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Basic guidelines

These guidelines are maintained by the community. They are not the Forum Rules or Travellerspoint's Terms & Conditions. If you feel something could be improved, feel free to edit.

Be brief

Contrary to what you may think, people are not good at retrieving information from lengthy pieces of written text. If you post a screen-filling story in which you document your travel plans, chances are that people are either unable or unwilling to identify the three or four questions that you have hidden inside. Better be brief, and relevant.

Be specific

  • About needed feedback: do you want to hear about other people's opinions, or is it factual information that you're looking for?
  • About times: a few days is not a good description of a time period. Use a specific number of days
  • About seasons: sometime next summer is bound to cause confusion. Would that be austral or boreal summer? Use specific months instead
  • About your own situation: when asking a visa question, include your nationality.
  • About everything else

Be structured

Like in any other forum, 5% of the contributors make 95% of the useful contributions. These people read a lot of posts, and are consequently most likely to answer first to those they understand at first glance. You can help by being structured:

  • Give your new thread a header that makes clear what it is about. Hence, A question would be a very poor header, while Question: hostel prices in Estonia would be an excellent header
  • Give some context to your questions. This increases the chance that the answers are what you're actually after
  • List questions separately, preferably in a bulleted list
  • Give the relevant information with the question it belongs to
  • Start a new thread if you have a new question

Do not be a leech

  • Certain questions take considerable time and effort to answer. Some thanks as well as feedback on the usefulness of the answer are therefore much appreciated
  • Use TP's search function to see whether your question has been addressed before in the recent past
  • Google is your friend. Show that you have made some effort to find the answer to your question by yourself, before turning to others. It also prevents that we give you the information you already found.
  • Do your own dirty work. For instance, when travelling to the Euro zone, convert all amounts that you mention to euros

Be comprehensible

The majority of TP users do not have English as their first language. Great if you do, but please refrain from using non-standard expressions, slang, phonetic writing, text-messaging shorthand and everything else that may lead to confusion. Also, better not be Shakespearian; simple sentences work best.

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