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Several fellow OSW members and I have noticed lately that there has been a rash of new threads with vague or misleading titles & posts. Often it has been new members who have done this, but some veteran members are also at fault. The problem with this is that people who are looking for help or who have questions often miss out on getting the help or answers they seek. To help alleviate this problem, here are some tips to help properly put together an effective thread title & post.

Be Precise If your thread title is simply "Help", "Help Needed", or "Question", you may get several views of your thread, but no solid help or answers. Instead, put into your thread title what you are looking for, in as few words as is necessary. For example, if you want help with outfitting a figure of a British soldier in the Crimea in 1854, using "British Uniform" as your thread title is too vague; instead, try something like "Need help with British uniform in Crimea, 1854". That way, you will likely catch the attention of our resident experts on the British military who can answer your questions.

Use Proper Spelling and Grammar Although this forum is U.S.-based, it has an international membership, and many of them learned English as a second language; it's also likely that some of them write it better than you do, even though you may be a native speaker. Please attempt (to the best of your ability to do so) to use proper spelling, grammar, & punctuation to communicate effectively. For example, capitalize proper nouns: it's John Wayne, not "john wayne", and it's WWII, not "wwii". Also, know the difference between "there", "their", and "they're", as well as "your" and "you're" (particular pet peeves of mine).

Be Concise Please get to the point. If you're asking a question, ask it, then close up your post. If someone who replies needs more info, then you can post a reply with the needed info.

Do Some Research Before Posting If you want to know what the going rate is for an out-of-production Hot Toys or Soldier Story figure, please check eBay first before posting here. If you want to know when the Woodland BDU was first issued, then please check Google or Wikipedia. If you can't find the answer in those places, then post here.

Be Polite It should go without saying that this is a high priority around OSW. Compared to another well-known forum (which shall remain nameless), we're a pretty darned nice bunch of folks around here, and we appreciate the same treatment in return. For example, if you have something complimentary to say about a kitbash, please go ahead and post it. On the other hand, if you have nothing nice to say, please consider carefully what you post. When offered in a friendly manner, constructive criticism is often welcomed; if you can point out any inaccuracies or offer advice to improve something, it is generally appreciated. When posting an opinion about a manufacturer's products, honest opinions (either good or bad) are valued by the members, so feel free to let your true feelings be known; just be aware of the fact that some manufacturers are members here too.

In closing, I didn't write this to demean or denigrate anyone here, it was just written as a (hopefully) helpful guide to make things go a bit more smoothly around here. I hope I haven't offended anyone, I sincerely just want to help make OSW a better experience for everyone, whether a new member or a veteran.

David
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

watcha talkin' bout', not speling goodly....? :lol

Seriously, good points made, excellent suggestions! :thumb
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

A good and useful post with totally valid points. My one area of reservation is that "On the other hand, if you have nothing nice to say, perhaps it would be best if you kept it to yourself." Within obvious limits of reasonableness and politeness, there's nothing wrong with negative, and I think OSW should be all about the comments, good and bad. If it's a comment on a kitbash, no one should be afraid of giving any criticism meant to help or for improvement, so long as it's polite, and it's about the bash (not the person). If it's a comment about a mass manufacturer, then frankly I think there should be no hesitation to make genuine negative comments, apart from no extreme language etc. It's always a good thought to pause before posting a negative comment and ask "Why do I want to post this," but I don't think we should have an artificial attitude of "Good thoughts only, no negativity here."
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

A good and useful post with totally valid points. My one area of reservation is that "On the other hand, if you have nothing nice to say, perhaps it would be best if you kept it to yourself." Within obvious limits of reasonableness and politeness, there's nothing wrong with negative, and I think OSW should be all about the comments, good and bad. If it's a comment on a kitbash, no one should be afraid of giving any criticism meant to help or for improvement, so long as it's polite, and it's about the bash (not the person). If it's a comment about a mass manufacturer, then frankly I think there should be no hesitation to make genuine negative comments, apart from no extreme language etc. It's always a good thought to pause before posting a negative comment and ask "Why do I want to post this," but I don't think we should have an artificial attitude of "Good thoughts only, no negativity here."
I didn't mean by that to say that there should not be constructive criticism.
I will amend the comment to clarify that particular portion.
:thanks

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I didn't mean by that to say that there should not be constructive criticism.
I will amend the comment to clarify that particular portion.
:thanks

David
I know you didn't mean to suggest there should be any restriction on constructive criticism. I wanted to stress that point because it may be that eventually your post or something like it becomes a Please Read top thread as recommended Posting deadlines. In that case it should reflect that we're not here just as cheerleaders, and there should be no restriction against negativity per se, just against rudeness etc. The line is probably different talking about the work of a fellow OSW'r than talking about a mass manufacturer (though ultimately they are people too).
 

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I know you didn't mean to suggest there should be any restriction on constructive criticism. I wanted to stress that point because it may be that eventually your post or something like it becomes a Please Read top thread as recommended Posting deadlines. In that case it should reflect that we're not here just as cheerleaders, and there should be no restriction against negativity per se, just against rudeness etc. The line is probably different talking about the work of a fellow OSW'r than talking about a mass manufacturer (though ultimately they are people too).

Disclaimner: Not trying to be political here. Just having some fun with the last sentence in your post.
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

I know you didn't mean to suggest there should be any restriction on constructive criticism. I wanted to stress that point because it may be that eventually your post or something like it becomes a Please Read top thread as recommended Posting deadlines. In that case it should reflect that we're not here just as cheerleaders, and there should be no restriction against negativity per se, just against rudeness etc. The line is probably different talking about the work of a fellow OSW'r than talking about a mass manufacturer (though ultimately they are people too).
I've edited and (hopefully) improved that section to reflect your concerns. Please take a moment to read it again and see if it meets your criteria.

Thanks,
David
 

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I've edited and (hopefully) improved that section to reflect your concerns. Please take a moment to read it again and see if it meets your criteria.

Thanks,
David
I think it's perfect -- well done :clap
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

Several fellow OSW members and I have noticed lately that there has been a rash of new threads with vague or misleading titles & posts. Often it has been new members who have done this, but some veteran members are also at fault. The problem with this is that people who are looking for help or who have questions often miss out on getting the help or answers they seek. To help alleviate this problem, here are a few tips to help properly put together a thread title & post.

Be Precise If your thread title is simply "Help", "Help Needed", or "Question", you may get several views of your thread, but no solid help or answers. Instead, put into your thread title what you are looking for, in as few words as is necessary. For example, if you want help with outfitting a figure of a British soldier in the Crimea in 1854, using "British Uniform" as your thread title is too vague; instead, try something like "Need help with British uniform in Crimea, 1854". That way, you will likely catch the attention of our resident experts on the British military who can answer your questions.

Use Proper Spelling and Grammar Although this forum is U.S.-based, it has an international membership, and many of them learned English as a second language; it's also likely that some of them write it better than you do, even though you may be a native speaker. Use proper spelling, grammar, & punctuation to communicate properly. For example, capitalize proper nouns: it's John Wayne, not "john wayne", and it's WW II, not "ww ii". Also, know the difference between "there", "their", and "they're", as well as "your" and "you're" (particular pet peeves of mine).

Be Concise Get to the point. If you're asking a question, ask it, then close up your post. If someone who replies needs more info, then you can post a reply with the needed info.

Do Some Research Before Posting If you want to know what the going rate is for an out-of-production Hot Toys or Soldier Story figure, check eBay first before posting here. If you want to know when the Woodland BDU was first issued, then check Google or Wikipedia. If you can't find the answer in those places, then post here.

Be Polite It should go without saying that this is a high priority around OSW. Compared to another well-known forum (which shall remain nameless), we're a pretty darned nice bunch of folks around here, and we appreciate the same treatment in return. For example, if you have something complimentary to say about a kitbash, please go ahead and post it. On the other hand, if you have nothing nice to say, please consider carefully what you post. When offered in a friendly manner, constructive criticism is often welcomed; if you can point out any inaccuracies or offer advice to improve something, it is generally appreciated. When posting an opinion about a manufacturer's products, honest opinions (either good or bad) are valued by the members, so feel free to let your true feelings be known; just be aware of the fact that some manufacturers are members here too.

In closing, I didn't write this to demean or denigrate anyone here, it was just written as a (hopefully) helpful guide to make things go a bit more smoothly around here. I hope I haven't offended anyone, I sincerely just want to help make OSW a better experience for everyone, whether a new member or a veteran.

David
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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

David:

I too thought about creating and posting such a thread, but given my acerbic humor style to say the least . . . if I did the context and intention would have come off the wrong way; therefore, I didn't go through with it.

I'm glad and appreciate you did and it came out well written in it's context, intention, and prose.

This thread needs to be a permanent/sticky post at the top of this section for new and old members alike.
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

David:

I too thought about creating and posting such a thread, but given my acerbic humor style to say the least . . . if I did the context and intention would have come off the wrong way; therefore, I didn't go through with it.

I'm glad and appreciate you did and it came out well written in it's context, intention, and prose.

This thread needs to be a permanent/sticky post at the top of this section for new and old members alike.
Thank you very much, DFC!

David
 

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Re: Tutorial: How to compose a proper thread title & post

Brilliant suggestion and I fully agree. Appropriate guideline for posting!
Being a self confessed recovering "Grammar Nazi" I know how you feel highwayman!
Grammar is very important, it's the difference between....
helping your uncle Jack off a horse! or helping your uncle Jack, off a horse! ����

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Should be made a sticky?!?!
 

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well....well said, and you proved your point! i'll be sure to consider what i am posting. i do hope, that i haven't made enemies here!
 
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