Today's Topic: Threads
Common Rules to Follow in a Thread:
- Read the initial post carefully to be sure you understand the comment or the question.
- Before replying, be sure to read the entire thread first so that you don't repeat something that has already been said by someone else. Unless, of course, it is something that bears repeating.
- Be thorough in your reply if you are offering advice or answering a research question.
- If you are stating a personal opinion, offer some reasoning to back up your statements.
- Do not assume that the reader has the same knowledge-base that you do about the topic or about genealogy in general.
- Remember that the reader of the thread isn't just the person who wrote the original post. Everyone who belongs to the group can read what your replies contain. This is always an opportunity to keep in mind that you may be sharing information with new genealogists and you might be helping them to learn new ways to do their research. You might also teach the veterans a thing or two.
- If your reply includes a reference to something found online, be sure to include the URL (web address) for the reference. Copy & paste it from your web browser directly into your reply to be sure it is accurate and will work properly.
- If your reply includes a reference to a specific work, online or offline, be sure to include the complete title so that it will be easy for others to track down.
- Stay on topic. If the topic strays from the original post, it might be time to start a new thread.
- If the thread becomes more of a personal conversation between you and another person, it might be time to move it to a private message conversation instead of using the public forum.
- Respect the opinions and advice given by others. Have a thoughtful conversation with others, encouraging a good-natured exchange of ideas and research methodology tips.
- Mind your manners. A public forum isn't the time or the place for anyone to do or say something that they wouldn't do or say in person, face to face. It's sad that I have to include this bit, but I've seen tempers flare far too often. Treat others with the same courtesy you wish for yourself.
See also: Facebook for Genealogy: Posts, aka Queries