We have SO MANY new faces! EEEEEE! Okay, now that I've settled down, I figured I would just run down some basic forum etiquette practices, so EVERYONE can feel comfy posting!
The internet is one of those things that is so different in terms of social interaction from our face to face interaction, sometimes we just need a little hep with "what is okay". If you've ever wondered (like I have!) what is a YAY and what is a NAY, read on!
1. Keep your tone in mind! The biggest issue with posting online is the anonymity. We don't know your tone, that voice in your head, as you type. We can't use body and vocal cues in here, so always think about what your posting, and how it would "come off" if you were reading this, not typing it.
2. Interaction is GREAT, when it is with other people. Sometimes, bumping a post multiple times on your own, or replying to yourself excessively- because, well, it's excessive. lol!
3. PLEASE DON'T USE ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) We LOVE that you are excited, and some all cap/all the time posts for those incredible moments in our lives is warranted... but if you're telling us about your lovely romantic evening with your SO, we don't need to "hear" about it in movie theater surround sound. :D
4. Proofread, at least a little. Do you have to be a spelling champ, or know your entire middle school grammar book? Nope! But if you are a quick typer and know you miss a few keystrokes at time, read over your post before you hit the button. Did you know that posts with punctuation, and an attempt at spelling will get more responses? It does! When people feel comfortable reading, they are more likely to respond!
5. Speaking of comfort, this goes back to tone, a little. Make your posts approachable, and even make sure there is something to respond to if you want to have a successful post. We want to make sure that we are not coming across as condescending by ensuring we use conversational indicators. The REASON chatspeak like lol, jk, ttfn... haha, omg!, smh, :) :( <3 etc. is so popular is that it adds emotional input we can't convey easily in text. Another way of ensuring a conversational indicator is we preface things as an opinion, rather than a directive.
6. We all have opinions, and need to respect one another. The ladies of PW are GREAT about this, but it is worth posting again, because we all slip sometimes!
7. HAVE FUN! If you are excited about something, tell someone! Even if other people have said it, your input is wonderful. show your personality in your posts, and it will be great!
It can be scary to interact with people, especially in a new setting, which is why these are so helpful for some of us.
Now, go out there and post with confidence! :D