Beginner's Guide: The Art of Posting a Threadby BlackDuck Greetings my friend! It seems that you are new in the forum with a topic that you would like to discuss. Are you interested in sharing your opinion with us? Do you feel a bit lost with all the rules and various sections of the forum? If that's the case, please do not fret. This guide will help you create the perfect thread in no time! Let us start, shall we? STEP ONE: GETTING TO KNOW THE FORUM As you've already seen, the forum is split into 4 sections: Community One Piece Otaku Zone Coffee Zone Each of these sections have their subsections, depending on the subject. Community - News & Announcements - Suggestions & Feedback - Konnichiwa! - Scanlation Group One Piece - One Piece General - Sub Forums: Battles - One Piece Manga - Sub Forums: Past Chapters, Past Spoilers, One Piece Theories - One Piece Anime - Sub Forums: Past Episodes - One Piece Events - Sub Forums: Archive Otaku Zone - Anime & Manga General - Sub Forums: Anime & Manga Battles, Character Battles, Anime and manga news - Anime & Manga Specific - Sub Forums: Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Gintama, one punch man, Boku no hero academy, Dragon ball, Shingeki no kyouji Coffee Zone - General Lounge - Sub Forums: Forum Games, Happy birthday - Media - Gaming - Information Technology (IT) - Creative Zone - Sub Forums: SotW, Past contests, Cosplay and Misc, Visual Arts, Caption Contest, Writer's corner Feel free to browse and familiarise with them. You will find numerous interesting posts from your co-members who express their opinion, promote their ideas and share their experience. UPDATE: You can also check the link to the forum's map , a simple scheme created by @varunjitsingh641 chan! With links that might be helpful to get started and to get familiar with the forum! STEP TWO: CHOOSING THE CORRECT SECTION So you just finished watching the latest One Piece episode and wanted to share your opinion on the matter. Or perhaps you read all the Dragonball manga and felt the desire to draw a random dragon. Perhaps you simply thought of an idea to improve our forum. That is great! Yet, before creating a new thread you need to decide in which section it deserves to be posted. -Oi! Why should I care about where to post my thread? The answer is quite simple - in order for everyone to find it quickly. We appreciate a tad of organisation as it helps us keep the forum neat and clean. -Whatever, I'll just post my thread anywhere. Worst case scenario the mods will move it to the correct section for me. Yes... and no. Indeed, one of the moderator's job is to keep track of the subjects posted and make sure that they are in the correct section. This, however, is just a bonus task for them to do. It is greatly appreciated when the moderator doesn't have to "clean after" a messy post, since it takes up their precious time - they could use these few seconds to ban spammers or deal with technical issues of the forum. Please respect their time. So how do you choose the correct section? You simply go to the Home Page and read the description of each of the topics. Use critical thinking and choose wisely. BONUS FOR THE CREATIVE ZONE, VISUAL ARTS SECTION: Please refer from posting a new thread every time you draw a new picture, upload a video, paint your face with colours. Create ONE thread which has to do with your person and post all your artwork in this one. STEP THREE: BEFORE BEGINNING - SEARCHING One of the rules of the forum is to not double post threads. It's practical, it's logical, it's forbidden. The reason behind this is the extra unnecessary space or the confusion that could create to your fellow members. For this reason, on the top right position of the forum page we have a "search-box" where you can type the keywords of your subject. Briefly browse through the topics that will appear and decide whether your idea has already been taken by a co-member. If not, you can proudly proceed to the next step. Search Box: NOTE: The search engine only looks for the specific word you type. But you can also add the option for the word only on thread tittles to make your search easier. There: "Search titles only" STEP FOUR: WRITING A THREAD You made it so far and you are ready to begin the writer's journey. What you need to focus on is: English language Rather self-explanatory. It is forbidden to communicate in any language other than English in order for everyone to understand. Proper grammar and vocabulary Let's be honest, no one enjoys reading through a text full of mistakes. It makes the grammar nazi cry and people lose their interest. Obviously, the multinational character of our forum allows our members to make mistakes (as not everyone is a native English speaker), however this doesn't mean that the person writing will not at least try to make their text as correct as possible. This means rereading your post and checking for any grammatical errors. A title that explains the subject of the thread "Check this out", "characters", "I need help... Anyone...." Whenever I see this kind of titles to new threads i feel a shiver down my spine. Do not expect that people will always look at your thread if you put a title like this. It shows lack of motivation and interest. Plus, if it doesn't seem like a topic that could interest me, I will not lose my time with it. If on the other hand, you do not care about receiving any reply, then please do not post at all. An interesting topic Remember that something may or may not be interesting depending on the way you introduce it. It is of a vital importance to put some effort in your writing skills. Try to actually have a content, make an introduction, post pictures or smilies (without exaggerating), show your readers that they do want to reply to your thread, that they will gladly begin a conversation with you. Make a high quality post, that will also receive high quality comments - this means long, well-thought, well-built and interesting replies. Refer from using foul language (cursing, using "ugly" words) Although it is not officially forbidden, I do believe that using too many curse words lowers the quality of a post. We are also in a forum of all the ages and we may have minors or in general people who get offended by this type of language. All opinions are equal - please respect them Everyone is different. Everyone comes from a different background. Everyone shares their own personal opinion. Thus this means that there are no right and wrong answers. There are no agreements and disagreements - you can share or not share someone's opinion, but no one in this case can be correct or not. Please, respect the others no matter what. PMA Positive Mental Attitude. Think positive and let it reflect on your post as well. Do not adopt an offensive and negative attitude. Pictures If you would like to post a picture in your thread, you have two ways to do it: 1.Upload a file form your computer: Near the button where you click "create thread" there is the button to "upload files" Once you click it just choose a picture from your computer! After that, the picture won't appear on the thread yet. You have yet to choose how you want your picture to appear: You can choose a thumbnail (where a small image will appear, and if members want to see the whole sized picture they just have to click it) or the full image! 2.Another way to post a picture is to host it in a picture hosting website (i.e. Photobucket.com, imgur.com or others). First copy the "image address" from the image you want. Then, use the "Insert image" function from your post toolbar above your writing space (You can see the icon near the "smilies icon" ) and paste your link! This also works for gif's : Poll In case you would like to post a poll in your thread, what you need to do is scroll down to the Poll section, here: Did you fill in all the needed sections? Poll title, options, multiple choice or not? Click on the "create thread" button and see your beautiful idea come to life. STEP FIVE: POST IT! Click the "Post Thread" button and let the magic begin! Some last tips for you to keep in the back of your mind: High Thread/Post count means nothing if it is of a low quality content. Although it does look cool to have a high number of posts, it is more advisable to have quality over quantity. And with time, this quality will also become quantity. Respect the time and effort people put in writing their own threads, posts, replies. Just like you enjoy seeing your thumbs up or reputation number go up, same goes to the others. Appreciate what you read and show this appreciation by giving a +1 to a poster (in your own judgement of course). You are now officially ready to travel in the sea of creativity! Grab your keyboard and start posting! Thank you for bearing with me and I wish you a happy stay in our forum! All the best regards, BlackDuck UPDATE: Last Edited By @Cosmos !