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Guide to Learning Exchange forums
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4. Quoted reply: If you want to refer to what someone has said in a post, use this button. However, only show the information you are referring to. This avoids making posts too long and helps other members understand which points you are addressing.
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6. Avoid using long quotes from reports or books. To draw people’s attention to a relevant quote, simply put a maximum of about four lines of the quote into the post and cite the source. You may place links to other websites only if they are acceptable and appropriate and meet the requirements stated elsewhere in the Learning Exchange forum rules. Important note: Please reference published material that is not yours properly. Posting other people's words as your own will infringe copyright laws.
8. Avoid using forums to chat - send private messages instead.
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