If you’re new here (or even if you aren’t), please read the following threads before posting on the SDMB:
FAQ - Rules for Posting at the Straight Dope Message Boards
How and when do I report a post?
What’s the policy on copyrights?
How do I know which forum to post in?
Are there any forbidden topics, like sex and drugs?
What happens to rules violators?
What are the rules about file-sharing software?
Must I post in English?
What links are permitted? What’s “workplace safe”?
Are there any rules on insulting the other posters?
Can I modify other posters’ quotes?
Can I edit my own post?
What’s with ignore lists and buddy lists?
What are the rules on profile signatures?
What if I want to change my username?
FAQ - Guidelines and Etiquette on the SDMB
Good manners and common courtesy are expected
Use descriptive titles when you start a thread
On resurrecting old threads
Reporting inappropriate Google ads
Use of spoiler tags
How do I find out what happened to a thread or poster that’s vanished
“Private Messaging” and meaning of “private”
FAQ - Technical issues for Posting
New User problems
Changing username, password, or email address
How do I report a bad post (one that I think is rules violation?)
vB coding and tips (bold, italic, spoilers, etc)
How to post pictures and links
How to search the Straight Dope Message Board using Google
How to use the automated polling feature
Contacting the staff directly
Beginner’s Guide to Glossary of Terms on Straight Dope Message Boards
Variations specific to this forum:
When starting a thread, provide a link to the appropriate column or Staff Report
Linking helps keep readers together, saves lots of search time, and avoids someone repeating something already stated in the Column or Staff Report.
How do you post a link? The easy way is just to include the web page location in your post (make sure there is a space before and after the text of the URL).
The fancier approach is to type: [url=“http://the.address.of.the.page”]Your Text Here … (including the equal sign and quote marks, but using the real url, obviously) and you’ll get the words Your Text Here as a link.
And, please, be sure that the link is clear and obvious. A simple link might be missed, especially for newer members. Please be obvious about it, like this:
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_191.html or Why do I sneeze afer every orgasm?
Thanks for your cooperation.