Really simple stuff like "what is a POST", "where is my POSTBOX" (you would have had lots of laughs after I was directed to copy and paste something to my postbox - I was looking for a pillar box icon, then I went to search, half an hr later the penny dropped...such a drag, frustrating and disempowering!), I thought I had introduced myself and done the roll call thing by filling out some stuff on my profile - I didn't know I had to come here, and "what is a THREAD?" for goodness sake let alone a "TINYURL"..
Welcome to the best stamp forum in the world.
Now although I have been here for several years, and know what a POST and THREAD are because the same terms are used in other fora (that's plural of forum) I wouldn't know what a POSTBOX is in this context. And it won't do you any good reading the FAQs because the word POSTBOX
didn't come up there when I did a text search. I didn't find THREAD
either, so although (as GavinH says) the answer to many of your questions are there, I reckon you have many questions which aren't
The FAQs are not
specific to Stampboards, they come bundled with the software that the board uses. There are a lot of useful answers there, but none are Stampboards-specific and many of the terms used by the members and admin won't be found there. For background on the software (and I don't understand much of this!) see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhpBB
and the 'further reading' links there.
I didn't see TINYURL
there either. http;//tinyurl.com is a facility to shorten very long URLs (website addresses) such as http://www.postoffice.co.uk/counter-ser ... Collection
to something quite short, in this case http://tinyurl.com/7ysq2mc
However tinyurl is running out of really short URLs (7 characters in that one) while tiny.cc is shorter giving http://tiny.cc/m0yia
tinycc also allows you to create your own meaningful short names if not already taken, such as this one http://tiny.cc/philcover
which takes you to a discussion on Stampboards about a particular GB FDC. I needed to refer to it in print, and 'http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=23772&p=1585590' was too long!The Rules are numbered
- there are only
41 basic rules including number 9. Starting a new discussion or "Thread"
: and, as it doesn't have a glossary, a thread is simply a set of messages and replies following on from the message, such as this one that you are (hopefully) now reading.
But I do recommend reading the rules - not that you will remember all of them - but apart from telling you what and how, they will also give you some ideas - and you can always use the email button to ask questions if you don't want to ask in 'public'.
I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in time. And maybe while you are at the library you can encourage other people to join in as well!
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