Rule Apex Forum Rules

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  1. cardine

    cardine Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi everyone! Before we start with the rules, I wanted to explain the goal of Apex Forum, which should help you understand why each of our rules exist.

    The goal of Apex Forum is to be a high quality discussion forum for online business owners, internet marketers, and SEOers to discuss the nuts and bolts of everything they do. We want Apex Forum to be the place people go to for high quality discussion with a good signal to noise ratio. While still maintaining this high quality signal to noise ratio, we still want Apex Forum to be inviting to new members, so long as they express a genuine desire to learn and document their progress as they gain experience and knowledge.

    Now onto the rules:

    1. Stay on topic in each section. Only post a new thread in the "Case Study and Journals" section if it is actually a case study or a journal. Only post in the "SEO and Marketing" section if your post is actually about SEO or marketing. If you don't think your post is on topic on any of the major sections, post it in the Apex Lounge. Any thread that is off topic will be moved.
    2. Keep things safe for work. If your business is centered around adult content, it is fine to discuss, but no NSFW content can be posted on Apex Forum, and any NSFW links must be clearly marked as such.
    3. Don't be a dick. Although we have high standards, we want to be a warm and inviting community, and we will not tolerate any harassing or bullying.
    4. Do not post just to say "thank you", use the "like" button instead. Posts like that will be removed.
    5. Spellcheck and revise your grammar before posting. Bad grammar, excessive punctuation, and generally hard to read posts may be removed by a moderator.
    6. Do not repost a full article from elsewhere. If you want, post a link you like and add a comment, explaining in detail why this information is important for the community.
    7. Do not post low quality content. Things like "put your keyword in your h1 tag" is considered to be low quality content. If you have a question that you think is very basic, post it in the "Newbie Section". Similarly if you have an article that does not add any new insight or is clearly targeted towards newbies, post it in the "Newbie Section". Any posts that meet this criteria that are posted elsewhere will be moved to the "Newbie Section".
    8. If you are posting service/product links disclose your affiliation. Indicate if it's an affiliate link or if you are the product owner. Suspicious links will be edited out and an infraction will be given. No promotional threads are allowed, including free products or contests.
    9. You can promote anything in your signature, with a restriction of up to 3 links or an image that is 728x90 or smaller. Text signatures may not be longer than one line in length.
    10. Do not try to inflate your post count with meaningless messages. Members caught inflating their post count will be given an infraction.
    11. Remember: The forum's member rating algorithm is largely based on how useful your posts are. We would prefer a forum with less high quality posts than a million low quality posts. Quality over quantity!
     
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  2. dzianis

    dzianis Moderator Staff Member

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    Another important rule:

    Here's the newbie section: http://www.apexforum.com/forums/newbie-section.18/
     
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  3. cardine

    cardine Administrator Staff Member

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    Just updated rule 8 to include more information on what types of promotional threads are or are not allowed. Since we do not currently have a marketplace it is currently very restrictive, and a provision will later be added in when we add a marketplace. We also added a rule 9 which goes over what is and is not allowed in your signature.

    Thank you @dzianis for helping to properly brainstorm and write these!
     
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