Cubit MEMBER issues forum: using a website

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Jun 1, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
This question was sent to my cmail. I thought a group reply would be fun for future people as well:

Quoting: I'm sending this Cmail because I'm embarassed to post the question publicly. I would like to know if there is a place on this site , or on the internet, with courtesy rules for people who post on places like this or on DG. I don't post often, but I thought I was posting on a thread here and found out that I had started a new thread. I read and enjoy keeping up with everyone here. I don't know if I'm supposed to respond to each person who posts on the thread I started or not. I don't want to seem like I'm ignoring anyone who is interested enough to post a reply.

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Jun 1, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Name: JT Sessions
most posters don't expect a reply unless they ask a question.
Jun 1, 2010 8:15 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Thanks, JT!

Anyone else have some "newbie tips?"
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Jun 1, 2010 8:20 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
People do like to be acknowledged but it can be next to impossible to respond to each and every post. If there are numerous posts from different people you can get by with a "Thanks everyone" type of response every so often. You can also respond in a list style,
ABC, the answer is
BCD, I agree
CDE, I don't understand the question
DEF, Rolling on the floor laughing

and so on.

It is also good if you recognize newcomers and acknowledge them so they feel welcome and free to participate. The newer the person is the more sensitive they may be to feeling ignored or like an outsider entering a clique. We don't mean to make them feel like that but as newbies they are going to feel the lack of response more than someone who has been with a group longer and is comfortable.

But don't fall into the trap of having to have the last word...
Your welcome
You are so sweet
Your welcome
Your amazing

Group hug

back at ya Lovey dubby


your welcome

.... sometimes you just have to stop and let them have the last word Big Grin
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Jun 1, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Just jump in and have fun! It gets easier as you get to know people and responding to those who post on your thread is one way to get to know more of us. Welcome!
Jun 1, 2010 8:39 PM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
I used to get a sheet of paper and take notes on little things I wanted to say to each person. Lately,my brain is fried from the heat so I just blab stuff and hope people know I love everybody!

Jun 1, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Good points, all. I would add to treat people online as you would treat them in public, because it is public. The golden rule applies: follow it and you will do fine. I think the reason Trish and Dave garner such a following is that they have very decent values that draw and keep like people together, and they enforce them without being overbearing. That's what I feel anyway and that decency is the main attraction.

Ask questions- just as you have already. You're off to a good start! There is no such thing as a dumb question. EVER. I've called neurosurgeons who crack skulls, drills holes and make miniscule robotic cuts to work miracles inside those skulls tell me "I don't know how to use the fax machine." It's all relative. I have yet to meet someone who knows it all, and those that think they do, don't. I, can't find my own database with both hands! But I will before the week is out. Big Grin

As for starting a new thread thinking you were replying to a thread, well, welcome to the world of minor blunders. There are many times we all get caught up in the chatter and reply to a wrong thread, or react to something read long ago and far away! I do, anyway. The globe is still spinning, we're all still happy, life goes on, and we all get the gift of learning along the way.

I would echo Patrob and say just jump in, have fun, and don't be shy about asking anything, anytime. People are really super helpful here. It will take some time to stumble around and learn your way, but you will learn, feel more comfy, and find many things of interest along the way. Just don't be too shy to ask.
Jun 1, 2010 11:28 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Over 'there' when a name new to me popped up, I'd check to see how long they'd been a member. If they were new, I'd post a welcome message and then ask them to tell us about their garden. Or favorite plants. Or just about anything to encourage them to start talking to the group. Sometimes people are just shy. Others see that a faithful few are doing most of the posting and conclude there's a clique. It helps to remind them that each of us was once the 'newbie'.
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Jun 2, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
I agree with all that has been said, I would add for myself I find that a person feels good to see an answer with their name, it makes you feel that you were noticed, and you are more inclined to talk on that thread more often, that is how friendships are made.:biggrin:

Jun 2, 2010 8:29 AM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
Doris, I agree taking time to notice someone and mention you liked what they said can really make their day. Smiling
Jun 2, 2010 3:43 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
If yo do make a mistake ,don't worry abotu it. If it a big one, the cubit owner will correct it. We all make mistakes. I have been reading posts and wanted to reply in a cubit, then got busy looking at something else in their cubit and forgot what I was doing and where I was and started a new thread. Cubit owners are very friendly folks and they will help you all they can. They want you to have a good time and enjoy yourself.

Agree. after you get a few posts under your belt, it gets easier and easier, and soon, you can be like me, somebody who never shuts up. Rolling on the floor laughing
Jun 4, 2010 6:27 AM CST
Name: chris Zone 8a
Peachtree City, GA
Or you could be like me...the one who tells star that she talks too much! Sticking tongue out Rolling on the floor laughing

If your reading this thread yet...whoever you are...welcome to Cubits..."the place to be you".
Jun 4, 2010 6:39 AM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
I agree

I don't post a lot, but, yeah, what they said....
Jun 4, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Rolling on the floor laughing Chris.... That a so true saying. Big Grin
Jun 5, 2010 4:53 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
Posting etiquette:

-- Spelling in all capital letters is the equivalent of yelling. If you really feel that way, please stop, take a deep breath, get a snack (or whatever) before you post. No one thinks clearly when they are mad. Yelling begets more anger, hurt feelings or pity (for the person who yelled).

-- There are a few people on forums (not cubits) whose posts I skip over because they don't post with courtesy. Trying to read them makes me frustrated at their ignorance. My point here is don't expect respect if you don't give it.

-- Likewise, the abbreviated texting language has its place, but not on most forums. Using it connotes that you have no time to participate at a meaningful level. Don't expect meaningful replies.
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