...Is the Project Dalek Forum for me?
PDF is for you, if you are....
A person who is about to build a Dalek. To any scale or if you are designing 'virtual' Daleks using CG software. Or if you can contribute to the forum or to other member's Dalek builds in other significant ways.
Examples would include (but are not limited to): passing on skills and experience in working with specific materials including fibreglassing, vacuum forming, woodworking, electronics, engineering etc.
Or if you have first hand experience of the actual BBC props.
and/or information/photographs, which are new (not downloaded from other sites) that you would like to share with other members. We're always interested in hearing about people's access to and experiences of the 'real' Dalek props. Examples would include (but are not limited to): current or ex-BBC or industry employees, who have worked with the Daleks, people who have had access to/taken photographs of the TV props (any era) and people who have original Dalek prop items in their collections, etc.
PDF isn't for you, if you..
... are only interested in talking about 'Dalek Fiction'.
An example of Dalek fiction is: "what would the daleks have done if Skaro was invaded by Cybermen". Dalek fiction is NOT allowed on Project Dalek in any form. We are solely interested in actual Dalek prop design. The fictional aspects of Daleks and their role in the TV series or films is not of interest to us. However, some of our members who build virtual Daleks use fictional comics and scenarios as a vehicle to carry their Dalek designs, when posting example images. This is permissible, so long as the Dalek designs are their own work and the main point of the posts is the design elements and not the fiction
... want to discuss props other than Daleks.
We don't have the time or resources to cover any other props on Project Dalek. While Davros is permitted (and has a dedicated section), please don't talk about your TARDIS or Cyberman costume or even the Genesis Ark. These items (and all others which aren't Daleks) are considered off topic. Beyond Daleks, the only items that might bend these rules are items such as the Dalek saucers, Dalek hovabouts/transolar discs, Dalek machine guns or other props which can be considered as being Dalek derivatives.
... are just a general Doctor Who or Dalek fan, interested in being part of a 'chat' or 'social networking group'.
The Project Dalek Forum is not Facebook. While there is often a great deal of friendly help and advice exchanged between members, this is always based on their common aim: to build daleks. Please do not use Project Dalek as a social chat group if you have no intention of getting involved in what we have specified in our brief, above. Chat takes up room on the boards and often distracts from the main point of a topic. It can seriously reduce the usefulness of the information held on PDF, making it harder to find and less likely to get used by new builders. The Project Dalek Forum has to function first and foremost as an information resource, not a chat site. Members are encouraged to post when they have legitimate contributions to add or wish to offer support and encouragement, within other members' build diaries etc. Please keep chat which does not forward a topic to a minimum. Use the messaging system to chat to other members directly.
... have joined out of curiosity.
If you have joined just to see what we're all doing, then that's fine, but please don't add posts just for the sake of it. If the site inspires you to start building a Dalek, then that's great. If you find that we aren't for you, then that's OK too. Have a read, check out the plans and leave with your curiosity satisfied. Please don't feel you have to post if you have nothing to add.
What are the Project Dalek Forum Guidelines?
We have a few guidelines on PDF, some of which, you can find above the topics in the various sections. Please read these before you post in those sections.
We also have the following guidelines which everyone must fully understand...
1. No trading in Dalek parts.
The trading of, or the referral to the trading of Dalek parts is strictly forbidden. Also, please do not insult our intelligence by alluding to your 'available moulds' etc within posts. Such open disregard for our rules will almost certainly result in the suspension or removal of your account. Raw materials may be offered for sale/swap in the correct section (Sec's Shop). Non-Dalek parts, offered by manufacturers may be linked to. Examples: fibreglass materials, aluminium tubing, metals, plastics, gazing globes, light lenses, nuts & bolts... anything which isn't unique to Dalek design. For copyright reasons, DALEK PARTS ARE NOT TO BE SOLD... that's no domes, shoulder sections, skirts etc, etc. If in doubt, don't post. Any bartering or swapping, or 'not for profit' arrangements, between members should be carried out off-forum by PM or email. Generally, we would prefer references to such arrangements to be kept off the Forum wherever possible. No items in breach of copyright are to be sold... that's any unlicensed items which have been produced without the permission of the relevant copyright holder.
2. Things to consider when adding photos.
Please don't post embedded images hosted outside of Project Dalek. We have our own picture attachment system and encourage members to use it. We keep all picture hosting here, on our servers so that photos in topics don't 'disappear' over time. Externally hosted photos are often removed and links become dead.
- You may upload large images when posting and they will be reduced for you, to around 200KB.
- Images are placed in posts as small 'thumbnails'. Please leave these at their original size. Do not enlarge them, (they will go fuzzy).
- Please position your thumbnails within your posts as required. If you want them all at the end of the post, place them anyway, so they appear in a nice neat row. If you don't do this, they will appear in an ugly column and the moderators will have to tidy it all up (and moan about it at the same time).
Video content, ideally should be uploaded elsewhere (e.g. YouTube) and then a link placed in the post (video can be embedded, so it plays 'in situ'). If you do upload video content to the Forum we may decide to move the video(s) over to our YouTube channel and then embed a link, replacing the original upload. This is done in an effort to save space and bandwidth.
3. Posting high resolution photos (of original props only).
If a photo is of an original prop or has some other special value, then it is important that the image is retained at it's original size. In order to do this, don't attach it to the post, but submit it to the Gallery instead. (All Gallery images are retained at full size). You can then embed the image in your post using the 'insert other media'/'insert existing attachment' feature. I know this probably sounds complicated, but it really isn't and you'll get the hang of it in no time!
4. How eBay works, on Project Dalek.
No links to eBay items which may be in breach of copyright. When eBay items are mentioned on PDF, it should be purely for interest's sake, because that's what we're into - Daleks. It should not be the members' intention to encourage the promotion of auctions. Please try to comment on auction items without trashing the item (it's OK to poke gentle fun), or making personal remarks about the sellers. This is a public forum, and anyone might read what you say. If a Dalek built by one of our members is found to be up for sale, on eBay or anywhere else, within six months of its completion, the associated build diary (and/or other references to the Dalek) may be removed from PDF and the member's Forum access rights will be reviewed.
5. Limit text formatting and shouting.
When posting: Please do not format text within your posts/replies. It is our board policy to keep the bulk of the threads formatted in the default, simple style which occurs when no formatting is applied. An occasional word in bold or italic is sometimes allowed but generally, we do not allow formatting which is applied with the specific intention of making a post stand out, for no other reason than 'attention seeking', as this makes the Forum look untidy. Similarly, please avoid using ALL CAPS when adding posts. This also looks untidy and is often regarded as rude, or as SHOUTING!
6. When to use quotes.
Please do not use the 'Quote/Reply" button to add a quote to your post unless you are referring to something which was said further up a topic. If you are replying to the most recent post in a topic, use the 'add reply' button. Unnecessary quotes make the topics look long-winded and cluttered. Quotes within quotes within quotes can significantly reduce the accessibility of the information.
7. Contributing a Build Diary.
We encourage all members to start a build diary as soon as they start work on their Dalek. This is done because diaries work for everyone's benefit: They provide a place for new builders to get help and support. They amass into a record of a member's build, there for them to review and pour over, when the build is completed. They are a vital source of reference material for other builders who are just setting out on the 'journey'. However, the informative content of the diaries is very important to us. We want to give new members the right impression and prove to them that it is possible to make all the parts that go into producing a Dalek. Problems with build diaries can happen. They usually occur when several whole Dalek sections mysteriously 'appear' with no reference to how they were made... (usually because they have been made by someone else). Such 'appearances' can cause confusion to new builders (who wonder where they came from) and may even cause apathy or a general drop in enthusiasm. While we understand that not everyone has the skills or abilities to make every part of a Dalek themselves, and will happily allow some degree of flexibility, we do not wish to see build diaries which are nothing more than a full set of pre-made Dalek sections being assembled and painted. In general, we don't expect everyone to document the production of every section, or prove they made every part from scratch... (the process is meant to be fun, not an exam), but we do expect to see some degree of build activity. For example, diaries that document the production of Dalek parts from existing moulds are fine. They have a legitimate use and provide a great deal of interesting information for aspiring fibreglassers. Similarly, if a member obtains a dome or other single section, then that's permissible, so long as some of the sections are actually being built from scratch.Note that none of this is a criticism of section-assembled Daleks or their assemblers/owners. We like Daleks of any kind... cardboard Daleks, non-standard Daleks made from unusual materials, Radio Times plans Daleks or even Daleks made from pre-made sections... whatever... they're great! What we don't like, are build diaries which misrepresent the act of building a Dalek and 'dumb down' the building process. Basically, 'Assembly Daleks' are welcome on PDF as conversation pieces for what they are, but should not be featured in build diaries if they are likely to confuse new members or skirt dangerously close to the edge of legality, copyright wise.
8. Status updates.
Each member's Forum profile has a status feed. You can update your status in much the same way that you would on social media sites. All we ask is:
- You avoid inappropriate content (as you would when posting on in the topics).
- You don't post questions in status updates, (that is what the topics are for). Questions and answers within statuses/profiles will eventually become lost, whereas questions in topics remain visible permanently.
9. Achievements, badges, ranks and post count.
Please note that the achievement points system should not be taken too seriously. We never judge members by their level of activity. Dalek building is a personal experience and some members will choose to participate more than others.
For those who are interested, the achievements system keeps a running tally of points. Members may earn points by meaningful participating in the community. Meaningful participation includes starting a Build Diary, answering questions, helping other members, uploading files, adding events to the calendar etc, etc. It is important to remember that the achievements system is NOT post driven, so simply posting a reply will not necessarily deliver any points. If you're regularly using and contributing to Project Dalek in a positive way, points will arrive on their own, with ease.
As points are accumulated, members move up the rank system. Again, this is just a bit of fun, but can help other members to assess the level of Dalek Building knowhow another member might have. This, along with their community reputation can be helpful when deciding whether their advice is likely to be useful.
Badges are also awarded for certain milestone achievements. For example, members may be awarded a badge for visiting the Project Dalek Forum for a number of consecutive days. Many badges are awarded automatically as you interact with the Forum and grow your membership. Some badges are awarded by the Forum moderators, when something really useful, helpful or exceptional is posted.
It's important to remember that the achievements ranking system is just a bit of fun.
10. Being nice to each other.
We encourage a friendly atmosphere, where members can support each other, offer advice and sometimes actual, practical help, to those who live close by. Please remember to respect one another when in the public arena and treat other members with the same courtesy that you would expect for yourself. Often, the written word can mislead and the 'tone' of a post can be misunderstood. Think about this, before you post and also before you respond to any replies which you consider to be 'abrasive' or 'negative'. You may also report problematic posts to the Moderators who will take appropriate action. Also, if you find that your posts have been moderated or removed, possibly without any explanation, please do not take offence at the Moderators' actions. Sometimes posts are removed because we know what sorts of posts will follow, such as posts which may distract from the main point of the thread, sending it off topic. The Moderators are charged with running the Forum and maintaining the standards outlined above. Please respect their decisions and refrain from opening any kind of public debate about the legitimacy of the decisions, as doing so will almost certainly lead to some form of membership moderation. If you feel the need, while posting, to say something like, "I suppose this will get removed, but..." then please don't post it, as you'll definitely be proved to be right. Such comments, along with comments about moderators and their actions are almost always off topic. All questions and comments should be handled solely via PM. Remember, if you expect a polite reply, send a polite message. Messages to moderators containing personal insults and comments will always prompt a personal response from the individual, rather than a response from the individual as a 'moderator'... so be warned! Persistent trouble makers will be exterminated.
The moderators of Project Dalek are only human and we do have lives and jobs just the same as everyone else. The work we do is unpaid and we give up our valuable time to help our members with their Dalek building dream. We enforce the rules so that we all have a nice tidy forum that is copyright-legal and easy to read and navigate. Much of our hard work sometimes goes unnoticed, though PDF is continually moderated (day and night). The moderators are human, have a sense of humour (when not unduly stressed) and try to be fair at all times, but the Forum and the greater good come first in every decision we make. For the good of the Forum and it's established members, please respect our rules and decisions.