#1 1-22-2010 9:19 AM

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Posting: Helping others help you

Posting header presentation can help others help you. Everyone has time constraints these days so using helpful Subject formats might well solicit quicker responses.

Since specific countries on this web site are sectioned off into world regions, I suggest the lead word be a country.

The next word/s should be either a place name or a country specific item.

Lastly, the brief nature of the inquiry.

For example:
VietNam: Visa requirements

Thailand: Phuket: Recommended hotels

Packing: How do you squeeze everything in?

Opinion: What is your favourite country?


Trying to use the right forum also helps. I see that many initial posts posts get misplaced which (1) Reduces the chance getting an answer or slows responses; (2) Increases the workload of moderators.

If you have a question about Kapuskasing, Ontario put it in North America - not Travel Chat.

Personally, I visit fora (plural of forums) instead of playing games whilst I have idle moments during travel or work. I scan specific 'rooms' and read questions where the Subject suggests I might be able to give useful input.

After that I might, time permitting, revisit rooms and look at Subjects that have a slight hint of what they seek. Then, finally, I look at all the zero reply items.

The rules specify certain typing rules (no caps, no weird stuff) but I would add spelling to the best of your ability helps, too. As someone who has been on presentation training I can confirm a spelling mistake can distract from the message content. Notwithstanding texting and Twit message protocols, presentation also helps readability in chat rooms.

Personally, my answers are crafted with three audiences in mind: (a) The inquirer; (b) The casual browser and (3) Search engines. The latter depend on correct spelling to properly deliver the widest selection of links.

Thanks for your time. Do you have any thoughts?

 

#2 1-22-2010 10:02 AM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Couldn't agree more...that's my thoughts...and because helping others, helps me wink

 

#3 1-22-2010 12:26 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Excellent post, Jay.  Going to Sticky this for a bit.

 

#4 1-30-2010 6:47 AM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Speaking personally rather than as moderator,  I agree with Jay's points.

Again speaking personally, I would suggest rather than posting straight away, have a look through this site and on Wikitravel. There are a lot of posts of the type 'I'm going to Thailand, what's interesting there?' There is already tons of information on this site on this subject and also on Wikipedia and on Wikitravel. Maybe have a look at a guidebook too. Also, what's interesting depends on the person, so it might help to specify what you are interested in seeing or doing so that people with similar interests can guide you.

There a lot of posts of the type 'I'm looking for cheap flights to (insert destination) . Does anybody have any suggestions?' As there are people on this site from all over the world, it would help to specify from where you like to depart.

If you are already friends or  in contact with travbuddies in your destination, why not contact them for advice.

Also, why not write a blog with some tips for your hometown, country  that would be useful for travellers to your place.

I am always much more willing to help somebody on this site who I can see is active and contributing.

 

#5 2-1-2010 12:35 AM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Jay, I agree - but I doubt the people this is directed at will stop to read this! hmm

 

#6 2-1-2010 6:34 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Thanks for the tips.

As a new user, I can tell you there  is a learning curve to the sight.

I know I have already made some of the errors that you've pointed out. For instance, is there any way a forum topic can be moved to the proper category after it has posted? I've already figured out how to edit the header presentation.

A forum specifically for sight help would be good for new users.  Perhaps there is one, and I just haven't found it yet.

 

#7 2-1-2010 7:20 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

It's a nice suggestion, but I think that for such a thing to take place it would need to be enforced by the designers of the page, because as long as the title format is open, people will pretty much post whatever they like.

Last edited by montecarlostar (2-1-2010 7:21 PM)

 

#8 2-1-2010 8:01 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Great suggestions Jay, I do agree. smile

 

#9 2-2-2010 9:26 AM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

mslellen wrote:

Thanks for the tips.

As a new user, I can tell you there  is a learning curve to the sight.

I know I have already made some of the errors that you've pointed out. For instance, is there any way a forum topic can be moved to the proper category after it has posted? I've already figured out how to edit the header presentation.

A forum specifically for sight help would be good for new users.  Perhaps there is one, and I just haven't found it yet.

Ellen, there are a few of us on the boards who are moderators and can move and edit things around if necessary.  You could either contact us directly or leave a message in the Help forum and someone will read it and take action.

 

#10 2-27-2010 6:08 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

nathan85 wrote:

JaitcH wrote:

Do you have any thoughts?

Yes. Yes I do.

lol

 

#11 3-15-2010 12:13 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

I was wondering if I could post a link to a questionnaire I'm carrying out for my final year research project on Green holidays and environmentally friendly travel? It is definitely travel related as I would like opinions from tourists and avid travellers.

Would it be appropriate under Travel Chat? It is not destination specific.

 

#12 3-15-2010 8:37 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

rtoyad wrote:

I was wondering if I could post a link to a questionnaire I'm carrying out for my final year research project on Green holidays and environmentally friendly travel? It is definitely travel related as I would like opinions from tourists and avid travellers.

Would it be appropriate under Travel Chat? It is not destination specific.

Go ahead and try!

 

#13 3-26-2010 3:21 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Ok, this is not exactly a posting question, but I am new and people keep smiling at me and I cant figure out how to smile back. Can you tell me how I do this?

 

#14 3-26-2010 3:29 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

Just go to their profile page, and click on smile (above the messages)

 

#15 4-5-2010 10:04 PM

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Re: Posting: Helping others help you

If you have Delhi India in your itenerary then http://asklocal.blogspot.com/ can be useful

 
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