As of 17-Aug-2007, I haven't written about forum guidelines but today, I decided to write about it and place it in the starting post:
There are general rules that I think almost everybody knows (e.g. exercise common sense and be considerate toward your fellow users. Insults and "flaming" are not tolerated) so I don't need to go into depth about this.
#1 - Please follow a "one thread per topic" policy and create a new thread for every question you have. This policy, in particular, facilitates the members' ability to find the information they are looking for with the greatest ease.NOTE - We previously had threads where we could ask several questions (e.g. General Questions thread, What's the Persian for this word/sentence/idiom/etc., What's the meaning of this Persian word/sentence/idiom/etc.) but please don't post new questions to these threads anymore. I'll move any posted question to a new thread. So please follow this new rule and lessen my work.Changed at 2009-March-12: If your question would take a post or two to be answered, please post it in this thread. If the question turned out to be further discussable, I'll then move it to a new topic.
#2 - A question is a question. There is no such thing as a basic, etc. question. For instance, in another thread
, Poppy said "hello, back with another of my basic questions". Please don't think of it like this or say anything like this. All questions are welcome and worth asking!
#3 - Please ask as many questions as you need to and don't feel embarrassed. For instance, in another thread
, Psi-Lord said "I've been asking so many questions lately it's even a bit embarrassing". Please don't think of it like this or say anything like this.
#4 - All members can have a "Personal thread" where s/he can practice her/his Persian. You can write about whatever you like. Instead of English, you can also have your "Personal thread" in your native language. Personally, I can only manage and thus participate in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian (not so good with writing in the last three, though).
#5 - I keep a categorized list of threads in this thread: List of contents. Before posting your question, please take a look at it to make sure you're not going to ask a question that has already been asked and answered. Thanks in advance! I won't maintain this list any longer.
#6 If you have any questions about a certain dialect of Persian, please post it in a new thread and prefix the dialect's name to the name of the thread.
#6.1 You can use AP for "Afghanistani Persian (aka Dari)" and TP for "Tajikistani Persian (aka Tajik)". e.g. "AP: window"
#6.2 You can certainly ask questions about the dialect of a certain city or region e.g. "Birjandi: future tenses", "Harâti: x".
As for writing in the Persian script, please read this thread: How to write in the Persian script
If you have any general comments, questions or concerns about the forum, please post them here.
- My special thanks to Sisyphe
for proofreading this post. I wouldn't want to have mistakes in this post.