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How To Get The Best From Forums

Updated on September 13, 2014

Enjoy And Profit From Forums

Forums are amongst the best features of the internet. Forums allow you to publicise your work, let off steam, find help, give help, offer praise and support to friends and strangers or just post the link to a great Youtube clip.

The Hubpages site is supported by Hubpages official forums and there's a thriving independent forum, started by Squidoo writers, on Yuku.

Even if you're not a writer on sites like Hubpages, perhaps you're just looking for information on forums generally, read on for some useful tips on how to enjoy and benefit from your time on forums.

“Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself”

Mark Twain

Can I Really Just Start Posting On SquidU?

You can indeed but if you want to get the best out of posting and you're not too familiar with forums, read on.

Different forums have different styles and allow different behaviours. Some are like bear gardens; we at SquidU aim for a polite and friendly forum. If you've been put off by shouting, swearing and insults at other forums, fear not - we're all civilised and well mannered. Of course, that means you have to be well mannered as well - the first rule to remember is that your posts should fit the tone of the forum. Ever been in a social group when a brash newcomer arrives and shouts at all and sundry?

So, read a few posts before starting to post yourself. You'll notice, apart from the lack of swearing, we don't use txt spk and we don't speak harshly to anyone. We're all lensmasters after all, we're in the communication business. We write lenses to appeal to a broad church and so we write posts to appeal to a wide range of lensmasters.

Individual Forums

When you go to SquidU you'll notice that there are several separate forums (it's a weakness of the jargon that individual forums within forums are usually called forums as well) . with each having a separate broad purpose. We do this as otherwise everything would be a hodgepodge of posts, a sort of Tower Of Babel with just one language. It's best to look at each forum and judge which suits your post best; that helps order and makes sure you're more likely to get a quick and helpful reply.

What forums do we have?

New? Introduce Yourself!: This will probably be where you post first. Think of it as the shallow end.

Chatter Box: General Squidoo-related conversation - all sorts of topics with the one proviso that they're somehow related to Squidoo.

Critique Me... Free advice on your early lenses - a bit more about Critique below.

Help, Please: More advice on general Squidoo issues - when do I get paid, is it just me or is everything slow today, how do I add xxx to my lens?

Tricks of the Trade: Experienced lensmasters let us in on their tricks and secrets.

Lens Spotlight: Got a good lens? Advertise it to the community.

Shopkeeper Talk: For the many who have online shops at Zazzle or CafePress or wherever, a place to discuss those and get help,

Squids Gone Wild (Randominity): Non-Squidoo posts - these can be serious or silly - we really don't mind.

"What if I post in the wrong forum?" you're asking. Don't worry, a moderator (more below on mods as well) will move the post to a better place.

Forums are a great facility

What do you think of forums in general and SquidU in particular?

Forums are good, well-run forums like SquidU are great

Forums are good, well-run forums like SquidU are great

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    • goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Forums are good, and I wish I had more time to participate.

    • orandze lm 5 years ago

      If you know how to recognize the consistently intelligible and polite people on any forums, following them can make it a great place to learn and grow. They also provide a good place for people to post questions on a specific subject, since you can expect different responses on different forums and get the most out of the knowledge offered.

    • wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      Love them. Just found them the other day but have already made excellent contacts, and found other excellent lenses.

    • vsajewel 5 years ago

      I have used forums for years just for looking for info that someone else posed a question about. In the last month I posted on a few forums myself...but I'm a newbie, and not too sure of the proper etiquette yet...but I'm trying!

    • ragtimelil 5 years ago

      The only drawback is that it is very time-consuming if you have a lot of sites you're working on and they all have forums. You could spend all day reading and commenting instead of working.

    • Aboutlowercholesterol 5 years ago

      I was introduced to SquidU by a lovely GiantSquid and got some great advice. I think forums are awesome, however they are addictive and can be a real time stealer!

    • avigarret 5 years ago

      Squidu has helped me take my lenses to a whole new level, thanks for passing it on and helping the squidoo and squidu community :)

    • seegreen 5 years ago

      FB is such a chore. The forums are so much easier to navigate.

    • VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I often ask for an advice on forums!

    • Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Forums can be really great, I use Warrior Forum and SquidU - they get too rude on WF but still there is so much information. I do comment about it though, I think we need to be very kind to each other.

    • julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I used to be active daily on Squidu, but didn't benefit from having the Community Council of today ensuring a well-run forum. I love a forum where people can openly participate.

    • xhuizini 5 years ago

      I love the difference between squidoo and forums

      here, its mostly informative and beneficial

      and also a lot more civilized as you say, since were all in the communication business

    • BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      SquidU is great for learning and it does drive a bit of traffic and feedback for your lenses too :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the sense of community I get on the forum. And I have learned so much. I didn't know facebook could challenge what we get on SquidU

    • Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I have post on a few forums ,I like squidu .Need to post more and ask for help when I need it.

    • iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      The SquidU forum is the friendliest forum I've seen and there's a lot of helpful information. However, I'm not a big fan of forums, and SquidU is no exception. Too many people interact on forums the same way they do in face-to-face conversations - they don't read the whole thread because they're too busy thinking about what they're going to say next and they don't pay any attention to how their words 'sound' before they click the publish button.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am just stating to understand the value of forums but I am also on facebook and twitter

    • Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I think they are fun and I have used the help forum and received a lot of good information.

    • mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      The moderators have been very helpful to beginners like me!

    • Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Forums are the best way to find out what users think, not just what the creators tell you about something. Visiting the forums is essential if you want to better understand software and how to use it best.

    • curious0927 5 years ago

      They are wonderful! I had some advice from a visitor. She mentioned to ask for feedback on the forums. Well, after searching for a way to do that, I found myself here. Thankfully, I can at least get my thoughts out here. I would like feedback anytime from anyone. Can I set that up in my lens? I have my guestbook open, thought that was the same thing! TY for your help.

    • thesuccess2 5 years ago

      Best way to keep up with developments

    • nsixx99 5 years ago

      I have found a ton of good advice at Squid U, I think the forums are great.

    • hartworks lm 5 years ago

      I've gotten some great help on SquidU and hope my help to others has been useful. As for FB, I really don't trust it anymore.

    • Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      It's a place to get info and give it. The concept is great.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Because of SquidU I came to know many great lensmasters and their work. Because of that I have learned a lot about Squidoo. Things like SEO, keyword research, promotion and making money. Slowly my lens have been improved because of the forums. In fact, I am happy of having found this great community.

    • WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      People have been pretty helpful to me on the boards. Definitely polite. The only thing is I seem to get few replies (and I think that's because of the time difference and the time I post)

    • pawpaw911 5 years ago

      The think I like about the SquidU forum, is that for new people, it is like having a whole bunch of mentors.

    • Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      I think a forum like SquidU makes ALL the difference in the world! Squidoo wouldn't be the same for me without it. The help and feedback I've received there have been invaluable! :)

    • Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I would be lost without the forums.

      I learn so much, and all questions answered very honestly and politely.

    • Surfer83 5 years ago

      Forum is good place for newbie to find info on particular community he is in.

      SquidU is a good place for me since I got to learn a few stuff and really get into the community.

      Facebook for me is a bit personal were I have my close friends and relatives in there.

    • RavenRunner 5 years ago

      Forums are great for sharing ideas and engaging in discussion.

    • bhthanks 5 years ago

      It's very helpful

    • Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      I like forums a lot - but SquidU is one of the friendliest, most humorous and most helpful I've found.

      Christine

    • BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I enjoy reading through the forums, but tend to be lurker more then a participant. Trying to be more active.

    • poutine 5 years ago

      I really like the Squidoo forum as you said before, everyone is well behaved there. And I learn a lot from all the lensmasters input.

    • Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I like forums but I tend to just read them instead of participating. I am a little shy to just jump in!

    • AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I participate in SquidU daily. I have learned so much, been able to promote my new lenses, and have enjoyed helping others too.

    • Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I didn't know about forums until I joined Squidoo, and this is the only one in which I participate regularly. SquidU is one of Squidoo's great strengths. It is my go-to spot whenever I have a question. If I can't find an answer in the archives, some friendly soul will answer it here. That's not to say we don't see some purple ink now and then. Not everyone in SquidU is nice all of the time. I've seen, and experienced myself, a few unkind remarks, but I realize that people get hot under the collar and sometimes don't stop and think before they hit "submit." The vast majority of people using the Squidoo forum are amazingly kind and generous with their time and energy. I am grateful for the mods who give so selflessly of their time to keep it that way.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have to say that for chat about Squidoo, I prefer SquidU - sadly I have seen some pretty atrocious stuff on Facebook, that would soon incur warnings if the topics were being moderated by people prepared to "keep it nice".

      SquidU is a great place to communicate with other Lensmasters and now there's a number of Moderators it makes it so much easier to jump on the "not nice" stuff as soon as it kicks off.

    • Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I find forums to be very useful, not only like SquidU where you can get answers to Squidoo questions and make new friends, but forums are great places to get noticed, which is what you want for your lenses, web sites etc.

    • lessardsgutters 5 years ago

      I Have not used a great number of forums but the ones I have used are priceless ! there is such a vast pool of knowledge that is freely given ... it is truly one of the best successes of the internet .

    • sidther lm 5 years ago

      I love SquidU! I used to be scared to post, but once I finally started posting everyone there was so nice! I love that so much help is available and if I ask a question or even get something wrong, people there are very helpful and kind when giving answers, correction or even when critiquing a lens.

    • Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I'm not in the forums much, there are times that I do visit and leave a posting...I like the forums for the most part

    • blanckj 5 years ago

      I don't do a whole lot on them but I really like them and they are very useful.

    • GrowWear 5 years ago

      Most forums are vastly uncivilized. I think SquidU is even more valuable now that it's truly peer driven. It's well-maintained and has a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

    • Vladimir 5 years ago from Australia

      The best thing about SquidU is the fish. No haddocks though and thanks for all the flounder

    Forums have had their day, I'm on Facebook now

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      • Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

        It seems like there is always a grinch on forums, so mostly I stay away. I'm sure I miss lots of good information, but also some aggravation.

      • Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

        I think forum posts can go either way. Mostly I find them full of 2 things: helpful information and individuals, and gossipy snide posts with no real purpose except to stir the pot. I lurk more than participate these days.

      • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        I've met a lot of highly negative people on SquidU and am wondering if Squidoo will fully retract from association eventually.

      • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        I like the Facebook forums but have to stay focused to get updating and writing done so don't spend too much time in them.

      • Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        I admit to be more and more active on FB instead of squidu. But the forums are far from dead!

      • grannysage 5 years ago

        I prefer FB nowadays, although I used to inhabit SquidU. I wasn't put off by the discussions; it's just too complicated to find your way around, too many topics and subtopics. Squidoo FB is more like just a bunch of friends hanging out discussing their favorite subject.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Let me bite the bullet for you Paul. The 'No participation' policy of HQ is a bit of a surprise! Well compensated by the great team of mods though! :)

      • Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

        Not one naysayer! To play devil's advocate: Facebook is better as you can make a quick comment and move on. Who wants detailed discussions of everything?

      The Critique Forum

      One of my favourite forums and one that blows the socks off many newcomers: post a lens here and people will tell you how to improve it or help you correct errors.

      "But we're all in competition for customers" you cry. Yes and no - there are plenty of people out there to entice to our lenses, plenty to go round. I had great help when I started on Squidoo, now I try to pay back some of that, and I'll still post lenses there if I want some advice - we all need help sometimes.

      Venerate The Mods

      Moderators

      Moderators are the people who control the day to day running of the forums - putting posts in the right areas, making sure rules are obeyed and so on. I'm a mod and there are, at present, five of us. We're picked for our intelligence, wisdom, sense of humour, virility, animal magnetism and various other characteristics. Most importantly, we're all posters and lensmasters - back to the communication thing - we talk to everyone and to each other so that people get what they want from forums.

      Read The Stickies

      Sticky Threads

      And Search

      At the top of several of the individual forums you'll see Sticky threads, so called because they stick up at the top of the page. They contain guidelines for success in the individual forum - so Critique has a thread advising you on how to prepare for a Crit and get the most out of it. Help forum has a few stickies answering very common questions - that saves many duplicate threads.

      There's also a link "Search" on every page - you can use that to find information in existing posts - it's worth doing this rather than immediately starting a thread to ask - it'll often save you time and get interesting extra info.

      Too Good To Be True So Far?

      What Can't You Do?

      Well, I've already mentioned swearing and txt spk. In general, avoid flaming. Flaming is being very rude to people. That doesn't mean you can't disagree but there's a right way and a wrong way.

      "Don't be so stupid, you steaming pile of wombat droppings, it's spelled with an 'a' " is a no-no. "Is that an American spelling? I've always used an 'a' in the UK" is a bit better.

      Spamming: overly promotional activities in inappropriate places - more below.

      Thread hijacking: Don't interject a post on an unrelated subject into an existing thread. Start your own - don't be shy. However, if you see a thread and you think your issue might be related, do reply in that thread (you might even be adding helpful extra information for the problem solver).

      Resurrecting threads: Don't reply to very old threads - start a new thread in preference.

      Bumping your own threads Bumping means replying to a thread just to get it back to the top of the forum. If you haven't had a response it's tempting but it is frowned upon.

      Shouting: TYPING IN CAPITALS. Everybody hates it and it rots your brain faster than a mobile phone next to a microwave. Please don't do it.

      Silly Characters: iT's VeRy HaRd To ReAd when p~eo~p~l~e +u+s+e odd mixes of characters. Some do it on thread titles - it usually doesn't work!

      The Curse Of The Internet

      Spamming Forums

      Spam - nasty over-commercial, over-promotional worthless garbage. The curse of forums especially as people try to drop links thinking they're great for search engines.

      Gross spam - posts that just advertise knock-off Nike and Rolexes that turn your wrist green - instant and permanent ban. No decent lensmaster would dream of doing it.

      Subtle spam - dropping the odd link here and there. We try to keep this out as well, else it would take over the forums. Links can go in Critique and Lens Spotlight, rarely in other forums. Persistent offenders get short bans, repeat offenders get longer bans, incorrigible recidivists get permanent bans.

      Reporting Bad Posts

      People do break the rules sometimes so under every post is a link to Report. If you think a post is against the rules, please hit Report so it gets flagged to mods. Nobody but mods sees the reports and we don't discuss them with anyone but other mods.

      Using the Report helps everyone - it can stop threads getting out of control and it gets spam removed quicker.

      Signatures

      Signatures, or sigs as they're often called, are the bits that are automatically put under each of your posts. Most of us use these to add links to lenses we want to highlight. The occasional non-Squidoo link is allowed as long as it's not a SquidDon't.

      Change your sig by clicking on the Profile link near the top of each forums page, then select Personality. Sigs use BBCode, not HTML, so you might see something like:

      [url=http://www.squidoo.com/squiddont]SquidDon't[/url]

      There's a link to info on BBCode on most pages, especially on the posting form.

      Are sig links good for search engine juice? Yes, to an extent. Not on most forums these days but okay on SquidU. (Another reason we keep out spam.) Make sure you use your keywords in the link text (on any backlink).

      Come Into My Parlour

      Starting Good Threads

      Title and post

      Unless you're just letting off steam you will want people to respond to your opening post. The best way to do this is with a meaningful title (not clever, not arch or witty). Which of the following would get you to respond?

      Hurricane Irene: we're in its path

      or

      Crikey

      Post content is most important when asking for help. Don't just say "Squidoo isn't working right" or "I can't publish". Give enough info to let people know exactly what the problem is - "When I hit Publish the screen darkens and the cat cries and vomits in the fishbowl. This only happens on Wednesdays."

      In something like Chatter you'll get a better response if you make a bit more effort with the OP:

      "What do you think of cats?"

      or

      "My cat has just vomited in the fishbowl after reading my new lens. Does anyone else's pet like to criticise lenses?"

      So, type a bit more and be polite?

      That's All There Is To It

      Not so bad, was it?

      We're delighted to see new people coming into the forums and we're delighted when they start posting regularly. That may be once a week or it may be (cough, looks at own total) a bit more often - it's entirely up to you. Get over to SquidU, read a few threads, read the stickies, say hello in the Intro forum and away you go.

      Some Common Questions

      100% Complete?

      Lenses have a progress bar that shows a notion of completeness. Only you can see the bar on your lenses and you can't see anyone else's. To expand the information click on "See your progress" below the bar.

      Most of the items that make up the list are sensible and you'll usually do them without thinking. Two however stick out like sore thumbs: 20 Likes and a Giant Squid Like, These are beyond your control - you just have to wait and see if you get the Likes, Don't waste time hunting for them. Important thing to note is that your lens is complete even if you don't have these two ticked off.

      Many very experienced lensmasters have loads of lenses without 20 Likes, many of which earn money. Getting the Likes doesn't make any great difference to a lens - any Like gives a brief rise in rank, that's all.

      Daftest product

       

      My Lens Isn't Featured, Still WIP

      Published a lens and it's still red on your dashboard? There's a sticky thread on the Help forum to explain this:

      My lens is still Work In Progress?

      Lensrank, Tiers And Payments

      Lenses earn money through rank and through sales. Read up on the basics on the sticky thread Questions - and Answers - about Squidoo Payday.

      I'm Still Baffled

      Don't worry - if the threads and lenses you've seen haven't helped then just post in the Help forum to ask for more explanation. Please don't be shy - one thing I believe is that there are no stupid questions and 99% of our forums members agree.

      Thank You For The Music

      One other benefit of forums: I was tearing my hair out trying to find images - quick search of help and I found a link to lenses by Lensmaster artbymichelle. She has created a huge amount of free clipart - many thanks to her for the images used on this lens. And thanks to the person whose post pointed me in her direction.

      Will you be posting in five minutes?

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          goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

          Lots of your usual good advice. Thanks.

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          Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

          Thank you for such a helpful lens! I'm screwing up my courage to participate in the forums more. I've bookmarked this lens for future reference.

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          Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

          I was actually just heading over to check out the forums. Excellent advise for posting on forums Paul.

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          candy47 5 years ago

          Thanks for the insight into getting the best from forums :)

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          TapIn2U 5 years ago

          Thank you for the information. Sundae ;-)

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          davenjilli lm 5 years ago

          good info

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          FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

          Snerk. "Temporary". I think I'm going to go promote this lens somewhere.

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          Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

          So sad it's gone, still mightily depressed about it...

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          goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

          Good info. Thanks.

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          Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

          @squidoopets: It is unfortunate that past animosities continue to be rehearsed by a few in forums - usually cleverly so rules aren't infracted.

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          Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

          I go to Squidu to post and follow out links but I stay away from conversations about squidoo lenses now because responses I've gotten in my threads are downright nasty - the place should be closed down in my opinion and folks can continue to make their own groups with like minded people.

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          wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

          I came here through a post you made on the forum. I noticed that if you are nice to people and offer advice and comments they come to visit your lenses which is another great reason to visit the forum (besides just getting great advice).

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          Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

          I actually came from the forum and found your name on another lensmasters comments. This is a very useful lens, and I want to commend you on the job you do in the forum. Appreciate your help.

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          WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

          Squidoo is fantastic, as most people would agree, but forums are an interesting way to learn a bit more about Squidoo.

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          Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Squidu is much better now that it is well moderated. I love the funny mods comment when they remove spammers links and posts. Maybe do a top ten list of ''mods most funny comment'' :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens! Thanks for useful info!

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          Aboutlowercholesterol 5 years ago

          Thanx for the info Paul. I realise I have quite a bit to learn, oh my goodness .....

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          rysth13 5 years ago

          Good lens for new member for understanding squidu forum properly.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          Excellent lens - as I would expect from someone so knowledgeable about Squidoo. I am just getting on to the forums, and I regret taking so long. Angel Blessed for general helpfulness.

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          Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

          Straight to the point(s) and I'd make it a mandatory in order for a newby to be allowed to register to SquidU. Thanks Paul.

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          Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

          Hi this lens helped me to get a better understanding of squidu forum.Thanks for the info.

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          victoriuh 5 years ago

          Good explanations!

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          Great forum intro...should be required reading!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi Paul a great lens to get a better understand ing the SquidU forum. I think it is a valuable resource

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          jejoju 5 years ago

          Hi Hello Paul

          Thank you for your help! I added to my favorites bar so I can look at it again. I would like to have another try but not today. Thank you!

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          poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

          Thank you Paul...will try harder to contribute more

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          ForestBear LM 5 years ago

          Great lens! I sure will :-) thank you for reminding me, I should come out of my shell and be much more active on squidu.

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          ForestBear LM 5 years ago

          Great lens! I sure will :-) thank you for reminding me, I should come out of my shell and be much more active on squidu.

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          Image Girl 5 years ago

          I realized I'd never thanked you for this lens. I'm fairly familiar with Forums, and find the SquidU one to be well run, and more polite then many others. I love your witty writing style!

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          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

          I've just started to work up the courage to post replies in the forum, though I must say I have learned a great deal by reading the discussions there. Thank you for a very helpful lens.

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          EvelynIrene 5 years ago

          Wow, this lens is very helpful. As a noob, I get most of my traffic from the forum. :)

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          nsixx99 5 years ago

          I am actually visiting this lens after clicking on your signature in the Squid U Forum, heading back now!

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          chamanto 5 years ago

          I have learnt about the forum only recently. This lens will give more visibility to SquidU.com. Thanks.

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          MorningShine 5 years ago

          Thank you for some really helpful info.

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          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          I have found that visiting the forum has been very helpful. The people have shown me things that could benefit my lens in a polite manner. No one like to be scolded, and they always give a word of encouragement.

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          WayneDave LM 5 years ago

          Thanks for this, I've used the information on signatures, I was struggling with that stuff.

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          pawpaw911 5 years ago

          Again, nicely done. Well covered.

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          Great information here - I really do think it's vital for anyone wanting to succeed in any social media platform, like Squidoo, to take a look at the forums and ask for help. And SquidU is one of the friendliest forums I've come across! :)

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          Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

          Excellent guide to the forums Paul :) So, we have to be "nice" huh....and you might add that if someone types like they talk the flilters will come along and change words like sh*t to sugar :) *Blessed*

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          Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

          Very nice, informative lens.

          You have helped me on the forums with critiques, and I know I'll be back with more questions.

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

          I go to Squidu almost every day. I am trying to learn more and I usually find a similiar question being discussed.there.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great pointers on forum etiquette. Very apt lens from the forum's favorite mod! Keep up your great work Paul. :)

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          rozalex lm 5 years ago

          I love different forums! nice lens

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          Lauren 5 years ago from Florida

          It's always on the agenda...!

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Not really as it is now sleep time for us but I will be back tomorrow.

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          Anime-e 5 years ago

          I love going to forums they are always fun to talk to people and learn stuff. I just really hate asking all those dumb questions ... but If I have to I do! I try to man up and just get it over with at times.

          I feel like people on forums are so nice to work with and help. If I need help they come rushing in! its an amazing feeling and thats why I like to help others on the forums just as much.

          Even if I just say congrats or good luck I feel like I am putting a smile on someone`s face for doing so! Just my opinion!

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          Surfer83 5 years ago

          Yup I try to do it on daily basis sometime more =)

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          John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

          I always visit the forums and do try to post once or twice per visit but depends if I have something to add

          Nice lens by the way, very useful intro and description of how a forum should work

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          goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

          Yes, I will. Nice lens, and good information on the sig!

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          Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

          I don't post much but I read quite a bit in SquidU and must say I like your style :) Thanks for putting together such a helpful lens which is bound to benefit many, and especially our newest lensmasters.

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          Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

          @cdcraftee: Can you have a worm in drag, seeing as they're hermaphrodites?

          twitcud - they're getting worse!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thanks for this lens. Not only am I new to Squidoo, I am also new to participating in forums...so, this lens was helpful to me. I have just started sticking my toe in the forum pool a little bit and I'm finding out that the water is fine!

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          Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

          Maybe - but I have been there already a couple of times today - so maybe not!

          Christine

          Security - dragonworm or drag on worm ???

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

          Thanks, I must be dreaming because I feel like I've read this before. It's always good to go back over things. Maybe some of it will stick now that I'm learning my way around Squidoo a little more each day.

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          Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

          Thanks for this explanation about forums on Squidoo--each forum has its own flavor and etiquette. Thanks for explaining.

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          hysongdesigns 5 years ago

          I always look for the forums whenever I join a site like Squidoo, so I've been on there from the beginning of my time on S. I too really appreciate all the people who answer questions and give advice on lenses.

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          inspirationz 5 years ago

          i'm very new to squidoo and havent yet visited squidu forums so i found this very interesting and informative - thank you!

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          traveller27 5 years ago

          Very informative and useful lens for everyone on Squidoo - not just for newbies.

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          JillY88 5 years ago

          Great information and a must read for everyone in squidoo. You can never know enough. Thanks for a great lens.

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          AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

          Excellent advice. I agree, it should be required reading for newbies.

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          Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

          Thank you, Paul, for a highly useful and informative lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thank you so much for this Paul - I think it spells it out Forum Etiquette very nicely.

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          Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Great discussion Paul. When joining any forum I make sure I complete my profile, so that when I post anything, my avatar, web site (my blog or my lensmaster profile usually) and other details all show up. Leaving your identity when you reply to blog posts generated backlinks to your sites. Nicely done Paul, Blessed.

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          Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

          ooohhh can I put this in my forum sig too! Bravo Paul and you do all a great job on SquidU - I know we are all apreciateive of the hard work that we dont know, goes into keeping it a great place!

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          Kristin 5 years ago from Long Beach, CA

          Thanks for the info. I've been on Squidoo for a few months now, but I haven't managed to make it over to the SquidU forums very much. I think I need to start posting.

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          sidther lm 5 years ago

          I will head over there right now! I love the way you describe the forum- you have made reading the rules a fun experience! It is so important and for some of us, the social rules need to be spelled out in detail (I am always scared that I will break a rule)!

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          Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

          Thanks a bunch. Very helpful, I was wondering how you got those sigs on.

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          Katherine Tyrrell 5 years ago from London

          Very helpful Paul

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          Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

          Great information here, a place that all newbies joining the forum at Squidoo should read...Well written thanks for sharing...

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          blanckj 5 years ago

          Thanks for this wonderful lens. You did a very thorough job explaining everything.

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          fireblazzer 5 years ago

          nice page!

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          Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

          I don't get to the forums very often. I'm afraid I do go to the Squidoo Facebook Community more often, since I'm already on FB. In fact, that's where I got the link to come and read this.

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          Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          Possibly...as long as I'm signed into the right account :)

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          GrowWear 5 years ago

          Possibly. Possibly so. :)