Q: What constitutes abuse of other users?
A: Do not call other users names. Do not engage in ad hominem attacks. Do not disrespect the skills or backgrounds of other users. Before posting, please re-read the text: if your posting is discussing some other user in a negative way it may be crossing the line. Re-write the posting to focus on the technology and products being discussed and not on the people who are discussing.
Q: What is an "ad hominem" attack?
A: "Ad hominem" is Latin for "against the person." It means attacking the person who is discussing something instead of what that person is discussing.
Example: Paul says "It would be better to use a location precision of 1 meter." John responds with "No, that's wrong because you are an artist and you don't know what you are talking about. Use 0.1 meter." John is making an ad hominem attack. Instead of discussing the technical reasons why the location precision should not be 1 meter, he is attacking Paul's personal characteristic of being an artist.
Q: How can abuse be prevented?
A: In mild cases forum admins will try to provide warnings and reminders, especially for long time participants who may be having a bad day. More serious cases of abuse will result in blacklisting immediately, for a limited period of time or permanently. If need be, tools for selectively expunging or moderating unacceptable content will be used.