Forum etiquette

Our mission ...

This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.

Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.

Stay close to the original topic being discussed
  • If you are starting a new thread choose a reasonable sub-forum to start your thread. (If you choose incorrectly don't worry, we can fix that.)
  • If you are responding to a thread, stay on topic - the original poster was trying to achieve something. You can always start a new thread instead of potentially "hijacking" an existing thread.

Contribute something meaningful

To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
  • This is not a chat room. If you are taking less than 30 seconds to make a post then you are probably doing something wrong. A post should be on topic, clear, and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. If people read your posts and feel that their time as been wasted, they will stop reading your posts. Worse yet, they will stop visiting and we'll lose their experience and contributions.
  • Do not bump threads.
  • Do not "necro-post" unless you are following up to a specific person on a specific thread. And even then, that person may have moved on. Just start a new thread for your related topic.
  • Use the Private Message system for posts that are targeted at a specific person.

"PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
  • "PM Sent!": Do not tell the rest of us that you sent a PM ... the forum software will tell the other person that they have a PM waiting.
  • "How much is shipping to ....": This is a very specific and directed question that is not of interest to anybody else.

Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.

Reporting problematic posts

If you see spam, a wildly off-topic post, or something abusive or illegal please report the thread by clicking on the "Report Post" icon. (It looks like an exclamation point in a triangle and it is available under every post.) This send a notification to all of the moderators, so somebody will see it and deal with it.

If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.

New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.

Other suggestions
  • Use Google, books, or other definitive sources. There is a lot of information out there.
  • Don't make people guess at what you are trying to say; we are not mind readers. Be clear and concise.
  • Spelling and grammar are not rated, but they do make a post easier to read.
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For administrative announcements only
Topics: 68 Posts: 230
Last Post: New Platform Poll
68 230
Early Apple (I, ][, ///, etc.)
Discussions about 8 bit Apple computers and clones
Topics: 2,113 Posts: 17,421
2,113 17,421
Later Apple (68000+ based machines - Mac, Lisa, etc.)
Later Apple machines from the Lisa to the Mac and beyond, including clones.
Topics: 1,343 Posts: 11,939
1,343 11,939
Atari discussions
Topics: 348 Posts: 2,961
348 2,961
From the Pet to the Amiga
Topics: 2,885 Posts: 36,143
2,885 36,143
by GaryJM
Digital Equipment Corporation items of interest
Topics: 2,533 Posts: 32,313
2,533 32,313
PCs and Clones
Older PC architectures from IBM and others - 8088 to 286 only!
Topics: 7,612 Posts: 95,728
7,612 95,728
Later PCs
386 and 486 class systems only please.
Topics: 2,669 Posts: 29,842
2,669 29,842
Pentium (First generation)
For discussion of collecting newer systems. Many of us wouldn't consider these "vintage", but some of us feel you should collect them before they're all recycled!
Topics: 721 Posts: 8,287
721 8,287
S-100 Systems discussions
Topics: 1,248 Posts: 12,255
Last Post: offline S100 repo?
1,248 12,255
CP/M and MP/M
Discuss these venerable old operating systems and the machines that run them
Topics: 1,500 Posts: 17,238
1,500 17,238
Unix/Xenix/Linux Workstations
Unix family discussions
Topics: 446 Posts: 4,380
446 4,380
Tandy/Radio Shack
Discussions about the Tandy/TRS-80 line of computers from the Model I on up.
Topics: 3,806 Posts: 37,213
Last Post: Model 100 w/DVI
3,806 37,213
From luggables to palmtops, a place to discuss machines you can take with you.
Topics: 928 Posts: 6,314
928 6,314
Pre-Altair Microcomputers
For machines such as the Kenbak, Macral N, MSI CPS-1, MCM/70, RCA COSMAC MicroKit, Mark-8, Scelbi and other microcomputers, production or homebrew, that pre-date the original Altair 8800.
Topics: 100 Posts: 995
100 995
Texas Instruments
For discussions of TI and related gear.
Topics: 270 Posts: 2,735
Last Post: Ti-990
270 2,735
Minis and Mainframes
For larger machines not covered in other topic areas.
Topics: 415 Posts: 3,729
415 3,729
Grid Systems
Grid Systems Corp systems.
Topics: 36 Posts: 212
36 212
For machines that don't have a section of their own. . . yet.
Topics: 2,117 Posts: 20,690
2,117 20,690
Vintage Gaming
Vintage Gaming
A place to discuss vintage gaming topics.
Topics: 640 Posts: 5,160
640 5,160
by VileR
General Vintage Computer Discussions
For discussions related to the hobby of collecting, restoring and generally having fun with Vintage Computers
Topics: 3,673 Posts: 40,323
3,673 40,323
Your Vintage Computer Collections
Discuss what you have, where you find old computers, etc.
Topics: 958 Posts: 9,063
958 9,063
by NeXT
Introduce yourself and let us know what your interests are
Topics: 1,398 Posts: 8,396
1,398 8,396
M.D. Baker
Vintage Computer Link Exchange
Links to other vintage computer resources on the net
Topics: 269 Posts: 1,516
269 1,516
Events and Organizations
Advertise and discuss Vintage Computer, gaming or related events and organizations
Topics: 448 Posts: 1,844
448 1,844
by GVD_1
Retro Podcasts Discussion
Discussons relating to retro podcasts and other related sources
Topics: 96 Posts: 564
Last Post: 1632 Atari podcaST
96 564
Vintage Computer Items For Sale or Trade
Sell or Trade your vintage computer items here
Topics: 8,595 Posts: 40,500
Last Post: For sale on Kijiji
8,595 40,500
Vintage Computer Items Wanted
Let folks know what you're looking for
Topics: 6,774 Posts: 31,008
6,774 31,008
Vintage Computer Services Offered/Needed
Market or barter services
Topics: 209 Posts: 1,437
209 1,437
Vintage Computer Auctions
Advertise or conduct auctions
Topics: 2,184 Posts: 9,836
2,184 9,836
Technical Support
Vintage Computer Software
Ask for or provide help with vintage software
Topics: 1,923 Posts: 18,585
1,923 18,585
Vintage Computer Hardware
Find or provide assistance with vintage hardware
Topics: 4,852 Posts: 50,287
4,852 50,287
Vintage Computer Programming
Look for or provide help with programming vintage equipment
Topics: 762 Posts: 11,117
762 11,117
Vintage Computer Tools
Discuss tools used in vintage computer repair and maintenance
Topics: 220 Posts: 2,572
220 2,572
Vintage Computer Forum Support
Support for the VC Forum (bugs, issues, questions, etc.)
Topics: 457 Posts: 4,237
457 4,237
Vintage Computer Reviews
For reviews of vintage hardware and software or anything related to vintage computers.
Topics: 29 Posts: 247
29 247
Vintage Documentation
For requests and discussions relating to the Online Documentation Project
Topics: 161 Posts: 673
161 673
Online Manuals
For links to online manuals
Topics: 126 Posts: 496
126 496
Available Printed Documentation
For posting available documents not in electronic form.
Topics: 29 Posts: 132
29 132
Completely off Topic
General Off Topic
An off-topic free-for-all
Topics: 4,295 Posts: 51,492
4,295 51,492
by pgru2
Off Topic Marketplace
To offer or request services or items that have nothing to do with Vintage Computers.
Topics: 1,263 Posts: 5,590
Last Post: iPaq 210
1,263 5,590
by mijk
Make us laugh
Topics: 484 Posts: 3,732
484 3,732
by RobS
Topics: 2 Posts: 88
2 88
Vintage Computer Wiki
Topics: 145 Posts: 244
145 244
by pororo
How To
How To
Topics: 25 Posts: 108
25 108
Topics: 51 Posts: 135
51 135
Topics: 23 Posts: 252
23 252
Topics: 66 Posts: 227
66 227
Hak Foo
by Hak Foo
Topics: 9 Posts: 28
9 28
Topics: 20 Posts: 35
20 35
by epopy
Topics: 4 Posts: 8
Last Post: Mario Baracus
4 8
Collecting and Using
Collecting and Using
Topics: 6 Posts: 11
6 11
by zapbuzz
Topics: 3 Posts: 14
3 14
by aoxilus

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