Discussion Forum Posting Tips

When posting to the Discussion Forum, open up your word processor (Notepad, Microsoft Word, Write/Wordpad, etc.) and compose your comments. If the word processor has a spelling checker, use it. Edit your copy to make sure it's exactly what you want to say. Then go to the Discussion Forum entry page and copy and paste (Control-A to select everything, Control-C to copy, Control-V to paste, these are all basic commands you should know) what you have just typed into the large message entry box. Don't forget to save your message periodically on your hard drive if it is a long one and save it when you are finished in case something goes wrong with the posting procedure. Warning: If you attempt to leave a message while you have a previous message waiting, still unapproved, and you hit the Submit button, you will LOSE all of your copy -- unless you follow the above procedure.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT: If you post URLs (web site addresses) beginning with "http://" or which end with ".com", ".net" or ".org" (among others) in your posting, or e-mail addresses, you may be banned from the forum. If you notice there are some URLs like this in the forum already, this is because I have manually edited the posting(s) to include them. If you get banned because you didn't bother to read this message before, contact me by clicking here and I will fix the problem, though this can take time because it involves manually editing a file in the Forum directory. If you post URLs abbreviated through the http://bit.ly site (click on the link above to go there) which do not start with "http://", these are OK ... so far (for example, "bit.ly/7J9Kd0").You can also be banned from the forum if you use certain words like "drugs" and "pharmacy" in your posting. This is why it is very important to keep a copy of your posting (see first paragraph above) so you can send it to me and I can figure out what might be wrong.

If you post an e-mail address and it gets through, you will probably be deluged with spam as a result.

Do not make postings ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS. As per standards of Internet etiquette (known as "netiquette"), this is called SHOUTING. It also makes you look dumb. If your posting is particularly inflammatory, think about it for a while first before posting.

If you are not putting any of the smiley characters in your message, it's a good idea to click the "Disable smileys" box. If you don't do this, sometimes certain combinations of punctuation can cause these smileys to appear where you don't want them.

It is not necessary to hit the Enter or Return key at the end of each line that you type on screen, like a typewriter. The editor in the Discussion Forum will format your comments into paragraphs. Also, typing HTML into the message does not work, so if you put <B> and </B> around your comments, for example, they will not be in bold. The HTML characters will show up in the message exactly as you typed them, and people will laugh at you.

All postings are subject to editing or deletion. IP addresses are also logged whenever you make a posting. (What's an IP Address?)

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