Why Computer 911

In light of the closure of Computing.net and the desire to continue the forum in one way or another, an alternative was born.
Former members of Computing.net are encouraged to register and continue helping people with computing problems.


Rules of Conduct

Thanks for being a part of the Computing 911 Community, and remember to have fun! With that in mind, please remember the following guidelines. Most of these are common sense, and they serve to keep the forums useful for everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and support in this, and if you have any suggestions or feedback regarding the Rules of Conduct, please contact a Moderator.



Remember these easy to follow guidelines to keep our forum friendly.

  • Helping you with a problem begins with you providing system specs and the operation system you are running. Details help to avoid suggestions that may not apply to you.
  • Remember to include as many details about your problem as possible. It’s better to provide too much information than too little.
  • Avoid using ALL CAPS or excessive punctuation!!!!! It makes your posts harder to read, and takes away from your message.
  • Avoid useless posting, such as claiming "first!", or post "In Before the Lock," or posting to bump a post. They waste time and are not constructive.
  • Avoid hijacking a topic, and stick to the original conversation. If you think your problem is similar to one described in another thread, feel free to reference it in your own question.
  • Keep criticism constructive. Conversely, try to handle any criticism as gracefully as possible; it shows we care.
  • Report violators to the Moderation Team by clicking "Report" on the post.
  • Identity theft is real - keep your personal information private.
  • Remember that no one from Computing.Net’s staff, Tom’s Hardware staff or Moderation Teams will ever ask for your password.
  • Remember that any post made to Computing 911 will remain unless a moderator or administrator chooses to remove it. While requests for removal are sometimes granted, at no time is Computing 911 obligated to remove posts made to the site.



The following are violations of the Computing 911 Rules of Conduct:

  • Asking for help pirating, cracking passwords, or bypassing copyright protection.
  • Posting, promoting or distributing any content that is illegal.
  • Promoting or encouraging activity which is illegal such as hacking, cracking, and scamming.
  • Harassing, threatening, embarrass or insult other users, including sending unwanted messages attacking race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Ad hominem attacks are not permitted.
  • Hate speech. This includes any content that is harmful, abusive, racist, homophobic, sexually explicit, defamatory, infringing, invasive of privacy, or objectionable.
  • Disrupting the natural flow of forum discussion through vulgar language, spamming, flooding, or any variant.
  • Trolling, defined as knowingly soliciting strong negative responses simply for shock value.
  • Posting off-topic posts in inappropriate forums.
  • Impersonation.
  • Phishing. A moderator will never ask you for your password or personal information.
  • Uploading or linking files which contain a virus or malware.
  • Making posts to advertise or promote, forward chain letters, pyramid schemes or multi-level marketing programs.
  • Attempting to transfer forum accounts. Actions taken by a user on one account may affect all of that user's accounts.

These guidelines may change at the discretion of the Community Manager and Administrators as necessary to foster an environment appropriate to civil discourse. This outline is a basic set of guidelines and does not encompass every foreseeable event, and individual infractions will be dealt with by moderators on a per incident basis. The Community Manager, Administrators and Moderation Team has sole discretion on how to interpret and apply these rules to circumstances and situations, including discipline or exception. The Rules of Conduct also include adherence to Computing 911 website Terms of Service.