Hi,

I think this website gives people too much freedom to post their opinions. I feel some discussion forums are more like chat rooms.

I expect that poeple at least do a little bit study before posting their answers to questions. Please do not comment on anything if you do not know what you are doing.

Here are some regulations that I think are quite useful and I copied them from another website.

* Please do not add your own questions to other users' questions. (Post a new question, copying and pasting from previous posts where necessary.)

* Please resist the temptation to answer questions! (That is the job of qualified and approved native-speaker contributors, always indicated by the "teacher" icon.) Threads containing such unsolicited responses may be entirely deleted.

Hope I'm not offending anyone. Good luck to all English learners.

Regards,
There are a variety of forum sites, with a variety of rules, and that is all to the good-- it allows you a freer choice of forum style.

As for your points: it is nice to start a new thread for a new topic, but usually there is some relationship to the questioning by various members, which stimulates discussion; by the same token, we like members to feel free to respond as best they may if they think they have some help to give, whether native speaker or not. Some of our most knowledgeable contributors are not native speakers of English. And none of such contributions necessarily leads to a thread's getting out of hand.

This free give-and-take is a part of the character of English Forums, in contradistinction to some stricter and more serious sites, and personally, it is what makes this place so attractive. (Of course, I am lucky in that I can lower the boom if a thread really gets out of control and becomes offensive.)
Thanks for taking the trouble to give us your ideas meantolearn.

As moderators we do try to scoop up the posts that are just adding an irrelevant question on to another post, and can split them off into a new thread. I agree it's best that people don't do this unless the question is directly related to the existing thread.

We like to encourage anyone to have a try at answering questions. I suppose it does mean that some people get incorrect answers sometimes - but then I have to admit my answers have not always been correct either. I think it's a good policy though as it encourages everyone to really take part in the forum. Sometimes a good way to learn is to teach someone else.
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Also, it only people with the teacher icon were allowed to answer posts, a great many good answers would never have been given.
Mister MicawberThis free give-and-take is a part of the character of English Forums, in contradistinction to some stricter and more serious sites, and personally, it is what makes this place so attractive. (Of course, I am lucky in that I can lower the boom if a thread really gets out of control and becomes offensive.)

Yep, that's basically why the other ESL forums suck. There's no place to talk about anything, you can only ask questions.

I see this forum as a community, that's why I like it. The memebers get to know each other, some also keep in touch outside of this forum...

I sometimes try to answer simple questions, and that's a good way to practice, I think. I learned a lot of stuff and became aware of several mistakes by trying to answer questions... Emotion: smile
I agree with all of you, especially with you, Kooyen doingstairs Gambino.
When I had first registered to the forum, I thought that I'll just ask my question, get the answer to it and never set foot inhere again.
Little did I know that it will absorb me. Emotion: wink
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