1. John Yester's Avatar
    Hey all,

    I posted this back in 2008 and came across my thread I made sometime ago....

    Sometimes it is good to reflect on the past and changes and also look forward to progression in the future.

    This is Kevin's house, and we are invited to hang out, he has the rules in place. Works best for the whole community.. The Guidelines in place should be followed the best you can, not used as an interpretation.....

    I am copying this post by the admin and posting in up here since this gets most views thru the day. The reason why this is posted here, I have written down the number of threads created till now 2,835. Now they are common simple questions. But either they are in the wrong section or the answer could have been found very simply but search the forum. Some threads have been moved and some threads have been answered. Normally when someone asks a question on here, most of us search, find the link, then post it to the respective person.....

    When asking a question regarding your device and you don't have it listed in your profile and not in your post, it doesn't help us much. When asking about a software question, try and give as much info as possible to your problem. Rather then posting "My phone is broke" or “This software is causing me problems, anyone else have problems"?

    This doesn't help out much... Besides the Admin's and Mod's we have allot of respective and high end members on the forums here, and we should be happy they are volunteering there own time to help answer questions and give suggestions, but allot has been repetitive in the past few weeks, even months. And giving very broad questions and not including pertinent info to the topic. Also when people post after someone says use the search tool, or gives an answer to the question and says they could have found the answer by searching..... And they say why people always say to use the search... I never understood their reply, and I am not sure if they understood what they wrote either...... The point is the forum has tools at our disposal, we should use them.

    Guys and Gals, I would not be posting this and writing my own descriptive opinion on the matter, but I love this place, it has taught me so much and I want to pass it on as well. But some times we all need a wake up call and pointed in the right direction.

    So a little refresher course on the rules laid out for us most active members and also those new members joining the forums. But remember to keep our house clean, that's right this is our place to hang out! We have to help also keep in organized and also well respected.

    Unfortunately this Rules/Guideline section is down at the bottom on the page and I bet most people, mostly new members have never read it. I don't recall back in the day when I joined that this was the first post that popped up for me to see and read. That may have changed. But if your interested in the forum, and you have been active on other forums, you should have the basics in forums Etiquette

    *Anyone feel this should not be placed here, please understand the point at hand.



    Crackberry Member

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    (points to a webpage outside of CrackBerry.com), but should not be excessive in length nor contain any promotional text (enticing users to click). Traffic leaching will not be tolerated. Additional signature links are acceptable, so long as they point to pages within the CrackBerry.com site (favorite how to article, forum rules, etc.).
    04-06-11 01:08 PM
  2. middbrew's Avatar
    Thanks for the reminder John.
    04-06-11 01:37 PM
  3. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    It has been a long time for many of us John. Always good to refresh on our guidelines. It also brings to mind this short video:

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    04-06-11 02:23 PM
  4. pkcable's Avatar
    Good stuff brother!!!!!!!!!

    And of course I have a video also......

    04-06-11 03:54 PM
  5. Pete6's Avatar
    Well done John. A timely reminder to all.
    04-06-11 03:57 PM
  6. dangerousfen's Avatar
    Looking at some of the more recent posts, it had to be said again.

    Well done John.
    04-06-11 05:16 PM
  7. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Front page it. Put it in every forum like 20'000 times. That'll drill the message home!
    04-06-11 05:24 PM
  8. granne2970's Avatar
    Thank you!!

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    04-06-11 05:46 PM
  9. MsBrittz1016's Avatar
    This should be in every forum! Grant it the rules are posted on the site but it some times takes being posted like this for most members to see.

    I hope this doesn't just inform the new comers but refreshes the memory of those that have been a member for some time now

    After re-reading the rules I noted some rules I even broke during my time here and I will make a conscious effort not to do that again.

    Thanks John

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    04-06-11 08:34 PM