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    Forum Rules2

    Please read and adhere to these simple rules!

    1. Do not post a new help request in an existing thread. (B)

    2. Do not open more than ONE thread per issue here. Expect duplicates to be closed. (B)

    3. Abusive language or insults will not be tolerated. (B)

    4. Do not post advertisements or put promotional links to other services or commercial sites in signatures and posts. (A, B)

    5. Do not ask for payment in the public forum, or put links to personal sites or services as your sole contribution on the forum. (A, B)

    6. Do not inquire about bypassing security measures in files or websites. (B, E)

    7. If you post your question on another site, you are required to provide the link here. Your thread may be locked until that link is provided, after which you may continue. (A, B)

    8. Do not ignore questions and requests by Moderators and Administrators - these must be addressed and any amendments made before you proceed with your thread. (B, C)

    9. The use of AI tools (e.g. chatGPT, BARD, GPT4 etc) to create forum answers is not permitted. If a user is believed to have used such tools to provide a forum answer, sanctions may be imposed. (B)

    A. For new members, Moderator will edit title, add VBA code tags, or add/remove links, as appropriate. For more experienced members, Moderator will admonish and require compliance.
    B. Repeat offenders will get an infraction and banned for any subsequent offence.
    C. Moderator should soft-delete posts until rule violation is resolved.
    D. Moderator should delete the post.
    E. Moderator should close the thread.


    1. Your thread title should summarize SPECIFICALLY what you are seeking help with.

    2. Programming code should be enclosed in code tags to improve readability.

    [CODE]Please [url=]Login or Register [/url] to view this content.[/CODE]

    (or select your code and click the # button in the edit controls)

    3. Do not private message forum moderators or members for Excel help.

    4. As this is a free forum where members are not allowed to ask for payment, please don't offer it, as it is contrary to the community ethos of the forum.

    Forum Guidelines

    1. Please mark resolved problems "SOLVED"

    2. Don't quote whole posts -- it's just clutter. A mod or admin may edit or remove unnecessary quotations.

    3. We won't do your homework for you, but we will help guide you

    4. Don't put your email address in a post unless you're dying for more spam in your inbox.

    5. Don't post personal or confidential data in a workbook. If you inadvertently do, then send a message to the moderators / admins to have the data immediately and permanently deleted. Include a link to the post in the message.

    6. No more that three links to other URLs are allowed in a single post. Be careful, multiple attempts to post with more than three links may lock your IP.

    The following is the current level structure -
    - Registered User: New users
    - Forum Contributor: 60 days and 100 will be able to upload a non-animated avatar.
    - Valued Forum Contributor : 120 days registered and 300 posts and 150 reputation will be able to upload an animated avatar.
    - Forum Expert: 360 days registered, 1200 posts and 600 reputation can upload a profile picture
    - Forum Guru: promoted by voting from Forum Expert level
    - Forum Moderator: promoted from Forum Guru or Forum Expert level
    - Forum Administrator: promoted from Forum Moderator level

    =======================EDIT LOG========================
    Edited by Paul; 04-17-2012 at 05:09 PM. Reason: Added new method of marking thread solved. Updated "two..hours" to "two..days" in Rule 1.
    Edited by JBeaucaire; 09-05-2012 at 02:02 PM. Reason: Updated rule #6 to underline courteous communications
    Edited by FDibbins; 05-24-2013 at 01:52AM. Reason: Changed wording in rule #3 from "Select your code..." to "Highlight your code..."
    Edited by Arlu1201; 05-28-2013 at 01:26 PM. Reason: Added new level structure.
    Edited by JBeaucaire; 06-25-2013 at 12:30 PM. Reason: Updated rule #2 and General Suggestions to include mention of link limits.
    Edited by arlu1201; 10-17-2013 at 11:44 AM. Reason: Updated rule 5.
    Edited by JBeaucaire; 09-05-2014 at 09:05 AM. Reason: Updated rule 7 into two parts
    Edited by JBeaucaire; 09-25-2014 at 03:40 AM. Reason: Retired rule #9 to a suggestion
    Edited by JBeaucaire; 10-05-2014 at 05:22 PM. Reason: Expanded Rule #13 to cover commercial links and solicitations as well
    Edited by FDibbins; 09/09/2015 at 11:19 AM. Reason: Added back details for adding avatars
    Edited by 6StringJazzer; 09/19/2017 at 02:45 PM. Reason: Revised description of how to attach a file to reflect that the paper clip icon is not working, and clarified description of Manage Attachments method.
    Edited by Admin and Moderators, 9/8/2018 at 03:387 Reason: Revised and updated entire rules list
    Edited by Admin and Moderators, 8/27/2023 at 23:59 Reason: Revised and updated entire rules list
    Edited by AliGW, 12/17/2023 at 06:30 Reason: Added Rule #9 regarding AI-generated solutions.
    Last edited by FDibbins; 01-07-2024 at 11:21 AM.

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