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Topic Creation Guidelines

(Formerly the "Support, Feedback and Forum Announcements" forum.)
Please help us make Online Book Club even better! Please post suggestions, feedback and ideas for new features. Wild brainstorming and potentially 'crazy ideas' are super-strongly encouraged! :)

For new members (or old members who run into an issue), please make a post in this forum asking any questions you have about using the site and how it works that are not answered in the FAQ. Not only are we happy help you, but also we can use your feedback to make the site better for tomorrow's new member! A lot of the instructions throughout the site and answers in the FAQ are there because someone else pointed out that it wasn't clear before.

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To ensure the above procedures are used, posts by new members in the Suggestion Box will be held for moderation.

There are over 240,000 members at OnlineBookClub.org. Following the proper procedures to get help or make suggestions actually helps us help you much faster.

Topic Creation Guidelines

Post Number:#1 by Scott
» 12 Jan 2015, 04:02

Our awesome moderator team has come up with the following guidelines to help members understand the moderation policy.

Guidelines

• Before setting up a new topic always use the Search function first to check if the topic, or a very similar topic, already exists.

• If you want to submit a review of a book you have read, first check if another member has already set up a topic for that particular book and if there already is a topic open then post your review as a new post on that topic. Do not create a new topic as duplication makes it impossible for interested members who are following a particular book discussion & will mitigate against a lively discussion developing.

• If you are setting up a new topic for a particular book, having checked that one does not already exist, please keep in mind that one sentence does not constitute a review. A review must be your opinion of the book, what you liked or did not like, what you feel worked or failed to work and/or your opinion of character, plot, style etc.

• As the Home Page says this site is a “Book and Reading Discussion Forums for Readers” and while the site has a Community & Off Topic section nonetheless topics should have some relevance, however tangential, to the sites stated intention. So please do not set up topics that have absolutely nothing whatever to do with books or reading and that clearly should be posted on a totally different website or blog.


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Re: Topic Creation Guidelines

Post Number:#2 by ALynnPowers
» 12 Jan 2015, 04:42

Thanks for the guidelines! They should be helpful for newer members especially, but also good as a reminder to the rest of us as well!
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Post Number:#3 by arlina
» 17 Jan 2015, 20:27

Very nice guidelines. As a new member there are of great use :)
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Post Number:#4 by salome steven
» 25 Feb 2015, 05:11

Nice guidlines
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Post Number:#5 by CataclysmicKnight
» 25 Feb 2015, 08:26

Yep, I'm still new enough that I didn't know these either, thanks :)
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Post Number:#6 by aimel369
» 12 Apr 2015, 14:41

thank you for the help. As a new member it was very difficult for me to know what to do. can you also tell us how to navigate this website I don't seem to understand it would be really helpful
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Post Number:#7 by maedae123
» 30 Apr 2015, 11:42

This helps a lot thank you!
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Post Number:#8 by missdi24
» 10 Jun 2015, 01:07

Thanks! This helps a lot. I am a new member and was so confused about what to post. Thank you so much!
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Post Number:#9 by DennisK
» 12 Jun 2015, 20:18

I am band-new here, and a bit puzzled: Why are some topics locked?
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Post Number:#10 by gali
» 12 Jun 2015, 23:38

DennisK wrote:I am band-new here, and a bit puzzled: Why are some topics locked?


They are locked since they are duplicated topics.
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Re: Topic Creation Guidelines

Post Number:#11 by norina
» 20 Jul 2015, 11:03

gali wrote:
DennisK wrote:I am band-new here, and a bit puzzled: Why are some topics locked?


They are locked since they are duplicated topics.


-- 20 Jul 2015, 11:10 --

Hi. I am also brand new, don't know what to post either, and am kind of confused as to how to post, etc. However, I will try to figure it out. The topic creating guidelines have helped a bit. I've tried to create a "profile" but was unsuccessful, as I kept getting messages of too many characters entered in any of submissions, i.e., occupation, location, etc., but I couldn't see what I was doing wrong. Now I think I have made my way to posting!
Eventually, I would like to review books. I've read hundreds of books, and I am still in the process of entering books on my shelf. I hope that my reviews will be helpful in guiding others to some good reads in the future.
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Post Number:#12 by bamboo-73
» 25 Jul 2015, 20:38

As a new member, I will keep referring to these guidelines until I am quite confident how everything works. Thanks for this assistance and to the other members, too. Their comments and questions echo my own so I get to learn from them.
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Post Number:#13 by LatebloomerEM
» 11 Aug 2015, 10:06

I am a new member having registered today. I did not skip to number seven, but read the entire set of guidelines. Having done so I am in awe of how vicious honest mistakes are dealt with. To be blacklisted here, and on other websites, for such unintended infractions seems very heartless to me. Why the mark of Cain will follow one as far as is explained, is hard for me to understand. I will have to visit the forum to see what is being talked about before, I feel comfortable enough to comment about other things. Thanks for letting me know, before hand, what I can look forward to should I ever, innocently. buck the system set up here. :(
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Re: Topic Creation Guidelines

Post Number:#14 by BookNerd1177
» 16 Aug 2015, 22:01

I am new and am still frustrated over navigating my way through the site. I was flagged as duplicating a topic, but was not allowed to respond or ask why. I also have had trouble finding those original threads through the "search" buttons. The one on the home page brings up a ton of Google ads, followed (if i'm lucky) by anything that has the same words I searched for. Without searching each and every theme, how am I to know if there's a thread already? I also saw "official review" posts and wasn't sure if that was the standard. I tried reading through the guidelines, but I still find it wordy and round about. I thought I was a reviewer, but I guess I'm not. Am trying to work my way up to that, but if i'm going to be blocked for every little oopsie, then I might have to find another site.
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Post Number:#15 by gali
» 16 Aug 2015, 23:08

BookNerd1177 wrote:I am new and am still frustrated over navigating my way through the site. I was flagged as duplicating a topic, but was not allowed to respond or ask why. I also have had trouble finding those original threads through the "search" buttons. The one on the home page brings up a ton of Google ads, followed (if i'm lucky) by anything that has the same words I searched for. Without searching each and every theme, how am I to know if there's a thread already? I also saw "official review" posts and wasn't sure if that was the standard. I tried reading through the guidelines, but I still find it wordy and round about. I thought I was a reviewer, but I guess I'm not. Am trying to work my way up to that, but if i'm going to be blocked for every little oopsie, then I might have to find another site.


Welcome!

I am sorry you find it unclear. You should either use the general search option (the button at the top of the Home Page) or the specific topic search option on the forums to find those threads. You shouldn't start a new topic about a book if there is a topic already made on it. You can post your reviews under that topic though. "Official reviews" are reviews on books one got from this site to review. Good luck!
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