DriverEntry Rules and Guidelines
These forums are maintained by the DriverEntry panel, as a public service for the overall benefit of the research and development community. The purpose of the Community is to facilitate communication among peers who design and develop security software. The goal of the forum is to allow practicing engineers to assist each other with problems, issues, and policies. It's also intended as a place to have focused discussions regarding operating system internals and debugging issues.
We are a respectful and inclusive community, and will not tolerate behavior that disrespects, harasses, abuses, shames, denigrates, mocks, or otherwise marginalizes any of our members. We will not accept trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, or personal or political attacks. We will also not accept rude, abusive, or offensive user names on this forum.
Incidents of inappropriate conduct on the list will result in that member, and perhaps all members from the offender's company, being permanently banned from the community.
The following are specifically inappropriate behaviors on these forums:
1. Commercial postings - This is a technical community, and the only posts that are allowed are technical in nature. Please don't post advertisements or announcements for your products, services, or activities to the forums. Your posting will NOT be considered technical (and thus legitimate), just because it starts with "I just wanted all you to know that we've released a new version of" some software. On the other hand, if somebody posts question saying "Can anybody recommend a good XYZ?", it's perfectly fine to answer "Yeah, we make XYZ's and we think they're pretty cool. Please contact me directly for more info."
2. Job solicitations - Not from commercial concerns looking for developers, not from head hunters, not from small companies, not from people looking for work, not from consultants looking for clients, not from consultants looking to offer their services to solve a specific problem.
3. Requests for, or offers of, or inquiries about paid consulting services - We consider these commercial postings, and are therefore not allowed. If you're a consultant, and you're only willing to (further) help a poster on a paid basis, a good way to communicate this might be to say "What you're asking is beyond that scope of what I can help you with on a forum." Do not email them and offer your services (that would be a really major violation of the terms of this forum).
4. Salary, consulting rate or price discussions - Something about the laws here in the States about price fixing comes into play here. Please just don't do it.
5. Use of the email addresses or names of Community members for "direct mail advertising" or business solicitation of any type.
6. Anything that, in the judgment of the moderators, is not in keeping with the overall spirit and purpose of the Community or is not in the best interest of the research community as a whole.
There are a number of other behaviors that are considered rules of "good conduct" for posting here on the forums. These include:
1. Read a bit before posting. This should help you get a "feel" for the forum, and how we tend to deal with different types of questions and responses here. It should also give you a feel for the character of some of our veteran members. Hopefully, these discoveries will be helpful as you eventually formulate and post your first questions.
2. Please do not revive "old" threads. Please not reply to threads where the last post is more than a month old. This is referred to as "necroposting." If you have a comment/question/issue that's raised in a "dead" thread, just start a new thread (you can post a link to the old thread if you want) and ask your question there.
3. Please post your question in the appropriate category.
4. Please do not post the same question in multiple categories. This is not allowed.
5. Please do the Community members the courtesy of searching the Internet and the list archives before you post a question.