This help file is to give some guidance on the accepted use of shouting. Breaking these rules may result in sanctions, such as a quota on your shouts or even worse muzzling (your shouting privileges revoked). REMEMBER: some people use text boards but still have shout on, which means that unnecessary shouts scroll their screen unnecessarily.
THINGS THAT ANNOY OTHERS - hence shout quotas or other sanctions:
--> DAV is here. --> DAV is here. --> DAV greets all. --> DAV is here.
--> DAV has left a message for you. --> DAV tells you: hi how are you?
THINGS THAT ARE FORBIDDEN - hence muzzle or (worse) a ban from FICS:
NOTE: any sanctions that are made against you are likely to be recorded, so punishment may be incremental for a second offence. A bad comment file is also likely to get you barred from privileges that may occur time to time, including the possibility of adminship.
See also: etiquette, shout quota