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Mike_Admin 10-08-2010 10:42 PM

Were you confused when you first joined?
 
Hi guys,

I receive a "how do I post a question?" email from time to time. I was wondering just how often members begin participating here without prior experience using forums and are confused. If it's often, I think it may be worthwhile to write up a guide about how to use the Horse Forum for complete beginners.

Please take a moment to answer the poll. If you think a "Getting Started" guide would be useful, please let me know what you had the most difficult with when you first started and think we should include.

Thanks,
Mike :-)

Solon 10-08-2010 10:50 PM

The things I had difficulty with were figuring out how to post pictures and how to use the multi-quote function. Also the editing feature - I was always curious why there is a time limit on editing.

There were always lots of other forumers willing to help out with stuff so that made it easier.

AmberPick 10-09-2010 01:39 AM

I just discovered the User CP... It tells me when people reply without clogging my email! Knowing that would have saved me some time trying to track down all my posts...

TaMMa89 10-09-2010 01:23 PM

I found it pretty intuitive but on the other hand I was familiar with other forums before this one.

I think a kind of user guide would be good since I'm sure we've also members who aren't familiar with the forum platform.

smrobs 10-09-2010 03:53 PM

I thought it was pretty easy to figure out. I tend to play with stuff and click buttons just to find out what they do though LOL.

dedebird 10-09-2010 04:56 PM

hmm i didn't find it too hard but i own my own forum also so mabye thats why xD

TheRoughrider21 10-09-2010 07:52 PM

I thought it was pretty simple to figure out. But, I'm one who will click buttons just to see what they do. =)

Spyder 10-09-2010 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Administrator (Post 775793)
Hi guys,

I receive a "how do I post a question?" email from time to time. I was wondering just how often members begin participating here without prior experience using forums and are confused. If it's often, I think it may be worthwhile to write up a guide about how to use the Horse Forum for complete beginners.

Please take a moment to answer the poll. If you think a "Getting Started" guide would be useful, please let me know what you had the most difficult with when you first started and think we should include.

Thanks,
Mike :-)

Most reasonable people will read ANY forum to get a bit of a handle on at least where to start.

The biggest fault I find with people in general is they don't listen or read.

Part of what I do in my work life is to talk to people on the phone. I don't know how many times I will say something then ask a question only to get a "duh". I find this carries over to their reading skills or lack thereof.

I see here where a question asking about their horses health or training problem is put in the Using Horse Forum section..ummmmm maybe if you actually read the section title you might understand that using the forum has NOTHING to do with your horse's health or training problem?

I personally believe that all this can be traced to people just not taking the time to actually listen or read what is in front of them and seems to be a problem that is world wide and unrelated to any specific age group ( some of the worst are not youngsters).

So my point is that a guide is probably a nice idea but if they can't or won't take to time to read it, how much good would it do?

Solon 10-09-2010 08:45 PM

It will do good for the ones that choose to use it.

Jillyann 10-09-2010 09:52 PM

Ive been on here for over a year, and the only thing I dont understand really is the multi-quote function. But I dont quote people much any ways, so its okay. Other then that, I figured everything out pretty fast!


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