Terms of Forum Use

These terms and conditions govern your conduct in the forums. By accessing the forums, you agree to the following terms and conditions.

At any time, these terms and conditions may change.

  1. How to Post
    • If you have a question, start a new thread and link to the old if relevant.
    • If you have something to add and judge that your information is related, but more up-to-date, start a new thread and link to the old if desired, but avoid duplicating effort by posting information already contained in the Allen App.
    • Choose clear, informative subjects. This is more likely to elicit responses from experienced users who have knowledge about that particular topic. It also makes the topic easy to reference and find in forum searches by future users with similar problems.
    • Avoid extraneous phrases such as [HELP!], [URGENT], etc.
    • A sincere effort to use modest and proper language and grammar is a sign of respect toward the community that will certainly be appreciated and is quite likely to elicit positive responses. Please refrain from using so-called "textspeak", "netspeak", "leetspeak" and all other forms of internet slang.
    • When asking questions, provide as much information as possible.
    • Choose one topic per thread. Long threads are typically discouraged.
    • Post your question in only one forum; pick the most relevant, and post there.
    • When responding to an existing thread, always read the original post and attempt to focus on the original topic.
  2. Share Findings & Failures
  3. Ensure your thread includes details and information that others will find useful. Share your findings with the community. Share your failures as well. Posting the equivalent of "Nevermind, I fixed it." in your thread or deleting your own posts for similar reasons is not only selfish and useless to the community, but a complete waste of resources and everyone's time. Users are strongly encouraged to do research, make an effort, report back in the thread, help others, get involved, and contribute to the community.

  4. Effective & Ineffective Discussions
  5. If you have a question regarding the ACL, please ensure that your topic poses a specific question and be open-minded to responses.

    Threads stating the equivalent of "there is a problem with the ACL and ACDM, we need to discuss it" have been repeatedly proven ineffective and inflammatory and will usually be locked or deleted after a warning from a moderator. If you have identified an issue of concern, find a solution that works for you, implement it, and then post.

    Harsh, unproductive criticism is also uncalled for.

  6. Be Patient
  7. Demanding help or showing an obvious impatience toward getting it is unwanted here. Do your own research, continue to troubleshoot, post the results, and be patient with the community. If people are reading your thread without answering or offering help, you may try supplying more details, or ask to be pointed in the right direction. Often, the reason for posts remaining unanswered is due in large part to the sparse details in the original post itself, or, the obvious availability of solutions in the Allen App or in the Allen Forums, and the community's unwillingness to point out the obvious.

  8. Be Responsible
  9. If an interpersonal issue arises, please be open-minded to the possibility that your behavior may have contributed to the problem. Taking responsibility for our actions is often a good first step toward a peaceful reconciliation.

  10. Respect Other Users
  11. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated; respect them and their views, even if you may disagree with them.

  12. Respect Other Models
  13. Just as we don’t like being unfairly criticized, please don’t be judgmental on other cognition models and frameworks. Criticisms are generally not productive. This is a positive forum aiming to find positive solutions.

  14. Respect Other’s Privacy
  15. The breaking of client’s privacy will not be tolerated. Identifying information such as person’s name, birthdate, or address which are linked to their medical diagnosis will be deleted.

  16. Homework
  17. As a matter of principle, do not ask for homework answers, nor post answers to such requests. Homework assignments are designed to encourage a student to learn by their own personal research. Topics deemed to be about homework will be closed or deleted.

  18. Old Threads & Replicating Information
  19. Do your part to keep the forums tidy. Posting in old threads can potentially create disjointed "zombie" information; outdated posts with data which is no longer relevant. Please stick to recent posts reflecting more current circumstances. Information should be succinct, and multiple pages are to be avoided if possible.

  20. Avoid Personal Topics / Rants
  21. Rants and complaints are frowned on and may be deleted as they are discovered. Posts of this type are unwanted on the ACDM forums. Posts should be open, productive and inviting to all members.

  22. Avoid Controversy / Controversial Topics
  23. There is no explicit list of topics considered to be "trollish", controversial or provocative, but in the past, threads with posts pertaining to religion, sports, race, nationalism and politics have invariably been closed. Therefore, specifically avoid these and all divisive topics in the Allen Forums!

  24. No Thread Hijacking
  25. Thread hijacking is the process of replying to an existing thread with a different topic. This is generally discouraged. It is better to start a new thread if you have a problem that is related to an existing posted issue but clearly different. Posts that hijack a serious thread with off-topic discussion are also discouraged.

  26. No Advertising / Solicitation
  27. Publicity for a cause or the promotion of goods and / or services will be monitored closely. Promoting web-invites, blog posts or commercial promotions are actively discouraged, and outright prohibited. Registering just to promote your issue / cause, treats the community as a resource and is not acceptable; if unsure about the appropriateness of your content, contact a moderator before posting at moderators@acdmweb.com. Also be aware that posting shortened / obscured links is a technique of spammers and deliberately inhibits the community’s ability to judge the propriety of the link. Therefore, please only post links that include a clear destination.

  28. No Spam
  29. Spam is strictly not allowed in this forum. Unsolicited advertising will be deleted.

  30. No Trolling
  31. A "troll" is a person who intentionally attempts to disrupt, cause controversy, incite an argument, and / or receive negative attention by deliberately posting provocative content. The term may also refer to the act of posting such content, or the content itself.

    Trolls are generally deceitful and often use ambivalence as a method of covertly insulting, intimidating, or inciting a person or persons for their own sadistic pleasure. They often pick their words very carefully and are therefore able to defend their masked attempts at creating unrest, frequently redirecting the blame onto the community and its supposed failure to understand them properly. Trolling is strictly prohibited.

  32. No Power-Posting / Empty Posts
  33. Power-posting is best described as posting empty and worthless messages. It is not tolerated. People may have two reasons to do this: to increase their post count meaninglessly, or to lend support to an idea as if it were a vote. Examples of power-posting include, but are not limited to, replying with "+1", "lol", "me too", "I agree", or ":)".

    When posting or replying to messages, make sure you have something to say. These empty posts clutter up threads and discussion, invalidate the 'Show New Posts' function, and waste bandwidth and server space.

    Threads that degenerate into a series of "me too / I agree / I disagree" will be locked. Individual power posts may also be deleted.

  34. No Bumping
  35. Posting a single word or useless message (bumping) to attract attention to your thread is not allowed.

  36. No Cross-Posting
  37. Cross-posting is posting the same question multiple times in different forums. This is a waste of resources and is not permitted. Any cross-posted topic will be immediately locked or deleted.

  38. No Flaming
  39. Flaming, in the most common sense definition, is directing negative, disrespectful, and / or insulting comments toward someone. An equally or more negative response, resulting in a cycling exchange of insults is often the consequence. Flaming fellow users (including moderators) will not be tolerated. Never resort to personal insults and please avoid sarcastic and patronizing language. Discussions can be productive, but quarreling is always destructive.

  40. Respect the Moderators
  41. The moderators have been chosen for their ability to exercise consistently good judgment and shall have the final say. Note that this forum is not run as a democracy. The moderators shall always attempt to implement universally peaceful solutions, but in the end, are charged with the responsibility of maintaining peaceful, civil order for the forum majority. Therefore, they cannot always please everyone with the decisions made. Please do your part to contribute to a healthy community and environment.

    If you feel that an egregious oversight has been made, do NOT post complaints in forum threads - they will be quickly deleted. You can email the administrator at system@acdmweb.com.

  42. ACDM Support ONLY
  43. The Allen Forums are used to support the use of the ACDM, the ACL and the ACLS-6. Posts which deviate from this will be deleted.

  44. Misplaced Posts
  45. Try to place your posts in the correct forum for the topic. The Allen Forums have been carefully categorized so that most topics fit in one logical location. Any post that is deemed by a moderator to be in the wrong forum will be moved to the correct location without warning. Most users can find these on their own but if you lose your thread, it is acceptable to contact one of the moderators (moderators@acdmweb.com) asking where it has been moved.

  46. Warnings, User Locking, Banning
  47. If a moderator feels that a user’s behavior is unacceptable and warrants intervention, a warning will typically be issued unless the occurrence is judged to be especially flagrant, in which case a ban may become imminent. Warnings will not be discussed in the Allen Forums. If the warning goes unheeded, further action will be taken. This may range from locking the offending user’s account, to deletion or banning of the user, out of consideration for a peaceful forum and community. Action is generally on a case-by-case basis.

    If a user is apologetic, interested in a peaceful solution and wishes to have their account reinstated, a general consensus will be formed by a moderator for, or against, such a request.

  48. Freedom
  49. The free and open exchange of assistance, speech, ideas and opinions is highly regarded and encouraged on the forums, but it must be noted that the freedom granted to users is relative freedom. It exists within the boundaries of the above guidelines and principles. Complaints of censorship are therefore baseless and unfounded, since this necessary framework must simultaneously provide reasonable limitations. To illustrate, we are aware of the physical laws which govern energy and matter, yet we do not complain of their oppression. Instead, we recognize that such laws are essential for our welfare. Likewise, the ACDM community's high standards reflected in these guidelines regulate community freedom for the common good and protection of all. Embracing the above principles and obeying the forum policies and procedures therefore benefits the entire community by providing freedom from the harmful and negative consequences of a more chaotic approach.