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Rules and Common Courtesies on the Info Barrel Forum

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 13 21

Welcome to Info Barrel!

The Info Barrel community is like no other on the internet. While some other writing websites thrive on discourse and belittlement, the exact opposite is true for the writers on IB. We always welcome new members into the fold. Here are a few suggestions on how you can become an important part of the Info Barrel community.

Introduce Yourself

There is an entire section of the forum devoted to welcoming new writers. Please, introduce yourself and share a bit about who you are and why you decided to sign up to write at Info Barrel. We want to know!

What you should not do in your introduction is create links to your own websites or to any product you are selling. That looks like spam, and it will more than likely be flagged. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression. Save your links for your “About Me’ page or your article signatures.

Search the Forums for Answers

As a member of Info Barrel since January 2010, I have seen the same questions asked over and over again by new writers. While we readily help a newbie, you can best help yourself by going to the search box at the top of the page and typing in what you are looking for. Chances are, there will be several forum links, as well as articles, that will tell you the answer.

If you searched and have not found the answer you are looking for, then please ask away!

We Are Not Microwaves-Be Patient for an Answer

In our microwave society, we want the answers yesterday. If you have asked a question and it has not been answered in five minutes, please give it time, especially on the weekends, and even more time on summer weekends. I have noticed that some people get really annoyed if their question is “ignored” because the response is not instantaneous.

Being sarcastic is not going to get your question answered any more quickly. In fact, it is one way to make sure it is ignored.

Do Not Try to Sell Us Your Amazing New Product

On the Info Barrel forums, we cheer each other’s successes. We want to know if you published a new book on Kindle and it has a free download day, or if you have created a new website and you want us to look at it and give our opinions (if you asked, we will tell).

However, we do not SELL things to each other on the forums. You have an “About Me” page to share this information. Again, if you try this and you are new to Info Barrel, your actions will look spammy to us. Give us time to get to know you.

Do Not Start Drama on the Forums

There is pretty much a zero tolerance policy for drama here on the Info Barrel forums. We do not insult each other or our work or get into a war of words about religion, politics or any other hot button issue. That is not who we are. I have many friends here with whom I do not see eye-to-eye on certain topics, and I have respect for them and their beliefs.

Our admins will shut down any forum topic that is getting too heated. It has only happened a handful of times since I have been here, and it was necessary. Info Barrel writers pride themselves on being civil and respectful.

Do Not Disrespect the Admins on the Forums

Kevin and Ryan have worked tirelessly on our behalf to make Info Barrel a better site. They listen to our suggestions for improvements and act upon them-imagine that!

Sometimes these improvements have led to “bugs” on the site that need to be fixed. When this happens, you may actually have to wait more than fifteen minutes for a response to your email or private message. Know that they will get back to you, it just may take some time if there are known issues they are correcting.

They also take the weekends off, as they should. Everyone is entitled to down time away from work!

The Info Barrel forums are a place where writers help each other out and build each other up. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We welcome you, want you to participate and share your knowledge and become a part of the best online writers community.


Aug 21, 2012 2:10pm
Wonderful article! And yes, if you are a newcomer here, please don't start dramas here. This has been the best forum I have ever seen so far (any topics included), it would be a shame for it to become as bad as some other forums on the internet, full of dramas, hating and spams.
Aug 22, 2012 10:01am
Thank you for reading! I have two daughters, I have enough drama at home!
Aug 21, 2012 8:09pm
Great advice. Taking the time to go through the tips and help sections is amazing.
Aug 22, 2012 10:02am
Exactly! I spent several weeks reading the Squidoo forums and reading lenses about making lenses before actually signing up. The information is there if a person takes the time to look. Thanks for reading!
Aug 22, 2012 12:48am
I agree, there is a great forum here. I have found all my questions answered by searching the forums and help articles. Patience when waiting for answers is important, it is easy to forget that this is a global community and many people are in different time zones.
Aug 22, 2012 10:03am
Spot on! We are in different time zones, and that factors in greatly about when people will respond. Thanks for reading!
Aug 22, 2012 10:09am
One problem I've found with searching the forums for answers is that you can't just search the forums; you search the entire site.

Another suggestion would be that not everyone is a native English speaker. Sarcasm, irony, and humour don't always work well when the reader uses as English as a second language, and that's before you consider how illogical English can be.
Aug 23, 2012 2:13pm
True, the entire site comes up, but the answer to your question can also be found in articles.

You made a good point about not everyone speaking English as their native tongue. The printed word does not share tone or facial expression, also making replies seem sarcastic when they are not meant to be. Thanks for reading!
Aug 22, 2012 11:24am
Very good info, MMM!!
Aug 23, 2012 2:14pm
Thanks! I appreciate your visit!
Aug 22, 2012 12:12pm
Spot on Mommy X3 and I think I know where your muse for this came from as we have been having some of the above behaviour lately.
I had bitten my lip to it, yet that seems to just spur that kind of behaviour on like an infection. I WILL be flagging that crap from now on.( Some I already do).
Aug 23, 2012 2:16pm
Flag away! Only the admins know who has flagged a comment. We need to keep the forums a place for helping others and inspiring them to do better. We all win as a community if we do this. Thanks for reading!
Aug 26, 2012 3:23am
InfoBarrel's forum was where I learned everything. The attitude where people help each other and thereby help the site and themselves in the longer term is incredibly positive. I have never come across such an altruistic group of people anywhere.
Aug 26, 2012 5:30am
Same here, Phil-I have always attributed my success to the writers, like you, who have helped me over the years. This is an amazing community of positive people, which is why we do not tolerate negativity.
Sep 3, 2012 8:14pm
Well done MMM, when I joined a while ago, I was so pleased by how friendly and helpful the members were here at IB. It was so refreshing. And the main thing was there was NO bickering or backbiting.
I wrote an article on Hubpages about staying away from the forum as I noticed that many people were so hurt by the comments given to newbies that they just did not write there anymore.
Which is such a shame, I cannot understand why people appear to enjoy hurting others
Sep 11, 2012 6:53am
This is the only forum that I am active on because I want positive, not negative!
Oct 3, 2012 9:07pm
Mommy,Great article that puts em
phasis on tolerance and respect.
Oct 9, 2012 3:50pm
That is what IB is all about! We help, not hurt.
Feb 2, 2013 4:12pm
As a newbie, I am taking the day off from writing articles and spending time getting to know the IB site and the community. That is how I came upon your article. Great tips. Thanks, mommymommymommy. LOVE the handle. Kim
Feb 9, 2013 10:43am
Thank you for reading and good luck here on IB!
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