I have a great time on the boards and I've made some really nice friends. I want everyone's experience to be the same, so here are my helpful tips:
1. Post, post and then post!- The more people see your posts the more familiar they will feel with you and the friendlier they become (assuming your posts are nice ). If you are new here post a little intro of yourself so people can get to know you. Welcome newbies when they post their intros.
Remember to make your posts meaninful, we won't learn anything new about you if you just say "I can't wait to get the new vinyls". We want more!!
2. Share your collection in the Collector's Showcase. - We all love to see what everyone has in their collection and how it is displayed. Take the time to leave a comment for others letting them know what you like.
3. Help others. - Answer questions whenever you can even if it's just to give them a link to the info they need. If you come across a helpful thread bookmark it so you can refer people to it in the future. Point them in the right direction if they are searching for a particular thread.
4. Be positive whenever possible.- We all have gripes, complaints, vents, etc. and one of the great things about VinylNation has always been the freedom to express ourselves, but before hitting the submit button it's always a good idea to re-read what we've written and evaluate whether or not the negative is really necessary. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes it is, but can be toned down or tempered. You don't have to agree with another member's opinion, but we ask that you respect that person enough to realize that it is THEIR opinion, which may differ greatly from your own.
VN is such an awesome community - truly my happy place. The creativity and caring and generosity of the people here just blows me away! No one is required to do any of the things I've listed above. They are just suggestions to try if you want to.
How about you - do you have any suggestions to add to the list? Please post any ideas you have about how to make friends and feel really "in" around here. Or tell us a little story about a friendship you've cultivated here and how it started!
I BEG YOU - please no negative posts on this thread. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let's keep this a happy helpful thread!