Please Read Before Posting on the Forum
Forum Mission Statement
- To celebrate and promote the sport of marathon swimming.
- To foster connections and information sharing among the global community of marathon swimmers.
- To provide an educational resource for aspiring marathon swimmers.
Read Before Posting
The Marathon Swimmers Forum has over 13,000 posts in its archives. Your question may have already been answered. The Forum offers three methods of browsing the archives for specific topics:
- Categories - see the sidebar on the right side of the main Discussions page
- Tags - see the sidebar on the right side of the main Discussions page
- Search - type a phrase into the box under 'Search the Archives'
Do Not Post Overly General Requests for Advice
For example: "I just signed up for a 10K. How should I train for this?"
Questions similar to this will be deleted by the admins, because they do not contain enough information for us to provide any useful advice. For tips on details you might include in "training"-type queries, see the Training Advice for Newbies thread.
Keep Your Comments On-Topic
Comments that are irrelevant to the thread topic will be deleted.
- If you use a 'signature,' please limit it to no more than three lines (preferably just one line).
Commercial Spam and Nuisance Posts
- Posts whose sole appears to be promoting a commercial venture are considered SPAM and are prohibited.
- If you are unsure whether a post may be commercial SPAM, please consult the admins before posting.
- Overly self-promotional posts are also considered SPAM, especially if the poster is a new member of the forum. Established forum members with a record of helpful contributions have more leeway on self-promotional posts.
- Nuisance posts, including personal attacks, potentially defamatory material, and surreptitious advertising, will not be tolerated.
- Process for dealing with problem users and posts. If a forum member violates any of these policies, the problem post may be deleted, and the user will be warned. If the nuisance behavior persists, the user may be banned from the Forum.
A few examples of forum threads that have been deleted by the admins for violating these guidelines can be viewed HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of registering as a member, rather than just lurking?
- Member profiles - members can view them; non-members cannot.
- Private messaging system - members can communicate with other members; non-members cannot.
- Easier browsing - when logged in as a member, new threads & comments are highlighted.
- Annual Global Marathon Swimming Awards - members can vote; non-members cannot.
How to Use the Forum
Creating a New Discussion
- All new members will begin with "probationary" status. Probationary Members are allowed to post to existing discussions, but not to create new discussions. Probationary members will be promoted to full Members at the discretion of the Admins. One way to expedite this is to contribute productive comments to existing threads.
- Has this topic been discussed before? Has your question been asked before? If so, consder adding to the previous discussion thread instead of creating a new one.
- Write descriptive titles. One should be able to have a good idea of what the discussion is about, just from the title, without having to open it.
- Put the discussion in the appropriate category. There are six categories to choose from:
- Beginner Questions.
- Locations & Networking. For questions along the lines of: "I'm traveling to [location]. Are there any open water swimming groups there?"
- Swim Reports. You just did an interesting swim, wrote up a report, but don't have your own blog. This is a place to share it.
- Cheering Section. Jane is about to start her English Channel swim. Here's her SPOT tracker link and Twitter. Go Jane!
- Event Announcements.
- General Discussion. Anything that doesn't fit in the above categories.
- Add some tags (optional). See the list along the right edge of the main discussions page for examples.
- Please DO NOT post the following types of discussion threads:
- Advertisements, either up-front or surreptitious.
- Overly general requests for advice on, e.g., training and nutrition. There is extensive information in the archives - please search them before posting "Please Help Me" threads.
- Classified ads, for example:
- "For sale" ads.
- Recruitment of crew members for your upcoming swim.
- Solicitation of coaching services.
Commenting in a Discussion
- Stay on topic (as much as possible). It is preferable to create a new discussion topic than to make an off-topic comment.
- Be sparing in your quoting of other users. Cut the quote to the part you are specifically responding to.
Using the Private Messaging System
- If you choose to receive email notifications of private messages (PMs), you cannot reply via email. Your message will go to an unmonitored inbox. You must reply from your Forum Inbox.
Subscribing to New Posts via Email or RSS
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- RSS Feeds (paste link into your RSS reader)
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- If the image is already hosted (located) on the web:
- Find the URL of the image you want to attach
- Click the "image" icon directly above the comment box (3rd from right)
- Insert the URL of your image between the quotation marks in the HTML code
- Move the HTML code to wherever you want the image to appear in your comment
- Post your comment
- If the image is on your computer, please upload it to the web using an image-sharing service such as imgur or Dropbox. Then follow the same instructions as above.
- To embed a video from YouTube or Vimeo, simply cut and paste the link into the comment box. The embedding will happen automatically.
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