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magicforum hints 'n' tips please read before posting!
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:10:04 PM »
Welcome to magicforum! You've just joined the web's biggest and friendliest English-language discussion board for Disneyland Paris. Things are usually as happy here as a ride through "it's a small world", but, to keep it that way, we'd like you to read a few general guidelines and tips before you begin discussing the magic...

Be friendly and family-friendly
It goes without saying that you should treat all members and moderators with respect. Remember that our memberlist spans many ages and countries. OK, so we're never going to all agree on everything, that's the beauty of a discussion forum - just remember that, when you get into those heated Disney debates, you're never aggressive or rude and never use obscene (swear) words or violent language. Before you post something, think about whether it's really suitable for a forum visited by families and children.

Moderators mean well
If a topic is moved or closed, a point clarified or a request made by the moderators, don't take it badly! It happens all the time, and it's only in the name of keeping the forum organised and running smoothly. If there should ever be a serious issue with your posts, and we're sure there won't be, we'd contact you by Private Message or send a Warning.

Topics & Posts

Hints and tips about the messages you post...

Don't be afraid!
Here's the best tip of all. If you've got something to say, a question to ask, post it! If it's not related to any topic already open, don't be afraid to start a new one!
Use good grammar, spelling and punctuation
This is a forum, not a text message, so please use capital letters, commas and full stops where appropriate. It makes the forum so much more appealing to read and join. But don't worry, you don't need an English degree to post here!
Simple yet descriptive titles
When you start a new topic, call it something like - for example - "Big Thunder Mountain closed for maintenance today" - rather than just "Big Thunder". In Trip Reports, it's a great idea to post your trip dates in the title (eg. "5th-7th/09/2009").
THIS IS SHOUTING, ths is hrd 2 rd
Please, don't post all in capitals or all in lowercase. And, especially since this is an international forum where English certainly isn't everyone's first language, text message language ("txt spk") should not be used.
Stay on-topic!
There are many sections to magicforum, so make sure you post any new topics in the correct area. If you're posting a reply to a topic, make sure your post is relevant.
'Official Topics' group posts together
We use 'Official Topics' to discuss things like Halloween or the construction of a new attraction in just one place. This prevents having several topics on a single issue, which can be confusing. If multiple topics are created for one subject, we may merge them together into one thread. If you can't find a topic, but think there might already be one, use our simple Search function to find it!
Avoid short or unnecessary posts
Try to avoid very short posts of just "yes" or "no". If you're posting news photos, we'd also love a quick comment about them too. We'd also prefer you didn't just post to "up" your post count, it's about quality, not quantity! It all helps discussion to flow!
Always note the Source
If you're posting news or rumours, particularly when you're quoting directly from another website, always note the source underneath with either a simple "Source: photosmagiques.com" or an actual link to the article quoted.

Images

They make the forum colourful and fresh, but please remember...

Maximum image width: 800px
Images larger than this will "stretch" the message board layout, making posts hard to read and causing trouble for visitors with slow internet connections. Use a thumbnail if available or, if you can't resize your images, just post the URL to the image.
No 'backstage' photos
Photos taken in the "backstage" areas of the resort should not be posted. Not only does this spoil the magic, it could get us - or the person who took the photos - in trouble. This includes pictures of characters not in full costume.
Credit the original photographer
If you post images to show news events or otherwise, please remember to credit the original photographer or post the URL of where you found the photo.

Avatars & Signatures

We love it when you personalise your account, but please note...

Avatars maximum size: 120x120 pixels
You can change your avatar by clicking 'User Control Panel' > 'Profile' > 'Edit avatar' and either choosing from the gallery, pasting in an external URL or uploading your image.
Signatures maximum height: around 180px
Whilst there is a 470 character and 5 URL limit, we also ask that your signature height is absolutely no more than a maximum 13 lines of text (~250px height), to keep the forum easy to read.

Self Promotion

Want to share your own website or other creations?

Plug your website, it's OK!
Unlike some fussy forums, we've no problem with you posting a link or small banner for your website, blog or Twitter account (for example) in your signature! However, please keep the size of these as minimal and unobtrusive as possible.
Tell the world about your website
If you want to promote your website or tell forum members about new content you've create with a topic of its own, please do this in the Weblinks & Media board at the bottom of the forum. Here, you're welcome to create a topic all to yourself and update it intermittently with new updates from your site, ensuring our main forums stay focused on discussion.
A username, not an advert
We kindly ask that usernames are exactly such, and that you do not use any kind of website address as your name. We want to talk to YOU, not a domain name!

Your Account

You and your magicforum world...

One account per person
You should only open and use one account per person. Different accounts for family members are very welcome, but only if these are used by the family members themselves.
No age limit!
There is no age limit for setting up a magicforum account. We just ask that, if you're going to post messages, you follow the above ("Posts") rules and write in English. You're very welcome to sign-up and only read posts, but we'd love you to get involved too!
Your name is yours forever
The username you choose when you first register with magicforum is with you forever, so please choose wisely! The Admin will not accept requests to change usernames unless a very good reason is given.
Fill it all in!
Have you completed your profile? Fill in your birth date and your name will pop up at the bottom of the forum homepage when it's your birthday! Add a website URL, Instant Messenger username or email to make making friends with fellow Disney fans even easier.

Questions, comments, suggestions?
Open a new topic in this board (City Hall), send a Private Message to Kristof or Anthony or use the general Photos Magiques contact page.

Technical or log-in problems?
Send an e-mail to Kristof via the Photos Magiques contact page.

We hope you enjoy magicforum!
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Re: magicforum hints 'n' tips (Please read before posting!)
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011, 04:11:17 PM »
Just bumping this topic temporarily to highlight one polite request:
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    Use good grammar, spelling and punctuation
    This is a forum, not a text message, so please use capital letters, commas and full stops where appropriate. It makes the forum so much more appealing to read and join. But don't worry, you don't need an English degree to post here![/list]
    I've noticed more members posting all in lower case lately, which can make the forum look unappealing or make posts hard to read. Please use punctuation and capital letters at the start of sentences!

    Remember that English is not everyone's first language here, and you're more likely to get an answer to your question or a reply to your message if you put some effort into your post itself.
    « Last Edit: January 01, 1970, 01:00:00 AM by Guest »
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    Re: magicforum hints 'n' tips (Please read before posting!)
    « Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 06:54:21 PM »
    Bumping this again to reiterate the above after feedback from some members, and to add the following:

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    Self Promotion

    Want to share your own website or other creations?

      Plug your website, it's OK!
      Unlike some fussy forums, we've no problem with you posting a link or small banner for your website, blog or Twitter account (for example) in your signature! However, please keep the size of these as minimal and unobtrusive as possible.[/list]
        Tell the world about your website
        If you want to promote your website or tell forum members about new content you've create with a topic of its own, please do this in the Weblinks & Media board at the bottom of the forum. Here, you're welcome to create a topic all to yourself and update it intermittently with new updates from your site, ensuring our main forums stay focused on discussion.[/list]
          A username, not an advert
          We kindly ask that usernames are exactly such, and that you do not use any kind of website address as your name. We want to talk to YOU, not a domain name![/list]
          « Last Edit: January 01, 1970, 01:00:00 AM by Guest »
          Explore, Plan, Discover the Magic:
          DLP Guide DLP Today Euro Souvenirland 25th Anniversary

           

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