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FAQ

What are the rules of this site?

Please see our rules page.

What are the membership roles

Please see our membership roles page.

What kinds of questions can I ask here?

What's on your mind? More to the point: questions should be relevant to this community. Before you ask - please make sure to search for a similar question. You can search questions by their title or tags.

Is this a direct line to Chris Pirillo?

This website is not a direct line to Chris Pirillo. If you want to ask Chris a question, please email chris at chris@pirillo.com or go to our sister site, lockergnome.com.

What kinds of questions should be avoided?

Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to this community, is against the rules, and if they are too subjective and argumentative.

What should I avoid in my answers?

This is not a discussion group or forum. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essense of questions and answers. For the brief discussions, please use commenting facility. Remember that your comments can be voted up or down and this will influence your overall reputation.

Who moderates this community?

The short answer is: you. This content of this website is moderated by the users. The system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks. Member moderation is dealt with by the administrators and actual moderators of this site.

How does karma work?

When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "karma points." These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust to him/her. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.
* karma gained when post is upvoted -> 15
* karma loss when post is downvoted ->5
* karma loss by downvoting -> 5
* karma gained when answer is chosen as accepted answer -> 25
* minimum karma loss when post is flagged -> 5 
* max karma per day -> 300
For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be upvoted. On the other hand if the answer is misleading - it will be downvoted. Each vote in favor will generate 15 points, each vote against will subtract 5 points. When a user votes an post, they will also get 5. There is a limit of 300 points that can be accumulated per question or answer. The table below explains reputation point requirements for each type of moderation task.
* add comments ->  100
* delete comments -> 2000
* close own questions -> 600
* reopen own questions -> 120
* create tags -> 15
* retag questions -> 150
* edit wiki posts -> 400
* edit any posts -> 2000
* open any closed question -> 2000
* close any question -> 2000

How do I set up or change my profile picture?

We control our avatars through gravatar.com. "Gravatar" means globally recognized avatar, if you didn't already know - and you can set one up for free right now (to be used universally).

To register, do I need to create new password?

No, you don't have to do that. You can login through any service that supports OpenID, e.g. Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Login now!

Why can other people edit my questions/answers?

Questions and answers can be edited like wiki pages by experienced users of this site; this improves the overall quality of the knowledge base. If this approach is not for you, we respect your choice.

What happened to the Lockergnome Blogging platform?

Nothing. It's still running on Lockergnome.com.

Why did I lose karma points?

Karma is not a privilege - and it should serve as a prime indicator as to the value you hold in this community. Karma doesn't always grow - sometimes, it can shrink (due to downvoting from other capable users). Moreover, when administrators discover that a number of bunk accounts are set up specifically to add karma to another user's or set of user account(s), karma may be subtracted at the administrator's discretion. This may or may not be at the hands of a specific user - nor may it be his or her fault. Again, karma should be an indicator of your value to the greater community (and is an arbitrary system altogether). Typically, if you're involved with a random variety of threads, generally giving good advice and asking good questions, and seen as a valid contributor overall, then the risk of losing karma isn't great. If you have set up multiple accounts or asked friends to game the system, you risk permanent suspension.

How can I report a user

If you feel someone is violating the rules, you may send an E-Mail to kevin.lockergnome@gmail.com or use the contact us link and they'll get back with you as soon as possible. The community typically deals with smaller issues, but if its something serious, send an E-Mail! While Chris Pirillo manages this website, he is very busy and may not get back with you for every little issue. If you want to contact Chris however, you can at Chris@Pirillo.com -- Please allow all E-Mails to administrators 24 - 72 hours for reply.

Who are the staff

You can see the staff operating the site at http://lockergnome.net/staff/.

Why are my questions/answers being edited by Fogarty?

In order for your answers to be answered by the Lockergnome.com team, they must fit their content guidelines before publishing. The efforts are only extended as a way to help, not harm anyone.

Still have questions?

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