What is this?
The WigWag Talk forums are for anyone wanting discuss technologies, ideas and other topics related to automation systems, sensor networks, smart devices or the Internet of Things. Topics do not have to be specific to WigWag. But please keep topics somewhere in the realm of the purpose of WigWag Talk.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests. You will also have a greater chance of getting a reply This is because users may choose to be emailed if a reply occurs on their Topic.
What is "Reply As New Topic"?
The engine we use has a great feature called "Reply As New Topic." Just hover over a comment and look at the PLUS (+) sign...
This can create a new topic linked to the current topic. It's a great way to shift gears, while still engaging the current parties.
What if I get upset?
Avoid flame wars.
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
Ad hominem attacks.
Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
How do I guide discussion?
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
WigWag Talk provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
What if I see something bad / wrong?
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
What are some general rules?
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
When should I start a new topic? What is "Like"?
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
Don’t post no-content replies.
Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.
What can I post? What can't I post?
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission (either directly or via an appropriate license allowing you to do so). Also, you may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law. For more information on that particular topic you can read about the DMCA.
Be very cognizant of Licenses.
A Word on Copyrights
If you read the Terms of Service do not be spooked. The TOS in paragraph 5 discusses content ownership. For instance, if you post code on the site, simply state what license this code is... or if you wish to make it public domain. If you do not state a license for your code, then (according to the TOS) WigWag Talk assumes that you are giving WigWag an irrevocable, free license to the code. This will then by default give the users of WigWag Talk an irrevocable, free license to this code. For small snippets of code, this is probably exactly what you want. For large works - perhaps it's not. State a license for your work, if you want it to be licensed as such.
If a work is already under an existing license, such as a proprietary license, the GPL (or it's variants), a BSD-style license, or any other license, posting on WigWag Talk does not change the terms of the existing license. However, only post items which you have license to post either through the work's license (such as GPL-ed code) or which you have permission from the author to post. If the license is not clear - please state it.
Paragraph 5 is also stating that sometimes proprietary information is posted on the site. This means sometimes information on WigWag Talk may be copyrighted and you should always check the copyright if it is unclear, before re-posting elsewhere, copying, using, or any other such action. In other words - be a good citizen in regards to copyright.
Again, be very cognizant of Licenses to keep yourself and all forum members in the clear.
There are also certain things discussed in Paragraph 7 of the Terms of Service which can not be posted. These are mostly illegal things or absolutely inappropriate topics. Use common sense. WigWag reserves the right to kick anyone off the WigWag Talk for any reason, especially these taboo topics.
Terms of Service
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.