What makes an effective post?

Terry57

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What makes an effective post/poster?

A couple of reasons we all post here is to connect with other like minded folks, and to help birds and their parronts. But some posts are more effective than others.
Here are a few suggestions:

-Respect for other people's opinions is a must, and is in fact one of the forum rules. With as many members as we have from all over the world, listening to other points of view is crucial. If you have a different opinion, please share it, but do so respectfully. There are many ways to get a desired outcome, and listening to others opinions can help all who read the thread to learn.


-Reading the previous posts in a thread before replying. You may find that someone has already covered what you were going to say, and if you have something to add, that's great. You also may find the answers to your questions, which keeps the OP from having to repeat themselves over and over again.

-Avoid mentioning only one member you are hoping to hear from when posting a question. This will kill a thread quickly, and you may be missing out on other people who have just as much experience who won't post their recommendations.

-Using the Thank You Button appropriately. The Thank You Button is a wonderful way to thank someone for taking the time to post on your thread, or to show agreement with someone's post. It can also be a polite way to disagree with someone's post by not using it if you don't want to post a rebuttal.

-Incredibly long posts should be the exception rather than the norm. There may be some wonderful information in the midst of these posts, but many will not see it because there is simply too much text to want to read through. Some questions require longer responses, and some don't. Sometimes self editing a post will reach many more people and get the point across better.

One other thing we want to add is that none of our members are CAVs (as far as I know). Nothing should substitute for a CAV opinion, no matter how much experience the person has.

We would also like to address something that has started to happen frequently here on the forum.
We have members from all across the globe, and many come here for help. They are sometimes bombarded with advice to see a CAV (Certified Avian Vet) after the person states there isn't one, or given advice on what products they should be using. It is always good to recommend a CAV, and a few members have gone above and beyond at helping the OP find one in their area. But repeating it over and over after the person states that they do not have access to one can be counterproductive. Quite a few countries have little choice in using a CAV, or the chance to purchase products that are commonly available in the US. We need to remember that anyone who comes here to ask for help has the best interest of their bird in mind, and the fact that lack of products or access to a CAV does not change that. Rather than passing judgement on them, we should all be trying to help by finding out what they do have available, and thinking outside the box.
The forum is here to help birds from everywhere, and it can be disheartening for someone who reached out for help to be shamed because they do not have the same access that so many enjoy.
We would like to ask that our members keep this in mind when trying to help, because the birds' welfare should be the main concern.

We welcome your thoughts as this forum belongs to all of us, and anything that improves it is a win for us all.

~ The Mod Team
 

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Wonderful post, Terry! I am proud to belong to a bird enthusiast forum uniting several continents! With a bit of humility, forbearance, and tact, we can all learn and share with others for the benefit of our beloved fids.
 

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Wonderful Thread Terry and Mod Team!!!
It keeps Parrot Forums a Welcoming Place for all members regardless of where in this World they are connecting from.
 
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Allee

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Terry, thank you for addressing some of the issues we’ve been discussing, I know if the mod team has concerns more than likely some of our members feel the same way. With our collective knowledge and experience we should be able to reach out and offer friendly, helpful advice to anyone who asks no matter where they hail from or what their unique set of circumstances are.
 

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Thank you Terry! This post says a lot of things that I had been thinking lately, only with incredible kindness and eloquence. The mod team here is the best and I love the space you have created and protect.


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Ellie777Australia

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QUOTE=Flboy "This is wrong!..I can only give one thank you!"


I will help...thank you, thank you, thank you Terry!:)


I really appreciate the CAV portion as a trip to one means a minimal 2 day trip for us.



Once again, thank you Terry...


Debbie:red1:
 

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This is wrong!

I can only give one thank you!

QUOTE=Flboy "This is wrong!..I can only give one thank you!"


I will help...thank you, thank you, thank you Terry!:)


I really appreciate the CAV portion as a trip to one means a minimal 2 day trip for us.



Once again, thank you Terry...


Debbie:red1:




**Raises hands***

Me three!!!
Very much appreciate~


WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! **HUGS***

**CHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU**


 

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Tezz, that was beautifully put and says it all! Thank you so much for a clear and heartfelt post! :)
 

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For me a trip to my local CAV is not long, about 20 min.
But it's a double edged sward.
Is it worth the stress for the bird in question for the trip and the...extra handling just to hear the same old same old (what I usually get from my vet)?
OR is it better to watch and wait to see if I have a real problem or not.

anyway good thread and many good points.
This form has been the kindest one I have ever been a member of and proud to be a member.

texsize
 

T00tsyd

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...and I thought it was just me. So glad it's in the open Thanks!
 

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Terr, the points you raise are so very important, because that kind of consideration makes all the difference when it comes to maintaining a positive and uplifting atmosphere for everyone. Thank you for writing this up, my friend.
 

Ellie777Australia

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QUOTE=texsize "Is it worth the stress for the bird in question for the trip and the...OR is it better to watch and wait to see if I have a real problem or not." This is a great question and most certainly requires deep reflection! I do know that birds will usually present visible signs/symptoms of an illness long after the onset of a particular problem. Perhaps this is why many take their fids to the CAV for 'wellness checkups'.


And... I agree with you texsize: "This forum has been the kindest one I have ever been a member of and proud to be a member."


Kind Regards,
Debbie:red1:
 
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Bloody brilliantly Terry. Thank you and the mod team for everything you do!

Terry, thank you for addressing some of the issues we’ve been discussing, I know if the mod team has concerns more than likely some of our members feel the same way.

How do I like this 100 times over? I know for a fact that some of the posting practices over the last year or two have actually suppressed participation, though the diversity of participants has increased. Allee, you nailed it on the head.
 

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