Thanks to technology and the good old inter web, we have access to help for almost any technical problem. Many companies offer online tutorials and gear reviews which walk us through the basics of using any piece of equipment. Our questions aren’t just limited to gear. Performance and event questions are just as important. Sometimes we just can’t find the right solution, know who to contact or where to get the best advice. So where do you turn?
There are half dozen or so popular online forums for our industry. Most of the time quick and useful information is willingly shared. Though on several of the forums there’s that one guy who comments on every post and critiques every comment. This is the same guy that never goes to any of the conventions, association meetings or reads Mobile Beat. He is so busy policing the forums that you wonder how he has anytime for events. He is just magically the “authority” on every piece of gear and only he knows the best way to do something at an event. Don’t be that DJ!
In light of the constant bloviating on several of the open forums, new private invitation only forums have popped up that deal specifically with gear or event performance topics. The rules to be a member of these forums are pretty strict for a reason. They exist to provide you with quality and useful answers to real questions. No useless memes or pointless bantering. Here are some basic forum Do’s and Don’ts.
1. Ask valid questions
2. Provide useful answers
3. Respect everyone’s opinion
4. Agree to disagree professionally
5. Thank everyone for their input
1. Ask a question to start an argument
2. Post a pointless meme
3. Get Snarky!
4. Go off topic and hog the strand
5. Comment unless it relevant and helpful
The forums allow us to help each other better ourselves and our industry.I challenge you to be a positive force in the DJ community. Share your triumphs and failures. Both will help someone get better at their craft.
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