Over the years a lot of new members have fallen into the same old traps, so here’s a quick guide to make life easier for new members of the Board.
1. Your welcome email asks you to introduce yourself on the New Members thread. Please do this, it’s here:
Hello All NEW Members - please briefly introduce yourself! -
2. Please use correct English. Lots of us are old, lots of us are not native English speakers. Text speak or slang is not helpful to either group. Your posts stay here forever, so ensure they look tidy.
3. Pictures. As they say, they’re worth a thousand words. We get a remarkable number of newbie posts saying something like “I’ve got a stamp that shows a man’s head and the word “Postage” below, is it valuable?” It probably isn’t, but we can only guess. Posting pictures is very easy – a tutorial & a place to practice is here:
One IMPORTANT thing to remember - pictures are not hosted on the Board, the software just links to your online album (such as in https://www.imgur.com). Consequently, if you move or delete an image in your album, it will vanish from the Board - please NEVER do this!
4. On the subject of practice, the “PREVIEW” button is your best friend, especially when new to posting.
5. Some of the terminology & Board structure can be tricky for those new to the use of online forums. The basics are explained here:
6. Don't assume the world revolves around the stamps of your country, and the preferred catalogue for that country. We get a remarkable number of new members posting about "#184" or some such meaningless number, without telling us which country they're referring to, and which catalogue they're using. It could be one of hundreds of stamps.
7. Don't start a thread till you're ready. For reasons we've never quite worked out, people often start threads asking a question we can't really answer without seeing the items in question, and then say "I will load up some pictures tomorrow". Why not just wait till tomorrow when you've got the pictures ready & then start the thread?!