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09-27-2013 08:50 AM
Nancy
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpikeMoose View Post
I know this is a sticky, so most people would come across this... but I just wanted to pull this back up to remind everyone on the forum how we can all help each other and our hedgies best!
I have noticed a lot of vague titles lately, seeing "HELP" five times is not only mildly irritating, but it makes it hard to take any seriously. Titles with descriptive wording make it easier for people with answers to come forward, make people take notice, and are easier for people looking for things to search.
I hope it's alright to bring up an old thread, since that can be annoying... but I feel like this is a wonderful reminder for all of us!
I knew there was something else I wanted to add to yesterdays Reminder thread but I couldn't think of what it was. This was it. Thank you for posting.

I rarely bother to open threads with dramatic vague titles.
09-27-2013 12:13 AM
SpikeMoose I know this is a sticky, so most people would come across this... but I just wanted to pull this back up to remind everyone on the forum how we can all help each other and our hedgies best!
I have noticed a lot of vague titles lately, seeing "HELP" five times is not only mildly irritating, but it makes it hard to take any seriously. Titles with descriptive wording make it easier for people with answers to come forward, make people take notice, and are easier for people looking for things to search.
I hope it's alright to bring up an old thread, since that can be annoying... but I feel like this is a wonderful reminder for all of us!
02-26-2012 10:54 AM
shetland
Re: Forum Etiquette

This is not really necessary as a remark, but I am writing it anyway. Thank you Christemo. Most people on here are so passionate about the welfare and health of hedgies that I believe they feel it is their responsibility (which it is) to point out potentially harmful or unhealthy situations or care when necessary. It is not meant to be hurtful to the person, but yo prevent hurt to the hedgie.
02-25-2012 11:37 PM
vasogoma
Re: Forum Etiquette

I wouldn't do that, I would actually be eternally thankful to you for correcting me, it is the only way to get better at something
02-25-2012 09:53 PM
Christemo
Re: Forum Etiquette

If we help you, or find something that isn't fully correct, please do not yell at us members saying we're terrible and judging you.
02-25-2012 04:24 PM
vasogoma
Re: Forum Etiquette

Thanks a lot for this post, I totally agree with everything say. I am guilty of sometimes using netspeak such as OMG and BTW, but I promise I will avoid them as much as possible. Also, it would be nice from me to point out that if someone doesn't understand what I tried to say it is okay for them to ask me to rephrase that, and I think it goes both ways. English is not my first language and sometimes I might find it difficult to explain myself or to understand what others are saying.
06-02-2010 08:52 AM
Nancy
Re: Forum Etiquette

I'd like to bring this thread to everyone's attention as a reminder of how we should and should not post and behave on forums. Following a few basic language rules would help immensely for those of us trying to read posts.

1. Proper punctuation. We learn in grade 2 that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with either a period or question mark. Run on sentences are not only difficult to read, but annoying and often people do not bother even to read.

2. Paragraphs. We learn about paragraphs in grade 3. A paragraph is a group of sentences about one subject. When we switch to a different subject, we make a new paragraph with a blank line between.

3. Subject line. A subject line that gives an idea of what the post is about will give quicker responses. For instance. "OMG I need help" not only tells the person reading it nothing about what is wrong but the use of net speak gives the impression of drama. A better subject line would be "Help, cold hedgie". This tells the reader what the post is about.

Many people, myself included, come on here multiple times per day but only for a few minutes at a time. When looking at the new posts, I am going to read and reply to "Help, cold hedgie" immediately and may not even have time to get to "OMG I need help".

4. Capitals. Capitalizing all letters is not only annoying, difficult to read but is considered yelling.

Capitalizing the first letter of each word is also annoying and difficult to read and goes back to following the simple punctuation rules we learned in grade 2. Capitals belong at the beginning of a sentence and for proper names.

Capitalizing random words helps highlight the importance and is fine to do in some circumstances.

5. Spelling. Not everyone can spell well. For some, English is not their first language. We Canadians spell certain words different than those in the US and spell checkers give US spelling of words. Random spelling mistakes are fine, nobody is perfect but at least give it a good try.

Except for a few words, netspeak is not only annoying to read but generally the post is not taken as seriously as one that is written in normal words. LOL and IMO are generally considered okay to use.


You are judged by how you present yourself. We don't expect perfection but unless you are 7 years old, you have learned basic punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure. Please use it. Netspeak is fine to use when you are chatting with a friend but otherwise is annoying to the reader and puts forth an immature impression of you.
06-27-2009 11:49 PM
Mallasfamily
Re: Forum Etiquette

Thank you for a wonderful topic. Everyone should read this. As for the currant controversy I can see both sides. Sometimes some people can be pretty belligerent on topics that don't call for it. I have been offended by posts that were not mine and I agreed with the thought behind it! They need to remember that they are talking to actual people. If you wouldn't say it to someones face (especially when you don't really know them) then it shouldn't be said. And some people are just too sensitive. Remember that this is a forum of people that want the very best for every single Hedgehog out there and are very passionate. Even if someone or something is not exactly to your liking don't just leave. As magenh said there is a LOT of good, helpful information on this site. Would you refuse to eat a piece of meat (real or tofu for those vegetarians out there) that maybe had a small part that was burnt? Would you throw out a whole steak because there was some fat on the edge? Don't leave the forum because of some problems. Work around it and ignore the bad parts!

Mallasfamily
06-27-2009 11:27 PM
magenh
Re: Forum Etiquette

Quote:
Originally Posted by HedgeMom
And that's what leads to the problems. New posters come here, post claiming to want advice and then get their panties in a bunch when the advice disagrees with what they believe and what they want to do. In reality, they just want to be absolved of guilt from making mistakes and they don't take it well when that doesn't happen.
I can see the other side of this. Yes, some people get huffy and defensive and don't take criticism and advice well. (I'll be the first to admit I don't always take criticism well, especially if I feel that it is given in a less than polite or tactful manner.) That is exactly the problem that many posters have with others on the forums. While people seeking advice need to be willing to accept the criticisms or advice that are offered, those responding to questions and situations need to be careful in how they come across. Sometimes we get carried away in our desire to do what we feel is in the best interest of the hedgie and fail to acknowledge that someone has other opinions, or is not seeking advice in their post. It's fine to give advice in a polite, appropriate way, but when another poster indicates that they appreciate the advice but do not wish to continue the conversation, then those who responded to the post need to respect that.

I'm not saying that some issues don't deserve prompt and straight forward opinions. Anytime that the health and wellness of a hedgie is in jeopardy, we need to help the owner of the hedgie correct the situation. I think that everyone needs to consider how their posts will be taken. Written words lack the tone and unseen cues of spoken words. Sometimes something that is said without the intention of being rude or pushy can come across as such to others who read the words.

I've been on the receiving end of post such as the ones Yer_Daddy is referring too. I was at the point of leaving the forums. Fortunately many people backed me in what I said and how I tried to resolve the issue. Without that, one person would have turned me away from these forums. That would have been such a shame. I gain new and helpful information everyday on here, but I admit I have to overlook the way some people react to each other at times.
06-27-2009 09:43 PM
HedgeMom
Re: Forum Etiquette

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yer_Daddy
Yes! Everyone needs to read this!

I have only been on this forum for a short while and have witnessed, and been the victim of, malicious, unhelpful posters.

Everyone here needs to chill and realize that we should be helping each other.

Please, please! Everyone take a look at your posts and ask yourself if you are really being helpful in what you say and post.

I thought this was a great place for Hedgie lovers but my opinion is quickly changing... can you restore my faith in this site?
You know, I went back through all 30 of your posts and all your threads and there was ONE disagreement with you re using newspaper. You were given good advice and decided to argue about it, take offense and get all huffy because someone told you you were wrong.

I wish there was a warning sign when someone really wanted advice and another one when all they want is to be stroked and told they are the perfect hedgehog caretaker.

And that's what leads to the problems. New posters come here, post claiming to want advice and then get their panties in a bunch when the advice disagrees with what they believe and what they want to do. In reality, they just want to be absolved of guilt from making mistakes and they don't take it well when that doesn't happen.

Some people love hedgehogs more than others. To those who truly love hedgehogs, thank you for putting them first.
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