Step One: Use the search function. See that little thing under the "technical support service" writing at the top right of your screen? That's the search function. You plug what you are thinking of (not whole sentences mind you, just your key points) in there and click the little magnifying glass icon.Search will do its thing and plug through the thousands of forum posts and then come back and tell you if it finds something similar. If it finds something similar, even remotely so, this is a sign to you that you SHOULD NOT POST what you were going to. Duplicate posts get locked faster than you can "Mr Mxyzptlk" three times fast.
Step Two: Avoid using the following terms: Arty is Bad, Matchmaker Sux, and anything that suggests the game masters, mods, or World of Tanks in general is unfair. Just because you think your take on these is unique, original, and correct; the simple truth is that we've all heard this before. The fact is, your idea isn't unique, new, or original; and while it might be correct, screaming about it on the forum isn't going to do any good. In fact, even if you present a unique, or original idea, the problem here is that you'll end up just feeding the trolls. It's not worth the hassle, so don't bother.
Step Three: Don't troll. Just don't. Childish trolling posts may get you a giggle, but beyond that they'll catch you a ban. Try to behave like an adult, or if not an adult, just don't act like some adolescent with way too much time on their hands. If you've nothing constructive to say, then don't say it.
Step Four: Don't post in another language (outside accepted areas.) Ok, if your native language isn't English, that's fine, but outside specific forum areas you aren't allowed to post in a language other than English. Toss things through bing's translator if you need to. While it's not perfect, it'll at least get your point across.
Step Five: Watch your language. Second only to trolling and the keywords pointed out in step two, using "colorful" language (swear words) in your post is the worst thing you can do. It'll get your topic locked, and nine times out of ten catch you a ban in the process. Generally speaking, you want to post as though you're talking around small children. If cursing is how you talk around small children, then you are a very bad person.
Step Six: No naming or shaming. Sure, playerXYZ teamkilled you in the game, or maybe they're not as good as you. Heck maybe they're better than you but you're upset about it. That's fine and dandy, but don't ever post anything on the forums that names the people. You might think calling them out is a good idea, but it's not. It'll get you locked and banned just as quickly as anything. Also, if posting images from in the game, censor out the names so they're not visible. That counts right in with naming and shaming as much as anything.
Step Seven: Make sense. Really, try to make sense. Putting together coherent thought is a must. If your post reads like a spastic monkey with the shakes was typing it, the mods are going to lock it. They may suggest less caffeine as well. Take your time, and don't hesitate to proofread. While grammar isn't important, well it is but you know my meaning, it still helps to try to make sense.
Step Eight: DO NOT CONTEST MODERATOR ACTIONS!!!! EVER!!! You were banned and don't like how it turned out? Think they should have gone easy on you? That's fine and dandy. Send a ticket in to support about it. Don't post on the forums. Not only will your topic be locked, but you'll catch a ban for it. It's possible that your ban will end up permanent as well. In the end it's just not worth making things worse.
While not lock worthy, there are some other things that can get you into trouble when responding to a post. These are:
Posting troll type images. (such as the too long didn't read type)
Insulting the poster.
Threatening the poster. (it's happened in the past, don't doubt it.)
Trolling within a thread
Being a jerk.
Posting a non constructive post. (meaning tldr or anything of that sort.)
Edited by Magick, Dec 21 2012 - 23:41.