updated 3 December 2021.
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1. Trolling is posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community which might provoke other users into an emotional response or otherwise disrupt normal on-topic discussion. Threadjacking is the practice of taking over a thread by posting off-topic replies such that the original topic becomes diluted or lost. Off-topic posts, and replies to off-topic posts, can be a positive outcome of discussion, but must either be brief or be moved to another thread. If something interesting does arise that warrants extensive discussion — then start a new thread and link to it.
2. Your safety and the safety of others. While most projects on this site deal with electricity and construction which inherently involve some risk, particularly dangerous topics and procedures should include a warning in the thread that adequately explains these risks. The forum itself is not in the business of vetting projects or posts for safety, accuracy, performance, reliability, function, or fitness for use. If you attempt to make something and it blows up, or turns expensive parts into charcoal, or just doesn’t work the way you were hoping, that’s between you and the person posting the project or idea. The forum is merely a bulletin board which allows anyone to post ideas, criticisms, or discussions. It is up to the individual to make the final determination of how appropriate a project is for them to attempt, based on their own experience.
3. Working on live and non isolated power supplies as well as high voltage equipment carries risk. Much of todays equipment uses power supplies derived from circuitry that is both live at all times and that also has no isolation from the incoming mains supply. This can be lethal to those unfamiliar with this mode of operation. Even probing the circuitry with mains powered test equipment carries an immediate and lethal risk. It is therefore the responsibility of the person working on such equipment to ensure that they are fully conversant with safe working practices which include (but are not limited to) powering both the item being worked on and the test equipment from an isolated supply. Tube/valve circuitry also poses a lethal shock hazard due to the high voltages typically encountered. Again, the person working on such projects should be conversant with safe and good working practices.
4. Foul language: Sure, many of us use foul language in normal conversation without too much thinking, but this forum is about thinking. Over the years this forum has had a strict language code and it seems to have worked well to create a positive atmosphere, where people from different places and cultures feel comfortable. Attempting to circumvent the auto-censor is not allowed.
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