Community Guidelines

Let's all just get along!

 

DO

Be Nice

Anyone and everyone can be a repair tech. Give them the opportunity!

 

Be Useful

We're a community of people who want to get better at fixing things. Stay focused on that goal.

 

Be Intelligent

There are lots of websites out there for people to act foolishly on. This is not one of them.

 

Be Empathetic

Remember when you were working on that really hard thing that one time? Imagine the person you're helping out is you back then.

 

Be Encouraging

Repair is hard! Let's make it fun and rewarding.

 

Don't

Be Creepy

You know the guy. Don't be that guy. (thanks, flickr)

 

Rip Off Someone Else's Work

Paraphrasing content from elsewhere on the web, while giving credit by linking to the source, is perfectly all right. But copying and pasting someone else's words into your document is considered plagiarism. You'll only learn the ins and outs of technical writing by doing the writing part yourself, so avoid the temptation to plagiarize. This has the added benefit of keeping you out of a university disciplinary hearing (which we're told is not nearly as fun as it sounds).

 

Sell Yourself

We're all trying to make a living. You are welcome to use your profile page to promote your services, but do not promote your own commercial offerings in Answers. As you build your reputation in the community, people will come to trust you and will seek out your services.

 

Be Judgmental

 Yes, it's easier to fix things when you've gone through five years of service training. But it's not necessary. Amateurs have changed the world!