Most of us reading this spend a lot of time in the forums, reading, posting and occasionally joking around. As more and more forums spring up on the topic of SEM and SEO, it becomes more challenging to find good threads. This entry is a plea to those who post threads, to make sure to post in the right forum and with a full and descriptive title. Here are some guidelines I follow when posting and I hope you do as well.
(1) Post in the relevant forum: There are some forums where everyone posts any topic in the Google forum. So even if it is on how MSN is a growing star, the poster will place it in the Google forum so it can be seen by more eyes. Please don't! Please post the topic in the most relevant forum possible.
(2) Use descriptive titles: How often do you see threads with the title "Read This!" or "Click Here...". I can tell you, I never read those threads, do you? Please be descriptive in your title. If its a good topic and the description is well written, you will not only get a lot of clicks from forum readers but Google will rank the thread well in a few weeks.
(3) Be specific: Some forums do not allow specific examples and some do. If possible, try to post specific examples of a case that you have seen. If your not allowed to do so, then post generic examples in a detailed manner so that one can follow your theory or questions.
(4) Discuss the topic, not the person posting: By focusing on the subject, and not the personality of the person behind the words, it keeps the discussion from blowing up into a personal fight. Plus, if the discussion is a big cat fight, I can not reference it here.
This is turning into a good post, I intend on updating this over time. If you follow the guidelines above, I believe, your posts will be read more often and receive better feedback and coverage.
Updated: Check out the forum thread at Cre8asite based on this post named Forum Posting Guidelines :: Some useful tips for you, a must read!