Not sure how to use the forum?

  Forum Editor 23:40 21 Dec 2003
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I'm seeing a considerable increase in the number of emails from new forum users who aren't too sure about how it all works - how to post threads, what's acceptable forum etiquette, etc.

Quite naturally, many people are a little reticent about asking such questions in public, so they email me. I like to respond to every request, but sometimes it takes a while - my inbox overflows every day - so.......... I've written a beginner's guide to using the forum, including hints and tips on posting, and how to get the best out of it all. Over Christmas I'll be happy to email a copy to anyone who wants one - all you have to do is click on the little envelope next to my name in this thread, or use the 'Contact the Forum Editor' link in the blue panel at the top left-hand corner of the forum pages.

You don't need to send me a long message - just say "send forum guide", and one will be with you within a day or so. I'll use the email address that you send from unless you specify a different one in your request.

That's it - Please don't use this thread to make requests, or for any other purpose other than to refresh it to keep it near the top of the page for a few days.

  Forum Editor 23:54 21 Dec 2003

in under twenty minutes. Your guides will be with you soon.

  hugh-265156 23:57 21 Dec 2003

why can it not be put at the top of the first page permanently(sticky) so when users log in the see it.

has been asked before i know.

  VoG II 00:00 22 Dec 2003

I do hope that it contains clear guidance on using the yellow envelope to e-mail people. I.e dont!

  ©®@$? 00:00 22 Dec 2003

i like that idea

maybe have it show up as an option when the user logs in, like the my postings is

  ©®@$? 00:02 22 Dec 2003

yeah agreed!

reply to the thread and not to the users e-mail address

had that happen allot

  Forum Editor 00:08 22 Dec 2003

32 requests. The guide will go out in one or more big mailings, so nothing will happen for a day or so.

The guide contains plenty of information about what to do and what not to do - and it's already written. We're deliberately not putting it on top of any pages - it's available on request as I said.

  hugh-265156 00:10 22 Dec 2003

what if they dont know how to ask for it?

  VoG II 00:11 22 Dec 2003

33+ now!

  powerless 00:12 22 Dec 2003

Automatically sent within the email or as an attachment when they register.

  TheTerminator 00:14 22 Dec 2003

put it up as a weblink where we can click and download it as well as getting it emailed?

33 people requesting in an hour or so? What a popular forum this is.

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