If you dont know the rules of the forum (official and unofficial), the regulars will happily eat you alive. With this in mind, I asked the forum regulars to give all the n00bs some friendly forum advice. Dont say we never did anything for you.
*Note: Every forum is different. While this advice may be helpful in other forums, it was created with the Deviants (General Discussion) forum in mind.*
Ask people to give serious replies only, stop replying please, or just be nice. It wont happen, and youre much more likely to get the opposite.
Take anyone seriously, or take anything personally.
Type lyk dis or LiKe ThIs or LIKE THIS or like this!!!!!!!11 omg u so funny!!!! We prefer complete sentences and words that are not spelled with numbers in them. And, trust me, one exclamation point is enough.
Touch !OpiateTarts skim milk.
Ask for help with homework, your boyfriend, or your art skills.
Post a deep forum topic (ie what is art? whats the meaning of life etc) unless youre ok with the answers being really dumb and/or mean, because thats what youll get.
Expect people to automatically respect you, or even like you. You have to earn it.
Try to be random or crazy. Starting a thread that simply says OMG PIE!!!! isnt funny. You have a brain, please use it.
Expect people to be nicer to you just because youre new. It wont happen.
Ask us to tell you how wonderful you or your art is.
Use itty bitty tiny font size all the time.
Overuse emoticons or plz accounts.
Read all the sticky threads and lurk for a while to get an idea of how other people are posting and replying.
Learn the difference between the forums. Deviants forum is mainly for useless conversations about stupid stuff. Help with Life is for sympathetic help with personal issues. If you cant figure out what the Complaints and Suggestions forums are for, you have more problems than I can help you with. Better yet, read the descriptions of ALL the forums before you decide where to post a topic, and remember that theres a forum for each gallery (Photography, Literature, etc).
Use proper grammar and spelling. If English isnt your first language, tell us that, so we dont think youre just lazy or dumb. For maximum benefit, post something like, English is not my native language. I apologize in advance for any mistakes. in your signature.
Tell the forum regulars how awesome they are. They secretly enjoy it.
Kiss `Daniums arse.
Use the reply button to reply to someones comment.
Have a sense of humor.
Realize that if youre not `littlefishey, youre probably wrong.
Read the FAQ.
I hope you enjoyed this advice! Any questions?
Thanks to all the people that contributed advice! You know who you are.