Alright this is a work in progress, the guide is going to be a way for those who are seeing BrainMeta for the
first time to those who have been here for a while but havent caught on to everything yet. It includes general
tips, tricks and things you can do to get along well with the BrainMeta community. I am expecting to get some feedback on the guide and I will modify it accordingly based on the replies, anyways on with the guide.
A few questions newcomers might have
What is BrainMeta? BrainMeta is a meeting of the minds with no prejudice to any single idea or ideology, nothing is sacred on BM (short for BrainMeta). People are free to talk about any subject they desire although most of the topics are geared towards Science, Philosophy, Technology, Politics and the Arts (especially poetry).
Who is apart of BrainMeta? People who are in BM are from all walks of life, they could be a 13 year old kid learning about philosophy for the first time to a 60 year old well seasoned scientist.
Proper Etiquite on BrainMeta
1. All topics and posts should have thought put into them, there are many ways and styles of presenting information on BrainMeta, try to be clear when you are conveying youre thoughts and people will probably understand you better. Most of BrainMetas discussion is written in a fairly relaxed way, sometimes in heated debates they can begin to sound like another language, this is often because they will refer to philosophical or scientific terms or ideas that you are not yet familiar with. If you are confused with what somone is referring to or saying in a discussion, youre best bet is to post and ask for someone to clarify things for you or to PM a moderator and ask them. I myself have clarified things many times and most people on BrainMeta are more than happy to explain things for you.
2. Try and see other points of view, debating is almost second nature on BrainMeta and when you are in a debate it is always good to keep an open mind on both sides. Even if you dont agree with the point, you will find it is much easier to discuss things when you understand their view.
3. Content is King on BrainMeta, you will find people will give you far more respect on BrainMeta if you write good, high quality posts rather than make large amounts of posts. The same goes for topics, making one good.. well thought out topic is of far greater value in the eyes of those on BrainMeta. Some of those who are new to BrainMeta go and think that by making lots of posts and topics very quickly they will gain more respect from those on BM, the opposite tends to happen. If you post and think about what your posting, you will instantly gain more respect than making hordes of posts and topics.
Example: I personally give what Life Mirage says, the most weight when it comes to cognitive enhancers and nootropics ect. than some other people who have more posts than him says, why? because when he writes something it is coming from a trusted source who has consistently proven himself to be the one to turn to for advice. There are many people that I give more weight to when they post, I chose Life Mirage because he doesnt have massive amounts of posts yet he is the first person to turn to about advice on Cognitive Enhancers ect. On the exact opposite side, we all remember DattaSwami who was the most preaching, spamming bastard known to BrainMeta, he probably posted 10-20 topics a day.. again, Quality over Quantity on BrainMeta, those who have 1000's of posts have been posting high quality posts for years now, the people of BM are concerned about Ideas not Numbers.
Its late so I will stop for now, im sure a few of you will have some good things to add to this guide so by all means post away.