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Offline AineCole

Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:40:08 PM »
Being generally new to the world of posts and boards and threads (oh my!), I came in having no idea how to go about the whole thing. It didn't take me long to realize, though, that the more I read on the boards the more I understood what to post, what not to post, and how best to post it.

For example:
  • Keep Subject lines short and to the point so readers can quickly decide whether they want to participate. Always a bummer to click on a post and be disappointed by the real subject matter.
  • Don't be selfish. Readers will appreciate your participation as long as you are genuine and interested in engaging with the community.
  • Boards are an amazing place because those who participate in them bring such knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to their posts! Respect that. Karma isn't just a points number on the side of your profile.

What other posting etiquette tips do you have? What have you learned in your time as a poster and post reader? Please share!
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 09:04:44 AM »
* Speaking for myself, if you're someone who normally relies a lot on voice tone, pitch and body language to express what you're trying to say, use smileys when you're posting to more or less replace that. And hope that people have the same understanding of a smiley than you ;D
hehe I know some people don't like them much, but I've realised that sometimes what I'm *really* trying to say does not come out as well as I wished... particularly when I'm gushing out about a book or being annoyed about something ;)

* I like reading about people's true feelings about a book. It doesn't have to be 'proper reviews' (whatever they are - I know I can't do them, 'blog-type'...), but be honest and don't worry about praising too much or too little :)

* If you can't find a thread about what you want to say, don't be afraid to start one. Someone has to be the first, hehe

* And feel free to use my 'Miscellaneous musings' thread (somewhere in the "Fantasy Book & Author Discussion" section) for random thoughts and comments about reading, books, and stuff...
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 05:36:39 PM »
Hello AineCole

Who doesn't like Smiley's? own up  ;) and whenever have you been annoying Bea

I add an extra posting etiquette, don't be rude to fellow posters even if you disagree with them but everyone's very friendly here anyway ....mostly only teasing  :)
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 08:32:51 PM »

Smileys and other clues extremely important.

On top of the lack of visual cues, there's the fact that English is not the primary language for some posters, and even with our polyglot of a language, Brits, Aussies and Yanks (to name a few) use different words and have different styles and expectations - at least to some degree.

Another thing: Say what you're getting at.  Please?  In a long-running post (which Arry put out of its misery, bless her), the original poster never - for me - made it clear what he/she was getting at.  Why was it so important?  As a result, a number of us spun around this (pretty interesting but frustrating) topic for several weeks, bumping into each other and really getting nowhere. 

Fortunately, most of the posts in this forum are non-political, non-sectarian, non-offensive...  Though we could all argue about grammar  ;D

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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 09:54:06 PM »
Quote from: Jmacyk link=topic=7319.msg92797#msg92797 date=1422131571
Fortunately, most of the posts in this forum are non-political, non-sectarian, non-offensive...

I've seen some things on here. Stuff can get heated from time to time. (And frankly, ridiculous.)

Another thing: Say what you're getting at.  Please?  In a long-running post (which Arry put out of its misery, bless her), the original poster never - for me - made it clear what he/she was getting at.  Why was it so important?  As a result, a number of us spun around this (pretty interesting but frustrating) topic for several weeks, bumping into each other and really getting nowhere. 

To get off-topic, the thread in question (just hope we're on the same page) did outline the OP's stance. It made a point. We were largely arguing semantics. But that's neither here nor there. ;D

I think the main thing I've learned over the course of my 2K+ post on here is to respect other people's POV. If you'll look at one of my first big posts on this forum, you'd understand why this is important to me. It's very easy to distance yourself from other posters and their opinions, namely because of the anonymity we create with a screen between us. Don't take advantage of that on here.
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2015, 07:22:01 PM »
Yes, I would definitely read before posting. No one likes to talk to a blank wall that just throws back advertisements or fails to engage with everyone else.

Quote from: Jmacyk link=topic=7319.msg92797#msg92797 date=1422131571
Fortunately, most of the posts in this forum are non-political, non-sectarian, non-offensive...

I've seen some things on here. Stuff can get heated from time to time. (And frankly, ridiculous.)

Damnit C. Hill, I'm not heated, I'm just properly enthused. Now you take that back before this turns into a real argument!  ;D
« Last Edit: January 26, 2015, 04:25:54 PM by Justan Henner »

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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 04:31:23 AM »

Though we could all argue about grammar  ;D

Hahaha, always a touchy subject!
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2015, 04:34:27 AM »

It's very easy to distance yourself from other posters and their opinions, namely because of the anonymity we create with a screen between us. Don't take advantage of that on here.

Excellent point. The anonymity of the internet can be liberating, but it can also dehumanize the posts you are reading.

This is great everyone, thank you. I think we're making a really helpful list for newbies!
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2015, 05:25:21 AM »
Quote from: Jmacyk link=topic=7319.msg92797#msg92797 date=1422131571
Fortunately, most of the posts in this forum are non-political, non-sectarian, non-offensive...

I've seen some things on here. Stuff can get heated from time to time. (And frankly, ridiculous.)

Damnit Caleb, I'm not heated, I'm just properly enthused. Now you take that back before this turns into a real argument!  ;D

YOU WANNA TAKE THIS OUTSIDE?

(And how the hell do you know my name? That's, like, confidential to three or four people.)
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2015, 04:09:59 PM »
Quote from: Jmacyk link=topic=7319.msg92797#msg92797 date=1422131571
Fortunately, most of the posts in this forum are non-political, non-sectarian, non-offensive...

I've seen some things on here. Stuff can get heated from time to time. (And frankly, ridiculous.)

Damnit C. Hill, I'm not heated, I'm just properly enthused. Now you take that back before this turns into a real argument!  ;D

YOU WANNA TAKE THIS OUTSIDE?

(And how the hell do you know my name? That's, like, confidential to three or four people.)

Outside? I haven't been there in years. That won't work.

(As for the name, I dunno, someone said it at some point and I have a strangely accurate memory. I didn't realize it was a secret haha. I've gone ahead and edited it out. You'll have to change it in your own quotation if you want it completely gone though.)
« Last Edit: January 26, 2015, 04:26:45 PM by Justan Henner »

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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2015, 08:11:42 PM »
Caleb. Caleb. Caleb. What you really meant was that besides your 144 twitter followers only 3-4 people in the digital world know your name, right? ;)

« Last Edit: January 26, 2015, 08:15:49 PM by xiagan »
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2015, 08:24:03 PM »
And to think I paid Gariath $40 for that information. Now I just feel silly.

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2015, 06:19:16 AM »
And to think I paid Gariath $40 for that information. Now I just feel silly.

Money? Where is this money? I always just call Caleb 'Chill'. Like how we call Idlewilder 'Windy' and Xiagan 'Bob'.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2015, 01:32:43 PM »
And to think I paid Gariath $40 for that information. Now I just feel silly.

Money? Where is this money? I always just call Caleb 'Chill'. Like how we call Idlewilder 'Windy' and Xiagan 'Bob'.
Or Gariath 'Poodle'.
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Re: Being a post reader makes you a better poster: Discuss
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2015, 02:11:10 PM »
Is that a picture of a poodle in Gariath's avatar?  A very tough and capable angry poodle, I'm sure.
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