Last Updated: 10 January 2019
These Rules and Guidelines are established for the overall good of the Community. We reserve the right to edit or change them at any time and without notice. For that reason, we recommend you stop by here frequently to check on the latest changes.
This Community and its forums is maintained by OSR Open Systems Resources, Inc. as a public service for the overall benefit of the professional Windows system software development community. The purpose of the Community is to provide help folks who design and develop Windows drivers, file systems, and file system Minifilters with problems, issues, and policies. It's also intended as a place to have focused discussions regarding Windows OS architecture, driver development, file system and Minifilter development, and debugging issues.
The Community is specifically NOT for extended debates and discussions, and we tend not to appreciate answers that start with "In Linux, we do it this way" or "On Android, this would be easy."
We will be creating an FAQ for each of the lists. If you'd like to contribute a question or an answer, please feel free to post about it in the relevant category.
We are a respectful, inclusive, community. We, as a community, 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.
Incidents of inappropriate conduct on the list will result in that member, and perhaps all members from the offender's company, being 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.
3. 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.
4. Use of the email addresses or names of Community members for "direct mail advertising" of any type.
5. 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 Windows system software development 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. Please do not revive "old" threads. Until we have the ability to block posts to "dead" (old, outdated) threads, we ask you to not reply to threads where the last post is more than a month old. If you have a comment/question/issue that's raised in a "dead" thread, start a new thread (you can post a link to the old thread if you want) and ask your question there.
2. Please post your question in the appropriate category: For example, file system filter questions should be posted to NTFSD; Other Windows driver questions should be posted to NTDEV.
3. Please do not post the same question in multiple categories. This is not allowed.
4. Please do the Community members the courtesy of searching the Internet and the list archives before you post a question.
5. Please post your questions/comments primarily in English. We get that the majority of forum members are not necessarily native speakers of the English language. On the other hand, it is clear to us that the language that forum members most share in common is English. If you struggle with English, try not to be too concerned -- The members will typically ask questions if your post is not sufficiently clear.
While we are primarily a community of working, professional, system software developers we absolutely welcome (and encourage, even!) questions from students, hobbyists, and those who wish to dabble in the field of Windows drivers. If you're a student, or if you're asking a question out of general curiosity or academic interest, we ask you to please say so in your post. Also, please don't ask us to do your homework for you. We mean that in both the literal sense (you shouldn't bring assignments from your professors here for us to solve for you) and also the more figurative sense (please do some independent research on your problem before asking us here).
The forums are all searchable from the web site, and can be searched by Google, using the "site:community.osr.com" qualifier. The community will be happiest if you search first, and ask questions after doing so.
You can post here in the Announcements and Administration section if you have questions about the Community. We'll be happy to hear from you. We think.
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