The Base FAQ/Guidelines

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Edit the first post in this topic to change the contents of the FAQ/Guidelines page.

Hopefully these are boilerplate Guidelines :laughing: since I hope many of our posts break the guideline “If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times”

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This forum and guidelines are really awesome, I think it will be a huge help to as a backbone of communication to grow a distributed, people powered movement.

Perhaps a guideline for when to start start a new category would be useful?

Tech Support or General How-to
Events or community calendar
Bugs (or is that elsewhere eg github?)

Could potentially be useful categories -

Also a guideline/explanation for how ‘trust’ is assigned?

Anyway nice one I’m so happy to see the old internet forum being revived and reinvented, and happy to help out if I can.

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I’m very new to communicating like this, but a group such as this is something I have worked towards for years.
As I feel this group needs needs to be inclusive, and this space is secure, how about we introduce each other briefly - no need for a major thesis, just a few points?
Happy to kick it off, but prepared to wait for comments from others b4 doing so.
For a kickarse XRAust
Tony Gleeson

Hi TeeGee, I’m organising in Adelaide. I left my job on Friday to commit more time to climate action. I have a history in peace, anti-bases, anti-rape and climate action. I’ve been quite amazed how many of my friends and co-workers are enthusiastic about XR and keen to join us–Looking forward to building up the rebellion! Mary

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hey teegee, I’ve been active only recently but am very excited to see what we can do as we build. its hard to contain myself haha

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HI a simple questions I cannot answer, how do you create a new category page?

In the top right hand corner of most of my screens is a ‘new topic’ button - hopefully you can see it too?