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Discussion Forum Etiquette

The main focus of the iSixSigma discussion forum is to create an open communication channel among all of our readers. For those new to Six Sigma as well as the experienced quality professional, having the ability to network with colleagues working in parallel fields is extremely valuable. Here are some guidelines and tips for maximizing value of the iSixSigma discussion forum for you.

  • Search before you post. Many questions have been asked on the forum before. Prior to posting, readers should make a good faith effort to determine if a similar topic has been previously discussed. For example, if you want information about social media certification, search the forum for “social media certification” (sans quotes) and sift through recently discussed topics. Or, do a search of Hashtags.org articles.
  • Starting a new discussion topic. Nothing solicits forum responses more than a well thought-out problem statement (in the form of a question), accompanied by as much data as possible. For example, if you’re looking for help setting up a data collection plan, describe the process, data to be collected, factors that will come into play, etc. The more information you provide, the more likely someone is to respond. If the issue is clearly stated, it may even be highlighted in one of the iSixSigma newsletters with circulation of more than 40,000 professionals worldwide – a sure bet you’ll receive the input you need. [start a discussion]
  • Stay on topic. Replies should be answers to the original question. Try not to create sub-conversations in a thread as it complicates reading and really doesn’t belong in the thread. If you have a discussion topic that was suggested from reading a thread, start a new discussion topic.
  • Be considerate to others. It should go without saying that you should treat others as you would like to be treated. Hashtags.org community moderators are authorized to edit or delete anything deemed rude, obnoxious or abusive but we’re not here to moderate squabbling. If you have a differing viewpoint, either defend your position or ignore the others.
  • Do not abuse the forum. Do not post under multiple screen names in order to support your position. Do not try to deceive. Do no harm. We track information associated with each post and abuse will not be tolerated. Moderators have the ability to ban users from posting to the discussion forum entirely.
  • Do not promote products, services or businesses on the discussion forum. The iSixSigma discussion forum is not a medium for user or business advertising or self-promotion. Violators will have their post removed and could be banned from further postings.
  • Do not post open jobs or positions on the discussion forum. Instead, post them on the Hashtags.org jobs board. In addition, we do not allow resumes to be posted to the discussion forum (you can do it in the Job Seeker section). We realize that many Hashtags.org readers need new career challenges, but the discussion forum is not the appropriate vehicle to advertise your skills.

A Few Words About Spam

Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE or “spam”) can occur when users reveal their email addresses and others use them for personal gain. Although iSixSigma asks for an email address to notify you of follow-on messages (if you check the box), we do not reveal your email address to anyone. If you feel the need to reveal it, at least break it up or modify it so automated email harvest programs cannot capture it (for example, myname @ emailhost dot com) but people can easily decipher it.

If you have any other tips for discussion forum users, please feel free to send them to us.

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