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Default 05-19-2007, 07:37 AM

This is information for anyone who's new to message boards, so that they know what to do.

Making a thread.

1. First, make sure that you're in the correct forum. On this board, we have different forums for different topics. For example, if you have a problem regarding your boyf, post your topic in Dating. If you want to tell everyone about a play you're acting in, or ask for advice on a friend problem, then post in General Discussion. Every forum has a description telling you what it's for.

The forum description is boxed in red. If you make a topic in the wrong forum, chances are it'll be moved to the correct one. A shadow topic with a redirect will be up for a day.

Second, make sure that the topic you want to post hasn't already been posted. If it's a popular topic, that might well be so. If the forum hasn't got many topics, then look thru the pages. Otherwise, use the Search option.

Finally, post your topic. The button you click is boxed in red below:

Make sure that you describe what the topic is about in the title box, so people can tell before clicking what your topic is about. If the topic is a help topic, then give as much detail about your problem as you can so that it's easier for peopleto help you. Please try to post as near to correct English as possible; the odd shortened word is fine, but an entire paragraph of chatspeak makes it near impossible for people to understand you, especially if there aren't any full stops or capital letters.

Try to spell correctly; we all make mistakes, but at least try. Don't use KrAzY, 1337, or any other kind of irritating text format, such as Typing Like This; these forms of typing are hard on the eyes and difficult to understand.

Finally, try not to abuse the colour and text size options. Flavouring your text is fine as long as it's not unreadable; ie, making text in a colour like yellow or white or making it too small or too large. Also, remember that typing in all capital letters is the Internet equivilent of shouting, so unless you have to shout, don't do it.

Making a post.

Much of the same rules apply to making a post in someone else's thread, there's just a couple of extras. Like, don't reply to someone's doll thread unless you're giving CC (constructive criticism) or commenting on their doll. Don't spam, and certainly don't post your own dolls in there. Make a new thread for your own dolls.

Secondly, there appears to be some confusion about the report offence button. Only click this in case of either a troll, or if someone is breaking forum rules, ie spamming. It can be found here:

In the picture, the report offence button is boxed in red. Please don't click it unecessarily. To reply to a thread, you can either use the Quick Reply box, or click the New Reply button.

Last edited by Miranda_ : 01-26-2009 at 05:08 PM. Reason: Fixed spelling
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