The DivX Labs Manifesto
- DivX Labs is not DivX.com
DivX Labs serves an entirely different purpose than DivX.com. It’s a place for DivX developers, engineers, users and beta testers to come together to share ideas and information about media technology.
- DivX Labs is not a marketing platform
DivX Labs is about sharing information, not driving sales. Obviously we’re proud of DivX technology and we’d love it if everyone on the planet used it. But this is not the place to market or sell our products, but to help make them better.
- DivX Labs is not a one-way communication channel
DivX Labs is a place for dialogues, not monologues. It’s a platform for collaboration and communication that helps bring DivX developers and closer together. Come down off your soapbox and stay awhile.
A few more general guidelines:
Stay on topic. DivX Labs is not the place to discuss politics, religion, or any other polarizing issues that have nothing to do with digital media, no matter how strongly you feel. Maybe you hate Bush. Maybe you love him. The point is; nothing you say here is going to get him impeached or added to Mount Rushmore, so don’t bother.
Post with care. Yes, forums are a fast paced communication channel, but we’d all appreciate it if you took the time to read a bit before you post. You may have ideas on an existing topic that are valuable to other users, not to mention that reading before you post will minimize duplicate threads and aid organization. Take the time to read before you rant and make sure you’re adding your post to the right category.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s one of the reasons Labs is here. We aren’t all experts at every aspect of video technology and you should never feel bad about asking for an explanation. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. However, there is such thing as being an arrogant jerk in response to what you think is a stupid question. If you absolutely must illustrate your superior knowledge, please do so in a constructive way.
Don’t be a jerk. You can flame DivX products as much as you like here. That’s fine, we can take it; in fact, that’s part of the point. But flame other users and you’ll get the boot, no matter how good your ideas are.
That’s about it folks. The bottom line is simple: think before you post, think about what you post, think about where you post, think while you post and, if you absolutely must express your inner jerk, go do it somewhere else.