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Discussion board etiquette

Discuss and learn about the best bits of decorating on the Traditional Painter discussion board

This discussion board is run by professional decorating specialists, but we do not believe in restricting it to a trade-only stronghold. Quite the opposite! We cordially invite all homeowners, keen DIY and trade with an interest in decorating, to browse the topics.

If you see a topic and want to dig deeper and ask relevant questions, or want to start a discussion, please sign in. It is free and easy via Twitter, FaceBook or email.

We are all here to learn from each other and we look forward to interacting with folks who are constructive, positive, and encourage others along the way.

If you are interested in the thinking behind this discussion board, the rest of the information below will be of interest, otherwise, click on the logo top left and carry on browsing!

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time using that fantastic search button top right, and browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own topic, which may well have been talked to death already!

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

Whilst we have set the tone of the discussions in a certain “TP way”, help us influence the future of this platform by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an ever interesting place to be — and let’s avoid the mistakes that blight so many forums over time.

We have tools at our disposal that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. To date moderators on the Traditional Painter website have been able to focus almost exclusively on adding to the conversation, and with your assistance, we can continue to add value up front.

If you do ever see bad behavior, simply don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. No trash talk or potty mouths, please.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of your local paper.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. We have made it easy to find and use categories for posting. So:

  • Please don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Please don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Please don’t post no-content replies.
  • Please don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream (use the Reply as a New Topic in the right sidebar).
  • Please don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.

To reiterate about staying on topic, rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS