How to create a good forum topic
Step one: think about what you want to ask or say.
Step two: use the search facility and check for key words in your question - perhaps 8,000 people have already asked your question or a similar one; perhaps nobody has.
Step three: ask yourself if what you're asking is of benefit to the community. Did something change and you don't like the new flavour? Wait a week or two, see if it grows on you, or how many other people have already covered your gripes. Maybe we don't need a twenty paragraph rant.
Step four: OK, so we're going ahead. Make sure to choose the right category (discussion topic). Not everyone is learning your languages. Tech support requests should go in the appropriate category.
Step five: pick a good title that summarises the point of your post. "Question" - bad. "What are some key irregular verbs?" - good.
Step six: write up your post. Check it for spelling, grammar, logical flow, repetition, and clarity. All looking good? Hit that post button!
All the best :)
Excellent advice; thank you! :-)
Since I practice step 2 very carefully, I seldom start new threads. I always think that I'm probably not the first one to have the question I have at that moment, and since I love finding things out, I try to find existing threads and often find amazing discussions that explain much more than I would have asked.
This is wonderful! And it makes me feel very competent.
Edit: For the search I mainly use Google, typing in my search words together with "Duolingo". This often yields better results than the internal search function.
Definitely worth a follow. I can see this getting suggested to lots of new forum users.
Yes, it was certainly suggested to me! I like to interact with others to exchange study tips/advice/etc., and this post is quite helpful. Well, maybe not that much (impulsive) but still!
Three cheers for carbsrule! Now clubs are emptying out, let's hope people think a little and read this before the need for attention takes over.
Amen! I should have read this post sooner... ugh! I learned some kind of adaptive lesson.
Google is also very good tool for making posting unnecessary. I strongly recommend it.
Yep! One would just have to be careful to use reliable sites. Google Translate can handle words very well, but not phrases/sentences.
But what if i want to talk about a journey to Bangkok & the skytrain there? How do i do that without mentioning the Bangkok Transit System? Or if i'd been to Kuala Lumpur & used the Bandar Tasik Selatan station? Or if i've been to the Bratislava Airport, Slovakia.
Maybe my passions lie with poisons & i love the British Toxicology Society. Or i'm a transport geek & use the numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Or if i'm French, i might be very proud of my Brevet de technicien supérieur!
Other geekery might include a conversation about Base Transceiver Stations, that's about communication as well. That's the name for the masts that send & recieve the data from our mobiles & make duolingo on your mobile possible.
I'm almost tempted to make a BTS(not bts!) post to test these posibilities. (^.^)
This would make a great introductory post for all new registrants. I had to learn the hard way -- but I feel this is a supportive community who helped me figure out some of these points.
Yes, it is excellent, carbsrule! I suggest that the engineers make it a mandatory read before one can post in the forums. And there should be a little pop-up quiz that you have to pass, to prove you have read it. =D
The thing is, I made a new thread about saving the clubs because I feel very strongly on the subject and the old thread had been buried so much to the point where it was incredibly obscure and difficult to find. My post has gotten virtually no attention and five downvotes. Am I doing something wrong? I'd really like my voice to be heard please.
Why would they downvote it though?
Step two: use the search facility and check for keywords in your question - perhaps 8,000 people have already asked your question or a similar one
EDIT Your voice can be heard here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBY_RqEwl2x9heBSKL0jZSnNNiW4WzNSM33ztgMJA7Y9OahQ/viewform
Ahh many thanks for clarifying this. I just felt a bit strongly about the subject and I didn't realise the search tool was there, a bit silly me. :(
No worries. Many people have strong feelings for the clubs, they have been a great asset and it's sad to see them go.
If the post has been put up in the correct category in the first place, shouldn't it be somewhat academic whether or not it appears on the main list you refer to?
This is so important. Thank you Carbsrule! This should spread across the internet to show people the importance in posts.
I have seen this post only now because someone linked to it, great post!
Step four: OK, so we're going ahead. Make sure to choose the right category (discussion topic).
This may be helpful: [Guide] In which forum should I post my discussion?
Merkavar did not say "the more words the better". :-)
I agree with him: Only a specific question, something that you can't just look up in a dictionary, is useful for other forum participants.
And if you make your question specific, you will use words. More than 10 words certainly, in particular if you also want to be polite and include something like "please" and "thanks in advance".
Links to youtube and whatnot do not count and shouldn't be posted if not part of a genuine Discussion.. If you are here, it is presumed you are aware of the Internet and what you can do.
I think your advice is mostly correct, except that I have picked up some very useful advice on useful sites (about 10 of them in the past month) that I would not have the time or patience to test out myself. If you are opposed to links, then names or descriptors work just as well.
What if you aren't the best at spelling or you are so so sleepy and your browser has no spell check?? Happens to me sometimes tbh.
I was an English teacher for nearly 20 years and the way today's youth tend to write touch on a lot of nerves... the acronyms, the lack of capitalization, the rampant ignorance of the use of the apostrophe... notwithstanding, I never downvote a post or comment due to bad grammar, etc; I try to understand the content. One must remember that there are many language learners here whose native tongue is not English. Besides, you may be hurting someone's feelings. Be conservative with your downvotes.
Not all of today’s youth uses bad grammar. I tend to keep an example for others and use grammar in everything I’m writing, even if I’m texting my friend.
Ah though this raises the philosophical question - what is good? Popular is not the same as good.
merkavar are you the bloke in The Matrix who bends a lot in slow motion? Either that or a career diplomat?
Don't want to start (again) on downvoting here though think the -5 rule has created a forum that favors graffiti posts.
I totally agree and am glad to see someone else notices this. There is no accountability for those who spam. Many, many people would rather get attention negatively than not at all...so they post. To them, getting 5 downvotes mean that 5 other human beings actually LOOKED AT at least the title of their post. It is very, very sad, but people are crying out for human contact not meaning to offend.
I applaud the job the moderators do in removing blatantly offensive posts but the other 40 or so every day that are just trash/spam/playing around puts everyone in a mood to either copycat and join in or just DV sometimes legitimate posts. It is a problem, for sure. I know what MY answer would be but since one of my other pet peeves here is people who only want to change things I won't offer it here and now.
See merkavar step 7 (<10 words)
A slogan, a post requiring hardly any effort.
How do you time it? How do you ban the commenting? There are people always commenting random stuff when I post. Even some advertisements. And some people just downvote everything for fun.
Since clubs are getting taken away in a few more days, I can see us having a lot more new forum users and this post could really benefit them.
Shoot, I already posted in four forums and I only now saw this! Oh well, that first post did pretty well...
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You may be preaching to the choir but on a more positive note maybe this information will trickle down and more will follow the suggestions. Hope springs eternal and all that.
Dude I don't mean to be offensive or rude but please stop putting this on people's forums it can be taken as a insult.