Welcome to the FOSSCAD Exchange, where you can confabulate with the FOSSCAD community.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is basic information about FOSSCAD Exchange. Please read this before posting questions or answers if you are unfamiliar with this sort of exchange. Click on any question to show or hide the answer.
  • What is FOSSCAD?
  • There are few answers to this. FOSSCAD stands for Free Open Source Software Computer Aided Design and is a decentralized group of 3d Makers that are into CAD, CNC, 3D Printing, awesomeness and Firearms. This group has no leader or members. ALL Your CAD are belong to US!

    For more information go to FOSSCAD. We have IRC as well (under chat) and we are on twitter @fosscad.
  • What is FOSSCAD Exchange?
  • First and foremost FOSSCAD Exchange is NOT A FORUM! Think reddit, twitter, and facebook combined with datalove and a forum. FOSSCAD Exchange is a place to exchange and express ideas with the FOSSCAD community; It is what we make it.
  • What kinds of discussions can I kickoff here?
  • Most importantly, discussions should be relevant to our community and/or category they are started in. Before you kickoff a discussion, please make sure to search for a similar discussion. You can search for discussions by their title or tags.
  • What kinds of discussions should be avoided?
  • Please avoid kicking off discussions that are not related to our community, too subjective or argumentative. FOSSCAD in a nonpartisan group, people are from all sides of the political spectrum and many do not care about politics at all. Discussions about gun laws on the other hand are encouraged. Racism, sexism, bigotry and spam are also not welcome.
  • What should I avoid in my remarks?
  • Racism, sexism, bigotry, discrimination, partisan politics and hate. FOSSCAD Exchange is a discussion and remark site - it is not a hate group. Please avoid irrelevant debates in your remarks as they tend to dilute the quality of the forum.

    For brief discussion, or to thank someone for their answer, please post comments, not remarks.
  • Who moderates this community?
  • The short answer is: you. This website is moderated by the users. Points system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks.
  • How does the point system work?
  • When a discussion or remark is voted up, the user who posted it will gain points. These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in that person. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.

    For example, if you kickoff an interesting discussion or useful remark, it will likely be voted up. On the other hand if the discussion is poorly-worded or the answer is misleading - it will likely be voted down. Each up vote on a discussion will generate 1 points, whereas each vote against will subtract 1 points. The following table lists points gained per activity:

    Posting a discussion: + 20 points
    Selecting an answer for your discussion: + 30 points
    Per up vote on your discussion: + 10 points
    Per down vote on your discussion: - 10 points
    Limit from up votes on each discussion: + 100 points
    Limit from down votes on each discussion: 30 points
    Posting a remark: + 40 points
    Having your remark selected as the best: + 300 points
    Per up vote on your remark: + 20 points
    Per down vote on your remark: - 20 points
    Limit from up votes on each remark: + 200 points
    Limit from down votes on each remark: 50 points
    Voting up a discussion: + 10 points
    Voting down a discussion: + 10 points
    Voting up an remark: + 10 points
    Voting down an remark: + 10 points
    Add for all users: + 100 points


    The following table lists point requirements for each type of moderation task.

  • How to change my picture (gravatar), and what is gravatar?
  • The picture that appears in user profiles is called a gravatar, which means globally recognized avatar.

    Here is how it works: You upload your picture (or your favorite alter ego image) to the website gravatar.com from where we later retrieve your image using a cryptographic key based on your email address.

    This way all the websites you trust can show your image next to your posts and your email address remains private.

    Please personalize your account with an image - just register at gravatar.com (just please be sure to use the same email address that you used to register with us). The default gray image is generated automatically.
  • Still have questions?
  • Please ask your question in the Questions category and help make our community better!

    If there is anything lacking, please use the feedback form.
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