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Rule| Explanation ---|--- All build requests must fill out the submission template. | This can be found by clicking the "Submit a build request" button, or at the bottom of the regular self-post submission page. If you're not posting a build request, use a tag at the start of your post's title. Tags include [Meta], [Discussion], [Question], [Update]. Mobile app users may copy and paste the template from this page. If you need a build in a less commonly requested country, include some places you can order from. | Most building sites, like PCPartPicker and PC Hound, have retailer from most countries catalogued. They don't have all retailers in all countries though, so it's worthwhile to include some places you can order from if your country is not catalogued. Absolutely no troll requests. | That means no "I have no budget give me the best!" requests. It also means if you're not planning on legitimately building it, don't post it. Remember, users volunteer their time and expertise here. If your post goes 24 hours without receiving an adequate response, you may post your request again. | This can be if you didn't get any replies at all, or if you don't think you got the help you needed. Several posts in a shorter time scale is considered spam and may be removed. Be prepared to answer additional questions from contributors. | To get the best PC possible, contributors might ask extra questions. If you have any extra information you might be asked about, just include it in the "Extra info or particulars" part of the template before you post.
Rule | Explanation
All builds must have some form of parts list, pricing, and an explanation or brief description of your suggestions. | This lets OP know why you've suggested what you have, and it lets others see your thought process & learn from it.
When coming into a thread where others have already posted builds, look over existing suggestions before posting your own. | This means you see any additional information that may have been provided by the OP, and also gives you a chance to give suggestions to other builders.
Carefully read through provided criteria. | If you need more information, just ask the requester. It's better to ask than make an assumption.
Aim to keep below budget. | If you feel it's necessary to go over budget, make sure to justify it. It's also worth suggesting how your build can be pared back to be within the original budget if needed.
Check stock on items you include in a build. | This goes especially for sale items. You'll find sale items can be out of stock, meaning you'll have to find an alternative.
No advertising or payment for personal gain. |This includes all sale of hardware, software or labour, "PM me for x" posts and "donations" in return for advice or other goods. This is not a place for personal gain.
Absolutely no troll suggestions. | If you aren't willing to make a serious suggestion, don't make one. Stupid or sarcastic suggestions only confuse those needing help.
Try to keep advice in the thread, rather than in private messages | Unless it's obvious that it's more appropriate, keep all discussion in the thread. It allows users (both those involved and not involved) to come back and reference it later, and use it as a learning tool.
Rule | Explanation ----|----------- Keep discussion polite, civil, and on-topic. | Disruption, rudeness and derailing are all grounds for your post to be removed. Report posters you believe are violating this by using the report function or messaging the moderators here. Message the moderators if you have any questions, issues or queries. | We're here to help! Message the moderators if you see someone consistently posting builds with severe issues. | Send a message here. Don't blindly downvote 'bad builds'. Reply with some ways the suggestions could be improved. | The only way to improve is if somebody tells you how and why your suggestions aren't great. Remember to reserve your downvotes for posts that are grossly misleading or flawed, or add no meaningful discussion to the thread. Discussion of piracy and TOS-violating OS keys is forbidden. | This includes all promotion, discussion, suggestion, implication, insinuation etc. of piracy, so-called "grey-market" OS licence keys, and resold licenses. Such licenses may come from key-selling websites or other sites, including reddit. If it's unusually cheaper than retail, it's probably forbidden. If you're not sure, send a message to the moderators and ask. Posts breaking this rule will be removed and not reinstated. Circumvention of rules is strictly prohibited. | Such circumvention may result in a ban. This includes, but is not limited to, obfusticating information or offering private messages. Posts may be removed at the moderators' discretion. | Nothing is ever black-or-white, so if a post is clearly detrimental to the community, it will be removed. ---
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