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    Ask a Mentor

    Here I’ve attempted to compile a list of frequently requested threads and articles, like Piglet’s Picks, but concerning the site and membership rather than writing.

    Do you have a question that can't be answered by the links below?

    Post your question and a mentor will answer it.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why can’t I update my profile?
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...ess-to-profile

    Fiction board and Prose Writer's Workshop: What's the difference?
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...iters-Workshop

    Copyright Basics
    http://www.writingforums.com/content...pyright-Basics

    Critique

    How can I get a critique?
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...+a+Critique%3F

    Reviewer’s handbook: A guide to critique
    http://www.writingforums.com/content...ewers-Handbook

    Poetry: On critiques and replies.
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...es-and-replies

    Posting

    The dark art of posting.
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...Art-Of-Posting

    Stuff you may not know how to do on the forum.
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...Know-How-To-Do

    How to make symbols with a keyboard
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...-with-keyboard

    WF BB Code List
    http://www.writingforums.com/misc.php?do=bbcode

    Having trouble pasting from Word?
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...g-when-posting

    Membership

    How do I subscribe to WF?
    http://www.writingforums.com/payments.php

    Titles and colors – A who’s what.
    http://www.writingforums.com/content...s-a-Who-s-What

    List of Awards
    http://www.writingforums.com/awards.php

    Writing Forums Guide
    http://www.writingforums.com/threads...g-Forums-Guide
    Last edited by J Anfinson; May 20th, 2014 at 01:05 AM.

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    Great idea, J!
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    How to subscribe to a group:

    At the top of the group page there's a white bar with the group title. At the far right of that bar there's a button labeled, "Group Tools". Click on that and you'll see the option to subscribe to the group, which will cause new posts in that group to appear at the bottom of your subscribed threads page.

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    How to Link Your LM Workshop Entry ​(with thanks to Pluralized)

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    It's difficult to know where to ask this one and how to phrase it.
    I'll begin by stating that I'm not asking why someone was recently banned as I know what sort of answer I would (rightly) get. However, I just want to ensure that I don't tread the same path.

    So, is a failure to use multi-quote rather than single replies regarded as an infraction of the forum rules?


    I ask because a recently banned person was called on this, but the ban could easily have been for other reasons.
    I also ask because I find multi-quote a bit unwieldy.

    A yes or no to the emboldened question is sufficient. However, if there are degrees of yes, a little extra info would be appreciated.
    I just want to be clear that I'm not asking for details of a moderating decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine View Post
    So, is a failure to use multi-quote rather than single replies regarded as an infraction of the forum rules?
    Normally, in of itself it's not a terrible problem.

    However, double/triple posting is considered bad forum etiquette internet-wide.

    Excerpt from the rules: Quoting: Quoting is encouraged, but please don't quote 5 paragraphs and reply with one line. Quote just enough material to show what you are replying to. If you are replying to more than one post, do so within one reply post, and address each component of your reply to the appropriate member. You can do this either by using the multi-quote feature, or by copying and pasting individual quotes into your reply post.

    If it is decided that multiple offenses of this are infraction worthy, than yes.

    But everyone is human of course, technology is confusing and this may not be obvious to new members. But someone who continues this behaviour over a long period of time, even after being directed to use this feature, could be ignoring staff, which is also in the rules.

    But yes, normally there is more than quoting involved in a ban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowley K. Jarvis View Post
    But yes, normally there is more than quoting involved in a ban.
    Thank you for clearing this up.

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    I'm not sure which member you are referring to, Phil, but I can assure no one has even gotten so much as an infraction for not using multi-quote since I've been on the dark side. I will even venture to say there are some staff members who have yet to figure it out, so don't worry about walking on egg shells about it.

    The reason we tend to make a big deal about it is that four of five straight posts from the same member can annoying and may unnecessarily clutter up the thread.

    Anyway, if you don't how to use the multi-quote, you can check out this link here: http://www.writingforums.com/threads...=1#post1479186

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    Concerning pictures, I do not know how to transfer a picture from my computer to you. Do you have different pictures I might use other than a blank picture. Any picture will do? Writer One

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    Quote Originally Posted by Writer One View Post
    Concerning pictures, I do not know how to transfer a picture from my computer to you. Do you have different pictures I might use other than a blank picture. Any picture will do? Writer One
    These options will become available to you once you have made your ten valid posts. You will be able to choose or upload your avatar and profile picture from your Settings (the link at the top right of your page, between My Profile and Log Out)

    New Member FAQs


    Q - I've just joined and I can't edit my profile/add a signature/fix my avatar. What should I do?
    Like all sites of this type, we suffer attacks from spammers. Therefore, it is necessary to become active on the site before some features are available. New non-subscribing members will find that there are some restrictions relating to user profiles, signatures and avatars, messaging and posting new topics; these restrictions are temporary and are lifted once ten (10) valid posts have been made. (Da Rules)
    - New Member FAQs
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