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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 27 Aug 2018, 22:15

I've been wandering through the Forums for a couple of months now and began to notice that one of the issues common for new members is that there is no single place to find all the Dos and Don'ts.

It seems that all the information needed is available, it's just spread around a bit throughout the Forums. At least, that's the way it seems to me, as a member who has only been around for a couple of months, as of this post. I'm still finding information that would have been helpful to know when I first started.

My suggestion: Add a link to the Navigation button that says "New Members Start Here". On the page that the link goes to: Place a summary of the New Member Guidelines with links to the different Forums that a new member should read, in the order they should read them.

I would have loved to have found such a button when I first got here. Does anyone have thoughts on my idea? To the long-time members: Would such a button have been a help when you were new? To the new members: Would you like to have a "New Members Start Here" button?

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Post by gali » 27 Aug 2018, 22:25

A good idea, but the following thread covers it: REVIEW TEAM AND REVIEW REQUEST ISSUES - Read this first.
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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 27 Aug 2018, 23:18

gali wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 22:25
A good idea, but the following thread covers it: REVIEW TEAM AND REVIEW REQUEST ISSUES - Read this first.
Thanks. I believe I've read it, but I'll check it out again anyway.

That's great that the thread exists, but that's part of the problem that brand new people are having. These threads are there, but when you're new it's hard to navigate to actually find them. The topic search, honestly, is not much help unless you know exactly how to word your request.

When I first got here, all I really wanted was to see the actual words "New Members", so that I could get my bearings. A list of the crucial forum threads after clicking on "New Members" would have made the first week so much easier.

That link you just gave didn't jump out at me when I first started, as I didn't consider myself a part of a team yet, and I didn't realize that I had an issue with anything. I was just new, and scratching my head trying to figure out where to go. Just like a freshman on their first day who can't even find their locker, let alone their first class...lol
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Post by eagertoread2018 » 07 Sep 2018, 14:48

I can't find the area to write a review

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Post by Gravy » 07 Sep 2018, 20:19

(Thank you, Tiny_Turtle, for a good suggestion ;) )


eagertoread2018 wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 14:48
I can't find the area to write a review
Please read this thread: Links and Info for New Members :tiphat:
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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 08 Sep 2018, 17:05

Gravy wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 20:19
(Thank you, Tiny_Turtle, for a good suggestion ;) )


eagertoread2018 wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 14:48
I can't find the area to write a review
Please read this thread: Links and Info for New Members :tiphat:
Thank You Gravy for creating the New Members thread. It will be such a help. I love it 💕

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Post by Gravy » 08 Sep 2018, 21:55

:tiphat:
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Post by FictionLover » 10 Sep 2018, 07:12

Tiny_Turtle wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 22:15
I've been wandering through the Forums for a couple of months now and began to notice that one of the issues common for new members is that there is no single place to find all the Dos and Don'ts.

It seems that all the information needed is available, it's just spread around a bit throughout the Forums. At least, that's the way it seems to me, as a member who has only been around for a couple of months, as of this post. I'm still finding information that would have been helpful to know when I first started.

My suggestion: Add a link to the Navigation button that says "New Members Start Here". On the page that the link goes to: Place a summary of the New Member Guidelines with links to the different Forums that a new member should read, in the order they should read them.

I would have loved to have found such a button when I first got here. Does anyone have thoughts on my idea? To the long-time members: Would such a button have been a help when you were new? To the new members: Would you like to have a "New Members Start Here" button?
I agree with the Tiny Turtle!! (What no turtle smilie? :animals-frog: Here's a frog.)

I've been around a few months, and I'm still finding things I didn't know.

A couple of days ago, I found out that the First Ten are published on the website. I thought that they were just for the author's eyes. Although that is not exactly what you are talking about, but it was something that I did not understand, or better said, had misunderstood based on the information on the First Ten page.

:tiphat:
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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 10 Sep 2018, 07:46

FictionLover wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 07:12
Tiny_Turtle wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 22:15
I've been wandering through the Forums for a couple of months now and began to notice that one of the issues common for new members is that there is no single place to find all the Dos and Don'ts.

It seems that all the information needed is available, it's just spread around a bit throughout the Forums. At least, that's the way it seems to me, as a member who has only been around for a couple of months, as of this post. I'm still finding information that would have been helpful to know when I first started.

My suggestion: Add a link to the Navigation button that says "New Members Start Here". On the page that the link goes to: Place a summary of the New Member Guidelines with links to the different Forums that a new member should read, in the order they should read them.

I would have loved to have found such a button when I first got here. Does anyone have thoughts on my idea? To the long-time members: Would such a button have been a help when you were new? To the new members: Would you like to have a "New Members Start Here" button?
I agree with the Tiny Turtle!! (What no turtle smilie? :animals-frog: Here's a frog.)

I've been around a few months, and I'm still finding things I didn't know.

A couple of days ago, I found out that the First Ten are published on the website. I thought that they were just for the author's eyes. Although that is not exactly what you are talking about, but it was something that I did not understand, or better said, had misunderstood based on the information on the First Ten page.

:tiphat:
I really should look for a turtle smiley. I haven't seen any yet. Thanks for the frog. He's cute.

I understand what you're saying about the instructions and information on the First 10 page. I remember reading a note from Scott somewhere on this website where he's asking for suggestions for improvements.

Once you completely understand how a process works, if you feel that the instructions were a little confusing, maybe you could help others by submitting a simplified version.

For instance:
If you could possibly reword and simplify what is written on the First 10 page and submit it to him, he might actually use your suggestion, or a version of it. You never know until you try.

A community always works better when we help make things easier for each other.

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Post by FictionLover » 10 Sep 2018, 08:47

Tiny_Turtle wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 07:46
FictionLover wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 07:12
Tiny_Turtle wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 22:15
I've been wandering through the Forums for a couple of months now and began to notice that one of the issues common for new members is that there is no single place to find all the Dos and Don'ts.

It seems that all the information needed is available, it's just spread around a bit throughout the Forums. At least, that's the way it seems to me, as a member who has only been around for a couple of months, as of this post. I'm still finding information that would have been helpful to know when I first started.

My suggestion: Add a link to the Navigation button that says "New Members Start Here". On the page that the link goes to: Place a summary of the New Member Guidelines with links to the different Forums that a new member should read, in the order they should read them.

I would have loved to have found such a button when I first got here. Does anyone have thoughts on my idea? To the long-time members: Would such a button have been a help when you were new? To the new members: Would you like to have a "New Members Start Here" button?
I agree with the Tiny Turtle!! (What no turtle smilie? :animals-frog: Here's a frog.)

I've been around a few months, and I'm still finding things I didn't know.

A couple of days ago, I found out that the First Ten are published on the website. I thought that they were just for the author's eyes. Although that is not exactly what you are talking about, but it was something that I did not understand, or better said, had misunderstood based on the information on the First Ten page.

:tiphat:
I really should look for a turtle smiley. I haven't seen any yet. Thanks for the frog. He's cute.

I understand what you're saying about the instructions and information on the First 10 page. I remember reading a note from Scott somewhere on this website where he's asking for suggestions for improvements.

Once you completely understand how a process works, if you feel that the instructions were a little confusing, maybe you could help others by submitting a simplified version.

For instance:
If you could possibly reword and simplify what is written on the First 10 page and submit it to him, he might actually use your suggestion, or a version of it. You never know until you try.

A community always works better when we help make things easier for each other.

:text-welcomeconfetti:

Well, since it really has nothing to do with the instructions for writing the review (which I think are very clear), I didn't even think about making a suggestion.

I'm not sure what I would suggest.

I have noticed that some people want the ability to edit them after they are submitted in order to fix errors. I think that makes sense, as twice, when I was aiming for the Preview button, the screen shifted and I hit Submit instead. I didn't even know there was a place to read the First Ten, so I'm not sure if those two First Ten had any typos or not. At least now I could find them, but still couldn't fix them.

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Post by HollandBlue » 10 Sep 2018, 09:25

All of the points made above are good suggestions. I'll check out First Ten, I hadn't heard of that section.
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