My TWELVE RULES for the Warrior Forum

by Peter Bestel 32 replies
I am learning how the Warrior Forum fits productively into my working day!

In my 8 ½ months as a member of this forum and 450 'odd' posts, I'm finally getting to grips with how this forum works, and I suspect I've still a way to go. I love the place, get a lot out of it and it has helped my business grow, but I need to effectively and efficiently manage how I use it. I came up with some rules.

These have developed from my experiences and as such I am simply making personal observations as to how I use this forum. I've found it works for me - you may be different, good, I'd like to hear what you do too. I thought I'd share my rules just in case someone else found them useful. They are written in the first person.

Peter's Rules & Observations
1. This place is here primarily to help people make more money - remember that!
(I could stop there, but I feel the need to expand...)
2. Approach the forum with a mindset of 'contribution'. This may be in direct reference to Rule #1 or just as a good community member. Remember the phrase, 'Givers Gain'.
3. Read posts of people I've learned to respect, admire and listen to. Join in where appropriate. This is good networking and can often increase my knowledge of IM and business.

4. When I've learned something, log it and act on it as and when appropriate.

5. Squeeze as much out of the War Room as possible and contribute when able.

6. I can get addicted to this place. I mustn't kid myself that spending hours answering and reading posts is always productive. Refer to Rule #1 and think about it in terms of a return of investment (ROI).

7. Don't be afraid to voice my opinion. I won't always be agreed with and I won't always be right, but I need to be true to myself.

8. Be tolerant of newbies and folk I don't agree with. Stand my ground, yes, but don't waste effort if it either contravenes Rule #1 too much or isn't funny.

9. It's easy to get caught up in discussions in the Main Forum that have no real outcome and, when examined, have no real purpose and contravene Rule #1. Don't do it! (unless they're really funny)

10. Don't start any discussions in the Main Forum that have no real outcome, no real purpose and contravene Rule #1 (unless they're funny!)

11. I'm allowed to have fun as long as Rule #1 is not broken too much.

12. If I've got something unrelated to Internet marketing to say, post it in the Off Topic forum.

They're a work-in-progress, but they seem to be serving me well just now.

Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    OK...good for you.

    How does this thread achieve rule 1?

    Nevermind all of the superfluous others?



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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      I thought someone might ask that.

      If I adhere to these rules I will become more productive. If you choose to take on board any or all of these rules - you too can be more productive.

      Simple.

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  • Profile picture of the author tecHead
    LOL.. good post Peter.

    After being away for a while and coming back, I can see that such things still need to be voiced.

    This place never ceases to amaze me. Gotta love Allen for this brainchild.

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by tecHead View Post

      After being away for a while and coming back, I can see that such things still need to be voiced.
      You're right William. I know I won't be saying anything particularly new to those that have been around for a while but there's a lot of new blood on the forum, especially since its overhaul, and I figured some might benefit from it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      Now that's a great set of rules Peter!
      Thanks Mike, as I say, they work for me.

      I can't help but notice that rules 9 & 10 are often broken by more 'senior' members. Maybe I'll PM them a copy for them to peruse. :p That'd go down well, wouldn't it? (Not!)

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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
    It would be great if others can discipline themselves to follow similar rules for themselves.

    However as you may notice some of the issues with people who frequent this forum is they don't have any self discipline at all.

    And there lyes the problem, they're looking for direction and discipline, yet they can't implement self discipline.

    It's a double edge sword, but thanks for sharing your insight.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Hi Peter,

    This is a very good set of guide lines you've created for your self to follow. I'm sure it will benefit many other Warriors too.

    Thanks for the post.
    Have a Great Day!
    Michael


    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    I am learning how the Warrior Forum fits productively into my working day!

    In my 8 ½ months as a member of this forum and 450 'odd' posts, I'm finally getting to grips with how this forum works, and I suspect I've still a way to go. I love the place, get a lot out of it and it has helped my business grow, but I need to effectively and efficiently manage how I use it. I came up with some rules.

    These have developed from my experiences and as such I am simply making personal observations as to how I use this forum. I've found it works for me - you may be different, good, I'd like to hear what you do too. I thought I'd share my rules just in case someone else found them useful. They are written in the first person.

    Peter's Rules & Observations
    1. This place is here primarily to help people make more money - remember that!
    (I could stop there, but I feel the need to expand...)
    2. Approach the forum with a mindset of 'contribution'. This may be in direct reference to Rule #1 or just as a good community member. Remember the phrase, 'Givers Gain'.
    3. Read posts of people I've learned to respect, admire and listen to. Join in where appropriate. This is good networking and can often increase my knowledge of IM and business.

    4. When I've learned something, log it and act on it as and when appropriate.

    5. Squeeze as much out of the War Room as possible and contribute when able.

    6. I can get addicted to this place. I mustn't kid myself that spending hours answering and reading posts is always productive. Refer to Rule #1 and think about it in terms of a return of investment (ROI).

    7. Don't be afraid to voice my opinion. I won't always be agreed with and I won't always be right, but I need to be true to myself.

    8. Be tolerant of newbies and folk I don't agree with. Stand my ground, yes, but don't waste effort if it either contravenes Rule #1 too much or isn't funny.

    9. It's easy to get caught up in discussions in the Main Forum that have no real outcome and, when examined, have no real purpose and contravene Rule #1. Don't do it! (unless they're really funny)

    10. Don't start any discussions in the Main Forum that have no real outcome, no real purpose and contravene Rule #1 (unless they're funny!)

    11. I'm allowed to have fun as long as Rule #1 is not broken too much.

    12. If I've got something unrelated to Internet marketing to say, post it in the Off Topic forum.

    They're a work-in-progress, but they seem to be serving me well just now.

    Peter
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    • Profile picture of the author Mary Gallivan
      Hi Peter

      This is a very good post. Even if some of these points have been made before they are always good as reminders and there's always new members here that will benefit.

      With rule 2 - I like the saying 'In giving, we receive'. Which is virtually what you have said. In life I have come across many 'takers' and they tend to be tiresome after a while.

      All the points are good and No. 9 stands out as I've seen some lengthy discussions recently that I felt weren't appropriate for me to join in with, but you can learn a lot about other people by reading them.

      Another point I have for myself is to make say anything against another member that's detrimental to them. Likewise, when I've had problems with WSOs or such I may at some point discuss the issue in general terms but I never mention any names.

      I start my day by visiting the forum with a cup of coffee. It helps get me in the frame of mind to start working and not get sidetracked. It also motivates me and gives me ideas for the day.

      Another rule I have for myself is that when I start a thread to go back to it and read the comments made and whether I agree with them or not at least thank everyone. I've seen some questions being asked and warriors take the time to give good answers and somehow the poster never goes back to the thread.

      'Treat others as you like to be treated yourself'.

      Best wishes

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    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    Peter's Rules & Observations
    10. Don't start any discussions in the Main Forum that have no real outcome, no real purpose and contravene Rule #1 (unless they're funny!)

    12. If I've got something unrelated to Internet marketing to say, post it in the Off Topic forum.




    Can we sticky #10 and #12?

    Very good list indeed, Peter.


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  • Profile picture of the author jestershaw
    Rule 12 has been mentioned a bunch today...I think you have even commented on a few posts today with rule 12. Something to do with "the world is ending" "Vote democrat" "Palin is cute" stuff like that.

    Good post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Thanks guys,
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      This is a very good set of guide lines you've created for your self to follow. I'm sure it will benefit many other Warriors too.
      Thanks for taking the time to post Michael - I appreciate it given your present circumstances

      Originally Posted by Mary Gallivan View Post

      Another rule I have for myself is that when I start a thread to go back to it and read the comments made and whether I agree with them or not at least thank everyone. I've seen some questions being asked and warriors take the time to give good answers and somehow the poster never goes back to the thread.

      'Treat others as you like to be treated yourself'.
      Well Mary, I've just got to reply to you now, haven't I? Glad you liked the post.

      Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

      Can we sticky #10 and #12?
      Yeah, good idea, but it wouldn't make any difference - people will be people.

      Originally Posted by rapidscc View Post

      If you expand no. 1 we can actually do a JV out of this. Then have a WSO! :-)

      TWELVE RULES for the Warrior Forum, A Wealth Warriors Guide.. :-)
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      Originally Posted by narsticle View Post

      haha i was thinking the same.
      I refer my honorable gentleman to post number three in this thread!

      Originally Posted by jestershaw View Post

      Rule 12 has been mentioned a bunch today...I think you have even commented on a few posts today with rule 12. Something to do with "the world is ending" "Vote democrat" "Palin is cute" stuff like that.

      Good post.
      Thanks, but nope! I haven't been involved in any of those threads

      Originally Posted by Angela V. Edwards View Post

      Great post, Peter. You are spot-on. Your post is save-worthy.
      Well I've printed it out and put it next to my PC!
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  • Great post, Peter. You are spot-on. Your post is save-worthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author jestershaw
    Sorry, I didn't mean YOU per-se, this is just a hot topic today. There have been many non-IM related topics today that have been so out of this world that I am glad you mentioned rule 12.

    Needed to be said. Great job!

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    Originally Posted by jestershaw
    Rule 12 has been mentioned a bunch today...I think you have even commented on a few posts today with rule 12. Something to do with "the world is ending" "Vote democrat" "Palin is cute" stuff like that.

    Good post.


    Thanks, but nope! I haven't been involved in any of those threads
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by jestershaw View Post

      Sorry, I didn't mean YOU per-se, this is just a hot topic today. There have been many non-IM related topics today that have been so out of this world that I am glad you mentioned rule 12.

      Needed to be said. Great job!

      Quote:

      Originally Posted by jestershaw
      Rule 12 has been mentioned a bunch today...I think you have even commented on a few posts today with rule 12. Something to do with "the world is ending" "Vote democrat" "Palin is cute" stuff like that.

      Good post.


      Thanks, but nope! I haven't been involved in any of those threads
      Gotcha! Yeah I see what you were saying now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Chris
        This is a nice example of a productive post that accomplishes a goal without being condescending... and is actually related to doing business online and on forums.

        That being said...

        Peter,

        I think your sig violates the forum "rules"... that is your wife's site, not your own site.

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        • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
          Originally Posted by Michael Chris View Post

          This is a nice example of a productive post that accomplishes a goal without being condescending... and is actually related to doing business online and on forums.

          That being said...

          Peter,

          I think your sig violates the forum "rules"... that is your wife's site, not your own site.

          -Michael
          Like your sig lol
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Chris
            Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

            Like your sig lol
            Thanks.

            Be careful, the next thread may be about you. :p But hey, as long as your name isn't mentioned... it's "okay", right?

            Thanks,
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            • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
              Terrific contribution, Peter.

              Wish we could 'sticky' your whole list - great set of guidelines for everyone.

              Thank you,

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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
          Originally Posted by Michael Chris View Post

          Peter,

          I think your sig violates the forum "rules"... that is your wife's site, not your own site.
          Michael, you're quite right, of course.

          I hereby humbly crave the forgiveness of all self moderating moderators and make this public and solemn promise to abide by the forum rules and never to publish anything in my signature that is not stained with my own blood and intrinsically linked to my own DNA and not by marriage or any other social or business partnership. This I shall do...

          ...as soon as my wife lets me.


          Peter

          :p
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            Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

            Michael, you're quite right, of course.

            I hereby humbly crave the forgiveness of all self moderating moderators and make this public and solemn promise to abide by the forum rules and never to publish anything in my signature that is not stained with my own blood and intrinsically linked to my own DNA and not by marriage or any other social or business partnership. This I shall do...

            ...as soon as my wife lets me.


            Peter

            :p
            Peter,

            Excellent post. I like having them written out like that. I generally follow those, but never really thought about it, lol.

            That quote above, made me laugh, for real out loud, enough it had the kids asking 'Hey mom, what's so funny?'
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Chris
            Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

            Michael, you're quite right, of course.

            I hereby humbly crave the forgiveness of all self moderating moderators and make this public and solemn promise to abide by the forum rules and never to publish anything in my signature that is not stained with my own blood and intrinsically linked to my own DNA and not by marriage or any other social or business partnership. This I shall do...
            That's fine, just don't let it happen again or I'll start a totally out of context thread about it. :rolleyes:

            Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

            ...as soon as my wife lets me.
            Oh boy, I know how you feel.

            I was thinking recently that women are really in control of everything going on in the world. Seriously, you may think men are in control... they aren't. Because, if (insert powerful man's name here) gets out of line, you know who puts him in check... a woman!

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            • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
              Originally Posted by Michael Chris View Post

              I was thinking recently that women are really in control of everything going on in the world. Seriously, you may think men are in control... they aren't. Because, if (insert powerful man's name here) gets out of line, you know who puts him in check... a woman!
              You may be right here again, Michael, but even though what you say is a compliment to women, (albeit somewhat back-handed!) I couldn't possibly comment as Heather, my wife, is a member here!!

              Peter
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            • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
              Originally Posted by Michael Chris View Post

              That's fine, just don't let it happen again or I'll start a totally out of context thread about it. :rolleyes:


              Oh boy, I know how you feel.

              I was thinking recently that women are really in control of everything
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              Would you like to speak to the Man in charge, or the woman who knows what's happening?

              Sorry - couldn't resist.
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              • Profile picture of the author Michael Chris
                Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

                You may be right here again, Michael, but even though what you say is a compliment to women, (albeit somewhat back-handed!) I couldn't possibly comment as Heather, my wife, is a member here!!

                Peter
                Hmmm... I didn't think it was "back-handed". Just saying... all men really just work for women in the end. (in one way or another)

                Regardless, you better keep your mouth shut.

                Originally Posted by Janet Sawyer View Post

                Read my Fridge Magnet!

                Would you like to speak to the Man in charge, or the woman who knows what's happening?

                Sorry - couldn't resist.
                Funny Janet.

                See Peter, even women know it... I told you. In fact, whose idea was it really to write those rules?! :p

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                • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
                  Originally Posted by Michael Chris View Post

                  See Peter, even women know it... I told you. In fact, whose idea was it really to write those rules?! :p
                  Even though I'm in the UK, can I plead the fifth?
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    Nice post man! Now, im assured that I made the right choice to have this board into my list.
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  • Profile picture of the author hebsgaard
    Each forum has it's purpose. Some require that you set specific rules for yourself. However, one rule that should always apply is rule #2. Starting a thread should be about contribution.

    In this forum there are many ways to contribute. Advice on making money is one, technical advice another. Whatever sort of contribution is made it should be positive. That last sentence isn't just about this forum, but about any forum really.

    Good set of rules Peter.
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  • Profile picture of the author logosi
    Going to bookmark this one, good post.

    For me, I can certainly zone out and let the hours drift by. What I'm going to try and do, is spend a set amount of time here each day, take time off when needed or required. And of course like you said contribute, learn and most important (and I'm guilty of this) take action.
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    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    4. When I've learned something, log it and act on it as and when appropriate.
    If you just followed rule # 4 for 12 months you'd get rich.

    Kindest regards,
    Andrew Cavanagh
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

      If you just followed rule # 4 for 12 months you'd get rich.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
      D'ya think you'd have to wait a year?
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