Welcome to the Phenomlab Community. Thanks for joining us. We’re very into security and technology, and are always happy to meet people who feel the same way. We want everyone to get the most out of the platform, so we ask that you please read and follow these guidelines. And enjoy your visit here! We have some relatively simple rules here, so please take the time to read the below

Make Yourself Heard

Spend some time browsing the platform, familiarise yourself with the tag system, and do a few searches for keywords related to your topic: it could be someone has already started a discussion about it. If you don’t search, you won’t find ? When you’re sure you’re ready to start a discussion, please keep the following points in mind:

  • Give it a good title! You’ll get the best results if your title makes it clear what you want to talk about.
  • Choose the right tag(s). This will increase the likelihood your post will be read and answered promptly.
  • Don’t post repeatedly about the same topic, as doing so will tend to have the opposite effect.
  • If not using a tag set aside for multilingual use, post in English only. We can’t help if we can’t read you!
  • Remember, you don’t need to sign your posts. We’ve got your profile to let us know who you are.
  • Please make the effort to help us keep things organised.

Make Your Reply Count

You’re taking the time to participate in a discussion, in the hope that others will read your ideas and take them into consideration. So why not make the effort to make your reply worth reading?

  • Don’t reply to a title. Take some time to read the original post, and at least scan the rest of the conversation first.
  • Ask yourself if your reply adds to the discussion. If it doesn’t, give it some more thought before posting.
  • Avoid making one-word posts just to agree with someone; you can use the “upvote” link for that ?
  • Avoid making multiple posts in a row when one would suffice. This is a forum, not Facebook.
  • If your reply is likely to divert the course of the discussion, consider starting your own discussion instead.
  • If you just want to post a bit of nonsense as a test, please do it in the Test Posting tag instead.
  • Make sure your replies provide constructive feedback and support to allow for an inclusive community.
  • No one’s going to complain about the occasional joke or smart remark. We like to keep the mood light – but, to keep things productive, as well, we ask that you try to avoid derailing a discussion altogether.

Above All, Be Polite, and Professional

We’re all here to talk about the things that matter to us, and to work together toward making it an even better experience. Criticising ideas (by means of reasonable arguments, of course) is an important part of that. But let’s not get carried away and devolve into personal attacks, because negativity only gets in the way. We also ask that you avoid the following:

  • Offensive or abusive language, as well as any kind of hate speech
  • Posts intended to harass, impersonate, or defame others
  • Unnecessary deletion of posted content
  • Attempts to abuse or expose the private information of others
  • Obscene or sexually explicit content
  • Spam, phishing posts, and any actions intended to deface this site
  • Discussion of software piracy and similar topics
  • All the above are grounds for moderator action. If you have an issue with another member, we ask that you please don’t confront them yourself. Please just use the Report command on the post in question, then leave it up to the admin to deal with the situation.

Our moderators may edit or delete any content that is offensive or disruptive to the flow of communication. Serious or repeated offences will lead to suspension of the offending user’s account. So, you know, be polite, and professional. Courtesy costs you nothing to give and receive, so let’s all be mindful of that please.

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