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      All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so.   As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is.       Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.

      I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family.   On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS.   God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids /  AussieHomeschool)


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Netiquette: online etiquette

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Yep, you guessed it. Just as manners and etiquette are required in a real life community, so there are online as well.

In a nutshell, here are some basic forum netiquette guidelines, taken from Wikipedia.

Forum etiquette

Certain rules of unspoken etiquette are recommended to be followed when using Internet forums. They include:

* One should read all the rules and guidelines established by the community. Some communities may have different regulations on a particular subject.

* One should always be courteous to other forum members.

* Before creating a new topic thread, one is advised to search to see if a similar topic already exists.

* Contributors should follow standard grammar and spelling rules and avoid slang. Of course this practice is rather subjective. Context is everything!

* If the forum is categorised, one should strive to post in the correct section.

* When making a technical inquiry, one should include as much technical information as possible, especially in the subject line.

* Contributors are asked to stay on-topic.

* Contributors should avoid double posting and Crossposting.

* To avoid appearing self-absorbed, one should respond to topics started by others more often than starting topics of one's own.

* Contributors should avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts. ALL CAPS is considered "shouting" and causes readability issues.

* One is advised not to resurrect a very old topic if nothing significant will be added. This practice is known as revival or bumping.

* One should try to refrain from lashing back at a poorly behaving member or participating in a flame war; instead, notify the messageboard's staff of the event.

* When quoting a previous post, one should only include the relevant portion of that post. Contributors are requested to keep in mind that their audience can likely still see the message they are quoting on the same screen and can read it again if need be.

* Signatures on forums should generally have a maximum height of 100 pixels, as to not cause clutter.

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette

But don't stop there! To maximise your online relationships, look into it further. Do some more reading here:




I think the above site is pretty definitive. She lists the ten most basic but important guidelines of netiquette:

* Rule 1: Remember the Human

* Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behaviour online that you follow in real life

* Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace

* Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth

* Rule 5: Make yourself look good online

* Rule 6: Share expert knowledge

* Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control

* Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy

* Rule 9: Don't abuse your power

* Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

Of course, each community has its own little hot spots that should be avoided and other points which aren't so rigid. However, I think that Rule 8 is a must for any type of relationship- in real life or online.

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