Discussion Thread Rules and Decorum

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Welcome to VAMWorld!
Enter all ye who seek knowledge!
Either you've been lurking here a while or just found us through an ebay listing or other coin forum. In any event, welcome to our friendly little forum. VAMWorld is the most up to date, comprehensive repository of information on Morgan and Peace Dollar Die Varieties available on the world wide web. VAMWorld was created and is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers who are among the preeminent VAM collectors in the hobby.
First, a little history about the site. On July 21, 2006, Rob Joyce announced the creation of VAMWorld on the PCGS Collectors Universe Forums. The site was created by VAM enthusiasts who wanted to share their knowledge and their love of the hobby. Contributions of time, effort and skills by John Austin, John Coxe, Ash Harrison, John Baumgart, Jack Lee and others improved the site. In March of 2007, Ash Harrison brokered an arrangement through the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors to get Leroy Van Allen's permission to use his work and to post plate photos and descriptions on the site. Because the site was established as a "Wiki", others could contribute as well. It is this unique feature that allowed for the growth of the site and the growth of the community we call VAMWorld.
First and foremost, remember that this site was created for educational purposes. We come here to share our knowledge and learn about VAMs. Whether you are a seasoned VAMmer or a new collector, you are welcomed and encouraged to participate in discussions, to post questions or to answer them!
We have very few rules here, but they are important to maintian this forum as a fun place to come to talk coins and share knowledge.
Rule 1: Have fun! VAM collecting is a great way to collect Morgan and Peace Dollars. Once you’ve been bitten by the VAM bug, there’s no turning back!
Rule 2: Share. Once you get comfortable with your experience, don't be afraid to jump into a thread and try to help! You will get a great deal of free education here. Be sure to give back! You will find the exercize very benefical and gain greater knowledge through it!
Rule 3: Ask questions. Really. Its the best way to learn. But before you ask, use the search feature because your question may have already been answered before! Also, try to attribute your coin first. Study the features, read the descritptions. You may discover an inate ability to attribute VAMs! Take the time to read the tutorials on the home page. Very dedicated and knowledgable VAMmers have spent a great deal of time putting together these tutorials (that they have graciously posted here for free) to help new VAMmers learn the hobby. These tutorials are incredible resources. Use them!
Rule 4: Post pictures. We will all try to help you with your questions or attribute your coin. However, we can't do much on a verbal description. Please, post a picture! Uploading and posting pictures is easy. There is a tutorial at the top of the discussion page.

Speaking of pictures, we have thousands of images loaded on this page. The one downside to Wiki is that if someone loads a picture with the same name as an existing picture, the first one gets overwritten. This makes attribution harder as we may lose valuable photos. Please, when posting pictures, try to assign a unique name. We recommend the following: "Your name/intitals-the date-year-mintmark-obv/rev-specific attribute (ie, date, MM, stars ")
Rule 5: One(1) thread per coin/question. Sometimes a newer member will try to start a thread where the picture does not load. So he starts a new thread... and it doesn't work again... so he starts a third. If this happens to you, please just try to repost in the same thread. Why, you ask? Its simple. For each new thread, an older one gets bumped off the top page. Another member's question may get lost in the shuffle if you post three threads with red x's.
Rule 6: Be nice! VAMWorld has become a very close-knit community. Many here have made very good friendships among the members. We enjoy the comraderie, the friendship and the free sharing of knowledge. Please remember that everyone here is a volunteer. We are here because we enjoy the hobby and talking about coins. Be polite and use discretion. Remember, there are ladies and young numistmatists that frequent the discussion boards. Please, no swearing or course or vulgar language.
Rule 7: Take it outside! This is more of a continuation of Rule 6. We don’t want to see any flame wars. The site is about VAMs and debates about coins are fine, but please, don’t get personal and don’t get mean. If you have a problem, please, handle it privately through email or private message. The site is moderated and if a thread gets out of hand it will be locked or deleted and the violators may be suspended or lose their posting priveleges.
Rule 8: No selling on the discussion boards. The discussion boards are to be used only to ask questions, get fomfirmation of your attribution, share knowledge or have general discussions. Please do not post links to ebay sales, private websites, etc. selling coins. We have a Buy-Sell-Trade discussion board where you can post this information. You can also post coins for trade at the VAMTrading Post (see the link in the sidebar).
Rule 9: Be gracious! Please remember that the folks here are all volunteers. We have some of the top VAM collectors in the hobby here, and even third party grading service attribution experts who volunteer their time and help others attribute their coins. Please be patient when you post a query. When someone is able to answer or help they will. When they do. Please remember to thank them.
Rule 10: Contribute any way you can to improve the site. VAMWorld has grown to be the premiere VAM site on the web and one of the best numismatic websites around because the members contribute every day to make it better. Members have written and posted attribution guides to help other collectors. Other members have uploaded information or links to increase the database of VAM knowledge available here. You may not be the best at attributing VAMs, but you have the ability to contribute by improving the layout of pages. We can all contribute in some way or another. Please take the time to give back, whether its answering questions on discussion threads, writing attribution guides, writing programs, creating new pages or posting new pictures. VAMWorld grows because we all add to it.