- From: zeborah@xxxxxxxxx (Zeborah)
- Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:07:51 +1200
randy823@xxxxxxxxx <randy823@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a web page requesting stories about MOM'S.
Ooops, it looks like you broke one of our rules. I'm guessing you are
new here, and hoped this FAQ might help you find your feet faster.
1) WHAT RULE DID I BREAK?
Some people might complain that you spammed -- you didn't, technically,
but your announcement does come under our no-advertising policy. Ads
can be anything that promotes something, even if you aren't making money
off it. For more details about this (and much more), check out the
group's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at:
2) WHAT DO I DO NOW?
The most important thing is to know that this isn't a webpage. People
can get to it in a lot of ways, and messages in this group take a long
time to travel to all the people in the group. Even if you apologize,
people will keep complaining about your off topic post because they
won't have seen your apology yet, and might not see it until tomorrow or
the next day. You may even see this FAQ twice, because there are two
people here who post it.
The best thing to do is ignore any complaints. Don't even read them,
they'll just make you feel cross and defensive.
Instead, go look at the other topics people are discussing, and start
responding to that. If you don't post ads, don't post samples of your
work longer than 500 words, and don't tell us that you have found the
one true way to write or publish, we are generally pretty easy to get
along with, and very helpful to new writers.
3) HOW DO I REPLY TO A MESSAGE?
The custom here is to quote the part of the message you're responding to
that is relevant to your reply. (This is because sometimes people see
your message before they see the one you are replying to.)
Most quote functions put a llne at the top that says who you are
replying to. Leave that there, and if there are some at the top of the
message you are quoting, you should probably leave them there too.
Reply after the quoted material, or interspersed with it. (Look at what
other people are doing for examples.) And snip any quoted material that
isn't needed to understand the context of your reply.
Google Groups doesn't make it obvious how to do this, but it's possible:
If you are reading us through Google Groups, when you're looking at a
message, instead of hitting "reply" at the bottom of that message, hit
"show options" at the top of it. Then hit "reply" from the list of
options that brings up, and it will give you proper quoting and even
attributions ("So-and-so wrote:").
Thank you for reading this far. If you have any questions about this
F.A.Q., or if you have any suggestions for improving its usefulness,
please either reply to this message, or email me.
Gravity is no joke.
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