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What would be your NO 1 forum related advice for newbies?

  1. Hamshi profile image75
    Hamshiposted 3 years ago

    I'm still kind of new here but here are my bits:

    -My best piece of forum advice for other newbie hubbers is, if you have a question to ask, search it up on the HP search bar or on Google to see if that question has already been answered.

    -Don't judge the whole community from any negative experiences you may bump into with just one person. I've seen some friendly, funny and helpful people around here.

    -Treat everyone with equal respect. I don't care if someone has been here for 7 years or 2 months, if they have been helpful, they deserve the same respect and gratitude as someone who's been here for years.

    Your turn! I'd like to hear from the newbies too. smile

    1. swilliams profile image85
      swilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I agree Hamshi! Treat people how you want to be treated. Even though it states that I've been here for 3 years, I actually started writing last year around  September or so,  I have some newbie followers and a few people that have been here for two or three years. I can't stress enough to treat others with respect. Great articles by the way! Keep up the great and inspiring work!

      1. Hamshi profile image75
        Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        That's the way to be, swilliams.
        Thank you for the compliments and I hope you get the best out of your hubs and HubPages as a whole. smile

      2. myamerican profile image60
        myamericanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        yes at allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    2. marieloves profile image82
      marielovesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Great question!
      I agree with each one of your points! As a newbie, I really appreciate how helpful and respectful the majority of hubbers are. I really feel that the level of support here is wonderful and I am encouraged to carry on writing for hubpages as a result!

      1. Hamshi profile image75
        Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Hi marieloves,
        Nice to hear about your positive experience here so far.
        I too enjoy being here and have been busy publishing some new hubs recently.
        Best wishes smile

    3. profile image0
      Lybrahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I would say be patient.  It takes a while to get accepted on Adsense, and it took a while for me to start earning.

  2. Nouveau Skeptic profile image74
    Nouveau Skepticposted 3 years ago

    My main advice would be to not take the forums too seriously.  It is a good place to get advice from experienced hubbers, but Hupages is about hubs--not the forum.

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Couldn't agree more but not everyone is here for the same reason. Some people love participating in the forum and keeping in touch with their favorite hubbers more than anything else and I respect that too.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image95
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    Generally, the eyeballs rolling across the floors only occurs in the religion and politics threads. big_smile

    When I detect an illogical or fanatical poster, I simply depart.

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      LOL your posts crack me up sometimes! Yup, I've forbidden myself from even opening the threads from those sections. big_smile

  4. ChristinS profile image98
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    My advice is to avoid the political and religious forums like the plague unless you like to beat your head into your desk and see the same points argued over and over again with no one really trying to understand the perspectives of those who don't agree with them.

    Those forums quickly spiral into confrontation and insult hurling, or at least they used to - and I choose to refrain from all that now and focus on more productive things smile.

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      LOL I agree! big_smile

    2. ThoughtsWriter profile image78
      ThoughtsWriterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Amen. There are lots of constructive and positive threads, but not there.

  5. AngelRayne profile image60
    AngelRayneposted 3 years ago

    I am new here as well. Literally signed up yesterday. I have to say that I enjoy the fact that there is so much to be able to read and learn from. A lot of great hubbers with how to videos and great advice. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hey AngelRayne,
      Welcome to HubPages. smile
      I agree, a good portion of them are helpful and friendly.

  6. word55 profile image74
    word55posted 3 years ago

    Whatever you've been through, whatever you are going through and wherever you are going... this hub community is all about it no matter what the situation is so, welcome :-)

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting! I'm not sure if  you wrote this for AngelRayne or me but thanks anyway. smile

  7. janshares profile image99
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Hi Hamshi, welcome. I love your forum advice. You've hit on all the important points, especially the ones about respect. My advice: don't take anything too personally. If things get too hot in a forum or if attitudes lean negatively, exit immediately. It's not worth getting into a battle with an avatar or being exposed to the negativity of others. Save that energy for the people in your life with whom you are in relationship and have to answer to on a regular basis.
    I see that 99% of forum interaction is really good so don't let the 1% take away the joy and useful advice this community can offer.
    Edit: With 11 months on, I see where your wisdom comes from. smile

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Janshares,
      Thanks for the welcome and compliment. smile
      You're one of the friendly and helpful hubbers I mentioned about.

      Yeah I usually stay away from all kinds of rude and irritating stuff in the forum. The report button helps! big_smile

      Have a nice day.

  8. moonlake profile image91
    moonlakeposted 3 years ago

    I agree with ChristinS  avoid the political and religious forums. Newbies often come on acting like they're on facebook and looking for a fight in their comments on their hubs or on the forums

    1. Hamshi profile image75
      Hamshiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      +1 but it's not just the newbies.

      1. moonlake profile image91
        moonlakeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        That is true.

  9. word55 profile image74
    word55posted 3 years ago

    Speak your mind, knowledge and experiences with patience and in an organized way :-)

  10. RockyMountainMom profile image81
    RockyMountainMomposted 3 years ago

    As a 24-hour newbie, I can't answer with any expertise on the forums here.  But I can say I appreciate posts like this one that let us engage and get our feet wet in a comfortable way and give us the pieces we're sifting around for.  So thank you!

    I'm also enjoying already that the threads I've read so far are thoughtfully written and responded too, with a fun mix of practical advice and respectful levity.  That seems spot on to me with what makes a quality forum.

  11. mts1098 profile image43
    mts1098posted 3 years ago

    from what I have seen in 2 years follows the same as I was taught growing up...shy away from politics, religion and sex ) cheers...

  12. nativedweller profile image61
    nativedwellerposted 3 years ago

    I've been blogging for years in various places but the things I stay away from are the subjects already mentioned above, religion, politics & work.  It doesn't hurt to spread a little humour around either, unless of course it is a serious subject. 

    You can write about work if you're self employed or if you love what you do & show it in a positive light but some employers can get very touchy about certain subjects you write about as they can see it as a reflection of their employment choices.

  13. Bongani Sibeko profile image78
    Bongani Sibekoposted 3 years ago

    Hi everyone!

    As a newbie myself, I would advice everyone joining to go on forums with an open mind. Remember there are different people here from all over the world, so let's be open to that and respect each other because I truly believe we are all here with the same purpose to learn and grow from each other.

    Just engage on different topics even if it's beyond your normal zone, but asking questions there and contributing is what will ensure you enjoy your time here and more importantly you grow in life.

    Let's engage and have a blast everyone!!!

    1. nativedweller profile image61
      nativedwellerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Couldn't have said it better.