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I've noticed that there's been a lot of new members lately, and there's been a lot of grumblings lately about the amount of derpage that's been going on. I'm going to help you, the new forum member, by giving you some tips on how not to anger the natives here.
I'm new to airsoft myself, so I have a bit of perspective on being the new kid on the block. I joined the forum around Thanksgiving, felt my way around, and I went to my first game, a milsim over 400 acres of rolling hills in beautiful Kentucky, last weekend (that was fun, by the way).
So it pains me to see some of these new members who come in, chuck out common sense at the door, and post the most senseless and asinine questions I've ever seen. What I'm going to write here is basically a detailed summary of what is expected of you in this forum. Ignore at your own risk! I hope that the majority of you will read this, as I have had a great time here and made some really good friends, and I want you to have the same positive experience I have had.
SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION:
You'll notice that the mods are very particular about spelling and grammar. While everyone makes the occasional typo and grammar mistake here and there, the level of spelling and grammatical incompetence I've seen here is downright unacceptable. If you've ever wondered why you get your head bitten off for spelling, here are the reasons:
1) English is your first language. Even if it's not, you're in a country that uses English as a primary language. Vacceo and I come from a countries that do not have English as a second language, yet we have few issues.
2) Spell check. Ever notice those red, wavy lines when you type? That's the spellchecker kicking in. Move your mouse cursor over it, right-click and the options for corrections will come up. Choose one. If in doubt, look it up on a dictionary or thesaurus. If you don't know what those are, you should stop and find out right now. Incidentally, spelling leads up to the third reason:
3) Laziness. If you can't be bothered to check your spelling, especially if the software is doing it for you, how can we trust you to be safe and responsible? This isn't Call of Duty, people. People can get hurt in this, and this will not merely result in an ouchie and embarrassment, this can potentially affect the entire airsoft community worldwide.
A very wise man once told me this when I asked him a question: "God gave you a pair of eyes, a pair of ears, a brain and a mouth. Use them." What this means is that the resources to navigate this forum successfully are presented to you. In the upper right hand corner of the forum page, is a search window. Use that if you have a question first. Want to know about any games in Indiana? It's the first section in Events.
Don't come in with a question such as "Hey guys im new whatis a good gun for airsfoting thks" (no, really, that's how some of you derps post) and expect someone to tell you. Look up retailers, look for what appeals to you, then look it up on Google. It's not that hard. Are you curious about the JG G36C? Plug in "JG G36C review." It's just that easy. Show that you're willing to put in some work on your end, and the forum members will be more than happy to point you in the right direction, or even help you find your information.
SAY SOMETHING USEFUL FOR ONCE
Some things that will earn you the ire of the mods:
1) Necroposting. If a thread is old, don't post "Hey good idea" just for the sake of it. You will be seen as trying to boost your post count.
2) Spamming the introduction posts. Don't bother. It doesn't count towards your post count. Again, you'll be seen as trying to boost your post count. By the way, did you know that posting on introduction threads doesn't add to your post count?
3) Ask structured, properly worded questions that show you've done your share of research before posting, or you'll see a mod send you a warning and lock your post.
Be a useful member of this community that wants to help it grow. Don't be a parasite.
If you're new here, just don't act like you know everything and that you're all hot. Some of the guys on this forum have been in the hobby for as long as it has been in the US. They can smell bullcrap before the crap comes out of the bull. This also goes along with bragging. If you brag, and it'll be obvious, you're just not going to be well regarded here, especially if we figure out it's not true. So please don't even try.
I would also like to point out that I'm getting a little irritated as I'm writing this. Seriously, I shouldn't have to write this stuff.
In my experience, someone's behaviour on the internet is a good indicator of one's common sense. In real life, it's easy to do stupid things as the brain (or lack thereof) kicks in and actions happen in milliseconds. Online on a forum, your words are slowed down by the keyboard. If your posts are still coming up sounding like an idiot (and trust me, you'll know really quickly), you have what we in the IT community call a Problem Between The Chair And The Keyboard. So please, PLEASE exercise common sense.
I hate bullies with a passion, so I'm very sensitive to what I perceive as bullying. I've voiced my concerns about this to the admins before, but over time I've discovered no evidence of such - just an extremely low tolerance for stupidity, and rightly so. This community takes safety and personal responsibility and maturity very seriously on and off the field, folks, so if you do not show any sign of this right off, expect a lot of butthurt. First impressions count, and that is very true in online communities. The mods here are very active and are pretty good at keeping an eye on the problem children. On the the other hand, if a mod flies off the deep end and cusses you out, it's because you've failed to observe common sense. These guys don't want to be mean but sometimes it's the only way to get someone's attention, and on these forums it's because someone else tried to tell you nicely and you didn't get the hint.
In the time between when I first posted this and when I made some edits (1/10/2016), a couple of people have failed the common sense requirement. Exhibit 1 - talking about dressing up as a suicide bomber shortly after the Paris attacks. Exhibit 2 - breaking and entering into city property to look tacticool with airsoft guns. One of them got shot at by the police. This is after several incidents widely reported in the news that ended up in massive, racially-charged protests, accusations of police brutality, and talk of banning guns, fake or otherwise. This community has no tolerance for this kind of crap!
Speaking of mods, if Endgame comes at you, then you know you're really in trouble, as he's the most forgiving of the mods here. In short - at the first sign of someone giving you a snarky response, stop and start thinking. If you are unable to grasp this simple concept, you are in the wrong hobby and should never be close to anything that shoots projectiles.
This is simple. Don't steal. Don't lie. This also extends to acting like a responsible human being. If you go to a field, leave it as it is. Don't damage the property, and especially DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARBAGE BEHIND. If you're busted breaking this very simple guideline, I will guarantee that you are going to be drummed out of this community very, very quickly.
- Good luck!