## General Posting Guidelines
**1) Please use SEARCH first**
There is a pretty good chance that unless you have some really odd or unique problem that it has been addressed on our forum before, please use the forum’s search feature first to see if there are already some good posts/threads on the subject that answer the questions you may have. It’s easy to search – just click the “Search” button at the top right of the page.
**2) Be DESCRIPTIVE**
**a) Topic Name**
Post a descriptive topic name! Give a short summary of your problem IN THE SUBJECT. Here’s a great list of topic subjects YOU SHOULD NOT POST:
* Help me
* Very urgent
* I have a question
* I have a problem
Generally ANYTHING similar to those is unacceptable. Just post your problem.
Here is a good example of a way to post a question:
* “Difference between BGP and MP-BGP” or,
* “Why should I use OSPF instead of EIGRP”
**b) Post Content / Your Question**
Be sure to include as much information if and when you have a question needing to answered. The more details we have, the easier it is for us to help you!
“It’s not working” is not a sufficient way to ask for help. In order for our moderators to effectively respond to your post, describe in detail the problem you are experiencing and what steps you have already tried yourself to attempt to resolve the issue. Explain to us what your goal is and what you are trying to accomplish.
If you have questions about a certain topology, please add a topology picture. This makes it so much easier than explaining in text how everything is connected.
Our forum is viewable by the public, so don’t post any sensitive information (e.g. usernames, passwords and IP addresses).
Please denote code by using the CODE button. Begin by highlighting the text needing to be coded, then select the code button. See screen shot below:
You will know when it works, as the text you selected will become indented. Over in the preview pane, you will see the text coded with a colored background. See screen shot below:
Things to note when coding text:
* Text blocks needing to be coded must have a space before and after the block.
* Two text blocks cannot be coded simultaneously. There must be some text in between blocks. Something as simple as a “-“ can be entered in between text blocks to code.
* When in doubt, just do your best and a moderator will fix it for you.
**3) Our support has LIMITS**
Our moderators are not here to “do your homework”. Please do not dump configurations in a post and ask us to locate the problem and solve it for you. That is the job of a consultant.
Here are some things we don’t do:
* Creating custom configuration files.
* Fixing errors in your configuration files.
* Answering questions about your production network.
* Answering design questions about your production network.
However, please remember that we want you to succeed in your studies!! In most cases, we will offer you some direction or provide links to third party resources or examples. Our goal is to teach you to understand (complex) networking topics. Rather than solving problems for you, we will always try to explain HOW you can do something.
We’ll guide you through the process, answer questions and refer to current and future lessons, but the focus will be on learning and enabling you to do the task yourself.
**4. Your Participation Counts**
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
The forum provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
**5. Have fun! We are all here to learn…**
## Forum Rules
**1) No Spam / Advertising / Self-promotion**
These forums define spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services and/or other web sites, or posts with little, or completely unrelated content.
Spamming also includes sending private messages to a large number of different users.
**DO NOT ASK for email addresses or phone numbers**
Your account will be banned permanently and your posts will be deleted.
**2) Do not post copyright-infringing material**
Providing or asking for information on how to illegally obtain copyrighted materials is forbidden. Don’t post any download links to any illegal material (IOS images, books/videos with copyright, etc.).
**3) Do not post “offensive” posts, links or images**
Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user pictures. Use common sense while posting.
This is a web site for networking students and professionals.
**4) If you see a problem, flag it**
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time.
**5) Keep it tidy**
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
* Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
* Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
* Don’t post no-content replies.
* Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
* Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
## Moderator Response
We apologize for any delay in replying to your forum questions. Our team of moderators are working diligently to respond to everybody as our community forum is very busy.
Please also bear in mind that the forum is supplied as a bonus feature to our members with a paid subscription. The monthly or annual fee that you pay is strictly for full access to our courses and other content. We do our best to respond to all questions in a timely manner, but it may take a while.
**Becoming A Moderator**
You must be active in the individual forums you wish to moderate and regularly create and respond to threads in those forums.
You must also maintain a working knowledge of the subject matter.
Please be aware that applying to be a moderator does not guarantee acceptance and that moderators will only be appointed when needed.
Current moderators and administrators will review applications and decide if the applicant fits the desired post. Administrators have the final say and we reserve to right to refuse applicants with or without cause.
In Order to Apply to Be a Moderator You Must be:
* a forum regular
* have been at the forum for over 3 months
* have a positive presence on Networklessons Forums
* be proactive
* knowledgeable in the Forums you would like to moderate.
* polite and helpful towards other members and give advice whenever needed and whenever possible.
* visit the forum each day, actively take part in discussions as often as possible, ideally once a day, setting a good example to the other members.
* take an active part in discussions between Moderators relating to the running of the forum.
* must be proficient in the English language, both written and verbal