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Title: Forum decorum
Post by: KBoards Admin on March 24, 2008, 09:05:43 AM
We welcome everyone to this forum, from newbies to tech warriors. No complicated rules here.

General Rules

Tone and culture of KBoards. KBoards is our home. To make it an overall enjoyable place to be, we have to set expectations about the behavior of everyone who enters our home.

The tone of conversation in our forum is important to us. If you are a new member, browse around the boards for a while to get a feel for our culture. Look at the flow of our conversations to get a sense for what we consider to be acceptable in posts and topics.

If you're new and immediately start posting with provoking or inciting comments, don't be surprised if you're banned. In the past, we've spent time trying to coach new members who get started on the wrong foot here. It rarely works, and we've now grown to the point where it's not possible for us to do that. So, seriously: figure this part out on your own if you wish to join this forum.

If the above guidelines irk you, and you're ready to get on your soapbox about free speech on the web... this is probably not the place for you.

If, on the other hand, you enjoy respectful and engaging dialogue, and have a sense of courtesy to others... welcome! Enjoy! 


Specific Rules

- No bad words please. (Don't test our filters.)

- No flaming, no insults, no name calling. Your post will be deleted.

- No belligerence. If, in the opinion of our moderators, you display aggressive, relentless, or belligerent behavior, you are subject to being banned. If you want to have a future here, be kind.

- No yelling. (Don't do ALL CAPS..!)**

- No excessive punctuation (e.g. strings of exclamation marks or question marks), to include use of special characters in subjects to make the topic stand out in the topic listing.  Apostrophes must be used appropriately at all times. ( :P)

- KBoards Content -- Sexually explicit pornographic images are not allowed. Explicit images of violence are not allowed. In addition, "adult content" is not allowed, which includes erotic images, erotic text, and links to erotic content. Please use your judgment, and respect that the moderator team and the board owner have final say. (FAQ (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,201268.0.html))

- Sometimes newcomers ask questions that have been asked and answered before. That's okay. Help them out, and politely show them where the answer can be found. The forums are a big place and though we try to make information accessible, it takes a little while to get used to where everything is. If a newbie question really bothers you, just skip by that post and move on. Someone else will probably help.

- No trolling. This includes posts that seem designed to incite angry responses, or posts that seem designed to dissuade Kindle enthusiasts. This is a Kindle forum! If you prefer other readers, you are still welcome here; but don't try to turn this into an anti-Kindle forum.

--Sorry, no discussion of politics or religion. We've found that these discussions, about beliefs that are held deeply, tend to go off the rails very quickly, so our culture here is to not have those discussions.

--Members may not charge other members for friendship. This includes charging any member for signature space. (Also known as the Dan Rinnert rule...)

- Posts related to Kindle books. Authors, we do allow you to post about your Kindle book, but only in the Book Bazaar board. See detailed author rules below. Do not post links that use non-KBoards Amazon affiliate links. We will delete your posts, or update your Amazon links to the KBoards affiliate link.

- Use of affiliate tags. We reserve the right to add links, or update links, in your KBoards posts with links that contain KBoards affiliate codes. We may delete or modify posts that contain outside affiliate links. Posting of outside affiliate links is against forum rules and may result in banning.

- Links to your website. We don't allow posts that are designed to get people to go to other sites to make their Amazon book or Kindle purchases. You may have a discrete link to your site in your signature, subject to the signature guidelines below.

- Accessory Makers: Posts promoting your Kindle covers, lights, or other accessories are allowed through our promotions program - contact us for details via email (http://mailto:admin@kboards.com). Posts that are not cleared through our promotions program may be locked and/or deleted. We reserve the right to remove or replace external sales and affiliate links. Overbearing, off-topic, or repeated posts about commercial products will be deleted. If you want regular presentation of your commercial product, email us at admin@kboards.com about our programs for advertising, giveaways, or other promotions.

- DRM (Digital Rights Management): We do not allow threads or posts that include instructions, or links to instructions, on ways to hack, crack, or otherwise get around DRM protections. The term 'DRM' refers to access control technologies used by publishers and copyright holders to limit usage of digital content. Kindle books, e-books in general, purchased music, and other published digital content typically contain DRM controls. It is acceptable to post about DRM in general, e.g. to discuss DRM-related issues and benefits.

- PID tools: Utilities that derive personal identifiers (PID) for your Kindle reader are considered by Amazon to be in violation of their terms of service. We do not allow posts that provide how-to instructions, source code, or links for obtaining these scripts.

- Chat: Follow the above rules when in the 'public' rooms in our chatroom. This includes the Lobby, the Book Klub room, and the Tech Support room. You can set up your own subroom for your own chat topics or for spirited discussion that may be offensive to others. Just clearly label those subrooms when you name them, so that members have fair warning before venturing in.

- Usage: Text and photos that you post in KBoards may be used by KBoards in other media settings; for example, in our Kindle blog or in guides or other publications that KBoards may assemble from time to time.

- Signatures: Generally, you may have text and/or graphics in your signature, including hyperlinked text and graphics. Excessive use of images in signatures is discouraged, and graphics may be removed or resized at the sole discretion of the moderators. Do not post embedded videos in signatures. Graphics or words that are offensive, distracting, or otherwise detract from the forum may be removed at the sole discretion of our moderator team.

A signature, in length and height, can be no larger than the area X'd off below. It is 89 default font characters wide, and 10 default font characters high. That's about 800 x 140 pixels. This is enough for 8 book covers (which, when made through our Link-Maker (http://www.kboards.com/link), are 125 pixels high, you can have more covers if they are smaller) plus two lines of plain text. Keep your signature to that size or smaller; otherwise it may be changed or removed.

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- Empty posts: Members who make repeated short-phrase posts may be viewed as posting simply to bump their post count or to make their forum signatures more prominent. Those posts may be deleted and repeat offendors may be banned, at the sole discretion of the moderator team.

- Web tracking bugs: Members who use web tracking images in their posts, signature, or avatars will be banned.

- Posting retaliatory bad reviews on an author's Amazon page because of posts here is a bannable offense with no repeal.

- Departure Announcements: If you choose to leave KBoards, we allow you to make a post announcing your departure from the community. We have heard from members who have made such announcements that they continue to receive thread and PM notifications even after announcing their departure, and have been asked how to prevent that. For members who announce their intention to leave KBoards, we will honor the request to separate from our community by disabling the member account. This will stop our automated board notifications from going out. It also disables other board features (PM notifications, and access to chat room, author pages, Yellow Pages, signature tools, book pages, KB bookmarks, keeping track of last posts read, etc.) You will still be able to browse the boards as an unregistered guest. We hope this addresses your wishes to leave our community.

To help us in managing this, we will consolidate "I'm leaving KB" announcements into a single thread in the Forum Comments area. If you change your mind in the future, just contact us through the email in the site footer, with a request for us to re-enable your account.

Of course, members who wish to stop posting here may simply do so at any time. And people who are taking short breaks for one reason or another may post about that; that's different. Our site has no rules that prevent people from taking a break from the boards when they wish... and many do so and then return later. Rather, the above is to address the people who choose to announce their departure from the community.

- Authors: We are fortunate to have quite a few authors who have joined KBoards. Here are some guidelines about getting the word out about your books:
     - You may post one thread about your book, in the Book Bazaar board. You can use that thread to introduce your book, include a brief review, etc.
     - Do not post about your book in other boards, or in the Book Bazaar's Free Books or Bargains Books threads.
     - We have a Link Maker (see the top of the screen). Authors are strongly encouraged to use the link maker to include a link with a cover of their book, which takes interested folks directly to Amazon where people can read reviews, sample the book and buy it if they want.  We also have an author signature tool at http://www.kboards.com/authorsig
     - Do not "bump" your thread with the word "bump" or through similar tactics. You are welcome to keep your thread "lively" by posting information about your book (reviews, author interviews, etc.) - but do not do so more than once per week. Of course, you can always reply to comments from others in the thread. After you've replied, you may not bump the thread for 7 days. The simple rule to remember for your book thread: no back-to-back posts from you that are closer than 7 days apart.
     - Do not engage in "quid pro quo" bumps in which you bump threads of other authors in return for them bumping yours.
     - No setting up of multiple accounts ("sock puppets"). We have ways of identifying these, even when attempts are made to disguise those accounts through IP-cloaking tools. (Note: if you're using an IP-cloaker or IP-blocker, you're probably high on our watch list.)
     - Do not send unsolicited private messages (PMs) or emails to any members to promote your books or other wares.
     - Do not re-post Amazon reviews here. If you do have reviews of your book at other sites, you may include a link (don't repost the whole review) to that site.
     - You may list your book, and a small graphic if desired, in your forum signature.
     - We do not allow explicit cover images or titles, and will remove posts or signatures containing those subject to our sole discretion. See note above about "family-friendly" content.
     - Some authors have had contests or promotions to publicize their book. If you are interested in doing that, please PM a moderator to make sure the promotion is in line with forum guidelines.
     - We have two databases which may be found under the Authors menu at the top of the forum: KB Authors and KB Books.
             You can add your books to the KB Books database by using the instructions found here:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,40577.0.html
             You can add yourself to KB Authors by using the instructions found here:  https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,155442.0.html
     - For more author-related tips and guidelines related to these boards, see this post:  http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,41454.0.html

Vendor-Client Interaction

1) Vendors may maintain a single thread about their service. The vendor may use this thread to advertise their service and answer questions from potential clients. Clients may use this thread to report on their experience with the service. These reports may comprise feedback to the vendor or recommendations to other authors. This feedback may be positive or negative. Vendors may respond to both types of feedback within the thread.

2) Since vendors may have no more than one thread, all interaction relating to a service should take place in the same thread; a vendor may not reject certain kinds of posts -- negative feedback, for instance -- so long as posts follow KBoards' rules.

3) As with other threads, all interaction on vendor threads must proceed according to our forum decorum. This means no name-calling, no fighting, and no trolling. While authors are encouraged to post accurately about their own experiences with a vendor, hearsay is not welcome and will be deleted if noticed or reported.

4) While vendors may defend themselves within reason, this is not the place to try to resolve or hash out conflicts with clients.

5) Neither vendors nor clients may use the PM system to attack one another.

6) KBoards is not an adjudicating body. We provide a space where both clients and vendors may lay out their sides of a situation, within the bounds of forum decorum. Our members can read those posts and come to their own conclusions about what happened and whether they want to use the service in question.


Thanks for sharing your questions, opinions, expertise, and passions. Have a good time and we'll see you out in the boards.

-Carrie
KBoards Admin



**Except for CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY on Wednesday only. ;D
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: RovingSoul on October 27, 2008, 10:11:52 PM
Is damn a cuss word? It gets through the filters. And it's really the only American cuss word I use. When it's more serious, I use different languages. And they would get through the filter anyway.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Teninx on October 28, 2008, 09:40:05 AM
Good, nothing in here about me having to keep my pants on.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Leslie on October 28, 2008, 09:43:52 AM
Good, nothing in here about me having to keep my pants on.

Just don't post a picture! Family friendly, Teninx, family friendly...   ;)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Susan B on October 28, 2008, 05:24:23 PM
Damn! Err..My avatar has that word in the caption. Hope I don't get kicked out out of the forum.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Leslie on October 28, 2008, 05:30:22 PM
Damn! Err..My avatar has that word in the caption. Hope I don't get kicked out out of the forum.

I think you are fine, Susan. Glad to have you here.

L
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: admin on October 30, 2008, 05:26:21 PM
Yes, I agree that we can accept "damn". My rule of thumb is, to try to maintain the tone such that I would feel pretty comfortable with my 11-year old daughters going to any page on the forum. And I think "damn" passes that test.

Not that they ever hear that at home.  :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Celeste on October 30, 2008, 09:46:14 PM
Damn sounds fine . . . . as long as we don't venture over to hell. Heaven forbid.
But reading our Kindles should expand our vocabulary in such a way that we needn't use barbaric curse words, right??!! ;)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: KBoards Admin on March 02, 2009, 06:57:55 AM
Updated the OP with some additional guidelines for authors.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: MarthaT on February 16, 2010, 12:21:56 PM
Just wanted to thank you for all the time you put in here, this is an absolutely great place!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: OmnivoreInk on March 04, 2010, 06:18:31 PM
Is it acceptable to post a link to an external site that prosletyzes the Kindle?

I have a blog called The Kindle Blog Review (http://thekindlereport.blogspot.com) in which I review blogs available for subscripton on Kindle. And of course I accept requests from people who want me to review their blogs.

Can I plug my blog here, perhaps in the Authors section, or are such things not allowed?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on March 05, 2010, 04:43:03 AM
Omni, as Book Bazaar moderator, I'd say you can have one thread about your blog. . .there are a few others who do as well.  AND you may put a link to your blog in the signature section of your profile so it appears in each post.  But please follow the rules of the Bazaar and don't artificially bump it more than once a week.  (The top post of this thread has the forum guidelines, including a section for authors.) 

If you copy any links from your blog to KindleBoards for books at Amazon or anything, please make sure they are either generic or KindleBoards links.  In other words, if they're affiliate links for your own site, please convert them to KB affiliate links.

If you have any other questions, just ask. . . . .the guidelines above were developed with the purpose of allowing writer members exposure, and without making non-writer members annoyed with too much advertising!  That doesn't help anybody.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: OmnivoreInk on March 08, 2010, 04:27:08 PM
>>>AND you may put a link to your blog in the signature section of your profile so it appears in each post.

Hi, Ann

Thanks so much. Will do!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: egh34 on March 08, 2010, 05:05:42 PM
Good, nothing in here about me having to keep my pants on.

I love this forum!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Rasputina on April 07, 2010, 10:26:19 PM
Thanks for posting these!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 25, 2010, 10:51:22 PM
We've updated our Forum Decorum rules (in the original post of this thread). The two added sections (copied below for your convenience) are intended to address concerns about excessively large signatures, and "empty posts".

Thank you for reviewing these and for respecting our rules for Forum Decorum.

-Harvey


- Signatures: Generally, you may have text and/or graphics in your signature, including hyperlinked text and graphics. Excessive use of images in signatures is discouraged, and graphics may be removed or resized at the sole discretion of the moderators. Graphics must be "reasonably sized"; graphics with a height of over 125 pixels are discouraged and may be removed. Do not post embedded videos in signatures. Graphics or text links that are offensive, distracting, or otherwise detract from the forum may be removed at the sole discretion of our moderator team.

- Empty posts: Members who make repeated short-phrase posts may be viewed as posting simply to bump their post count or to make their forum signatures more prominent. Those posts may be deleted and repeat offendors may be banned, at the sole discretion of the moderator team.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: 911jason on June 26, 2010, 12:45:50 AM
- Empty posts: Members who make repeated short-phrase posts may be viewed as posting simply to bump their post count or to make their forum signatures more prominent. Those posts may be deleted and repeat offendors may be banned, at the sole discretion of the moderator team.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this one... so annoying when you click on a thread and see a one word post like "Nice" or something similar, and it's a thread that's a year old. Even worse when the post makes no sense in the context of the thread.

It's easy to spot these offenders too when you're browsing the unread topics list, because the last poster on 20-30 threads in a row will be the same person.

Thanks again Harvey and Mods for continuing to keep this the best and friendliest site in the world!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cardinal on August 31, 2010, 12:44:32 AM
Hope this doesn't apply to me in the K3 review section.  I just thanked the people over there that wrote a review because they took the time to do it.  Not trying to run up my post count; I just think it would be discouraging to write a review and get little to no response.  :)

I love the signature rule!  I haven't noticed a problem here but I've stopped going to other boards when I was on dial-up because threads would take so long to load because of super large signatures.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: 911jason on August 31, 2010, 01:18:28 AM
It wasn't directed at you, it was posted more than 2 months ago! ;)

I love the signature rule!  I haven't noticed a problem here but I've stopped going to other boards when I was on dial-up because threads would take so long to load because of super large signatures.

Most forum software gives you the option to "turn off" signatures. Click this link: http://www.kboards.com/index.php?action=profile;u=10550;sa=theme and you can check or uncheck the 4th option down "Don't show users' signatures".

This link will only work for Cardinal, as it's member # specific. Other users who want to use the link can copy and paste it into their browser, then change the member # (10550) to whatever yours is. You can see your own member # by hovering your mouse over your username in a post and looking at the URL at the bottom of your browser, it will be the # at the end.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on August 31, 2010, 04:22:22 AM
Or. . . . Just go to your profile via the link in the menu bar at the top of every page and click on "look and layout". . . .there's a box to check to turn of signatures. . . . . . .
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: 911jason on August 31, 2010, 05:39:24 AM
Or. . . . Just go to your profile via the link in the menu bar at the top of every page and click on "look and layout". . . .there's a box to check to turn of signatures. . . . . . .

...or do that. ::)

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb86/911jason/Smileys/oops.gif)

I was trying to make it easy for Cardinal, but then I realized that if other people tried to click the link it was going to cause confusion. Guess I made it more difficult in my attempt to make it simple.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cardinal on August 31, 2010, 11:33:57 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Devin O'Branagan, Author on September 08, 2010, 10:21:32 AM
Please...I need some help, and wasn't sure where to ask.  I noticed a discussion here about signatures and thought I'd jump in.

I'm new here and I want to add to my signature a thumbnail-sized image with live link to my books in the Kindle store.  I've noticed other authors doing it, so I presume it's permitted. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

How do I accomplish this?  I'm very technically-challenged!

If this isn't the place to ask, would someone please direct me to the appropriate resource?  Thank you!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: pidgeon92 on September 08, 2010, 10:27:08 AM

How do I accomplish this?  I'm very technically-challenged!


This thread is sticked at the top of the Writer's Café, and has all the instructions:

Signature Book Cover links and Profile (avatar) pics - A Tutorial (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,29609.0.html)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: taufour on December 15, 2010, 02:43:09 PM
Hi Harvey I am a new author and KB member and am worried that my posts in Intro are not according to the rules -- I have been welcoming authors but also letting them know I am a sci fi author and new to the Boards. I have not yet gotten onto the Book Bazaar to post as I am trying to learn how to build a page that will show more of the books to their advantage. Can we NOT cut and paste reviews for the first Bazaar post? What am I not supposed to have on my initial Bazaar thread. Please don't ban me if I have screwed up on Day One  :( I don't want to do this inappropriately !  Please advise?
very best
Victoria
VJ WAKS
TAU4
HAMMERSPACE
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on December 15, 2010, 03:27:08 PM
Victoria--

You're cool, not to worry!

I suggest you browse the Bazaar to see what other authors have done.  In general, a little bit about yourself, the book cover(s) with a link to your Amazon page, and your blurb about the book from Amazon are good choices for your first post. 

We ask that Amazon reviews not be copied here as they are easy enough to find at your page. (We've had bad experiences with authors posting both good and bad Amazon reviews, beiieve it or not,  ::) so we made the rule.) Brief excerpts from reviews from other sources may be posted with a link to the full review, if available online.

I've included below a copy of the welcome letter that we will post in your book thread, once you've created it....it has some more information about our rules.  And don't worry, if you accidentally do something wrong, we'll gently let you know.  We don't put people in the stocks until they've been around a bit longer.....  ;D

Betsy
Book Bazaar Moderator

The aforementioned Welcome Letter:
Welcome to KindleBoards and congratulations on your book!  

(If you've gotten this welcome before, it's just as a matter of housekeeping. We like to put a copy of the "welcome letter" in each book thread.  It doesn't mean you've done anything wrong, it just helps us know that you know the rules.)

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your profile signature. You may find tutorials on using images on KindleBoards here (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,29609.0.html)

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KindleBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KindleBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KindleBoards Tips & FAQ (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,41454.msg736018.html#msg736018).

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,36.0.html.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Oh, and one more thing:  be sure to check out the index threads at the top of the Book Bazaar. . . .there are details there about how you can be listed so that our readers can find you.

Thanks for being part of KindleBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM (http://www.kboards.com/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=72,65) if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: pidgeon92 on January 03, 2011, 12:38:28 PM
I have looked and probably missed this but I just want to know if in a signature I can link to my book if it isn't on Kindle/Amazon.

Absolutely. There are instructions for how to do so in my tutorial:

Creating Signatures - An updated tutorial for Link-Maker 2.0 (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,46766.0.html)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Hedra Helix on March 07, 2011, 06:40:55 AM
Thank you for making these boards available and for the friendly environment.
Read the rules. Check!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: SHauzelSailo on March 13, 2011, 06:16:15 AM
It's important that we read this.

Thanks to Valmore Daniels for bring to my attention through reply http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,56550.msg956624.html#msg956624

Be blessed.
S. Hauzel Sailo
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: EchelonPress on March 19, 2011, 01:48:36 PM
Um, not sure if this is the place to ask, but I responded to a post in the "tell us about strong female characters" or something along those lines. I posted about another author's books, which was totally relevant to the topic and it was edited out for "no self promotion. But they were not my books.

Now in all fairness, I am a publisher and an author, but they were not my books. What did I do wrong? They had amazon links made with your link maker.

Any clues on how I messed up?  ???  Am I not allowed to mention the books of other authors that I publish, even though I am a reader as well? I do talk about all kinds of books, not just my authors. and I always make sure they are relevant. :-\


Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: pidgeon92 on March 19, 2011, 03:56:52 PM
It appears to me we've edited a few of your posts. It can happen that if we need to edit a particular members posts a few times, we go on autopilot without verifying whether the book is theirs or not. All of a sudden, we've been inundated with members who are self-promoting all over the place, and with the thousands of posts we read daily, will make a few mistakes. Sorry if one of your posts got trimmed unnecessarily. However, please be diligent in only recommending books you are not associated with, or your posts will be removed.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: bobdev on March 23, 2011, 06:52:36 PM
I just added info to my Book Bazaar posting for "Zombie Mashup."

The story is included in a new printed short story collection whose title contains words not allowed by your filters. Feel free to remove my latest posting if you find it in violation, either because of the title, or because I point readers to the Amazon non-Kindle entry.

Thanks for this forum!

Robert

Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Bri_Clark on April 18, 2011, 05:49:05 PM
Thanks for the info it was much appreciated and easy to find for a new author to the Cafe.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: John Booth on May 01, 2011, 03:50:02 AM
Thanks for that  :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Not Here on June 26, 2011, 07:02:17 PM
I have a question about posting my services as an editor/proofreader. I see that several other have posted about their services. Is there a specific place I should do this (aside from the yellow pages and signature)? Thanks!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Evelyn Collier on July 08, 2011, 08:57:36 AM
Thanks for the guidelines. They sound sensible. I'm new here, so it's helpful knowing the rules.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: PJJones on July 19, 2011, 09:51:30 PM
I have created a fan page for a character in my novel. May I post it in the writers' cafe?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on July 20, 2011, 03:25:39 AM
PJ--

Anything that is promotional in nature related to your book should be part of your book thread in the Book Bazaar.

Thanks for asking!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum: I'm lost, Harvey.
Post by: Andrew Davis on August 05, 2011, 01:37:33 PM
This is all a bit Greek to me right now, so I have questions about the rules.
Please be so kind as to shed some light on these for me, if you will.
In relation to authors posting stuff:

1. Can I put "links" in all posts and replies?
2. What does "bump" mean?
3. What is a back-to-back post?
4. How do we get on the Master List---I did not see instructions at the instruction link page.

Thanks, Harvey.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on August 06, 2011, 06:09:48 AM
I'm not Harvey, will I do?  :D

Andrew--

Welcome to KindleBoards!

You may put links to your book in your signature (as you've done).  As self promotion is only allowed in the Book Bazaar, you may have a thread for each of your books, or one for all of your books, and have links to the books and links that pertain to the books (reviews, blogs, etc) in posts to that thread.

In the Writers' Café, a sub-board of the Book Bazaar, you may have links in the posts & replies if you are asking for advice about your book.

In all other places, the only links about your books must be those in your signatures.  You can however put links to other things in your posts, as appropriate to the thread you are posting in--other books, good movies, etc.

"Bump" as we use it here means to post to your thread to bring it to the top of the Topic listing, which is sorted from newest to oldest, based on the latest post.

"Back-to-back posts" are when yours is the last post in the thread and you reply, making yours the last TWO posts in the thread.  If you are posting to your book thread in the Book Bazaar, you must wait seven days between making back-to-back posts.  If someone else has posted, you may reply.

The Master List is closed while we work on a less labor-intensive way of providing the information to our members.  The last post in that thread has information about this.

Hope this clarifies things, don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!  It looks like you're finding your way around just fine!

Betsy
KB Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Andrew Davis on August 06, 2011, 01:09:45 PM
Yes, Betsy; you'll do fine.
And, great avatar photo.
Is that recent? If it is, I want your phone number and the planet you live on!  :D

Thanks for your help.
As you well know, I'm new to the kindleboards forum, so it's slow-going for now.
Your answers shed much-needed light on the process.

I sent "Leslie" a note to list me in something---I don't remember---I think the Master List, and she sent the request on to Harvey, so I assume that's what it was about.

Also: Are you allowed to offer an opinion on placing all your books in one thread in Book Bazaar, or putting each book in a different thread? If so, I'd like to have it. Does it really make much difference? Looks like having them all in one thread would make things easier for the reader...?

Thanks again for your help.

Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on August 06, 2011, 04:37:08 PM
Ahhh, Andrew, you sweet talker you....no, I'm quite happily married, no phone numbers are given out...  8)  Our member NogDog made me that avatar.  I still haven't figured out how he got the picture of me.  ;)

One thread per book or one for all is up to you...it's certainly easier for both you and us moderators to track if there is one...and probably for the readers too.  Many authors seem to have decided to have one thread after being here for awhile, others like their individual threads.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Nicholas Andrews on September 08, 2011, 10:07:02 PM
What if someone is requesting recommendations and I think they might enjoy my book? Is it okay to respond with a link to my book thread in the Book Bazaar?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 09, 2011, 02:24:27 AM
Nicholas-

Regrettably, no.  Amazingly, we have had authors who think that if someone is requesting a historical romance recommendation, their post-apocalyptic zombie war book is a perfect fit.  So, after much discussion with our membership, mention of one's books in posts outside the Book Bazaar is not allowed, even in response to recommendations.  Or via unsolicited PM.

However, most authors here find that joining in the conversation here and letting readers know you as a fun and interesting person, and having your books in your signature, will result in people seeking out your books.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: HeyDrew on September 17, 2011, 01:30:24 AM
Hi There,

I'm thrilled to join this board, but I have a sort of grey area question.  I sometimes blog about topics that are relevant to questions the members ask (one topic already covered is about my experience using a crowd sourcing site, 99designs.com, to create cover art for an eBook).

Am I allowed to link to my blog if it answers the question?
Can I include excerpts or entire answers in the kindle board thread?
Or should I just copy my entire blog page to the kindle board forum if it answers the question?

Cheers,

-D-
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: angelamcconnell on September 24, 2011, 09:10:15 AM
I generally hang out in the Writer's Cafe section, and I see some authors cross-posting blog posts as a new topic, which I really like. I wanted to share the links to my latest blog posts today, but I noticed a thread entitled, "Have You Posted to Your Blog Today?" that's 156 pages long (which I did post to).

My question is: Is it a requirement that blog posts and links are shared only on this thread, or is it acceptable to post a topic in Writer's Cafe specifically for sharing a blog post I've written?

(Note: I am not pimping any books...yet...just my blog.)

Thanks heaps! :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 24, 2011, 02:31:12 PM
While it is difficult to keep the KB writers corralled (they keep breaking out of the special pen we keep them in ;)), we do prefer that notifications of blog posts be in the "Have You Posted in Your Blog today" thread.  Don't be afraid of the 156 pages--many readers (like me) read the newest posts first.

You are always welcome to start a discussion topic on the same thing that you've blogged about, but we'd like the discussion to take place here.

Betsy
KB Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: angelamcconnell on September 24, 2011, 03:04:15 PM
Ah, got it. Thank you, Betsy. I'm glad I asked. :) Appreciate you answering so quickly. :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: AliciaStreet on September 30, 2011, 02:36:24 PM
I am new and look forward to all the interesting discussions. But I am just learning my way around. I want to upload a profile photo and fill out the profile info, but cannot find a a way to get there. When I followed the Main Menu and what they suggested I found no links or highlighted areas to click. Sorry to sound dumb, but if anyone would be able to give me some direction on this I would truly appreciate it.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Jeff on September 30, 2011, 02:38:21 PM
I am new and look forward to all the interesting discussions. But I am just learning my way around. I want to upload a profile photo and fill out the profile info, but cannot find a a way to get there. When I followed the Main Menu and what they suggested I found no links or highlighted areas to click. Sorry to sound dumb, but if anyone would be able to give me some direction on this I would truly appreciate it.
Thanks.
You must have at least one post before you can edit that portion of your profile. Try again.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 30, 2011, 02:50:43 PM
Alicia, I also answered you here--
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,85343.msg1356223.html#msg1356223

Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!
 ;D

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: AliciaStreet on September 30, 2011, 03:08:57 PM
Thanks, Betsy! (No, I guess we don't read all the terms too thoroughly.) I'll keep snooping around until I get the feel of things.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 30, 2011, 06:18:11 PM
Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions!  Lots of people willing to help!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: D Michelle Gent on October 04, 2011, 12:56:39 AM
I hope there's not going to be a test on the rules  :o

I think I'll manage not to break these :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: ElizabethHunter on November 04, 2011, 09:18:46 PM
Thanks for posting these! I'm new here and I like to get a feel for what to expect.  Appreciate it.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: stephaniedray on November 13, 2011, 03:26:28 PM
I'm confused on the point of multiple accounts. As an author, I have two pen names in very different genres, such that I don't want my names conflated. I would never use one account to 'bump' the threads of the other or otherwise abuse posting privileges here, but am I to understand that if I want to talk about my books written under my other name I can't do so unless I'm willing to do so under this log-in ID?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on November 14, 2011, 01:29:10 PM
Stephanie--

PM me about your pen names and we'll talk!

Betsy
KindleBoards Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: R J Askew on December 04, 2011, 12:53:52 PM
O bliss, a place with rules of behaviour. The good old British bus queue used to be a little like this. Now people just mill around and all surge fwd at once when said bus arrives. I wish this place well and hope it continues to prosper. *bows from across the whale roads*
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Jaci Byrne on December 27, 2011, 05:25:33 PM
Thanks for all the info, but what if a cuss word is in the title - as in my latest novel? It really is pertinent to the story!! Really! ::) ::)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on December 27, 2011, 05:28:56 PM
Jaci--

If the word is in our filters, the filters will replace it.  People will still get the idea.  If the word is legible in your book cover, we'll ask that you use a text link with a filtered version...

People do browse KBs at work--you do want them to be able to check you out, right?
 ;D

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sadievan on January 11, 2012, 08:32:12 AM
Betsy,

I noticed that you removed my link for swagbucks and dropbox in my signature.  Is posting these links not allowed.

Thanks,
Carol
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on January 11, 2012, 08:52:25 AM
I'm not Betsy, but. . . ::)

Carol. . . the links would be fine in your signature. . .but are not appropriate in the body of the post. . .well, unless maybe the thread was specifically asking questions about one of those services.  Anyway, that is why they were removed.

I notice you haven't set up a signature yet. . .you can do that by going to your profile.  There are some suggestions and guidelines in a couple of threads in the "Forum Announcements and Tips" board.  We pretty much leave signatures to the member's preferences with some size restrictions -- unless of course it's spammy or has non-family friendly content or something, of course.  :)  But your swagbucks and dropbox links would be o.k.

Let us know if you have any problems
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sadievan on January 11, 2012, 05:24:53 PM
I'm not Betsy, but. . . ::)

Carol. . . the links would be fine in your signature. . .but are not appropriate in the body of the post. . .well, unless maybe the thread was specifically asking questions about one of those services.  Anyway, that is why they were removed.

I notice you haven't set up a signature yet. . .you can do that by going to your profile.  There are some suggestions and guidelines in a couple of threads in the "Forum Announcements and Tips" board.  We pretty much leave signatures to the member's preferences with some size restrictions -- unless of course it's spammy or has non-family friendly content or something, of course.  :)  But your swagbucks and dropbox links would be o.k.

Let us know if you have any problems

Thanks Ann.  No the thread wasn't asking questions about any of the services, but I had just added them below my name so maybe that was the problem.  I'll have to go in and set up a signature, etc. and see if that works out ok.

Thanks
Carol
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on January 11, 2012, 08:11:29 PM
Betsy,

I noticed that you removed my link for swagbucks and dropbox in my signature.  Is posting these links not allowed.

Thanks,
Carol

Sadievan--

I'm a little confused...to my knowledge, I haven't touched your signature.  Are you talking about this post?
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,99081.msg1523317.html#msg1523317

The only thing I did in that post is edit the link to the dimming app that was cited in the post you quoted, as I had put a KindleBoards link in the original post, and did the same in to posts that quoted it....

I didn't touch swagbucks and dropbox links...

Sorry for any confusion.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on January 12, 2012, 03:53:59 AM
Carol. . .and Betsy,

Sorry for the confusion. . .I was the one who'd deleted the links in the post. . .:)  And it looks like your signature is all sorted now so yay! :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sadievan on January 12, 2012, 05:48:24 AM
Sadievan--

I'm a little confused...to my knowledge, I haven't touched your signature.  Are you talking about this post?
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,99081.msg1523317.html#msg1523317

The only thing I did in that post is edit the link to the dimming app that was cited in the post you quoted, as I had put a KindleBoards link in the original post, and did the same in to posts that quoted it....

I didn't touch swagbucks and dropbox links...

Sorry for any confusion.

Betsy

Yes that was the post.  I see Ann posted that she deleted the links.  At least I'm not going crazy.  LOL. 

Thanks
Carol
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sadievan on January 12, 2012, 05:51:00 AM
Carol. . .and Betsy,

Sorry for the confusion. . .I was the one who'd deleted the links in the post. . .:)  And it looks like your signature is all sorted now so yay! :)

Thanks for clearing that up.  I thought I was going crazy.  LOL

Carol
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on January 12, 2012, 05:53:27 AM
Ann is trying to gaslight us...
 ;D

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: JD_Richard on February 23, 2012, 06:46:57 PM
We welcome everyone to this forum, from newbies to tech warriors. No complicated rules here.

General Rules


- Harvey
KindleBoards Admin

Harvey,

I'm a little slow.  I made a Welcome and Introductions post without realizing that the "signature" is a whole area below a line that is created via the profile after the first post.  So, I just placed my book link below my signature.

Plus, I tried the YouTube function and the view screen is huge.  I can't make it smaller.  I could not find where YouTube is prohibited in the first post.  It got me a sale--I think.  But, I don't want to adversely affect or be kicked off this awesome site that can help get me on the right track for finding the perfect Kindle too.  Please advise.

J. D.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on February 23, 2012, 06:58:39 PM
JD--

Not to worry, we hardly ever put new folk in the stocks.  Let me take a look at what you've done.
 ;D

Be right back...

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on February 23, 2012, 07:05:14 PM
Harvey,

I'm a little slow.  I made a Welcome and Introductions post without realizing that the "signature" is a whole area below a line that is created via the profile after the first post.  So, I just placed my book link below my signature.

Plus, I tried the YouTube function and the view screen is huge.  I can't make it smaller.  I could not find where YouTube is prohibited in the first post.  It got me a sale--I think.  But, I don't want to adversely affect or be kicked off this awesome site that can help get me on the right track for finding the perfect Kindle too.  Please advise.

J. D.

JD--

you're fine.  The YouTube video is the standard size on our site, and in your Intro post, we let youi put links to your book and website in the body of your post.  Just copy the cover and link (not the YouTube video) into your forum profile signature (Profile, in the top blue menu bar, Forum Profile Information in the left side menu, then scroll down to the signature box.)

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: JD_Richard on February 23, 2012, 07:28:50 PM
JD--

you're fine...  Just copy the cover and link (not the YouTube video) into your forum profile signature (Profile, in the top blue menu bar, Forum Profile Information in the left side menu, then scroll down to the signature box.)

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Betsy


Betsy,

Thanks for such a prompt response and clear direction.  I think I got my signature.  That Forum Profile Information tip really helped.  I'm allergic to the stocks.  I'll be good.

Best,
J. D.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: intinst on February 23, 2012, 10:58:12 PM
Of course, an intro for the person behind the book is kinda nice. ;)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on March 05, 2012, 03:41:53 AM
Any time you see a post that appears to violate forum decorum, please use the 'report to moderator' link so that we can check it out. :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: intinst on March 05, 2012, 11:23:25 AM
Well, the last thing I want to do is play moderator or snitch. But I've seen long threads with reviews copied. I personally don't understand why it is prohibited, especially if it is just limited to one review. Otherwise folks just post filler to get their "bump."

It's a tough game.

G
Something to remember is that Kindle Boards doesn't exist just for authors to sell books.
"KindleBoards is an independent resource for people who own or have interest in Kindle - Amazon's family of wireless reading devices, tablets, and content." (quote from the bottom of every page of KB)
It was started as and remains a place for Kindle owners and those interested in Kindles to have a place to discuss All things related to Kindle (and several not too related) Authors are allowed to promote their work in the Bazaar if they follow the rules. As far as making page long posts of reviews or excerpts, I never read them. If you can't interest me with your blurb, cover and title, I won't buy anyway.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Henry Hallan on March 08, 2012, 06:58:54 AM
We welcome everyone to this forum, from newbies to tech warriors. No complicated rules here.

General Rules

[ ... ]

- Links to your website. We don't allow posts that are designed to get people to go to other sites to make their Amazon book or Kindle purchases. You may have a discrete link to your site in your signature, subject to the signature guidelines below.

I have a question.  I don't particularly want people to go to my website to buy my book on Kindle -- I have no way to sell a Kindle version -- but I do want people to read a longer sample than the one offered by the Amazon site.  My book is the first volume of a fantasy epic and so the Amazon sample only represents a few percent of the total story.

Is it OK to post a link to a free .mobi file that contains a more generous sample?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on March 08, 2012, 07:04:04 AM
That would be fine, Henry.
 :D

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: L.M. Gautreaux on April 16, 2012, 09:23:14 AM
Drat.

I think I may have made a mistake.  I was overcome with the horrors after posting my introduction thread.  Quite a few folks posted after me and received lots of responses while my lonely hello languished.

I then sent a pm to Betsy asking if I had done anything wrong.  Suddenly i realized I have no idea of the rules about private messages.

 My apologies, Betsy.
*smacks self on forehead and trundles away to read the rules again
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on April 16, 2012, 09:51:46 AM
LM-

Welcome to KindleBoards!

Not to worry, PMs to moderators (unless you're asking us to buy your book  ;D) are fine...

And I wouldn't worry about the Introductions; it wasn't anything you said.  There's an ebb and flow.  And if there were a lot of people who posted intros after you, you were probably just missed amidst all the chaos.  There may have been a train wreck of a thread that drew bystanders.  ;D

You will want to read Forum Decorum (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,36.msg75.html#msg75) to be sure you know the rules however!

Welcome again to KindleBoards.  Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: 911jason on April 16, 2012, 12:41:00 PM
I was overcome with the horrors after posting my introduction thread.  Quite a few folks posted after me and received lots of responses while my lonely hello languished.

WELCOME!!!!! =)

There may have been a train wreck of a thread that drew bystanders.  ;D

Hahahahaa!!! Link? Just kidding! =)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cathy21 on April 20, 2012, 03:12:05 AM
Hi!
I am relatively new to KBs but gradually getting the hang of it. I have just been trying to do my signature and think I may have made a blunder. I have included a link to my books review blog - very much a work in progress - but it does include links from books reviewed  straight to the Amazon site. This is not to my pecuniary advantage - I am not an amazon associate - but I think it may fall outside the protocol of KBs. Will you take it off if not appropriate and accept my apologies. Meanwhile thanks for KBs - I am enjoying it.

Best wishes, Cathy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on April 20, 2012, 08:30:26 AM
Hi!
I am relatively new to KBs but gradually getting the hang of it. I have just been trying to do my signature and think I may have made a blunder. I have included a link to my books review blog - very much a work in progress - but it does include links from books reviewed  straight to the Amazon site. This is not to my pecuniary advantage - I am not an amazon associate - but I think it may fall outside the protocol of KBs. Will you take it off if not appropriate and accept my apologies. Meanwhile thanks for KBs - I am enjoying it.

Best wishes, Cathy

Cathy,

No problem.  It's your blog, you're allowed to link to it.  As long as you use our affiliate code here, no worries!

Thanks for asking and for being part of KindleBoards!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cathy21 on April 20, 2012, 09:15:45 AM
Cathy,

No problem.  It's your blog, you're allowed to link to it.  As long as you use our affiliate code here, no worries!

Thanks for asking and for being part of KindleBoards!

Betsy

Hi Betsy

Thanks for your reply. That's great.

Cathy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sadievan on April 20, 2012, 12:44:41 PM
Hi Cathy,

When I click on your link it takes me to my google page and asks me if I want to create a blog.

Carol
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on April 21, 2012, 05:48:47 AM
Hi Cathy,

When I click on your link it takes me to my google page and asks me if I want to create a blog.

Carol

Cathy,

I fixed your link.  It should have been:
http://www.kindle-bookworm.blogspot.com

you had:
http://www.kindle-bookworm@blogspot.com.  (@ is not a legal character in a URL)

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cathy21 on April 21, 2012, 08:07:20 AM
Cathy,

I fixed your link.  It should have been:
http://www.kindle-bookworm.blogspot.com

you had:
http://www.kindle-bookworm@blogspot.com.  (@ is not a legal character in a URL)

Betsy

Hi again Betsy

Thankyou for sorting that out for me. I must need my reading glasses polished up a bit.

And thankyou Carol for pointing it out.

Cathy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Iris on May 24, 2012, 03:13:57 PM
There's a dichotomy between the idea that this is a child-friendly forum and several of the erotica covers posted in signatures.

I'm an adult, so they don't bother me, but to say they are all appropriate for children is really laughable.

Just pick a side. Either it's a forum for children or it isn't.  I haven't seen any children posting here...
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on May 24, 2012, 05:04:12 PM
Iris,

Good question.  Signatures and avatars can be turned off so that people don't see them, and many people do that while they browse, either at work or at home with their children on their laps or at their side.  And even so, there are limits to what we allow in images.

I hope this clarifies our policy.  Thanks for the comment. (And thanks for actually reading Forum Decorum. ;D)

Betsy
KB Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Thomas Watson on June 22, 2012, 09:33:15 PM
I've been lurking more than posting, since I first logged on, and have learned many things that made it easier to get my first two books out on Kindle. The existence of this forum has been a great help to me.

I've been meaning to post this note for some time. I spend a lot of time on another moderated forum, Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews. For several years I served as a moderator there, and so I have a pretty good idea what it takes to keep a forum such as this one on an even keel. Consider this a tip of the cap from one who knows. The effort is appreciated!  ;D

TW
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on June 23, 2012, 02:39:42 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Thomas!

The members here make it worthwhile.  I too have learned a lot of things here on KindleBoards!

Thanks for being part of our forum and good luck with your books!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: julidrevezzo on September 15, 2012, 07:15:17 AM
Hi all, I've read the rules and understood. I look forward to participating!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 15, 2012, 07:35:53 AM
Welcome, Juli!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Lee44 on September 21, 2012, 05:47:56 PM
Hello,

I am going to have a free promo day on October 1st, for 24 hours.  I have been looking around and have come up with about four links for free book promotion.  It's possible that they are all to the same place, but I am not sure.  I am really confused as to where I should be posting and when, thus my question.

I was thinking that it might be advantageous to place my post in advance, but I am not sure about the rules.

Thanks for your help in advance.   :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 21, 2012, 05:55:06 PM
Lee,

good question.

There are two places you should promote your book; one is the Book Bazaar (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,42.0.html) thread for your book, if you have one.  If you don't, you should certainly start one.  If you have one, remember that you can't make back-to-back posts less than seven days apart, so you should time your posts so that you can announce its "freeness" on October 1st.

Another is the Links to Free Books (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,97167.0.html) thread in the Book Bazaar (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,42.0.html).  This is the thread where authors may promote their own books.  Note that you are only allowed to promote in that thread once per free run, so you should wait until the book actually goes free.

Finally, you may certainly post about your book's free run in your signature; you can do that now.

There are a couple of bargain book threads; one of them says something about free books in the subject, but that was really before the Links to Free Books thread was created.  And the Free Book Finds thread that's pinned to the top of the Book Bazaar is not for self-promotion.

Hope this helps!

Betsy
KB Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Lee44 on September 21, 2012, 06:04:52 PM
Thanks for such a quick response, I will check those spots out.  I think I posted something somewhere before, it might have been Book Bazaar, I mentioned that my book was .99.  So that becomes my only non-free-promo thread?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on September 21, 2012, 06:14:11 PM
Thanks for such a quick response, I will check those spots out.  I think I posted something somewhere before, it might have been Book Bazaar, I mentioned that my book was .99.  So that becomes my only non-free-promo thread?

Lee, you can find your previous threads by going to "Profile" in the top blue menu bar, and then tapping on "Show All Posts" in the left side menu. 

Your thread in the Book Bazaar is where you post about your book whether free or not, subject to our posting rules.  You can change the subject that appears in the topic listing by going to the first post in the thread and tapping on "modify" and then editing the subject.  That new subject will appear in the topic listing.

Depending on the price of your book, you may also post in one of the "price" threads in the Book Bazaar AND you may also post in one of the genre threads.  You can look in the first post of the Threadipedia & FAQ pinned to the top of the Book Bazaar to see which genre threads are available.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: HeathGordon on October 22, 2012, 12:52:42 PM
Hello Mods,

I have a question that I want to get cleared up before I start blasting away. These forums have been good to me, and I want to make sure I'm good to them.

If, say, I wanted to give away a certain amount of free copies of my book(s), would this be appropriate in the Book Bazaar? Obviously it would conform to all the rules (1x post/week, etc). I haven't found anything that says otherwise, but you can never be too sure.

Thanks!

-Heath
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on October 22, 2012, 09:23:32 PM
Hello Mods,

I have a question that I want to get cleared up before I start blasting away. These forums have been good to me, and I want to make sure I'm good to them.

If, say, I wanted to give away a certain amount of free copies of my book(s), would this be appropriate in the Book Bazaar? Obviously it would conform to all the rules (1x post/week, etc). I haven't found anything that says otherwise, but you can never be too sure.

Thanks!

-Heath

Heath,

You can do so in the Book Bazaar, but you must do it as part of the existing thread for the book.  If you don't have a thread for the book yet, you can start one with the giveaway and then that will be your book thread.

Betsy
KB Moderator
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: HeathGordon on October 23, 2012, 03:10:04 AM
Word up. Thanks.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Wag-a-muffin on February 24, 2013, 09:11:49 AM
Thank you and bless you, Harvey.  Whatever they pay you, it's not enough!
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VpA-x%2B4IL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BC9I3SY/?tag=kbpst-20)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on May 19, 2013, 03:51:20 PM
You just made the required number.  Note that it will still have a reminder at the top of your profile that you need to make a post, but you can ignore that.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: james mullen on May 27, 2013, 06:04:46 AM
Thanks for the info.  Nice to get it all in one place
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cherise on August 13, 2013, 11:25:22 AM
Perhaps WHOA should be added to the rules. (What happens on Amazon and other sites stays there.)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: sklogsdon on October 25, 2013, 12:28:40 AM
 :D
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: mager342 on December 12, 2013, 10:20:54 AM
Sounds like great rules to keep this a nice place to learn a lot.  I have repeatedly heard recommendations to visit this forum, so here I am.  I am anxious to learn from all you wonderful people!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: AndrewBurt on December 18, 2013, 09:46:11 PM
Question I don't see directly addressed... though I may be having a senior moment... We're doing a drawing for a free Kindle on our publisher web site (no purchase or any such needed to enter). Odds of winning are waaay better than Powerball. :) Would it be okay to post about that, and if so, where/how? Thanks for your guidance!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Ann in Arlington on December 19, 2013, 04:44:49 AM
ANY promotion  -- including for a publisher website, even if it involves a giveaway -- should be in the Book Bazaar.  If you already have a thread for your website, you should post it there.  If not, this is an opportunity to start one.  The usual rules, spelled out in the first post, will apply. :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: AndrewBurt on December 19, 2013, 07:30:19 AM
ANY promotion  -- including for a publisher website, even if it involves a giveaway -- should be in the Book Bazaar.  If you already have a thread for your website, you should post it there.  If not, this is an opportunity to start one.  The usual rules, spelled out in the first post, will apply. :)

Perfect, thanks!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: hollyM on December 26, 2013, 02:52:02 PM
So happy to be here! I'm a first time kindle author, and I'm glad to have a place to gather with other kindle enthusiasts. A little sad about no cursing...my book takes full liberty of all the flexibility that naughty words has to offer the English language. But I'll get by (:  :-*
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on December 27, 2013, 08:03:18 PM
Welcome, Holly!

You're an author--you should be able to find plenty of alternatives--you're an author, after all!  Use your words!

:D

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: SandiN on January 28, 2014, 06:23:39 AM
Hello,

I am a newbie to kboards - and boy is there a lot to read and learn :o! So much that I may actually miss what I need when I start looking for answers.

I did see posted information where authors should post, is there also a specific place for editors and proofreaders to post their services? One more question for now - when I first found this board, a quick link popped up on my iphone saying there was an app available for kboards, however, I have been unable to locate it. If there is one (and not just my iphone having another freakfest), can you please tell me what it is called?

Thanks!
Michelle
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on January 28, 2014, 06:34:57 AM
Michelle,

Welcome!

You're welcome to promote your business and website in the Writers' Café (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html), but we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar:  you may have one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time.  Please bookmark the thread after you've created it so that you can find it again to post to.

If you had tapped on the popup, it should have taken you to the Tapatalk app in the iTunes store....but that's the name.  It's not specifically only for KBoards, but for forums.  After installing it, you'll search for kboards.com and then give it your credentials.

Hope this helps!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: SandiN on January 28, 2014, 09:48:17 AM
Thanks for the help and info Betsy :)

Yes, I did click on the link when it popped up, that was about the time my iphone had its freakfest, so I was never able to get the app or see the name  ;D

Thanks again!
Michelle
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: butler boy on January 30, 2014, 06:30:56 PM
OK, so as a newbie I've just now jumped in here, but I must say these were the most fun set of rules and instructions I've ever run across, anywhere, ever. I can't wait to get familiar with this site and join in the conversation -- I know I have so much to learn.

(And I also must say that writing those above two sentences w/o exclamations of caps was an exercise in restraint, as per the rules. Ha (exclamation point).
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: ssolano on February 05, 2014, 12:49:12 PM
Thank you so much for all this information. :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: rosewynters on November 14, 2014, 11:14:34 AM
Hi Harvey,

Are authors able to participate in topics across all forums, or are we restricted to the writer's board? I just want to make sure I'm posting in the correct places. This is in regards to general topics, not trying to promote my books. Thanks!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on November 14, 2014, 11:25:44 AM
I'm not Harvey, but all members are welcome in all areas of the forum.  (Except for the members we keep in the dungeon. :D)

Just no self promotion, as you've said.  Don't work your book into discussions of the weather for example. :D  If you want to talk about the newest episodes of Orange is the New Black, talk about the show, and you'll be fine.

Have fun!  We have threads about music, books, tea, raising chickens, Kitchenaid mixers, Hugh Jackman, all kinds of stuff!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Darryl Hughes on November 18, 2014, 03:02:16 AM
--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

I have a question about this. I write a children's book series titled "Chevalier: The Queen's Mouseketeer". I started a thread for one of the books in the series ("The Hither and Yon") that was having a $.99 sale. That sale is now over. Being that I started a thread for the one book in the series specifically for the sale can I now start a thread for the entire "Chevalier" series and use that as my "official" thread?

Wanted to ask and make sure before I did it.

Dee 
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on November 18, 2014, 03:41:51 AM
Dee--

The key thing is that you started a thread for one of the books and now, instead, you'd like a thread for the whole series.  As you're new :D, I've removed your old thread--go ahead and start a new thread for the entire series. 

If you were continuing with the thread just for that book, I'd recommend that you edit the first post to reflect the new information about the price, to include the subject and then reply to the thread to also indicate information about the book including the new price.  You would be able to do that as, right now, the last post in the thread is my welcome.  (If the last post in the thread were yours, you'd have to wait seven days to reply to it.)

Hope this helps!  Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions.

Betsy
KB Mod
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Darryl Hughes on November 18, 2014, 03:48:01 AM
Thanks. :)

Dee
Title: Forum Rules
Post by: Sabinalu on June 27, 2015, 02:43:50 PM
hello from a fellow washingtonian, and avid glockaholic. I live up in Everett. This is a great forum with lots of nice folks and good info.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Lorix on July 07, 2015, 10:44:43 AM
Hi everyone!

Total newbie here - but I'm a dedicated kindle lover. ;) Can't wait to look around and get to know Kboards.

Lorix
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on July 07, 2015, 10:46:58 AM
Welcome, Lorix!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: JustPlainSmith on July 08, 2015, 08:01:32 AM
Hello. I'm new here, as of yesterday. I'm trying to absorb all the rules. Definitely don't want to commit a foul right off the bat!

One question: Starting today and through the rest of the month, several of my non-fiction titles (all closely related to one another) will be going on countdown promotions (beginning and end dates have been staggered). In the book promotions forum, may I post a link to an Amazon keyword search that will bring up all of these titles, so interested persons can see which ones are in the countdown on a given day?

Thanks!

Steve
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 09, 2015, 07:20:05 AM
Hello. I'm new here, as of yesterday. I'm trying to absorb all the rules. Definitely don't want to commit a foul right off the bat!

One question: Starting today and through the rest of the month, several of my non-fiction titles (all closely related to one another) will be going on countdown promotions (beginning and end dates have been staggered). In the book promotions forum, may I post a link to an Amazon keyword search that will bring up all of these titles, so interested persons can see which ones are in the countdown on a given day?

Thanks!

Steve

Yes, you may do so, in the Book Bazaar part of the board. You can have on thread per book there, or if you prefer one combined thread for all of your books.

You can also mention the sale in your signature, if you wish.

Thanks for joining, and thanks for asking!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Josef on July 30, 2015, 12:43:49 AM
I am such a klutz when it comes to technology  :'( I don't even know what half this stuff means, and know less about even how to attach things to signatures and link things.  I will try and do some things and pray I don't accidentally do something silly!  :-X
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on July 30, 2015, 01:44:00 AM
You'll be fine!  Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions!

Welcome to KBoards!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: dkhamilton on November 11, 2015, 01:24:02 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm new here.  I wasn't sure where to post first so I picked here.  I hope that's okay.  I'm a relatively new self-published author.  My debut novel, The Other Side of Later, is available on Amazon.  I'm looking forward to connecting with all of you! :)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Cindy Rinaman Marsch on December 16, 2015, 12:17:56 PM
Yes, you may do so, in the Book Bazaar part of the board. You can have on thread per book there, or if you prefer one combined thread for all of your books.

You can also mention the sale in your signature, if you wish.

Thanks for joining, and thanks for asking!


Thanks for the gentle introduction to the rules! :-)
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Mark Diamond on January 25, 2016, 12:43:53 PM
Another novice. I have read the rules and a number of the posts. So hope I don't mess up. I have "finished" my first two draft manuscripts. One is with a copy editor. I attended a course of David Gaughran's on self publishing and was converted. One of the things on his to do list, before publishing, is to get some "advance copy readers" . I wondered if there were such folk around in this forum.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on January 27, 2016, 07:54:10 AM
Another novice. I have read the rules and a number of the posts. So hope I don't mess up. I have "finished" my first two draft manuscripts. One is with a copy editor. I attended a course of David Gaughran's on self publishing and was converted. One of the things on his to do list, before publishing, is to get some "advance copy readers" . I wondered if there were such folk around in this forum.

Mark--

Best solution is to post in the Writers' Café (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html) on how to get advance copy readers.  You may also start a thread for your book in the Book Bazaar (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,42.0.html) about your book and asking for advance copy readers and then use that thread as your promotional thread once the book is published!

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Mark Diamond on January 28, 2016, 11:37:43 AM
Thank you, Betsy. I appreciate it.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Spittyfish on May 12, 2016, 10:53:48 AM
Got it. I think I need to change the size of my signature though... oops (too tall).
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: CPatt on May 17, 2016, 03:44:43 PM
hello  :D this looks interesting
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Mskeakelso on June 27, 2016, 12:27:51 PM
I've set up a signature and filled out profile info (I think) what should my next task be to find how everything works here please?
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Jas Silvera on June 28, 2016, 09:52:06 PM
I'm excited to be part of KBoards and grateful for the community that exists here - it has a different vibe than most other online forums I've been a part of, and I think a large part of that is the Forum Decorum. This is great!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Gail M Baugniet on July 13, 2016, 05:49:31 PM
I would like to add my name to the lists of KB authors and genre, but when I click on the "see this post for instructions" link, I receive the error: The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you.

Are the lists closed, or must I do something else before they become off limits to me?

Thank you for your help.

Gail M Baugniet
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: The Hologram Library on July 22, 2016, 05:02:22 PM
I apologize in advance for how this sounds....
Having said that,  THANK YOU for such a wonderful resource. Figuring out where to start and what to do as a new author has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride so this resource filled with advice from people who have been there, done that and would do it again (or wouldn't) has been life-saving. So once again thank you. 
Cheers.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: ElizaNolan on August 15, 2016, 07:28:12 PM
Thank you for providing this fantastic forum. I can't wait to sink my teeth in and find out all I can about ebooks from the other users.

Happy to meet everyone!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Soren Summers on October 20, 2016, 05:37:16 PM
Hi all! I'm just wondering about the three verification fields I need to fill out each time I reply to a post. Have I missed a step in registration somehow, or is this one of those things where you're a filthy newbie and the fields go away once you've made a minimum number of posts? It's just that I'm getting a little weary of once again confirming that Ms Christie is, in fact, the author of Murder on the Orient Express.

TL;DR: I'm really human, I promise! rubs tentacles
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on October 25, 2016, 08:15:28 AM
Hmmmm.... You shouldn't have to do that.  Did you get the registration email?  You should have received an email asking you to verify your account.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: juan2machado on October 29, 2016, 09:34:37 AM
Hi all! I'm just wondering about the three verification fields I need to fill out each time I reply to a post. Have I missed a step in registration somehow, or is this one of those things where you're a filthy newbie and the fields go away once you've made a minimum number of posts? It's just that I'm getting a little weary of once again confirming that Ms Christie is, in fact, the author of Murder on the Orient Express.

TL;DR: I'm really human, I promise! rubs tentacles

Hmmmm.... You shouldn't have to do that.  Did you get the registration email?  You should have received an email asking you to verify your account.

Betsy

Betsy.

This was happening to me too, but after a few posts I'm able to keep posting without the confirmation.

- Juan José
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: EBWriter on April 26, 2017, 09:58:31 PM
The link that's in the Authors section with the words "see this post for instructions" about placing your name as a KB Author or Genre Author doesn't work. Please update so I can get my name on these lists.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on April 29, 2017, 08:48:36 PM
Thanks for pointing this out, we made a change and apparently didn't update the Forum Decorum to reflect the change.

You can add your books to our KB Books database by using the instructions found here:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,40577.0.html

And you can add yourself as an author by using the instructions found here:
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,155442.0.html

I'll update the Authors section.

Betsy
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: GalaxyGirl22 on June 17, 2017, 11:02:38 AM
Hello.
I'm Chele Smith Walsky and I'm a new indie author. I'm excited to meet other authors who share my love for words.

Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: trecywilliam on July 31, 2017, 11:10:51 PM
Thank you for posting this helpful information
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: richard_mann on August 21, 2017, 08:12:58 PM
I love this forum.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Mike Rothmiller on October 26, 2017, 03:22:02 PM
Great advice

We welcome everyone to this forum, from newbies to tech warriors. No complicated rules here.

General Rules

Tone and culture of KBoards. KBoards is our home. To make it an overall enjoyable place to be, we have to set expectations about the behavior of everyone who enters our home.

The tone of conversation in our forum is important to us. If you are a new member, browse around the boards for a while to get a feel for our culture. Look at the flow of our conversations to get a sense for what we consider to be acceptable in posts and topics.

If you're new and immediately start posting with provoking or inciting comments, don't be surprised if you're banned. In the past, we've spent time trying to coach new members who get started on the wrong foot here. It rarely works, and we've now grown to the point where it's not possible for us to do that. So, seriously: figure this part out on your own if you wish to join this forum.

If the above guidelines irk you, and you're ready to get on your soapbox about free speech on the web... this is probably not the place for you.

If, on the other hand, you enjoy respectful and engaging dialogue, and have a sense of courtesy to others... welcome! Enjoy! 


Specific Rules

- No bad words please. (Don't test our filters.)

- No flaming, no insults, no name calling. Your post will be deleted.

- No belligerence. If, in the opinion of our moderators, you display aggressive, relentless, or belligerent behavior, you are subject to being banned. If you want to have a future here, be kind.

- No yelling. (Don't do ALL CAPS..!)**

- No excessive punctuation (e.g. strings of exclamation marks or question marks), to include use of special characters in subjects to make the topic stand out in the topic listing.  Apostrophes must be used appropriately at all times. ( :P)

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- Sometimes newcomers ask questions that have been asked and answered before. That's okay. Help them out, and politely show them where the answer can be found. The forums are a big place and though we try to make information accessible, it takes a little while to get used to where everything is. If a newbie question really bothers you, just skip by that post and move on. Someone else will probably help.

- No trolling. This includes posts that seem designed to incite angry responses, or posts that seem designed to dissuade Kindle enthusiasts. This is a Kindle forum! If you prefer other readers, you are still welcome here; but don't try to turn this into an anti-Kindle forum.

--Sorry, no discussion of politics or religion. We've found that these discussions, about beliefs that are held deeply, tend to go off the rails very quickly, so our culture here is to not have those discussions.

- Members may not charge other members for friendship. This includes charging any member for signature space.

- Posts related to Kindle books. Authors, we do allow you to post about your Kindle book, but only in the Book Bazaar board. See detailed author rules below. Do not post links that use non-KBoards Amazon affiliate links. We will delete your posts, or update your Amazon links to the KBoards affiliate link.

- Use of affiliate tags. We reserve the right to add links, or update links, in your KBoards posts with links that contain KBoards affiliate codes. We may delete or modify posts that contain outside affiliate links. Posting of outside affiliate links is against forum rules and may result in banning.

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- Accessory Makers: Posts promoting your Kindle covers, lights, or other accessories are allowed through our promotions program - contact us for details via email (http://mailto:admin@kboards.com). Posts that are not cleared through our promotions program may be locked and/or deleted. We reserve the right to remove or replace external sales and affiliate links. Overbearing, off-topic, or repeated posts about commercial products will be deleted. If you want regular presentation of your commercial product, email us at admin@kboards.com about our programs for advertising, giveaways, or other promotions.

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A signature, in length and height, can be no larger than the area X'd off below. It is 89 default font characters wide, and 10 default font characters high. That's about 800 x 140 pixels. This is enough for 8 book covers (which, when made through our Link-Maker (http://www.kboards.com/link), are 125 pixels high, you can have more covers if they are smaller) plus two lines of plain text. Keep your signature to that size or smaller; otherwise it may be changed or removed.

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- Empty posts: Members who make repeated short-phrase posts may be viewed as posting simply to bump their post count or to make their forum signatures more prominent. Those posts may be deleted and repeat offendors may be banned, at the sole discretion of the moderator team.

- Web tracking bugs: Members who use web tracking images in their posts, signature, or avatars will be banned.

- Departure Announcements: If you choose to leave KBoards, we allow you to make a post announcing your departure from the community. We have heard from members who have made such announcements that they continue to receive thread and PM notifications even after announcing their departure, and have been asked how to prevent that. For members who announce their intention to leave KBoards, we will honor the request to separate from our community by disabling the member account. This will stop our automated board notifications from going out. It also disables other board features (PM notifications, and access to chat room, author pages, Yellow Pages, signature tools, book pages, KB bookmarks, keeping track of last posts read, etc.) You will still be able to browse the boards as an unregistered guest. We hope this addresses your wishes to leave our community.

To help us in managing this, we will consolidate "I'm leaving KB" announcements into a single thread in the Forum Comments area. If you change your mind in the future, just contact us through the email in the site footer, with a request for us to re-enable your account.

Of course, members who wish to stop posting here may simply do so at any time. And people who are taking short breaks for one reason or another may post about that; that's different. Our site has no rules that prevent people from taking a break from the boards when they wish... and many do so and then return later. Rather, the above is to address the people who choose to announce their departure from the community.

- Authors: We are fortunate to have quite a few authors who have joined KBoards. Here are some guidelines about getting the word out about your books:
     - You may post one thread about your book, in the Book Bazaar board. You can use that thread to introduce your book, include a brief review, etc.
     - Do not post about your book in other boards, or in the Book Bazaar's Free Books or Bargains Books threads.
     - We have a Link Maker (see the top of the screen). Authors are strongly encouraged to use the link maker to include a link with a cover of their book, which takes interested folks directly to Amazon where people can read reviews, sample the book and buy it if they want.  We also have an author signature tool at http://www.kboards.com/authorsig
     - Do not "bump" your thread with the word "bump" or through similar tactics. You are welcome to keep your thread "lively" by posting information about your book (reviews, author interviews, etc.) - but do not do so more than once per week. Of course, you can always reply to comments from others in the thread. After you've replied, you may not bump the thread for 7 days. The simple rule to remember for your book thread: no back-to-back posts from you that are closer than 7 days apart.
     - Do not engage in "quid pro quo" bumps in which you bump threads of other authors in return for them bumping yours.
     - No setting up of multiple accounts ("sock puppets"). We have ways of identifying these, even when attempts are made to disguise those accounts through IP-cloaking tools. (Note: if you're using an IP-cloaker or IP-blocker, you're probably high on our watch list.)
     - Do not send unsolicited private messages (PMs) or emails to any members to promote your books or other wares.
     - Do not re-post Amazon reviews here. If you do have reviews of your book at other sites, you may include a link (don't repost the whole review) to that site.
     - You may list your book, and a small graphic if desired, in your forum signature.
     - We do not allow explicit cover images or titles, and will remove posts or signatures containing those subject to our sole discretion. See note above about "family-friendly" content.
     - Some authors have had contests or promotions to publicize their book. If you are interested in doing that, please PM a moderator to make sure the promotion is in line with forum guidelines.
     - We have two databases which may be found under the Authors menu at the top of the forum: KB Authors and KB Books.
             You can add your books to the KB Books database by using the instructions found here:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,40577.0.html
             You can add yourself to KB Authors by using the instructions found here:  https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,155442.0.html
     - For more author-related tips and guidelines related to these boards, see this post:  http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,41454.0.html

Vendor-Client Interaction

1) Vendors may maintain a single thread about their service. The vendor may use this thread to advertise their service and answer questions from potential clients. Clients may use this thread to report on their experience with the service. These reports may comprise feedback to the vendor or recommendations to other authors. This feedback may be positive or negative. Vendors may respond to both types of feedback within the thread.

2) Since vendors may have no more than one thread, all interaction relating to a service should take place in the same thread; a vendor may not reject certain kinds of posts -- negative feedback, for instance -- so long as posts follow KBoards' rules.

3) As with other threads, all interaction on vendor threads must proceed according to our forum decorum. This means no name-calling, no fighting, and no trolling. While authors are encouraged to post accurately about their own experiences with a vendor, hearsay is not welcome and will be deleted if noticed or reported.

4) While vendors may defend themselves within reason, this is not the place to try to resolve or hash out conflicts with clients.

5) Neither vendors nor clients may use the PM system to attack one another.

6) KBoards is not an adjudicating body. We provide a space where both clients and vendors may lay out their sides of a situation, within the bounds of forum decorum. Our members can read those posts and come to their own conclusions about what happened and whether they want to use the service in question.


Thanks for sharing your questions, opinions, expertise, and passions. Have a good time and we'll see you out in the boards.

-Carrie
KBoards Admin



**Except for CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY on Wednesday only. ;D
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Muyassar Sattarova on January 17, 2018, 01:27:22 AM
Good afternoon, Harvey! I wonder to ask how authors get statuses here.Thank you for your answer beforehand.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: OhMo on April 09, 2018, 01:16:08 PM
Good, nothing in here about me having to keep my pants on.

Ten years later and some one finally laughs so hard his belly hurts!
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Vijaya on June 22, 2018, 05:58:39 PM
Hi all! I'm just wondering about the three verification fields I need to fill out each time I reply to a post. Have I missed a step in registration somehow, or is this one of those things where you're a filthy newbie and the fields go away once you've made a minimum number of posts? It's just that I'm getting a little weary of once again confirming that Ms Christie is, in fact, the author of Murder on the Orient Express.

TL;DR: I'm really human, I promise! rubs tentacles

I'm having to verify too. Is it because I registered and then didn't post for nearly a month? I don't want to ask newbie questions so was primarily reading to learn. Thanks. V
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Atunah on June 22, 2018, 06:02:32 PM
Is there something about having a minimum amount of posts? I am a long way away from having under 10(or whatever) posts so I wouldn't know, just guessing here.
Title: Re: Forum decorum
Post by: Vijaya on June 22, 2018, 06:11:56 PM
Yes, it must have something to do with my newbie status. Thanks. I will do my proper penance. lol. V.