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The Unwritten Rules of RFD (Now In Written Format)

I believe that these are the unwritten rules of RFD, now in writing. Feel free to comment if I missed something.

1. Don’t blog in the Off-Topic Forum. Get a blog.

2. According to many horror stories, never let Canadian Tire touch your car, unless you enjoy patronizing “mechanics” who create more problems than they solve.

3. Do not expect to actually receive the cheque for your Mail-In-Rebate at TigerDirect.

4. Avoid Bell Canada like the plague! I think they are the worst company in Canada, and many voices across the forum concur. You could not pay me to use Bell Canada’s services. Teksavvy is the smart alternative.  (Honourable mentions for the Worst Company in Canada are: Rogers, Canadian Tire, The Brick, Future Shop, ICICI Bank, UPS.)

5. Never ship from other countries into Canada using UPS Ground, as their excessive brokerage fees are not included. UPS Express does not have this problem. (Update: See my post on international shipping.)

6. If you are a female, you are best advised that you do not reveal your sex because of the vast hordes of horny virgin males who think they’re going to get some if they hang out for long enough behind a computer screen. They will stalk and taunt you every time you come online.

7. Threads discussing sexy lesbians are permitted, especially if pictures are posted. But don’t post threads acknowledging that gay men exist, as those will be locked due to rules prohibiting sexual discussions.

8. Most “Days of Deals” and weekly sales have lately become quite dissappointing and usually not worth waiting for.

9. Don’t shop at Canada Computers unless you are familiar with how they operate and they kind of market to which they cater. See here and here for more information. Also, be SURE to read their return policy because it is atypical.

Financial Etiquette For The Forums and For Life:

  • Except in case of emergency, never use Interac debit, except at your own bank’s ATM. It opens you up to many potential fraud problems. If you come in and complain about how you have no money while the bank “investigates” the fraud, we will laugh at you.
  • Credit card offers with extremely low balance transfer rates are trying to trick you. The fine print most likely says that payments will go against the balance earning the lowest interest. Therefore, if you did a $9,000 balance transfer at 0% and then made a $200 purchase, that $200 purchase would sit there earning 19% interest until you paid off the entire $9000! (Note: This may change under new credit card legislation.)
  • All the cool kids use TD Canada Trust and eschew RBC Royal Bank.
  • RFD is really not about saving money. It is about gaining social status through the most daring and time-wasting price-matches, posting pics of your credit cards, and finding reasons to impulse purchase on things that you would not have bought to begin with. RFD MOTTO: Buy first, think later!
  • If you try to post your Tangerine Orange Key number in hopes of getting the cash referral bonus, you look really stupid because a) This is against the Official rules of RFD, and b) You obviously never did a successful referral because they ask the new client for more information about you than your Orange Key number.

The Following Things Are Allowed, But Will Kill Your Forum Karma and Generally Put a “Kick Me” Sign On Your Back:

  • Making posts asking questions that could have easily have been answered by phoning the company in question or using Google
  • Advocating that North American automobiles are superior to German or Japanese automobiles.
  • Starting a thread asking which Winter Tires are best. This topic has been discussed to death many many times. Use the Search or Tag Search.
  • Asking if you can get away with using just two Winter Tires; This can be hazardous to your health! It’s all or nothing.
  • Asking how to get out of tickets or fines you received after you did something that endangered other people’s lives.
  • Asking forum members for CarFax or CarProof reports. (CarFax no longer offers unlimited accounts, and CarProof never offered it. Every report costs money.)
  • Feeding the trolls.

Beware The Following Troll Topics! Some people post threads about these topics just to create discord and get people angry:

  • Why should I tip service workers when they are already paid to do their job?
  • Saying “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas”
  • Advocating that North American cars are better in terms of quality and gas mileage than Japanese cars.
  • Someone pretends to be a woman who is asking “heartfelt” questions about her relationship with her boyfriend. (Any thread in Off-Topic from a new poster who claims to be a woman, and the fact that that “she” is a woman is important to the question, should be taken with a grain of salt.)
  • Questions from “new members” about how to get out of fines due to lack of auto insurance, insurance fraud types of activities, or impaired driving.
  • Questions from “gay  guys” who need help coming out, relating with their family, etc.
  • Questions relating to dating people from specific ethnic groups, particularly Asians.
  • More to come …
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  1. Delon
    December 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Nice, going to link it from my website =D

  2. June 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Good post 🙂 Funny but I don’t agree with some things like what’s wrong with RBC, Rogers and Bell?

    • June 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

      I personally do use RBC but I’ve had some big problems with them. Like any bank, it’s hit or miss. I didn’t say they were overall a bad company in my post.

      As for Bell, as far as I am concerned, they are the worst company in Canada. I used to say that Bell Canada was on the same level as Nigerian con artists, but I stopped saying that out of respect for the Nigerians.

      DEATH TO BELL CANADA!

      I think that Rogers is not as bad as Bell, but they do keep raising prices, treating prepaid mobile customers like second class citizens, and generally show contempt for the customer.

  3. KD
    January 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve had the opposite experience with Rogers vs. Bell. The family and I had Rogers for 7 years out in Richmond Hill. They would over-bill us by $80 every single month, and one of us would have to call in and argue with them for an hour to get the bill reduced to its actual amount. We had wireless and someone would always upgrade their phone, which made the contract extend on and on, and it was not worth the cancellation fee to get out of it. So we suffered for 7 years.

    Eventually, we just broke the contract (lost $120) and are now with Bell (at a different location). No problems yet and it’s been over 2 years. No price increases, no over-billing, no contract, decent customer service (better than Rogers, anyway)… and it’s still cheaper than Rogers ever was.

    This isn’t meant to minimize your troubles with Bell… I just can’t stand to see Rogers praised even in the most indirect, slight way. 😉

    • January 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Wow, that’s pretty nasty!
      I’ve had Rogers internet for 5 years and mobile for about 3 years and never had a single problem, though I certainly believe your comments.

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