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« on: February 18, 2009, 12:14:52 AM »

Stay on Topic

Each of us need to read threads thoroughly and from the beginning before we reply. Itís important that we fully understand the members question and think about the information that they have supplied for us. It is even more important that we stay ON TOPIC in each and every thread. I can also understand why members become agitated when they provide all the necessary information but because someone skimmed their post they are asked for the information that they have already provided. Reading comprehension skills are of a great help on an online forum.

When a member is new to the hobby itís best that they are given basic information in the beginning. If we fail to provide the basic information then it is quite possible that the new member will fail.

Think of the learning process as if you were trying to help a person build a pyramid. Thereís no need to tell them how to build the top first, because without a solid foundation it simply isnít going to work.

When a member asks a question, the proper thing to do is to simply answer the question. Rambling on off topic is of no help to anyone. It actually creates confusion for the person. If a person asks how much water they should change and how often then it makes no sense for someone to ramble on off topic. Simply answer their question and wait for the member to hopefully state that they understand the answer that was provided for them.

If you are reading a members thread and you decide that you have a question of your own then start your own thread. You should all feel free to start your own thread and have your question answered.

Because there has been an increase in off topic comments and members asking their own questions in threads we are going to start deleting off topic comments and splitting off questions that donít belong to the person who started the thread. This is nothing new as we have done it many times in the past. And soon enough it should simply become habit for everyone to stay ON TOPIC.

I hope you all think of this as a helpful reminder. Your help is greatly appreciated and this is in no way intended to be disrespectful or rude to anyone. We appreciate all that you do.
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