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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by DKDREAM, Nov 29, 2012.


  1. DKDREAM

    DKDREAM PetForums VIP

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    Welcome to Pet forums!

    I hope you enjoy your time with this kind and caring community of animal lovers. Please don't be afraid to ask any questions about your lovely pets, even if they seem stupid, we are all here to learn and discuss about animals :) I hope like me you will eventually make some valued friends along the way. This forum has some very understanding and kind members.
     
  2. TheMouse

    TheMouse Banned

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    Cool, thank you, appreciated! :)
     
  3. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    And a few nutters ;) :D :D

    Most of them are harmless too :D
     
  4. DKDREAM

    DKDREAM PetForums VIP

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    hehe yeah I forgot about them. :devil:
     
  5. Goblin

    Goblin PetForums VIP

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    Then you have people like ME :D

    Agree, lots of people who know their stuff but will say people aren't afraid to speak their mind. The internet and forums are a medium where things can be taken the wrong way, especially if people are better at face to face communication than writing.

    As with most forums you can actually help when writing posts:

    • There is a search link on the between New Posts and Quick Links. If wanting to ask a question you may want to quickly look to see if the topic has been answered before. The advanced search may be used if you want to restrict your search to a specific section, such as only dogs or only cats. It can be disheartening to have to answer the same question again and again although people still do it which shows what a nice bunch we are.

    • The forum is divided into sections. Although it may seem confusing at first starting a new thread in the relevant section will mean it will be seen by those people interested in the topic more easily.

    • Some useful posts are at the top of each section called stickies. I would recommend people look at what exists when looking at a new section which should give a better understanding of the purpose of it.

    • Meaningful titles will mean people who know the answer are more likely to read the thread and answer. "Help !!!" is not a meaningful title and and many people will not read it who could have the answer you are looking for.

    • When responding to a thread try to keep the discussion relevant to the the topic originally being discussed although we all fail at that at times. :eek:

    • Try to make your posts grammatically correct but at the same time be considerate that we all have different levels of writing experience and some may have English as a second language. If writing a lot of information use paragraphs to break it up. A wall of text is not easily read.

    • You may well see abbreviations used which you do not know. OH for example often means Other Half, for dogs DA may mean Dog Aggressive. If you do not know ask. May seem stupid and embarrassing but if you don't know it's likely someone else doesn't either. When using an abbreviation for the first time in the thread it can be useful to type it out in full with the abbreviation in brackets beside it. Example "My Other Half (OH) is brilliant" although this is rarely done. I feel it's more important when using technical or medical terms: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) for example.

    • Don't be afraid, if trying to be humorous, to use the smilies on the side. People can't see your face and they can indicate the intention. :p :D ;) are probably my most used.

    • Read through your post before you submit it. You can sometimes catch some very obvious mistakes.


    Enjoy your time on these forums.
     
    #5 Goblin, Nov 29, 2012
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  6. Lavenderb

    Lavenderb PetForums VIP

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    If you see a member called 'Beyond Reach' patrolling the forum, please adjust your 'profanity filter' to the maximum level :thumbsup:
     
  7. DT

    DT Banned

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    now you are beginning to scare me!:eek:
     
  8. SidneyFrankie

    SidneyFrankie PetForums Member

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    Deffently agree with you OP.

    I was reccomended this forum by someone at work, and I've found it the most accepting, friendly forum I've come across. :D
     
  9. poohdog

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    Beware of weirdos...

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  10. myshkin

    myshkin PetForums VIP

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    Oi, Rona!

    I'm not harmless!

    Oh no, hang on, I'm a weirdo, not a nutter :confused:

    :laugh:

     
  11. buttonmac

    buttonmac PetForums Newbie

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    I joined the forum in May and have used past threads as to gain information on many topics . I have not posted much, hence still having a newbie prof,and sometimes the threads can be a bit intimidating (so a bit nervous of responding). But as in day to day life you cannot always bounce into people's life without first gaining a rapport?
    Thanks
    Buttonmac
     
  12. DKDREAM

    DKDREAM PetForums VIP

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    Try not to be nervous, your opinion is as good as anyone else's :)
     
  13. Muze

    Muze PetForums VIP

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    I've always found this forum to be exceptionally understanding, compared to some other dog related forums anyway!
     
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