Originally Posted by pacific pacer
Glad to be aboard, all looks very interesting so far! Will take me awhile to work out whats what, hopeless with computers
so be gentle with me!
SV : Pacific pacer
Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum Rob!
I have been here a year and I am still learning
how all the buttons and links and forum features work! And I still am clueless on many of the features!
A Few of my Favorite Tips for New Members to this Forum:
Since you are new to this forum, let me mention a few things you might miss but that could help you more enjoy your time here:
Forums 101 - Posting, Accounts, Basics
There are also some "social groups" that are more focused on special interests. I am not a member
of those groups, but you should be able to find them if you do some exploring of the forum website, look for "groups."
Cruisers & Sailing Forums - All Groups
Profiles Help People Relate
You can also post a profile (when you sign up you can create a forum profile on this site or edit it later) and in that you can also post photos (e.g. of your boat, etc.) and a description of your sailing desires or experiences.
As I see it, it is a good idea to post something about yourself and your sailing experience or goals in the "About Me" tab (page) within your forum profile.
That is the most helpful part of the profile.
You may click on a member's name (or avatar) to see their public profile and through that page you can also send them private messages if you wish. You can look at mine for one example, and see I have written something and also posted some photos in an album.
I encourage you to complete the profile early
in your membership
in the forum, so those people who would like to know something about a new member
can learn. I did not post a complete profile (due to ignorance about that feature of the site), until after I noticed that my empty profile page had already had 1,000 views by forum members. This meant I missed sharing information with those 1,000 folks who had some level of interest in who I am. I was completely surprised at how many people look at member
profiles, so it really is used and viewed and can be a good way of sharing information and connecting and relating. I firmly believe it can help a member and a community in many ways.
Not everyone does post any written "bio" or even a photo
of themselves, but I think it adds to the human factor of a community to see a face and know a little about that person, and makes it more "personal."
I also encourage the use of a photo
(e.g. a "headshot") of the sailor (or couple) as the avatar. I think it also adds to the "human community" aspect of the online experience.
Here is a FAQ page on how to post photos here. ￼
Cruisers & Sailing Forums
- FAQ: Reading and Posting
Good luck on your sailing adventures and have fun!