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    Sensei Ishido's Guide for Newbies

    Post by The Hammer on Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:45 am

    Survival Guide for newbies

    Please keep this thread clean and informative.

    *This is a read-only thread. If you have a newbie question, please start a new thread in an appropriate forum*

    Welcome to my survival guide for newbies. This thread contains some tips and advices especially useful for people who are new to Sensei Ishido's. This thread will not help you become successful or popular. This thread is designed only to help you stay out of trouble.

    The guide contains mostly tips for people who are fairly new to online forums. Some tips are for greenhorns only, while some are universal and apply to all levels. There are two main components at this time.

    1. Bio Do's and Dont's - talks about what are some of the things to avoid when you write your bio, as well as some other tips.

    2a. The Ecology of Ishido's Forums - learn the types of creatures that post in the forums.

    2b. Basic Forum Survival Tips - avoid getting torn apart. It's not pretty.

    Supplement:
    - Acronym List
    - FAQ on Forums

    Disclaimer: This guide was written and provided to Ishido members on volunteer basis. I, while some others are not, but some other contributors are, directly affiliated with Sensei Ishido's, its parent entity, or its subsidiaries. Clear enough?

    Notes to other Ishido survivors:
    If you have other survival tips, please feel free to provide them in the form of a reply. I will continue to add to this guide per your suggestion. I also reserve the right to choose which tips to include. Thanks in advance.


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    Sensei Ishido's Guide for Newbies - Bio do's and don'ts

    Post by The Hammer on Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:55 am

    Profile do's and dont's

    == PRESENTATION ==

    Sensei Ishidos's allows you to present yourself both with text and with pictures. Think of your 'About me' as your cover letter, and that your profile as your resume. Your bio should be concise, professional, and informative.

    DO use proper grammar and spelling. We don't expect everyone to write like a Nobel Prize candidate, but it should at least show that you put in effort in composing your bio. Use spell checker if you're bad at spelling. Be extra careful with misuse of homonyms, such as there and their.

    DO NOT use netspeak. There are places where netspeak is appropriate, like MySapce. Do not substitute the letter u for the word 'you'; or the number 4 for the word 'for'. You'll be viewed as lazy and immature rather than 'kewl'. In some cases, people might skip your profile entirely and not take you serious.

    DO NOT include useless information or images in your 'about me' section.

    DO NOT abuse bold, italic, or capitalization. Proper use of those elements can make your bio easier to read. Abusing them achieves the opposite.

    DO use line breaks. Several short paragraphs are easier to read than one long block of texts.


    == POSITIVE ATTITUDE ==

    DO introduce yourself in a humble, polite, and professional manner. Active Ishido members are very passionate about art. If you express that you have a positive passion about it, you are more likely to receive help.

    DO NOT write anything about what people have told you at night clubs, shopping malls, or coffee shops.



    == Third-Person Profiles ==

    People who wrote their profiles in third person perspective usually have something in common. They are very convinced that it's better than writing profiles in first person perspective. After some research, I am recommending AGAINST writing profiles in the third person perspective.

    Self-representation is mandatory. With exception of minors, each individual should manage his or her own account, write his or her own bio, and answer his or her own messages. Given this fact, we know you wrote the bio yourself. The general attitude towards third-person profiles is negative.

    Sensei Ishido's is a networking site with various channels to interact with other members. Eventually, you'll be answering mails and leaving comments. In those situations, it is almost impossible to keep on using the third-person perspective. Let you be yourself. Let you speak for yourself. The rest of the community wants to know you by how you represent yourself, and not by what you would say about yourself if you weren't yourself.

    If you're still not convinced, and think there are valuable benefits to write in third-person perspective, allow me to assure you that the negative effects will always outweigh the positive.

    In conclusion: Don't do it.
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    Sensei Ishido's Guide for Newbies - Forum Ecology

    Post by The Hammer on Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:06 am

    Know thy creatures of the forums.

    The Wolves

    These are the smartest creatures in the forums. They either have great and extensive knowledge and experience in the forum community, or they have the talents to make up for the lack of. They are protective of their territories, and they often travel in packs. Occasionally, wolves would disagree with each other, and when that happens, there would be two possible outcomes. 1. They work out the differences and respect each other more. 2. An alpha male emerges after an intense debate filled with external references. The wolf that lost would go into hiding.

    The Trolls

    These are creatures who seek joy from disturbing the peace in the forums. They feed on anger and chaos. They do so by starting threads with sensitive topics. The trolls are not welcomed in any community, and that goes the same for Ishido's. Trolls don't stay very long, as they make enemies quickly and need to be on the run in order to survive. When they do linger, they are either killed by the Rangers, or get driven out by the Wolves.

    The Rangers

    Also known as the moderators. Their job is to maintain peace in the forums. They patrol the forum to kill trolls and herd back stray bunnies. Their number is few so sometimes they rely on others to help them do their jobs.

    The Bunnies

    Also known as forum junkies. Bunnies are lovable creatures who hop from one forum to the other. They post in playful, and often meaningless, threads. They post all the time, and they multiply. Bunnies are mostly harmless, but in large number, they form a powerful mob.

    The Fawns

    Also known as newbies. Fawns are vulnerable creatures because they don't know about all the dangers out there. Smart fawns go into hiding until they are bigger, stronger, and wiser. Other less fortunate fawns start stupid posts.

    The Hyenas

    These creatures wander throughout Ishido's Lands looking for trouble. They derive pleasures by preying on helpless Fawns. Sometimes they work in groups, sometimes they work alone. Like the Wolves, some Hyenas have better than average knowlege of the workings of online forums. But unlike the Wolves and more like the Trolls, the Hyenas are motivated only by the thrills of the hunt.

    The Elves

    The elves are mystical and secretive creatures. They formed their own sub-comunity deep in the forests of Ishido-Land. The Elves are not fond of outside visitors; at the same time, they rarely wonder away from their territory. The Elves are respected for they hold the secrets to looking more beautiful, wise, and creative.

    The Monkeys

    These are the annoying whiners in the forums. They are not as smart as the Wolves, but also not as disruptive as the Trolls. They like to beat dead horses and throw coconuts at the Rangers. They are not the most popular ones in the forums but they are not going away either. The Rangers can’t do anything about them, and frankly, they don't give a banana either.
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    Sensei Ishido's Guide for Newbies - Survival Tips

    Post by The Hammer on Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:12 am

    Basic Forum Survival Tips



    - Know the rules. Click on info. Check both FAQs and Rules.
    - Read this thread:
    - No Spamming. Don't post the same thread in multiple forums
    - Know the right place to post.
    - Read up before you speak.
    - Participate in existing threads before creating your own.
    - Learn to use the search function.
    - Do NOT give legal advice just because it "makes sense" to you.
    - Do NOT bump a thread until it's buried in the 2nd page.


    Generally, I recommend at least 2 weeks of intensive reading before you post anything, and at least 100 posts in existing threads before attempting to start your own. But this is a Brand New Forum so hey, go for it...



    If you found yourself being bashed in the forums. Ask yourself what you did wrong. Behind all the sarcasm, there are legitimate advice and discussion. The biggest mistake is when one rush to defend himself or herself. People who are active in the forums are expert debaters. You may think that you are smart, but these people are probably smarter than you. Survival of the fittest apply here, the post count under their name is a fairly good indicator of how long they've been around.

    Treat the forums as territories. There are wolves that are very protective of their homes. It doesn't matter if you're right or wrong, a newbie has zero chance of survival. The smartest thing to do is humbly back down, apologize, and ask if anyone would kindly help you correct whatever you're being attacked for. The dumbest thing to do is ignore this piece of advice.

    == ACRONYM LIST ==
    *This list will grow exponentially over time*

    CAM - Contact-A-Mod. This is a site feature where you can open a private conversation with the site moderators.

    OP - Original Post/Original Poster. This refers to first post of the thread, or the person who started the thread.

    OT - Off-Topic. Refers to the off-topic forum. Or, if used in the middle of the thread, refers to a reply that has gone off the original topic.

    QFT - "Quote For Truth". In forums, quoting a statement made by a previous poster to emphasize the importance of that statement.



    == FAQ On Forums ==


    Q: What is "BUMP"?
    A: The forums list threads by "last activity". Which means an active thread will always be on or near the top of the threads lists. On the other hand, an inactive thread gets "buried" down the list. Such thread can be revived by making with any reply. This act is called "bumping" and many do so by using the word "bump" itself.

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