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Modified February 21, 2020

Code of Conduct

Any information within this post is subject to change at any time. Welcome to Code Forum! We are truly honoured to have you with us as a member of the Code Forum community and look forward to the many great things ahead. Before you start indulging in our community, we kindly ask for you to take a few moments to look over the CC of Code Forum to ensure you and other members have fun and are safe while using our website.

Help out the community by:

  1. Try to greet new members in the introduction forum! We want to show newcomers that we are a friendly community.
  2. You may reply to an old post if related.
  3. If your question gets resolved, please mark the reply as the thread "solution". This will help others who are having similar issues.
    1. Please note: It is at the Guardians Team's discretion on whether or not to give a warning on this.
  4. Share us!
Inappropriate Content:
  1. When posting you need to be sure to add some value to your post. Add lots of information, explain yourself, make your posts enjoyable to read.
    1. This shall include thread titles, or titles or resources, media items.
  2. Make yourself understood. Use proper grammar to the best of your ability. We understand that English may not be everyone’s main language, but make an attempt. You won’t get in trouble for a misplaced comma or typos, but it would help everyone if you could make sure everyone understands your message.
  3. Using people's content is okay with their consent if you were not permitted by the author of the original post/content will be removed and you shall be given a warning.
  4. Posting illegal/null and or hacking scripts is prohibited (Hacking scripts will result in a permanent ban).
  5. Any discussions regarding illegal hacking are prohibited. E.g. to take control and or access data without the permission of the owner.
  6. No sharing inappropriate pictures.
  7. Before posting a thread asking for help please review (Before asking your question), (Q&A system has changed) and (How to ask a good question).
  8. Any posts that contain pornography and child pornography will be removed and your account will be permanently banned. Local authorities will be contacted.
  9. When sharing or placing code in a thread/post please format the code using our BBCode to make it easier to read and understand by whoever is looking at your code. Check out the thread that was created about BBCode and examples on how to use it properly. Read Me - How to post your code into threads
  10. Avoid posting threads and posts that contain a wall of text
    1. this is defined as posting a large paragraph or more)
    2. Suggestion: Instead format your post in such a way that it makes it interesting and understandable. It should be straight to the point and easy to read. Perhaps add some photos, bullet points, coloured font, code examples etc.
  11. Avoid posting screenshots and or pictures of code. It makes it harder to come up with a solution to your question if we cannot copy and paste the code into our personal IDE's.
  12. Do not post threads asking for coders to code and or build a program for you. You can request guidance, or team members to assist you but do NOT ask others to do the work for you.
  13. Do not edit your original thread content and replace it with one-liners like "Solved" or "Nevermind" leave it as is, please reply to your thread stating that you have solved it and provide the solution.
  14. Do not post any sensitive data on Code Forum that may either harm or put others in danger. Including but limited to sharing emails, passwords, sensitive government information such as SSN/SIN numbers, credit cards, addresses, phone numbers.
    1. If you are needing help with managing data with code or other methods then please use a tool such as Mockaroo - Random Data Generator and API Mocking Tool | JSON / CSV / SQL / Excel or something similar to generate this data for you, do NOT use production data. When you use randomly generated data, please specify in your thread where you got the data from.
  15. No posting minified code. It makes it very difficult to read, please format your code. If using VS Code, you can use an extension called Pretty Formatter.
Inappropriate Behaviour/Language:
  1. Be respectful towards members' opinions and ideas they may have. It's fair to disagree and to have a different perspective, but present your case on why you disagree thoroughly.
  2. When replying to other member's post try to stay on topic, although we will not penalize you, we strongly encourage you to not divert from the topic. E.g. the post is about HTML, but you decide to start talking about cats.
  3. Use common sense. This includes but is not limited to avoiding spamming, being excessively rude or arguing against the staff members. If you have a conflict with a member or a staff member, contact the administration through a private message rather than having heated debates in the forum discussions. Avoid using Vulgar, offensive or otherwise obscene names towards staff or another member.
  4. Unwelcoming behaviour is not tolerated at Code Forum; this is in regards to posts or replies where statements such as "Google it, search google" and or "that's a stupid question" will result in a warning. We are a community, we help each other, encourage each other.
  5. Please provide more than just a simple answer to a question. It would be helpful to include an explanation, facts, and examples to better illustrate your point.
    1. It's important to remember that the author or member may not have coding experience and is only looking to make minor adjustments to their website. In these cases, providing a solution with a brief explanation may be the easiest option.
  6. Do not use 'bump' within 24 hours of thread creation, and or if the post has not had any activity for 24 hours.
    1. Modifying and or changing a topic and posting a reply with information DOES NOT count toward a bump.
    2. Example: You posted about needing help with C++ but figured out part of your problem before anyone could help you, then you may post a reply.
      1. Use 'bump' when you have nothing further to add but wish to bring your or another thread back to the top for more information and or an answer to the thread.
  7. If you have more than one account and one of them is banned - then all accounts under your IP address will be banned as it will be taken as you are evading a ban. However, in special circumstances, you may be given an exemption which must be approved by an Administrator.
  8. We kindly ask for your patience while awaiting a response to your thread. It may take a few days for someone to answer your post. Please refrain from repeatedly PM'ing or replying to your thread (this refers to someone replying without supplying additional context), as it can be perceived as disrespectful and may result in a warning.
    1. Staff members may not know every answer and are not expected to provide answers;
    2. Members (including you) are not expected to provide answers if you chose not to.
Inappropriate Advertising / Spam:
  1. Please do not advertise other developing communities on Code Forum (other forums, discord servers, slack and other platforms). You may, however, reference a resource or a tutorial/guide.
    1. This may also include:
      1. Services and or products you (others) provide.​
  2. Do not promote sites on Code Forum; this may include but is not limited to forum threads, profile posts, private messaging and or any other affiliation to Code Forum.
    1. However, if you are seeking help with your website, app or any other development then you can share a link to help you and others solve your issue.
    2. NEW There is an exception to this rule, you may add a link to your website to your signature and or profile about section. However, you cannot add links advertising your paid service or offerings unless you have received prior permission from the administration team.
      1. An example of what's not allowed:
        • example.com new offers available.
        • example.com offering 10% off.
        • example.com hosting available.
      2. An example of what's allowed:
        • example.com Here is my portfolio website.
        • example.com check out my app that I created.
        • example.com check out my open sourced project.
  3. When providing links to solutions or articles; please explain the context of the link. The right way of sharing links would be: "Code Forum - Where your coding journey begins is where you can get help with coding!" NOT "Code Forum - Where your coding journey begins." Visitors and coders should know where the link is going to direct them.
    1. OPTIONAL: Share the solution/content within the thread followed by the source URL. This will help reduce the amount of clicks for coders when trying to find their solution.
Resources & Media Services:
  1. All media and or resources published to resources/media must be approved by an administrator before it can be seen publicly.
  2. Any posts that contain pornography and child pornography will be removed and your account will be permanently banned. Local authorities will be contacted.
  3. Posting illegal/null and or hacking scripts is prohibited (Hacking scripts will result in a permanent ban).
  4. If you plan on buying resources, be sure that the resource exists first and that it meets your expectations.
    1. Report if you get scammed to administration immediately and contact your bank; scamming will result in account restriction.
  5. Posting of 'paid' services and goods is prohibited. We are a free community.
Participating in Events & Contests:
  1. If you have more than 1 account here at Code Forum, you may ONLY use one to participate. If you are caught with multiple accounts participating, all your accounts will be banned for a period of 7 days. And, you will not be able to participate again.
Recommend precautions (OPTIONAL):
  • We advise that you don't share any personal information that could expose your privacy but it is truly up to you on what you share. By this, we mean anything that is publicly displayed via posts or profiles.
    • Name
    • Age
    • Phone Number
    • Email addresses such as [email protected]
    • Address
    • Your IP
    • We advise that you avoid using your real name in your username, post and anywhere else on Code Forum.
      • CodeSkrill Ok username.
      • JohnCode Ok but still try to avoid using any of your names.
      • John Doe Not advisable.
Please review our Moderation Guide to understand how we perform our moderation duties here at Code Forum.
 

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Code of Conduct has been updated.
**New** Do not post any sensitive data on Code Forum that may either harm or put others in danger. Including but limited to sharing emails, passwords, sensitive government information such as SSN/SIN numbers, credit cards, addresses, phone numbers.
  1. If you are needing help with managing data with code or other methods then please use a tool such as https://mockaroo.com/ or something similar to generate this data for you, do NOT use production data. When you use randomly generated data, please specify in your thread where you got the data from.
 
Code of Conduct has been updated.

All new entries will be announced in this thread and will be highlighted with ** New **.

You can find the updated/added rule down below:
** New ** If you have more than one account and one of them is banned - then all accounts under your IP address will be banned as it will be taken as you are evading a ban. However, in special circumstances, you may be given an exemption which must be approved by an Administrator.
 
Code of Conduct has been updated.

All new entries will be announced in this thread and will be highlighted with ** New **.

You can find the updated/added rule down below:

** New ** If your question gets resolved, please mark the reply as the thread "solution". This will help others who are having similar issues.
  1. Please note: It is at Guardians Team discretion on whether or not to give a warning on this.
 
Code of Conduct has been modified.

All new entries will be announced in this thread and will be highlighted with ** New **.

You can find the updated/added rule below:

Please provide more than just a simple answer to a question. It would be helpful to include an explanation, facts, and examples to better illustrate your point.
  1. ** New ** It's important to remember that the author or member may not have coding experience and is only looking to make minor adjustments to their website. In these cases, providing a solution with a brief explanation may be the easiest option.
  • ** New ** We kindly ask for your patience while awaiting a response to your thread. It may take a few days for someone to answer your post. Please refrain from repeatedly PM'ing or replying to your thread (this refers to someone replying without supplying additional context), as it can be perceived as disrespectful and may result in a warning.
    1. Staff members may not know every answer and are not expected to provide answers;
    2. Members (including you) are not expected to provide answers if you chose not to.
 
Code of Conduct has been updated.

All new entries will be announced in this thread and will be highlighted with ** New **.

You can find the updated/added rule down below:
NEW No posting minified code. It makes it very difficult to read, please format your code. If using VS Code, you can use an extension called Pretty Formatter.
 
Do not promote sites on Code Forum; this may include but is not limited to forum threads, profile posts, private messaging and or any other affiliation to Code Forum.
  1. However, if you are seeking help with your website, app or any other development then you can share a link to help you and others solve your issue.
  2. NEW There is an exception to this rule, you may add a link to your website to your signature and or profile about section. However, you cannot add links advertising your paid service or offerings unless you have received prior permission from the administration team.
    1. An example of what's not allowed:
      • example.com new offers available
      • example.com offering 10% off.
      • example.com hosting available
    2. An example of what's allowed:
      • example.com Here is my portfolio website
      • example.com check out my app that I created
      • example.com check out my open sourced project.
The code of conduct regarding link sharing has been updated. Although we are still not allowing promoting your website outside the advertisement system, we are changing the rules to be more flexible. You may share your website/app/Github in your signature and profile about section.

However, please remember it's not a place to promote your paid services or offerings.
 

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