DONíT BE AFRAID OF THE BAR
The bar is the heart of the forums. 90% of posts happen in that thread alone. It can be intimidating to join in on the conversation at first, but if you do a fair amount of lurking, you should be fine, Itís one massive conversation about anything that moves at incredible speeds. Itís also impossible to derail because itís... well... literally about anything you want it to be. Feel free to change the subject once you get your feet wet.
DONíT BE A CAMERA WHORE
You know that face book friend you have thatís constantly posting pictures of themselves and it's always in their room or bathroom. Yeah we donít really like that either. Mindless self indulgence is frowned upon. I used to break this rule all the time and it certainly didnít put me in higher places with some members. Choose the pictures you post of yourself wisely and do it sparingly. If you went out with your friends and partied and someone took pictures of you passed out on a balcony, sure, post them up. Theyíre probably hilarious, just donít post the same picture of yourself OVER AND OVER AGAIN. DONíT BE A BADGE SLUT
The badge system we have in the forums is a great way to immerse yourself in the community by letting people know that youíre actually active. Only problem is people kinda turn it into an obsessive achievement hunt and feel they need all of them as fast as they can to feel better about themselves. Itís not possible for you to get all the badges, slow down. For example: I will never be able to obtain a beard badge, my Korean face wonít let me grow one. Donít beg for badges, youíll look like a jackass and the moderators will be annoyed by your shenanigans. Best way to do get badges is if the opportunity arises. Stop by the badge request thread, let a moderator know what youíre qualified for, show some proof and boom. Youíll have a badge.
DONíT JOIN JUST TO PIMP YOUR GOODS
Bros who come by only to get hits on their blog or even a different website rarely get respect. In our eyes its abuse of the forums community. If you hang out for a while and you write a post, its MAYBE okay to post something every so often in the bar. Other than that, youíll look like a tool.
Overall, just be a decent person and considerate of others. Itís not that hard. Sure itís fun to act like a jerk, but it really doesnít gain you any assets. I had to learn that the hard way. No one liked me for the longest time. I still question whether or not people find me a decent person amongst the forums. Just be cool with everyone and youíll be a BETTER PEOPLEô before you know it.
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