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Exclamation If you are new to M3forum please read this *before* you read anything else.

M3forum's Guide For Noobs.

*The majority of the below information was taken directly from outstanding automotive forum.

-Use the search function BEFORE you post a question. We don't like rehashing a subject that was discussed just last week, last month, or a even last year if nothing new is brought to the table. We like to be thorough in technical discussions, so chances are good that your question was answered if your topic has been brought up before. In addition, use wildcards in your searches. A search for "tire" will find both tires and tire.

*This is particularly important when the question has to do with SMG vs 6-MT. For more information on that subject, go here: SMG vs 6-MT info

-Absolute Statements are Critical Lightning Rods; use them with care, or risk grounding.

-Posting in all caps is just plain annoying.

-When you ask a question, try to be as specific as you can. Rather than ask a general, sweeping question ("what suspension parts are good?"), try to narrow it down to a specific subject ("Which is better and why...PSS9 or Ground Control?"). Again, try doing a search for the specific question before creating a new thread. It's more than likely been discussed before.

-Silly usernames (Barry Mccockiner), usernames that imply useless superiority (Supastreetcarkillah), or usernames with alternating caps
(tYpERfORdezZcOrt) bring little to no credibility to your posts. Something to keep in mind.

-Use the spell check function in your word processor. Then cut and paste your posts into the forum.

-If you are new, your post count will tell us this fact. Please don't announce to us that you are new. We know already. Instead lurk, lurk, lurk until you find a topic you have something of value you can contribute to. Telling us you are new will get the minimum in cordial accolades however if you post something stupid at a later date we will remember you and come down much harder. On the other hand, if you "blend" in and post useful info you will slowly gain respect from the "elders".

-Don't post a question in multiple forums in hopes of "getting more responses." Most members go through every forum when they visit, and they will come across your post regardless of where you put it. Having the same topic occurring in multiple forums makes it difficult to keep track of what's going on and increases the chances of duplicated effort.

-Use a meaningful thread title. You want readers to know what the thread is about before they enter the thread. The forum software allows thread titles to be quite long; use this to give your thread a meaningful yet succinct title. A thread title like "brake question" is not nearly as effective as one like "Need help with BBK installation." In addition to drawing the appropriate expertise to your thread, a good title helps when searching the forums at a later date.

-Anyone schooled in economics is familiar with Gresham's Law: bad money drives out good. Well, indifferent moderating invites a Gresham's Law of Online Interaction: idiotic postings drive away contributors who have something interesting to say.

-Checking sources is an important aspect of posting with credibilty. If something you are posting sounds too good to be true and you are relying upon someone else's words to make a point, take your butt to and make sure you're not spreading misinformation, which is a capital crime here on M3forum.

Thank you, and welcome to M3forum.
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