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Welcome to Outside the Box! (Updated 29/11/13)

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Welcome to Outside the Box, more commonly known by the nickname OtB!

What goes here?
OtB hosts topics that do not belong in other subforums. Common issues in life, experiences in school, etc.

*To blog or not to blog?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether a topic is better to post in this section or in your blog. Before posting a thread, ask yourself these questions:
  • Is the topic solely about me? (eg. an update on your life, asking members if you should buy a dog or a cat, etc.)
  • Is the topic only relevant for a certain amount of time? (eg. a survey for a school project that's due on Friday)
  • Is the topic meant to generate interest in a site, fanfic, etc. of mine or of an associate?
If the answer is 'yes' to any of those questions, it belongs in a blog.

If the answer is ‘yes’ to the following question:
  • Do I have a question that requires a specific, objective answer that, once provided, would end the discussion?
It goes in the Misc Simple Questions/Simple Answers Thread.​

Where does it go?
After you have ruled out that your topic would be better as a blog, please use the search feature to see if there is already an open thread that focuses on your topic. If there isn’t one, the next step is to post it in the right spot.

OtB has three subforums:

  1. Support and Advice
    Here we provide a place where you can request for help on topics varying from love, bullying, and much more. Please be careful regarding what to post and what to accept as advice.
  2. Post Count++
    Topics that are lax on discussion and have ever-changing answers. A great place for new members to quickly up their post counts.
  3. Outside the Box Archive
    A subforum that houses all of the older threads of the section. No posting is allowed in here, but give it a look over. You may find a topic you could revive and start the discussion over again with the input of newer members.
If the first three don't seem to fit your topic, then it belongs in the main section.

Still have a question?
Feel free to contact any of the following staff members:
Kakuna Matata, Octy, fabulush, Shiny Celebi, G50
Jo the Marten (To be contacted only for matters related to Support and Advice.)

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