As of late, board etiquette has been very sloppy. I am going to republish a few of the Rules and Points of Etiquette that the PB Mods and Admins would like for us all to be mindful of while posting. The primary problems I've seen as of late are 1) posting threads outside of their proper forums and 2)poor title lines.
1) Theological threads do not belong in the General Discussions forum, etc.Pasted below are a few of the rules of etiquette concerning which we should all be mindful for others' sakes. The greater context of these can be found here: The PuritanBoard - Forum Rules
2) Titles like "?" and "What do you... " or "What do you think of...." etc. are not appropriate title lines. In some cases, we understand that your title needs to be discrete due to subject matter. That's fine. But they can still be descriptive of what the thread is concerning.
1. Post Your Subject in the Proper Forum
One of the main reasons that the Board was revised was to make it easier for everyone to see and find threads that they want to participate in. So think first before you start a new thread (cf. #3 below). Make sure that you have the best forum you can think of for your thread. For example, if you are asking a question about the qualifications of elders, even though it technically could be posted in the Theology Forum, it belongs in the Ecclesiology Forum.
2. Post Your Subject with a Descriptive TitleSincerely,
Same reason as #1 above. We now have over 1000 members, with 225,000 posts in thousands of topics. If someone has a question about a topic, it makes it much easier to use the Board as research if it is properly titled. Avoid titles like "Did you see this," "what do you think of that," "Baptism," "God," "the PCA" etc. Much better to say "News of car bomb in Iraq," "The 2004 Auburn Avenue Conference," "Baptism and the Covenant of Grace in Witsius" or "The Marriage Overture passed at the 2004 PCA General Assembly"
The Prayer Forum is indeed not visible to non-members (or search engines), but the names of the various threads are. With that in mind, please think very carefully before naming your prayer request threads. If you don't want someone to know that you are having marital problems, don't post "Pray for my Marriage." Post "Please pray" or something like that. Because of the fact that prayer requests are generally read regardless of title, and rarely searched, the Prayer forum is exempt from this rule.
The Board Curmudgeon