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 Post subject: Forum Rules
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 6:23 pm 
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MGL Forum Rules
The purpose of this forum is to support the MGL user community by creating a positive environment for sharing experiences and knowledge. Here are a few rules to be followed to make this a better place.

General netiquette rules
Avoid all-caps typing that is unpleasant and hard to read. Try (as much as possible) to use proper grammar and spelling and to avoid slang in order to make it easy for readers to understand what you are writing. Avoid offensive, politically incorrect or impolite words, unauthorized copyrighted material and all advertising.

Search in the forum and the internet before posting
The more common the request, the more likely it is that it has already been discussed in the forum. Thus before asking something, it is good practice to search for it in the archive. Finding a similar discussion can provide a quick fix while keeping the thread redundancy low. This, in turn, makes it easier for people to search for information on the forum. Be sure to take a look also at all the guides and tutorials that have been written for the different software packages (AutoDock, MGL Tools, Vina, AutoLigand). Some familiarity with your operative system is also required.

Choose in advance the best forum for your topic.
Based on the topic of your request, you should choose the forum that matches it best. Issues related to the graphical user interface (GUI) and Python error messages probably should be reported to the MGLTools Forum. Issues strictly related to docking should be reported to the AutoDock forum (ADL). For more general docking questions please refer to the "Binding Theory" forum. Forum moderators can manage threads by moving them to the appropriate forums, but your efforts in initially posting to the appropriate forum are important.

Put the right efforts in writing your request
Title: Be clear and simple when creating a new discussion, beginning with the title. Think about what you would look for if you had the same problem. Try to avoid vague or uninformative titles such as "I have a problem", "Help" or "AutoGrid", Instead use more explicit titles such as "MacOS graphic issue" or "AutoGrid: how to center maps". Avoid dramatic or "urgent" titles even if the issue is very important to you.

Discussion: In writing your post, the more details you provide about your system, the better. In order to help us understand your problem, please report essential information.

In general is a good practice to report as much details as possible:
    - hardware (workstation/pc/laptop, graphic card, ...)
    - operating system details (MacOS and Windows versions, Linux distributions names and versions)
    - software version (i.e. MGL Tools v.1.5.2)

Data files: For programs using parameter/configuration files (like AutoDock and AutoDock Vina) it is a good practice to attach the GPF, DPF and CONF files in the discussion. If the problem is related to a structure, it's also helpful to attach it (entirely or as a part, for big structures) to the discussion.

Follow ups: Once a discussion is opened, try to stay on topic. If the topic shifts to another topic, just open a new discussion. Duplicate posts are not allowed. Whenever you find the solution to your problem, please report it to the forum to help all the people (present and future) who encounter the same issue.

Bug reports and Troubleshooting
"If it's not in Bugzilla , it's not a bug".
Your bug reports are important for the development and the improvement of the software. For AutoDock, AutoLigand and MGL Tools bug reports, please refer to the Bug report HowTo.
For Vina please follow the instructions and report the bugs via the Vina Forum or via e-mail to the Author.

Violations
Anyone who willfully violates the forum rules can be banned. While the rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate whenever a post or a discussion is considered not relevant to the forum. We also reserve the right to remove offensive, impolite or off-topic posts without notice.


Freely inspired by Netiquette and How To Ask Questions The Smart Way (Eric S. Raymond).


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 Post subject: Re: Forum Rules
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:06 pm 
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Since this forum has attracted spammers, I have enabled Post Queueing feature as described in Preventing Spam in 3.0. Users now need to have at least one approved post in order to post without approval. Spam users accounts will be removed and their IP address will be placed on a permanent ban. Also, avoid posting generic thank you or me too comments as your first post. Thank you and enjoy the Forum!

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