Forum Rules and Guidelines


  • General Guidelines
    • This forum is for discussing and supporting the PowerBASIC product line. There are sub-forums which diverge from this specific topic, such as the social forums, and in those cases guidelines for general discussion apply, if not otherwise noted with more specific information.
  • Keep Threads On Topic
    • This will help the forum make more sense as people browse. If the conversation goes off topic, or you want to discuss another topic, please begin another thread in the appropriate location.
  • No SPAM
    • SPAM will not be allowed.
    • This definition can be very broad, but if you think it might be SPAM, please don’t post it, unless we’re talking about the canned meat in off-topic forums.
    • There is a classifieds section in the forum. That is the place to sell, discuss selling, jobs wanted, offered, etc. Keep in mind the scope is also limited here. There are many places available online to sell anything that doesn’t fit into the scope of what we provide here.
  • Sales/Marketing/External Links with Referral Ids, etc.
    • As is mentioned there is a classifieds section on the forum with a narrow focus of what can be posted for sale, or advocating for hire, etc., without needing to ask permission. "Positions & Projects Available", "Programmers & Consultants Available", "Hardware Available/Wanted". Anything that does not fit into this scope – sales, marketing, external links with referral ids that are for financial gain, or anything in that general "universe", cannot be posted without permission from PowerBASIC.
  • Third Party Forums
    • This section of the forum is for discussing third party tools/products which are compatible for use with the PowerBASIC product line. If you have a product that might warrant consideration for its own sub-forum under this heading, please email technical support directly for consideration.
  • No Personal Attacks
    • No personal attacks will be tolerated.
  • Profanity/Vulgarity/Obscenity
    • Let’s keep it clean. This may be considered a gray area by some of what would be profane, vulgar, or obscene, and then deemed inappropriate – but, the final say will be ours as to what will or will not be inappropriate.
  • Pornographic Content
    • Posting pornographic content of any kind will result in an immediate ban from the forum.
  • Certain Responses That Might Offend
    • If someone suggests that reading the help/manual might be an appropriate action, might be worth considering. There is a lot of information contained there.
    • If someone tells you you’re doing it wrong or finds fault in your code, take a step back, take a deep breath, simply consider there are many ways to accomplish many things in the software development realm, and we may all have an idea or answer we feel is best.
  • Be Civil
    • This rule seems quite general, but it is necessary. Reference definition #2 on Google, “courteous and polite.” Repeated rude or abusive behavior will not be allowed. If we see a problem, we will first inform you of that problem. If the problem persists, forum access will be removed.
  • No Trolling
    • By that we mean: (as defined by Google) - "make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them." - trolling will not be tolerated whatsoever.
    • While we understand that civil disagreement will happen and sometimes tempers may flare, any intentional attempt to escalate a conversation into an argument or into a flame war will not be tolerated.
  • On all of the above – we will make our best effort to communicate when or where we feel something is off topic, inappropriate, etc. If a problem persists, or is taken to an extreme, we will remove access to the forum.

    We reserve the right to remove content and/or ban a user without warning if we deem that necessary for any reason, as well as update/modify these rules and guidelines as we see fit at any time.

    The forum software has a feature that will allow you to report a post if it needs to be brought to our attention. Please do not be afraid to use this feature, as it is possible we will not see every single post on the forum.

    On the world wide web, it is easy for language to be misunderstood since the communication is not actually occurring in person. Let’s all do what we can to make this be a happy place to interact.