to generate a code that you can edit to link. :)

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[url=link to website goes here]Text you want to appear[/url]
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