How to Enjoy the wikiHow Forums
The wikiHow forums provide places where you can talk, learn, play forum games, make friends, and create your very own discussions which fellow wikiHow contributors can post on. Here is an article about how to enjoy it.
Talk about wikiHow topics.Get involved in relevant and productive discussions. Provide help to people who seek it. Stay on topic for the given thread, and get involved appropriately and helpfully. You don't have to comment on every forum thread you read. It's recorded that the thread was viewed by everyone who views it. If you like, you can enjoy the fact someone knows their thread was read X amount of times.
Get to know fellow wikiHowians.Making friends on the wikiHow forums is fun. Chat with people you want to be friends with, engage in the forum games, and get to know people through productive, collaborative discussions.
- Try to keep threads on topic. This is particularly important for discussions in the Village Pump and Collaboration Corner categories. Post appropriately for the given topic.
Choose a nice profile picture.Profile pictures are used to identify you on both wikiHow and the forums. Here are some guidelines:
- No moving animated images.
- No nudity, pornographic, sexually explicit, violent, or hateful content.
- The image doesn't have to be Creative Commons licensed, but you must be the copyright holder, or have explicit permission to use it.
- Pick out an image that can be cropped to a square. You can crop it yourself, or do it after you upload the image. The size doesn't matter, since it'll be pretty small (e.g. 80 pixels) and no one will be able to click on it to see the bigger version.
Post on forum games.If you like games, then go onto forum games, find a game you like, and post. Make sure to be on topic, not spam the forums, and be kind to anyone who makes mistakes. They'll return the favour.
- Don't bully others, and don't type in all capital letters. This makes it seem like you're shouting, which is never nice.
- If not allowed, don't post too many long messages in a short amount of time. This is often considered spam.
- Don't copy and paste or cut and paste messages and repeat them over and over again. This can get you blocked for forum spamming.
- Forum games are meant to be enjoyed. Don't brag about winning, and don't be a bad sport or a sore loser. Everyone is supposed to enjoy it.
Be patient when waiting for a response.Sometimes it's like everyone on wikiHow is in the forums and sometimes you can wait for hours in a forum all on your own waiting for someone to join in a game or make a comment. If you find yourself getting inpatient, don't post more comments or beg people to join you by contacting them on their talk pages or by other means. If a forum is starting to bore you, leave and do something else.
Use full English and do your very best with grammar and spelling.Yes, it's boring making sure your comments are spelled correctly and don't have any grammatical errors, but, it makes any comment you've made more impactful if you've taken the time to get things right. Some people may choose not to take part in a forum just because all the bad spelling and poor grammar gets on their nerves! Some people like to call out spelling errors and typos (typographical errors), you will have more fun if you don't give them anything to get on to you about. Also, avoiding text speak and using proper English makes the forums more accessible for anyone who isn't good at English or who doesn't know the latest text speak. It's fine to LOL etc within a forum if your sure all the participants will "get" it.
Creating a Discussion
Create a new thread if you have reason to.Simply, go to the button on the right side of the screen and click it. Then, choose a category, name, and description. Then click the create button. Categories available are:
- Village pump
- Collaboration corner
- Help using wikiHow
- New category suggestions
- Bug reports
- General chat
- Forum games
- For mobile devices, tap the button that appears to be a chat bubble, and then enter a category, name, and description. And then create.
Post comments and reply to people on your own discussion.Keep the conversation civil and productive.
- Although you created the discussion, don't spam or harass people on it.
Don't bully, defame, harass, or call out other people.Remember there is always a person with feelings and thoughts behind the computer screen or mobile device.
Don't spam.If you spam or post things that are not allowed on a forum such as the URL of your website or blog, they may be added to the spam blacklist.
- You can also be blocked or warned for spamming.
- Don't advertise. wikiHow, nor its forums, are advertising websites.
- Sending the same message repeatedly in a matter of minutes or seconds may count as spam.
Stay on topic.Don't post if the message does not relate to the subject. Some exceptions are playing a forum game that has no particular subject, or a discussion where you can talk about anything you desire to.
Don't "troll".Trolling is the act of doing things such as spamming, posting patent nonsense, or talking off topic in order to annoy other contributors.
Try to avoid bumping threads without a good reason.If a thread is old and you don't have a legitimate reason for reviving it, don't post on it. Posting on an older thread bumps it to the top of the list, pushing down newer, more relevant threads, so this is best avoided unless there's a real reason to revive the discussion.
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