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Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on Synthesizer New Zealand. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. Behaviour

    1. Be courteous

      If you are courteous, your good manners show friendliness and concern for others, like your courteous habit of holding the door for people entering a building with you. Exercise courteousness, like you would in real life, even if your opinions might differ.

      All posts should be professional and courteous. You have every right to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective.
      However, you are not free to attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle them or the quality of this community. It does not matter what title or power you hold in these forums, you are expected to obey this rule. #
    2. Respect each other

      Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone. If you respect your teacher, you admire him and treat him well.

      You show respect by being polite and kind. When people are insulted or treated badly, they feel they haven't been treated with respect. You can respect things as well as people.

      If you end up in a situation that makes you feel disrespected feel free to reach out to one of the moderators. #
    3. Language

      Write simply and clearly, and post full answers so other members can engage easily with you. Not everyone is a synthesizer guru and questions are encouraged so we can all learn at our own pace.

      The language we communicate in is plain English. However, for some members English might not be their native language so please refer to rule b and be respectful. #
    4. Do not SPAM

      These forums define spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services and/or other web sites, or posts with little, or completely unrelated content. Do not spam the forums with excessive links to your site or product, or try to self-promote your website, business or forums etc.

      Spamming also includes sending private messages to a large number of different users. Spamming is actively monitored by the moderators Synthesizer New Zealand. #
    5. Do not post offensive material

      Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user pictures. Use common sense while posting.
Keep in mind, this is a web site for synthesizer professionals and enthusiast. #
  2. Posting Guidelines

    1. Be descriptive and don't use vague topic names

      Please post a descriptive topic name! This drastically improves the overall user experience within the forum.
      Give a short summary of your problem in the subject. (Don’t use attention getting subjects, they don’t get attention and only annoy people).

      Here’s a great list of topic subjects YOU SHOULD NOT POST :

      Help me,  Hello,  Very urgent, I have a question

      Generally anything similar to those is unacceptable. Just post your problem.

      Here is a GOOD example of a way to post a question:

      “how to use an oscilloscope in conjunction with my VCO”


“Why can you never have enough VCAs, and which one do you recommend?” #
    2. Remember, people are doing you a favour!

      Be patient, help people out by posting good descriptions of what you need help with, and not snapping at people with garbage such as
“if you aren’t going to help don’t waste my time replying”. People on the forum are not paid or here to service you, they are doing you a favour! #
  3. Forum Guidelines

    1. Am I allowed more than one account?

      No, there is no reason why you should have more than one account at OpenTuition forums. If you are banned from the forums, please do not create a new account. If you continue to create new accounts after you have been banned, your IP address will be blocked from the forums. #
    2. What happens if I break a rule?

      If you break a rule, then you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning.

      If you see a post or thread that breaks a rule, please report the thread/post to the moderators or admin. #
    3. Can I ask one question multiple times?

      Please refrain from posting the same question in several forums. There is normally one forum which is most suitable in which to post your question.

      If you have something to post and you're not sure which board it belongs in, do not post it in more than one board. If the administrators or moderators think it would fit better in another location, it will be moved there. Duplicate threads only serve to create confusion. #
  4. Moderation

    1. How do I become a moderator?

      All moderator applicants must be a member for at least 90 days (3 months) and have at least 100 posts.
You must be active in the individual forums you wish to moderate and regularly create and respond to threads in those forums.
You must also maintain a working knowledge of the subject matter.

      Please be aware that applying to be a moderator does not guarantee acceptance and that moderators will only be appointed when needed.

      Current moderators and administrators will review applications and decide if the applicant fits the desired post. Administrators have the final say and we reserve to right to refuse applicants with or without cause. #
    2. In Order to apply to be a moderator you must be:

      • A forum regular user
      • Have been at the forum for over 3 months
      • Have a positive presence on the Forums
      • Be proactive
      • Knowledgeable in the Forums they would like to moderate.
      • Polite and helpful towards other members and give advice whenever needed and whenever possible.
      • Visit the forum each day, actively take part in discussions as often as possible, ideally once a day, setting a good example to the other members.
      • Take an active part in discussions between Moderators relating to the running of the forum.
      • Help to keep unsuitable content out of the forums as much as possible.