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[Meta] Forum Tips and Rules

George R [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, November 7, 2009
10 years ago4,155 views

Please begin titles with "[OT]" if the thread is not about Google or searching. This makes it easier to filter forum searches.

Avoid words like "today", "tomorrow", "yesterday", and "recent".
When mentioning a time, please include the location, time zone, or UTC offset. Is it UTC? Is it the time at the Googleplex in California? Is it some other time zone?

The seasons are relative to the hemishpere. Using month names may be better than season names.

Forum Rules: ...
"Please post in English (so we can maintain the forum), don't personally attack people (you can attack their ideas), don't post off-topic stuff unless it's worthwhile, don't use all upper-case or all lower-case, don't make the same point over and over again (and so on, we can't list everything here). Post relevant URLs if you want but no signature URLs... your name is automatically linked to an automated profile page which may include a link to your homepage."

The forum software may convert urls to links with truncated anchor text. The extension may become hidden. Please follow urls of pdf and swf files with the text "(pdf)" or "(flash)". Maybe Philipp should make this automatic.

Omitting the "http" prefix of a url may prevent its special treatment by forum software. This may be desirable in some circumstances.

• You may not want to link to a dangerous page.

• You may want to prevent some page from benefiting by inheriting PageRank from this forum.

• The forum software may embed urls of images. Automatic resizing may be undesireable.

Posting an e-mail address or Google account name may be a mistake. Be careful when posting screen shots.

Do not post spam.

Perhaps Philipp or someone else may want to post some formatting tips.

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Philipp please fix.


'Omitting the " \" prefix'


'Omitting the "http" prefix'

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this George :)

> Please follow urls of pdf and swf files with
> the text "(pdf)" or "(flash)". Maybe Philipp
> should make this automatic.

Yep, this stuff is best done automatically. As you probably know there are already URL converters when you post a link to a PDF or SWF file here...

The general idea here is that one shouldn't read to a syntax guideline to know how to do stuff... so most features here work simply by reformatting what people already use. So for instance if I'd ever decide we really need italics and bold, then I would probably apply it to the existing *asterisk* or _underlines_ way of doing things. This way, all old comments would immediately "work" and it would remain intuitive for new comments (and you can even disable the feature again and all comments will still make sense). We once had smileys here for some limited time, by converting e.g. :) to, well, an image representing that smile (, simplesmile.gif, angry.gif etc....).

The idea is to not make you think or work (create profile, register, memorize password....) but at the same time, trying to get as many features out of that automatically as make sense and are possible (e.g. country flags based on IPs was a feature temporarily available here). Well, to not make you think about the *forum interface*, so that you can think about the *content and what you want to write and what others wrote* :)

BizAbh [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

when i will get an icon beside my name like George R hav :)

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

another idea for pdf would be using google docs viewer

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

hebbet, that's what already happens...

<< On a related note, in the Blogoscoped forum when you post a link to a PDF, it will automatically be turned into an embedded, expandable Google Docs PDF viewer gadget (with a secondary link to the actual PDF source). You can give it a try by adding a comment if you like. >> ...

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

ok, i didn't try :)

+ Show PDF

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