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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted December 12, 2012 - 11:01 PM

When starting a new thread it is best to be as descriptive as you possibly can. If you only put one or two words in the threads description it is often missed by members that may have been able to help solve your problem or answer your question.

If someone titles their thread "hello" or something similarly vague, many people may skip over this thinking it could just be a spam post.

We here a GTtalk want all our members to receive the help and advice that they need,so please take your time and be as descriptive as you can, both in your title and in your question and don't forget the Tags feature.

Please be patient when asking for help, especially if you are asking questions about an older less common or rare GT, If you do not get a reply to your original question, just post a follow up question in the same thread. "Bumping" an older thread allows you to not have to repost all the pertinent info a second time.
This also seems to work better than creating new threads for different questions on the same topic and allows for some continuity when the next person searches for information.

Remember, we're all in this to get the info out there and share in our experiences...

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Posted December 12, 2012 - 11:14 PM

Excellent advice. Now, what is the best way to get the newer members especially to read that. Can it be set up as part of the validation process, multiple choice?

"After reading the above paragraph, do you think the writer intended you to :
a.)Post in all caps.
b.)Start multiple threads on the same topic
c.)Make a well crafted post with a descriptive title and include as much information as possible on the item in question.

If they don't answer c, they don't get validated.
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Posted December 12, 2012 - 11:35 PM

Alan, I like this thread. I myself AM GUILTY of skipping over threads from time to time and then when I get bored of reading all the others I sometimes open those threads. I am then often disappointed because they were topics I was interested in, but because the title was not descriptive/informative enough my attention wasn't drawn to it like a mosquito to the green lanterns LOL. So guys, take my advice, if nothing else get at least a brand or type of item in your titles, not too difficult, and usually just enough to draw us nuts members in. lol
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Posted December 13, 2012 - 12:12 AM

I've seen frustrated folks trying to beat the drum by posting lots of threads about the same thing.. Add "Bumping" the original thread up to freshen everyone's attention that you are still trying to get help instead of starting thread after thread which confuses everyone and spreads things out all over the place.

As far as the suggestions here goes, this thread should be required reading for all newbies and sent to folks who post multiple threads on the same subject as a friendly reminder of how to get better response and make life less confusing in our corner of the cyber-world. How about it??
:iagree:

Just a thought..

Edited by WNYTractorTinkerer, December 13, 2012 - 12:16 AM.

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 05:28 AM

Great advise Alan.

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 05:30 AM

good advice....being descriptive in a thread title never hurt anyone, its all bout catching someones eye......

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 05:33 AM

Great advise Alan.


It was a collaborative effort by the team. Hope it helps someone get more info.

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 07:14 AM

The title of this thread caught my attention.
See, it worked. Great thread. I too, have seen frustrated new members, starting
multiple threads, to get an answer. I like WNY TT's idea, of adding this, or something
like it to a new member tutorial.

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 05:27 PM

I think I'll start a new thread on this topic, just so it get's some more attention. :D
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Posted December 13, 2012 - 06:00 PM

I think I'll start a new thread on this topic, just so it get's some more attention. :D


:deadhorse: :tapping_fingers: :smashing_pc: :loosing_it:

Edited by WNYTractorTinkerer, December 14, 2012 - 06:24 AM.


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Posted December 14, 2012 - 01:00 AM

If I could get some help here. I'm trying to post a link in my signature to this post. However, I want it to say "Click :here: for" not "Click gobble-de-gook for" and I can't figure out how to mask the http link with the word "here". Anybody able to help with that? When I try with the 'chain' icon, it tells me there is no 'anchor' in the text.

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Posted December 14, 2012 - 05:07 AM

Dang- Whenever I click on the CLICK HERE it takes me back to this thread!!! Helen---I'm STUCK! :wallbanging: :wallbanging:

Yo Mod-type folks- Please delete my last 2 posts in this thread!! I was just bored @ work & messin around!!

Got them deleted like you asked.

Howard, are you using the 'link' icon (just under the 'Size)? I'm not familiar with the 'chain' icon.
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Posted December 14, 2012 - 08:47 AM

If I could get some help here. I'm trying to post a link in my signature to this post. However, I want it to say "Click :here: for" not "Click gobble-de-gook for" and I can't figure out how to mask the http link with the word "here". Anybody able to help with that? When I try with the 'chain' icon, it tells me there is no 'anchor' in the text.


Something like this?

Click here for ...

I can tell you how but it won't do you any good. I tried to put the above link in my signature but this forum does not allow URLs, links, in a signature.

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Posted December 14, 2012 - 08:48 AM

:deadhorse: :tapping_fingers: :smashing_pc: :loosing_it:


I was just kidding.
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Posted December 14, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Something like this?

Click here for ...

I can tell you how but it won't do you any good. I tried to put the above link in my signature but this forum does not allow URLs, links, in a signature.

Hi Hank,
Yes, exactly like that. According to the information, you CAN use URLs in your signature. Mjodrey has done it with the member map, so it can be done.




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