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Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our community newsletter, the DaniWeb Digest
This time last year we were reminding folks to please keep it legal. By which we were referring to the DaniWeb 'Keep it Legal' rule which forms part of the terms and conditions everyone agrees to when becoming a DaniWeb member. Although most members wouldn't know it, thanks to the dedicated team of volunteer moderators who clean such things up behind the scenes and in double quick time, there has been a spate of postings which break this rule of late. So it's probably worth another reminder, at the risk of sounding like a ticked-off school teacher.
The Keep it Legal rule comprises six separate parts, all of which are pretty self-explanatory truth be told. Let's look at them each in turn.
1. Do ensure you own the intellectual property rights to everything that you post
Not a lot to scratch heads about with this one. If you didn't write what you are posting, and instead have just cut and pasted it from elsewhere on the web, then the chances are you don't have the IP rights to post it on DaniWeb. Doing so just means that we could potentially be in trouble for publishing it, you could find yourself on the wrong end of infraction points or a ban for posting it, and the moderators have to do extra work in checking the status of the piece and deleting it as required. Rule of thumb is if you didn't write it yourself, then don't post it - unless you are quoting a very small snippet as a relevant comment in a longer post.
2. Do not post copyright-infringing material
Essentially the same as number 1 but with knobs on. This rule is usually infringed by lazy posters, who also usually turn out to be spammers eventually, just grabbing an entire article from an online publication and posting it as there own work. Worse, spammers often paste a huge article with links obfuscated as punctuation or related words in the text. Same advice as above applies, write it yourself or don't post it.
3. Do not post pornographic material, nor link to it
Yes, we really do have to have this rule and yes, some people are sick enough to post pornography onto a community site like ours which has members of all ages and sexes. There is no place for porn on DaniWeb, it's as simple as that...
4. Do not ask about obtaining pirated software, nor link to it
Another pretty obvious rule, but we regularly see people asking where they can get a copy of some program or book for free as they cannot afford to buy it. Ask such a question and it will be deleted, links removed, and your account could end up banned. DaniWeb is a community of coders and developers after all, asking for help in screwing them out of monetary reward for their work is hardly a clever thing to do and unlikely to win friends or influence people.
5. Do not ask for help to pursue any illegal activity including, but not limited to, hacking and spamming
Similar to number 4 above, but it spreads the illegal activity net a little wider this time. A common question we see is 'how can I access my partners laptop who is cheating on me' or 'I've forgotten the password for service x, y, or z and can you help me crack the login'. The answer to all such things is going to be a big fat no along with enough infraction points to place you halfway to an account ban. It's not rocket science, if you want help with hacking or cracking then go to some lamer hacker forum and ask there.
6. Do not pursue any illegal activity within forum posts or by PM
And finally, the even bigger net to scoop up everything that is left. This pretty much covers everything that you may be thinking 'I wonder if that's legal?' before posting. It comes in particularly handy for dealing with folk who are trying to scam their fellow members by sending out phishing PMs or posing as tech support folk but actually using premium phone numbers in their signatures etc etc. Our moderator team was not born yesterday, in fact it is mainly composed of veteran coders who have seen most scams before so can recognise these things at fifty paces.
The small question
Welcome to the second installment of our new feature where we address one of those questions that have a really easy answer. This month we look at posting homework assignments on DaniWeb.
We get a lot of homework questions posted on DaniWeb, and it really isn't a problem. Or at least it shouldn't be. Going back to the rules again, sorry, they state that you should "provide evidence of having done some work yourself if posting questions from school or work assignments" which is clear enough you would think. So go ahead and ask for help with your assignment, but show us the code that you've got so far, where the problem is and we'll help you find the solution. We won't hand it to you on a plate, after all how would that be helping you to learn? Nor will we do your homework on demand. Yet still people ask time and time again for just that. The typical post is someone posing as someone with a genuine problem, but quite obviously just actually asking us a question cut and pasted from the textbook. Even worse, we get people posting entire assignment questions. Both without any evidence of having put any effort into solving it themselves, so they have already infringed on the Keep it Organized rule. What's more they will also have infringed on the Keep it Legal rule on IP ownership or copyright grounds. So the simple answer to the small question of should I post my entire homework assignment wholesale and expect others to do all the work for me is, unsurprisingly, no!
The big question
Yes, it's another of our new regular features, this differs from the small question by addressing an issue that the DaniWeb community has been talking about in greater scale and giving you the opportunity to join in and add your weight to the debate.
This month the big question is about Windows 10 updates, specifically how they can be disabled. Reverend Jim posted that he's at his cottage for the summer where he has a metered Internet connection and tries to keep his data transfers to below 3 gigs per month to prevent extra charges being applied. "Until this year that hasn't been a problem" Jim says, continuing "This year, however, I have Windows 10. With Windows 7 I could disable Windows Updates until I returned home to my glorious no-cap connection. Not so with 10."
Even though Jim was current with all his updates before leaving, within a week had blown through 3.14 gig and checking under Settings -> Network & Internet -> Data Usage -> Usage Details 2.81 of this was under system - so updates!
rproffitt suggested there is a metered connections setting to avoid such issues, and pointed Jim towards where this setting is explained in detail. And 67chevy suggested that as Windows 10 uses a P2P sharing network to push the updates out then switching that feature off should also help. It can be found, chevy says, from the Start Menu by selecting "Settings then Update & Security. Now from the left menu make sure Windows Update is selected, then click Advanced Options. On the next screen, click on Choose how updates are delivered and set the switch to Off."
Unfortunately, Jim responded by pointing out "I set Windows 10 to metered before I got here and disabled the peer-to-peer update distribution. And it still blew through 3 gig." To which CimmerianX suggested that "on the metered connection in Win 10, the 'metered' setting has to be set on each network interface IIRC. If you only set it for Ethernet, your Wi-Fi would still have full, unfettered access."
Why not check out the full thread and add your help here if you can?