How to start a great discussion

Here are a few tips to help you create great discussions:

  • Make the discussion title or question as descriptive as possible. A good discussion title is a short preview of your post and is what gets people to click and read. A well written title is also going to help search engines better index your post which will bring more people into the discussion.
  • Proof read. Spelling mistakes, typos, and bad grammar will distract readers from the point you’re trying to make. Our forum automatically saves drafts as you type. If you’re writing a long post, save it as a draft and come back to it after a few minutes or as long as it takes your brain to forget what you had written.
  • Put your post in the right category. The right category can be the one that has a relevant category name or it can be a category where this kind of post is often made.
  • Use minimal formatting. Overly formatted posts can also distract from the message and it encourages others to do likewise and you end up with a hard to read thread.
  • Use tags. Tags are helpful for others to find keyword related posts. It also helps the site admins get a sense for what topics are popular.
  • Go easy on the insider jargon. Inside jokes and inside references can be fun and make the community unique but too much of it can turn off members.
  • Add an image. Images add visual interest and make your post look great, and sometimes and image will help explain your question and/or answer. You can embed an image using the button bar or you can upload one from your desktop or phone.
  • Mention others. Credit other members if you are building off their previous comments or if you want to draw them into the discussion. Put the @ before a username to mention someone.
  • Take ownership. Most important of all, take ownership of the discussions that you have created. Respond to comments promptly and thoughtfully. Thank others for commenting on your discussion and help with moderation if things get heated.

Thanks for posting! Have fun!

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