dBase, LLC Newsgroup Guidelines
These newsgroups are sponsored and maintained by dBase, LLC for the purpose
of providing peer-level technical support for dBase, LLC's products and users, and for promoting our current and future
products through the interactive exchange of information between dBase, LLC and its customers.
We encourage you to participate - to ask questions, discuss issues related to dBase, LLC technology and to share your
knowledge with others.
There are only a few hard-and-fast rules that dBase, LLC will enforce on these newsgroups, and they can be summed up in
two simple ideas: stay on topic and be courteous. It is our intent to ensure that these newsgroups are among the
most civil, productive and informative on the Internet. We need your cooperation in meeting those goals.
Posts will be removed immediately that contain attacks on other people, including, but not limited to, other posters
or members of the dBASE team or dBVIPs.
2) Flames The
dBase, LLC newsgroups are dedicated to information and assistance. They are not intended to be a platform for venting
or flaming. There are many places on the Internet in which you are free to express your anger. This is not one
of them. Posts that contain flames will be removed without notice.
The dBase, LLC newsgroups should be used only for topics that relate to dBase, LLC products. Once again, there are many places
on the Internet in which you are free to discuss politics, other software companies, the economy or the latest
conspiracy theory. This is not one of them. Posts with content that is not related to dBase, LLC products will be removed
4) Thread Drift
As a courtesy to others who will be seeking answers to specific questions among tens of thousands of posts, please
do not drift off topic. If your post is not directly related to the current topic, please do not post it as a reply.
Start a new topic.
5) Newsgroup Integrity
Please use the proper newsgroup for the topic you are posting. dBase, LLC has supplied a wide variety of newsgroups. Please
find the one most suited to your topic. Do not post bug reports in a database newsgroup or installation questions
in the "reports" newsgroup.
Please do not post spurious topics, such as greetings. Long threads of "thank you", "you're welcome",
"see ya" may seem friendly, but actually choke the bandwidth of the newsgroups. Please keep in mind that
many users are on dialup and incur significant time and/or expense in downloading these messages.
7) Crop Please
crop the original message when you reply. You don't have to remove it, but please condense it down to its meaningful
highlights. Normally, newsgroup software quotes the original message in its entirety each time you reply. If you
are ten levels down, you may have ten messages embedded within yours that are not material to your response. Once
again, please keep in mind the dialup users who will be downloading the same messages over and over again as "quotes".
Please do not post attachments to your messages. They will eat up other participants' bandwidth! If you need to
post programs, data or screen shots, please post them in the "Binaries" newsgroup. Then include the subject
name of that post in the text of the message related to that upload so readers can find the "attachments"
if they wish to.
No profanity or abusive or discriminatory language shall be permitted in any post on the dBase, LLC newsgroups under any
are a group of some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated dBASE experts in the world. They are VOLUNTEERS who
commit many hours to ensuring that our products are supported and understood. They are not dBase, LLC Corp employees.
They are your peers. Please treat them with the courtesy and respect they deserve.
dBase, LLC reserves the right to remove any post that breaks the rules expressed in these guidelines without notice. No
one will be "banned" from these newsgroups, but any posts that dBase, LLC determines to be offensive or contrary
to the interests of dBase, LLC, its products or its customers will be removed at dBase, LLC's discretion.
Once again, welcome to the dBASE Web Newsgroups.
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