With so many new members joining daily as well as the enormous number of you who lurk, waiting for the moment to feel comfortable about posting, we thought it might be a good idea to create this discussion as a way of pointing you to helpful and relevant information that will not only make your experience here at Webmaster World more beneficial but will hopefully lighten the burden for the established membership.
First, please feel welcomed. You will hear that a few times when you first start posting and we mean that sincerely. Webmaster World is a place of learning. In that spirit we have a few rules to follow and those you found in the TOS you agreed to when you first registered. Now, itís plain that not everyone actually reads those but weíre going to suggest you do before you post because this is going to help you out considerably as well as the established members. This is the Terms of Usage and Conditions of Service [webmasterworld.com].
If you donít understand what something means here than contact a moderator of any of the forums and they will gladly explain things. This is also true if youíre not sure where to post something or if you have questions about whether your post is acceptable or appropriate. The tool that will really help you here is the sticky mail link at the top of the page. You can find out how to use this here Ė sticky mail [webmasterworld.com]. This is a wonderful tool offered through Webmaster World.
There are other really helpful links found at the top of the screen. We love the site search [searchengineworld.com]. This link will save you lots of time when youíre looking for past discussions, resource information, or to get a feel about certain members. I am constantly referring to it when I post a response because although information is changing constantly in the search industry, older discussions can be quite relevant for background.
Other helpful tools include the glossary [searchengineworld.com] . Knowing the terms folks are using to respond to your questions helps put us closer to being on the same page. Remember, Webmaster World members come from all over the world as seen by this sampling in a discussion called Where is everyone from? [webmasterworld.com] .
Something thatís come up recently was a discussion started by sparrow called Curiosity Question - Intimidation Factor [webmasterworld.com] ďBe honest, is there any feelings of intimidation in forumsĒ. I hope folks will keep weighing in on this one because itís right for us as a community to consider issues like this in welcoming our new members.
Donít forget to read the help [webmasterworld.com] section. Answers to many of your board related questions and how things work around here questions are answered there.
For newbies (new to the web or new to the board and those wanting to expand their knowledge base) especially will find the library [webmasterworld.com] helpful. This is full of past discussions that we believe are worthy of keeping around to reference and study. There is some really great information in there.
A hugely popular link, especially among the senior members and those of us that pop in every few minutes or so is the recent posts [webmasterworld.com] link also found at the top of your screen. Itís probably safe to say thatís one of the most addictive things about Webmaster World. There are some neat little tricks to it as well. If you click on the MSGs link it will regroup the results. Moderators and senior members like this to find orphan posts (ones where the poster didnít receive a response yet). If you have some extra time and want to help out check that out and jump in.
When you spend enough time around here youíll see the amount of information can seem overwhelming. To help with this we have a flag [webmasterworld.com] tool, which is a bookmark system. You can use it to collect your personal favorites; discussions youíve commented in and those that you like to refer back to.
Of course youíll want to remember the front [webmasterworld.com] page. This is where youíll find the ĎHot Topicsí or the ĎHottest Threadsí. I of course set my browser to open to the homepage. I wonder how many others do.
I suggest getting to know the board, checking out the members through their profile links found in the little box next to their post, and reading up on past discussions before jumping in. By then you will feel like a real pro.
We stay clear of self-promoting, do that and someone will point out itís just not done around here and that includes URL drops. Weíre a learning board not a self-promotion board and we follow that strictly.
Feel free to drop a sticky to a moderator if someone does drop a URL or you think they are self promoting. The moderators are trained on how to comfortably handle these situations.
We all get cranky sometimes but itís good to remember when posting here at Webmaster World to stay friendly and play nice Ė no flaming or critical remarks are allowed to stay.
If you are curious about the moderators you may want to check out the Moderators Handbook [webmasterworld.com]. There is some really helpful information to be found there, particularly if you have interest in moderating or questions about the moderator duties. You might find Brettís comments here interesting: