I know I already posted an introduction thread, but I really want to do a "two week update"
I kind of wanted to do it in another forum so I could get stars and flags and all that stuff, but I just feel like it fits better in this one and
don't want to put it in the wrong place
Oh well, feel free to give me imaginary stars and flags to make me feel good!
Things I’ve learned so far….
Well, it’s been almost two weeks now and I’m starting to get the hang of things. Granted, I’ve got a long way to go. However, for those of you
who are just starting out, here are some things to be ready for.
1. It doesn’t take very long to get your 20 posts in. Relax, relish it, don’t jump in feet first and think you “got this”, that’s when the
problems happen LOL
2. If someone is being nasty, WALK AWAY. Whatever they were being nasty about will be buried in half an hour anyway and nobody will remember it. You
don’t have to “save face”, it only makes it worse and then it goes on and on and on. Dozens of others will jump in just like in school when
somebody shouted “fight, fight, fight!!”. Don’t do it. Walk Away (still working on this one)
3. The Moderators are your friends. Treat them well and be respectful. They can be very valuable resources and really are just trying to help.
4. Definitely use the links for the freshman forum, there is a lot of valuable information there!
5. Find someone who shares your views and make a new friend. They’ve been here longer, they know the ropes and they’ll help you. There are some
great folks here and they are very patient as well.
6. The alert button is below the poster’s name by the post in that list that pops up for all the other functions. If someone is screaming,
threatening violence, breaking the Terms and Conditions, use it. Don’t use it just because you don’t agree with them, that’s not what it’s
for. It’s for the major stuff and you’ll learn the difference in major and not major as you go. Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. If there
is a death threat or threat of suicide, definitely use it, otherwise, check with someone in private messages and see what they think.
7. Don’t take things too seriously, it just causes stress.
8. Playing dumb isn’t always a bad thing. If it’s not your area of expertise, playing dumb keeps you from getting into an argument and it’s the
method I plan to use more often now!
9. Although you most likely have the intelligence and expertise to write in a more formal manner and to be exact and precise in your thoughts,
displaying a more scientific approach… it’s not needed on every thread, only the ones where that type of “tone” is already set. If it’s
informal, go with informal. If people don’t like it… oh well. No need to argue about it, it just gets ugly
10. Deny Ignorance
I still have more to learn and that will come with time, but I wanted to get something in for the folks that are brand-spanking new that would have
been helpful for me (if I had taken the time to read it of course)