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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by AliGW View Post
    Sorry to point this out, but as a Forum Guru, you should in my opinion be setting an example and not openly ignoring our rules. Anarchic behaviour, however trivial you think it, is at best unhelpful and at worst undermines the authority of those with mod and admin duties here.

    I have no issue at all with your or Rory's questioning the validity of the rule, and I am happy for any rule to be debated and even amended, if necessary, but we must ALL abide by the rules as they stand now.
    Ali far be it to me to suggest such. That was not my intent at all. My humblest apologies if that is how it came across. My point is ... more simply stated ... some rules just can't be written to cover their intent and all situations. It is up to me to use some judgement. If I get it "wrong" (and not willfully so) I will be told. I'll take my licks and move on ... hopefully without infarctions. But if I get one, I'll just have to take it and without feeling like I've been wronged.

    Again my apologies if that came across as anarchic.
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Also, while I'm having a moan, it would be nice if whoever put up that banner notice could check the 'Dismissible' box so that we can get rid of it.
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by ImranBhatti View Post
    When new laws are passed, the previous penalties should also be "let go"
    That infraction has expired.

    I think this is only doable at admin level.
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    What infraction really is?. if a member receives an infraction does this means negative reputation (your earn repute 7 for example, and then you will actually clear your infraction just like Dr. and Cr balance in the bank account?)
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by ImranBhatti View Post
    What infraction really is?
    An infraction is a warning - nothing more. It doesn't affect rep points or anything else.

    Each infraction carries a number of points, usually 2 or 3, and if a user exceeds (I think) 16 points an automatic ban kicks on for 2 weeks.
    The infractions expire after a few weeks, and the points being carried for that infraction go back to zero.

    As far as I am aware, no user has been banned automatically via the infraction system.

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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by dominicb View Post
    The infractions expire after a few weeks, and the points being carried for that infraction go back to zero.

    As far as I am aware, no user has been banned automatically via the infraction system.
    Thanks it did not affect.

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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    so I started another post (that was closed) because a quick glance (too quick apparently ) I didn't see another thread on the subject so here is my original question...

    I have a clarification question on rule 10.

    10. Do not put links to commercial sites or services or to competing forums in signatures and posts. (A, B)

    So often this post this morning I put a link to another site as a reference to the OP for something I might (?) have found on this forum.

    https://www.excelforum.com/suggestio...ate-sheet.html
    I've referred posters to other sites at times because I thought the information contained was helpful.
    Am I now violating rule 10?
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    I think this has been answered reading through the posts here though I'm not completely clear. So for clarification, could I get a direct answer on what I posted this morning there?

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    furthermore, I'd like to make a suggestion, maybe a sticky about how to return multiple values for one lookup value (since this is quite often requested).
    Thanks.

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    And thanks Dominic for pointing out this already running post as I doubt I'd have looked for it under this forum.
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    How long do we need to see the banner for the new rules?
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    I aspire to be rather laconic in my rep posts. I do admire other contributors contributions. If I include something to the effect of "nice job" will that exempt me from the exacting penalties or still be considered a frivolous rep?
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    No, that's not frivolous - you are rewarding another member for their expertise. You are not just saying "thanks".

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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Well - the other day I "repped" another Guru with just "Thanks for the lesson" - would that pass muster???

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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by rorya View Post
    No they don't, as far as I'm aware. MrExcel has no such rule (I suspect you're misreading rule 4)....
    It gets pretty much covered in rules 2, 4 and 15 there. But that is really besides the point.

    As I have mentioned previously, the "spirit" of the rule is to stop advertising competing sites. Im sure that if any member tried hard enough, they could pick holes in any rules they wanted to.

    The rules where kept short to keep them more easily readable. That meant that much verbiage was omitted. If we were to explain every small nuance of every rule, we would end up with rules even longer and more boring than the previous version..

    If there is a compelling reason to temporarily over-ride a rule for a justifiable reason, that gets agreed to by the mods and admin BEFORE hand, then do be it.
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by xladept View Post
    Well - the other day I "repped" another Guru with just "Thanks for the lesson" - would that pass muster???
    I've often done that and never got called on it. After all they did help someone.

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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo kid View Post
    ...I have a clarification question on rule 10.

    I've referred posters to other sites at times because I thought the information contained was helpful.

    I think this has been answered reading through the posts here though I'm not completely clear. So for clarification, could I get a direct answer on what I posted this morning there?...
    The previous version had this by way of explanation...
    13a. Do not put links to commercial sites or services or to competing forums in signatures and posts.[*]Cross promotion of, or links to, other forums which deal with the same subject matter as this forum is prohibited.[*]Links in posts to your own blogs or code site should be directly to the relevant free material on your site that addresses the topic of that thread specifically. [*]Links in signatures should be to the landing page on your site that predominantly presents your free material. Any content that advertises commercial services should be on a page that is accessed from your home page. Do not link directly to your commercial offerings from the forum.[*]Random links to any commercial offering will be removed, possibly with a ban if considered spam. [*]If for some reason you are convinced you should be allowed to link to your commercial services or pages directly, seek permission from the Moderation/Administration team in advance. Do not get your hopes up, but it can't hurt to ask.[/LIST]
    13b. Do not put links to personal sites or services as your sole contribution here on the forum.[*]If the only thing you have to offer, even in the Water Cooler and Tools/Tips sections, is links to your own blogs or personal sites/services, let us respectfully say, "No thank you." This is not meant personally, but the Excel Forum is a community, if you wish to participate substantively within this community, then do so. [*]Posting links to your free tools and tips directly in the threads of our questioners is acceptable if it represents less than 10% of your contributions. Thus, we only expect to see you pointing people to your own free links 1 in 10 posts, if that. [*]Earn your stripes helping directly the way we all do, then the linking for common tasks is natural and acceptable.
    13c. Do not solicit payments in your posts or signatures.[*]This is a free forum, all of your free forum contributions will be offered in this spirit, both in posts and signatures.
    That still applies
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    Re: To ALL members - New updated forum rules

    Quote Originally Posted by xladept View Post
    Well - the other day I "repped" another Guru with just "Thanks for the lesson" - would that pass muster???
    As Ali pointed out, you gave a rep to someone you justifiably thought deserved it, I have done the same on more than 1 occasion.

    I knew this rule would raise contention, it's SOLE aim is to prevent the debacle we had with 2 respected members giving each other up to 5 reps a day from Jan to Jul this year, to the total of almost 3 000 rep points each. (some comments were just "Good Morning" and "they havnt caught on yet")
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