Mizagorn Posted May 3, 2019 Share Posted May 3, 2019 Hi folks! I wanted to throw a few thoughts out to both those who have used this site for many years, and to those who might be joining very recently (such as myself). I have a background in group moderation, search engine optimization, web design, and many other things that will just sound egotistical if I share haha. Egotism is anathema to me. My point isn't to brag or draw attention to myself. My point is to draw attention to this wonderful site, and all the help that it can give to anyone who is struggling with cluster headaches while looking for information that they might even not know what to search for. And this relates to search engines such as Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go (and yes, even Yahoo). So, here goes a list of what I would do if I had a say in what individuals might want to consider when posting in regards to how it helps new people. In other words, don't assume anyone knows what you are talking about! 1) Use key words or abbreviations only after explaining the full concept. - In any forum or group, people who have been around a while tend to start using abbreviations, code words, etc. that confuse someone new to the topic. Examples might include "beast", "trip", and many other things that a lot of you are already aware of. It's so easy to do, I totally get it. But, it helps only those who already know what's going on - not those who are struggling to find a resource for the first time. - If someone new is trying to research information, it's a detrimental struggle to try to decipher the codes and key words. - Many of us (and our loved ones) are speed-reading, trying to garner reliable information when this kind of thing first hits our loved ones. If your conversation looks like a bunch of code, and does not contain a bunch of useful information simply yet explicitly explained (no matter how many times you have repeated it) it comes across as a clique (a closed group) instead of a universal resource. - Plus, Google (etc) is not able to process those as far as search results based on relevant content. 2) If you are talking about a product, always provide links and a full product description when possible. And, provide context as to how the product relates to your experience. - We might say "regulator" or "syringe". Be sure to explain (or make sure that the rest of the content explains) what specifically you are talking about. Is it a welding oxygen tank regulator or a medical oxygen tank regulator? Will one work with the other? - You might not (probably will not) know all the aspects of all the options asked about... but, your contribution to the conversation will help others in the future try to collate the info! 3) If you are aware of a time limit on a sale price, or limited stock, or a potentially discontinued item, please state as such. - Not much to explain here, I think. 4) No complaints about this site at all! - I have found clusterbusters.org to be one of the most useful sites I have ever experienced in my 51 years of being alive. Kudos to @CHfather and many others for making this a truly remarkable resource. - My goal is simply to help others helps others with the information I have in my head (when it's not being attacked haha). Cheers to you all, and best wishes in your efforts to conquer. <3 Terry p.s. I have more guidance, if you will, but ultimately the personality of the group as a whole is what will shine. I also want to share my other, newfound experiences regarding needles and masks! Oh my... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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