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#148591 - 09/30/05 10:01 PM Tips for Newcomers
Jackie Online   content

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Welcome to AWADtalk; we're glad that you have joined us. Here is information which will help you to learn your way around.

You can find out all kinds of things, like how people chose their nicknames, and how you acquire board titles, and modes of reading the board, by following this link (many thanks to jmh for compiling them):

http://maxqnzs.com/Hints.html


And this link will take you to a discussion of certain conventions adopted by the board members, and why we've adopted them:

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=announcements&Number=17030


Here are some commonly used linguistics abbreviations:

IE Indo-European (as in the IE lgs)
PIE Proto-Indo-European (as in the hypothetical ancestor of the IE lgs)
OE Old English
ME Middle English
NE / PDE Modern English (New English and Present Day English)
OFr, MFr, Fr Old, Middle, and Modern French
Gk Greek
Skt Sanskrit
L Latin
adj adjective
sb substantive / noun
adv adverb
vb verb

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#167570 - 04/16/07 01:56 AM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: Jackie]
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Much of the information in the Hints file listed above has been OBE in the newer Wordsmith Talk forums. It might be helpful to newcomers for us to cover some of the old FAQs here.

One question or complaint that often comes up regards the inability to add white space to or otherwise format text. This can be accomplished via use of "code" markup tags, which are equivalent to HTML <pre> (preformat) tags. When you "reply" to a post, one of the post options you are given is the # button (Wrap some text in code tags). This inserts a code pair into the reply field and you can then format the text any way you like between the code tags.

Code:
like

this           for          example.


Edited by tsuwm (04/16/07 02:00 AM)

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#167575 - 04/16/07 06:46 AM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: tsuwm]
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Please Tsuwm, I just experienced that something can go really wrong when you wrap up a larger text just like that. I could delete two mishaps through 'threaded mode'but the last out of order one sticks for good (bad, I mean)

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#167576 - 04/16/07 06:58 AM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: tsuwm]
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Also, it is possible to put in your text, highlight it and then add the code tags


Code:
like           this

         even


This saves trying to squeeze in between the opening and closing tags, which can be a problem for some of us geezers.

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#167578 - 04/16/07 08:08 AM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: Faldage]
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Geezer, feminine form: gezeera , definitely from Sanskrit, has restored mishaps and misunderstoods.

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#167581 - 04/16/07 09:47 AM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: BranShea]
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just how much code are you trying to do? (notice the scroll bar)


Code:

i have found what you are like
        the rain,

                (Who feathers frightened fields
        with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields

        easily the pale club of the wind
        and swirled justly souls of flower strike

        the air in utterable coolness

        deeds of green thrilling light
                                      with thinned

        newfragile yellows

                          lurch and.press

        -in the woods
                     which
                          stutter
                                 and

                                    sing

        And the coolness of your smile is
        stirringofbirds between my arms;but
        i should rather than anything
        have(almost when hugeness will shut
        quietly)almost,
                       your kiss
                                            e.e.cummings


Edited by tsuwm (04/16/07 09:50 AM)

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#167588 - 04/16/07 01:42 PM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: tsuwm]
BranShea Offline
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The scroll bar is quite essential to use this code well.Missed that part at first.
Thanks you for inf . and e.e. cummings. Now see if this works
. Think I got it. Yes!

Code:
THE MAD GARDENERS SONG

He thought he saw an elephant
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
a letter from his wife.
"At lenght I realise, "he said,
The bitterness of life!"

He thought he saw a Buffalo
Upon the chimney-piece:
He looked again, and found it was
His Sister's Husband's niece.
"Unless you leave this house, "he said,
'll send for the police!"

He thought he saw a Rattlesnake
That questioned him in Greek :
He looked again, and found it was 
The Middle of Next Week.
"The one thing I regret," he said
s that it cannot speak!"
 
From a nonsense rhyme by C.L. Dodgson.

 


Edited by BranShea (04/16/07 01:48 PM)

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#172742 - 01/21/08 08:06 PM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: Jackie]
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Loc: California, USA
The links to conventions and how people chose their nicknames gives me a 404 error. Is it me?
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#172747 - 01/21/08 09:06 PM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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Originally Posted By: Bigwig Rabbit
The links to conventions and how people chose their nicknames gives me a 404 error. Is it me?


nope, it's not you. the boardware's been changed since that thread, and the url is wrong now. I'm working on finding it again.
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#172752 - 01/21/08 09:17 PM Re: Tips for Newcomers [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Posts: 33
Loc: California, USA
Thanks. I'll monitor the thread. I'll be patient too.
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