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OP 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):
And this link will take you to a discussion of certain conventions adopted by the board members, and why we've adopted them:
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
sb substantive / noun
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.
Last edited by tsuwm; 04/16/07 06:00 AM.
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)
Also, it is possible to put in your text, highlight it and then add the code tagsCode: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.
Geezer, feminine form: gezeera , definitely from Sanskrit, has restored mishaps and misunderstoods.
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
Last edited by tsuwm; 04/16/07 01:50 PM.
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, Ï'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 Ïs that it cannot speak!" From a nonsense rhyme by C.L. Dodgson.
Last edited by BranShea; 04/16/07 05:48 PM.
The links to conventions and how people chose their nicknames gives me a 404 error. Is it me?
Originally Posted By: Bigwig RabbitThe 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.
formerly known as etaoin...
Thanks. I'll monitor the thread. I'll be patient too.
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