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    Posted: July 31 2005 at 12:57pm

This would be a great help to the new reefers in the area.  It would be nice to have a place that you could stick very helpfull threads.  I am thinking a non posting section adding only things that are helpful, kinda like the FAQ section.  I have asked what the different types of macro alge's look like before and that has slipped of into the forum abyss, just an example of things that might be kept in a section that you don't have to rumage thru to find what your looking for.

 

Sorry I seem to be having a hard time explaining what I'm thinking.  Hope it makes sence.

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Let us see what everyone else say about it.

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How about one sticky where we add every link we can find? I don't think we need a sticky for each individual thing, but we could have one sticky to rule all stickies!
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I would love a beginners section! I have been doing this for 2 yyears and I still know nothing. I guess you can't teach an old dog any tricks!

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Most people seem to like asking specific questions and getting specific answers. We disbanded the WMAS Library because of lack of interest. I suspect that sticky notes will be ignored just like the books were. It is sometimes frustrating to answer the same questions over and over again, but that kind of personal attention is part of what makes this MB successful. Few people can take the time to read and study every little thing they have a question about. Also, sometimes my understanding of a particular topic changes in the interim so the current answer could be better than an old answer

For me, until the time comes that I don't enjoy it anymore, I will continue answering questions and sometimes refer people to previous threads.
There are two things that I think are great:
when a person includes this message board as part of their homework before making a purchase or taking action
when a person asks questions here or calls me at the very first hint of a problem.

BTW I'm impressed that you chose that awesome Macroalgae thread as an example. The value of algae in a reef tank is too often missed by new hobbyists.

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Yeah thats my idea behind this new section.  I don't want to take the personality out of the forum.  I would just like to see a specific section for us new people to go to for basic questions like what do these macro algae's look like.  I also don't think that anyone needs to come up with things to put there, I think that when someone comes up with a good beginner question that it might be placed in this section for later use by others.  Putting the list of acronyms in there, the faces to macro algae's, maybe some pictures of different corals and fish.  It would be like your old library that you had, but the community would build the references listed in it by asking questions.  I don't think everything needs to be listed in it, but we have some very knowledgable folks around here, and I see some very helpful thing posted but somtimes they get lost in the forums.
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So what else do you have questions about?
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A newbee section with the basics would be great and a "how to ask questions"
you know Marks favorite reply to all newbee questions

what size tank
whats in it.
how old is it etc etc ...

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Very good Ray. You are a quick learner.
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I think we aught to have a newbie "FAQ" of sorts.
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There is so much info that alot gets lost in the saltwater mind of a newbie. just something like a refresher read type thing. I have just recently found  www.wetwebmedia.com to be a great place for info too.


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1 vote for adding a macro forum.
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Jason and Andrea-

Well here was my first thought.  To me, this entire message board is a begnniners forum.  I'm not really sure what I would or would not put into a special forum. 
I know we are working on a beginners list of FAQ and Acronyms and the simple how to guide.  These items will be posted on the nav bar to the left <----, but I'm not sure if we need any more forums????

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Speaking as a beginner, I would agree with Adam.  I love the idea of a FAQ, acronyms, and How To section in the nav bar.  I also think of the message board as one giant library.  I’ve had to train myself to not just jump on the board and post a question; but first to take the key words of that question and enter them into the search function of the message board.  I almost always find the answer and a lot of additional answers to question I don’t know to ask.

 

In regards to SandRider’s post, Mark’s questions are what inspired me to dedicate a blog to my reef tank.  I know I’m going to be asking a lot of questions and I don’t want to have to type out all that info every time.  Since I planed on keeping a journal/log on my tank anyway, I decided it would be best to type it out once and post it online.  Then all I have to do is create a hyperlink to it in my signature and refer people to it whenever I ask a question.  I’ve got the skeleton laid but no info in it yet as I do not have a tank yet.  You can check it out at TheTank.blog.co.uk if you want.



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