Of course it’s possible in a forum that from time to time posts and topics can turn up that contradict - more or less strongly - these guidelines. On one hand, the points mentioned are highly dependent on personal interpretation and, on the other hand, nobody’s perfect.
Depending on its severity, a violation of these rules may result in a warning or a temporary or permanent exclusion from the platform.
Writing a post in the course forum is quite easy to do and we strongly encourage our learners to use the course forum since active interacting with your fellow students will contribute to your learning experience and progress in contrast to only passively consume the learning materials. Though, the more participants are using the course forum, the more important it is to keep it easy to navigate through.
This is why you should reflect about the purpose of your post for a moment and ask yourself if the question you want to ask already exists in a similar version. You might find an already existing discussion topic about your issue when browsing and searching the forum. In this case you can respond to this topic or vote it up to indicate "The same issue is also important to me!"
If you cannot find your question in the forum, please start a new topic by clicking on "start a new topic" (for details see below).
You and other learners can vote posts up or down to express agreement or disagreement:
Per post each user can only give one vote but a decision can be taken back and changed at any time by choosing the opposite vote. You can vote for posts as well as for answers.
Clicking on the green button on top of the forum page will open an edit form to create a new discussion topic.
If you have asked a question, you (and the teaching team) can label one of the answers as correct or helpful by clicking the check mark.
This helps the forum community to quickly see there is no further action required and it will help peers to find the right answer if they have a similar question, as the posting will be labeled as “answered” in the list with all forum postings.
If you create a new topic, please make use of the tagging functionality. Best practice is to add one meaningful tag to provide the context for the topic. These tags will be displayed in the discussion forum list.
Some postings with important discussions or containing important information by the instructors can be pinned which means they will appear at the top of the forum list.
You can follow a discussion topic, i.e. you will get an email notification if there is is a new answer to the posting. If you started a topic yourself or respond to a topic of another participant, you follow this posting automatically. If you don't like to follow any posting any more, you can easily turn it off in your profile settings.