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Re: Topic Creation Guidelines

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I am a new member and its hard finding my way around. I guess I just need to be a bit more patient. I appreciate the guidelines. Thank you.

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Post by Zaheersaira »

thank you i'm new and very thankful for the guideline section it helped me a lot.

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Thanks for the guidelines! I was a lil lost there for a min

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I want to post a published review of a book I read and reviewed. How do I go about it?

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Post by gali »

Chiagbanwe wrote:
20 Jul 2020, 04:22
I want to post a published review of a book I read and reviewed. How do I go about it?
An OBC review? If it was published in the Volunteer Reviews Forum, you can't re-post it here.
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Post by Anngladys »

These guidelines are very helpful! They are even more helpful if used during each review just to be sure, because they keep changing albeit slightly.

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Post by Autumnsbreeze »

Just a quick hello. I do admit that reading others comments makes me wonder if I am computer savvy enough.
I am old fashioned and prefer paper over tech. any day. Looking forward to something that really makes me question something I have always been sure of, or maybe a thriller that really throws me for a loop. Well, hopefully I am in the right place.

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The guidelines are easy and relatable. Thank you.

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Post by MomiRobins »

Aloha and Thank you for this site. I'm sure I'll be on this "beginners" site a lot. :-) I understand this is an online forum for discussion. Thanks for making that clear.

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Hello. I got this: 'The reported message does not fit into any other category, please use the further information field. Duplicate topic and can be covered on "rate the book" thread.' as a reason for my topic on a book of the month being rejected. Could someone please tells me what this means. I'm just a bit confused because it says 'does not fit into any other category' but also 'can be covered on "rate the book". I couldn't see a topic which covered what I was saying specifically so I'm a bit lost.

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Post by gali »

Ashliicat wrote:
01 Oct 2020, 15:29
Hello. I got this: 'The reported message does not fit into any other category, please use the further information field. Duplicate topic and can be covered on "rate the book" thread.' as a reason for my topic on a book of the month being rejected. Could someone please tells me what this means. I'm just a bit confused because it says 'does not fit into any other category' but also 'can be covered on "rate the book". I couldn't see a topic which covered what I was saying specifically so I'm a bit lost.
It means that there is already a similar topic, so you should not open another one and post in the existing thread.
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Post by Ashliicat »

gali wrote:
01 Oct 2020, 23:36
It means that there is already a similar topic, so you should not open another one and post in the existing thread.
I guess I was just confused because nearly any topic could come under 'rate the book' and I thought mine was specific enough to one aspect of it that it could be its own topic. I was basically asking how people felt about the worldbuilding and if people connected to it. There are separate topics for characters and POV. How would I do it so it wouldn't come under the 'rate the book' topic?

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Post by gali »

Ashliicat wrote:
03 Oct 2020, 12:13
gali wrote:
01 Oct 2020, 23:36
It means that there is already a similar topic, so you should not open another one and post in the existing thread.
I guess I was just confused because nearly any topic could come under 'rate the book' and I thought mine was specific enough to one aspect of it that it could be its own topic. I was basically asking how people felt about the worldbuilding and if people connected to it. There are separate topics for characters and POV. How would I do it so it wouldn't come under the 'rate the book' topic?
Make it less generic, by adding your own view on it + examples.
Personal pronouns: She/Her

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

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Post by Ashliicat »

Thanks. I'll give that a go.

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