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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Does TP have a help page that explains how to get the most out of your forum posting to new members ? I was thinking of something along the lines most tech forums have. If not, it might be a good idea to put one in place, seen the fairly large number of unanswerable questions that I see in the Europe and SA forums.

2. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Quoting bentivogli

Does TP have a help page that explains how to get the most out of your forum posting to new members ? I was thinking of something along the lines most tech forums have. If not, it might be a good idea to put one in place, seen the fairly large number of unanswerable questions that I see in the Europe and SA forums.

Hey, what a great idea! I wouldn't be opposed to that!

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Agree with that.

My pet pevee is people rambling on and on without getting to the point. This is especially a problem when they ask questions about certain countries where almost all the travel helpers don't have good English.

I'd like to tell these people to use simple sentences. Ask questions that are short, to the point and easy to understand for people whose English might be not so good.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Good idea! There's actually a few "how to's" that it would be good to all have in one place (I've written them on the Travellerspoint blog before, but even that hasn't been consistent practice). Perhaps we need to have an area in the wiki for this, similar to how we have the About:xxx area? Would also be good as a reference for some of the technical questions that pop up from time to time, ie. 'how do I post photos on my blog', or 'how do I add a link to my forum post' etc.

What do you think about doing it that way and then grouping them all together like that?

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Right, I have the green light from the powers that be that a new How To section can be made. I can see a lot of potential for this actually, as there's always things that can be explained here and then linked up from the forums when asked.

I've started off with a How To:Index page, and added the first How To as well, on adding a zoomed in map within a blog entry.

I've written a few of these through the years, so this gives me a good area to tackle for the Hippo Roller challenge as well ;)

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

It's a start, but I think we need something more prominent than a page in the wiki. Especially if you don't know what you should be looking for, as is the case with most newbies, the wiki is rather impenetrable.

Maybe it's an idea to put a direct link to the relevant page in the footer section of the site. I seemed to recall there was a link of that kind to the forum rules once.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Clearly the page needs creating first :) Once the page is created, we can link it up anywhere in theory, although a sitewide link in the footer doesn't really make sense to me. But it could be exactly the kind of thing we show to new posters (they also are presented with a copy of the forum rules when they make their first few posts). So there's definitely options like that. The same would go for any page that contains the kind of question that is asked a lot!

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

It took a while, but I started a How To on writing a sure-hit forum contribution:

How To:Get the Most Out of your Forum Post

I'd appreciate any improvement you all are able to make to it.

Niels

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

Excellent start, Niels!!!!

I have one little request. (I know, I could add it myself but it may be too picky.)

Under "Be comprehensible" - you recommend what not to do. Though this would fall under the "everything else" category, could text-speak be specifically mentioned? Am I being too picky? I'm one of many who hate reading something that has been filled with text messaging shorthand. It has it's place when messaging but not when asking for assistance in a forum. Sure, it's a quick way to get a point made but sooooo annoying at the same time.

I have a feeling those who use text-speak frequently are not going to even consider it as an "everything else" item. (I am being too picky aren't I?!)

Anyway, it's just one of my little bug-a-boos. Grrrr.

10. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

+1. Go ahead and edit away :)