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    Posting Guidelines

    This discussion forum is designed so that learners can ask questions to teachers about the English language. You can help keep it organised by sticking to a few simple rules when you post. In doing this you might well find that more people reply to your posts too!

    Choose the right section for your thread
    The forum is divided into sections; if there is one related to your thread, then please put the thread there. If you have a question about idioms, then use the idioms area. People interested in idioms will spend time in that section, so your thread will be seen by more people who can help. Before you start a thread, check to see whether there is a specialised area dealing with the topic.

    Use Helpful Post Titles
    Try to give your thread a good title; people will see the title and decide whether to open it and read it or not.

    Help! or Urgent Help Required!!!!!!
    Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed. Please donít use phrases like "HELP!", "Urgent!", "translation please", "how do I say this", "I'm new" and similar expressions.
    These are not good titles; they give no idea of what the thread is about.

    Present Perfect Usage
    This title is clear and people will instantly know what the thread is about. Try to include the theme or topic of the thread in the title. If you include keywords in the title, the forum software will automatically display threads with th same keywords at the bottom of the page, so you will be able to see other discussions on similar topics.

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    If you do get impatient waiting for an answer to your question, try sending someone a PM (private message) asking that person to respond to your post. (You might want to send more than one (to more than one person).)

    Please capitalise words
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    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Re: Posting Guidelines

    Thank you Jed and Adam for this great restructuring job.



    I would like to see the following (or something similar) added to the above (in the guidelines – not the rules):

    Don't just post 'Thank you' or similar

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



    I would like to see the following deleted:

    If you do get impatient waiting for an answer to your question, try sending someone a PM (private message) asking that person to respond to your post. (You might want to send more than one (to more than one person.)

    What does anybody else think?




    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Dec-2013 at 09:45.

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    Re: Posting Guidelines

    I agree with both of Rover's points.

    (Perhaps I should just have clicked on 'like'. )

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    Re: Posting Guidelines

    I agree strongly with Rover's second point. I remembering mentioning this a few years ago. When I discovered this guideline, I made a policy of not answering PM requests for answers unless there was a very good reason why I should. It's unnecessarily intrusive, and asking several people at once through PM, I consider plain rude.
    Maybe there's some historical reason for the guideline.

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    Re: Posting Guidelines

    That's a great set of guidelines.

    One query - regarding thread titles, is "Present Perfect Usage" really a helpful title? I realise that it cause similar threads to show up at the bottom but it doesn't include some/all of the words being queried. Surely if we accept the names of tenses as thread titles, then people might continue to use titles such as "Prepositions" or "Dates and Times" and similar. I'm pretty sure that on occasion I have told users that "Present Perfect" (or similar) is not an appropriate thread title and that it should actually include a part of the sentence which contains the present perfect usage.

    I thought that the point of relevant thread titles wasn't just to bring up similar threads but also so that we (as responders) can go back and find threads in the long list quite easily by recognising the thread title. I would be much more likely to remember replying to "I have been a builder for ten years" than "Present Perfect Usage". They can, of course, be directed to try searching for "Present Perfect" in the Custom Search box.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    #6

    Re: Posting Guidelines

    Yes, ems. I strongly agree with that.

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