Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tips on getting the most from the OHS Online Forum

For those who may be unaware, an Internet forum is an online discussion site which generally centers around a singular subject. Those who share a common interest engage with each other, communities are formed, and information is openly shared.

For the Newbie, here are some pointers to engaging on the forum:

Spend some time on the forum first - read a few posts and get a feel for the forum and it's members. When you are ready, take the big step and introduce yourself in this section. It doesn't have to be a 10 page essay - just a paragraph or two will do.

Alternatively, you can dive right in and simply reply to a post that you find interesting or can add something to. Remember this is not the English Language Forum - people are more interested in what you have to say, than in how you say it, so don't worry about the inevitable typo's that creep in. If you are a perfectionist, or a literary genius, you can however always go back into your post and edit it at any time.

Although you can just 'lurk' on the forum, bear in mind that a forum is a community of like-minded people and you will get the most out of it by actively participating in discussions and engaging with members.

Remember, unlike a face-to-face discussion, forum members cannot see the emotion on the poster's face. This unfortunately results in many posts being taken out of context, so the clever forum guys invented Smilies. Use these in your post or the title to convey your feelings - if you are new to Smilies, simply put your mouse over a face and you will see a description of the relevant Smiley Face.

Most importantly, there are no stupid questions!!

As with any community, be it online or offline, we have some rules and guidelines. (Link for Rules and Guidelines = http://forum.masterbuilders.co.za/showthread.php?t=1)

To go onto our Forum and Introduce Yourself, go to http://forum.masterbuilders.co.za/forumdisplay.php?f=57 , we look forward to having you onboard.

Gary Amstutz
Commercial and Online Manager


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