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.
Would it not be worthwhile putting it in the download area so people don't need to contact you they can just download it from a link in this post? If other members could point them in the direction to do so if they felt there was a need?
I can understand your suggestion, but we don't particularly want to offer a download. It would add yet another drain on our bandwidth, and site traffic is increasing - we need to keep the bandwidth for page serving.
There are other good reasons - but we'll leave it there for now.
by the number of requests I've received. There are far too many for me to be able to acknowledge individually, so I'm acknowledging none of them. The guides will go out (in Word doc format) as a mass email at some point over the next four days, so please don't worry - you'll get your copy soon.