Forum guidelines. Please read before first post!

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Forum guidelines. Please read before first post!

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Before you start using Debian User Forums, please observe the following guidelines:
  1. Do not cross post. Posting the same topic in more than one category only creates confusion and makes it hard to keep track on the various replies. Double posts will be locked.
  2. Be descriptive. Use a meaningful headline and try to make your question as clear as possible. Include as much information as possible such as what Debian branch you are using, error messages, what you did that may have caused the problem etc. This greatly increase the chances of getting useful help.
  3. Be patient. Not everyone knows everything and not everyone is online all the time. If you don't get a reply chances are that no one is online that knows the answer at the moment. Do not 'bump' your questions just because there have been a few hours with no reply.
  4. Do not post a reply to obvious SPAM. Please use the report button and a member of the moderation team will attend to the post or user.
  5. Be polite. Remember that the skill level of the forum members ranges from the absolute beginner to the very seasoned Linux user and what might be obvious to you might be very hard to understand for others. It's OK to point someone to other resources or suggest means of learning but do so politely; 'RTFM' has no place on this board.
  6. Do not engage in flame wars. Threads that evolve into flaming will be locked. If you feel attacked; be the better person and ignore it. The moderators are not omnipresent, so if you feel some actions need to be taken please e-mail the moderator team on
  7. Stay on topic. Sometimes threads morph into something completely off topic, this is unavoidable when a bunch of people communicate. However, try to limit the off topic discussions to the off topic category. Long off topic discussions in other categories might get moved or locked.
    Discussions in "Off topic" should still be in the spirit of this board, that is related to Linux/ Computers/ Software etc. Political, religious or racial discussions do not belong on this board.
    Avoid 'thread hijacking'. Unless your question is directly related to the thread's topic, start a new one.
  8. As a rule we do not accept commercial content.
  9. This is primarily a Debian Operating System forum. While we are aware that Debian has many derivatives, some of them vary greatly in how they function, as such, threads about derivatives or other Operating Systems may not find solutions from users here who are based strictly on the Debian O/S. Therefore, those thread requests may be removed or shifted to the offtopic section at the moderators discretion. It may be best to seek solutions for derivatives and other Operating Systems on their own native forums.
  10. The language on this board is primarily English but we do not exclude people with little or no English. When replying to posts in other languages please include an English translation. It's a good idea to help non-English speakers find resources in their language.
    A forum is a means of written communication so make sure your posts are as readable as possible. That means: Use capital letters and punctuation, and use the formatting features of the forum wisely in order to make your post attractive. Try to avoid 'l33t speak', 'chatspeak,' and 'SMS language'.
    There is no need to apologize for poor English skills. We have users from all over the world and trying your best is more than adequate.
  11. Moderators might move your thread to a more suitable category (for instance from 'General Discussion' to 'General Questions'). This is no cause for alarm.
  12. If you feel like your post/ thread has been locked, edited or even removed in error please contact the moderator team via e-mail at
  13. Occasionally we receive requests for account deletions, we are unable to comply with this request as it would massively disrupt existing threads and conversations. Also consider anything posted here (or anywhere for that matter) has already been indexed and copied by search engines. At best we suggest you make up a long gibberish password for your account and after changing it do not log in again.
  14. Moderation

    The following WILL get your post EDITED or REMOVED and may have your account locked:
    -Links to inappropriate websites such as pornography, illegal software downloads, and browser exploits or hijacks

    The following might get your post/thread LOCKED:
    - Flaming/ personal attacks
    - Obvious trolling
    - A thread which has wandered way off topic
    - Cross posting the same thread in multiple areas of the forum

    The following WILL get your post/thread REMOVED and your account warned or banned:
    - Advertising/ Spamming
    - Obvious racist/ sexist/ hateful content
    - Obvious overly political/ religious content
    - Obvious pornographic content

    The following WILL have your account warned and banned:
    - Several direct interactions from the moderation team
    - Being discourteous to other users on a consistent basis
    - Being disruptive on the forums
  15. Summary
    - Please help us by following these guidelines to ensure that the community stays safe and welcome to all.

    Admin and moderator team