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Offline Michael McNamara

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General Rules
« on: July 19, 2010, 10:21:36 PM »
The Network Infrastructure Forums is a global community of network and security professionals who are here to learn new information, to help their fellow peers and ultimately understand how to make the best use of the equipment they have in their network. With that in mind, we ask that all members please follow these simple rules in order to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and comfortable enough to contribute.

These are basic rules that I really didn't worry about posting originally and I don't think should concern 99.9% of the users. Unfortunately there are the .1% that create all the problems and require me to go throw out some rules and guidelines.

Please keep in mind that English is not the native language for a large portion of our members.

The rules are as follows:

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  • When posting, please use proper grammar. Refrain from 'text-message' style substitutions of words like 'u' for 'you', and 'ur' for 'your'. This is a multi-national forum, and some of our non-english speaking members must use translation software which is confused by abbreviations. Most of our volunteer members are very busy helping as many people as they can, and a post that is hard to read will often be overlooked.
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