May I suggest

  wee eddie 08 May 11

that the Staff of PCA make a little Video, using a live screen, so that one can watch the mouse pointer doing it's bit, of someone using all the "New" Features of the Forum and the Post a Link to it, at the top of the page, after "View Forum Rules" and before "Contact Forum Editor"

Not only will this kill all these threads about "How do I do this or that" but also be a pleasant and informative way of introducing Newcomers to the Ins & Outs of using an On-Line Forum.

  Forum Editor 08 May 11

It's a good suggestion, but we have already decided to produce a written guide, which you can print if you wish. It will be short and to the point, but will cover all the basics.

We had plenty of 'How do I do this or that threads' when we launched the previous version of the site, but they gradually died down, and that will happen with this version.

  wee eddie 08 May 11

Your written Guide, could certainly be the Script. A sort of Layman's Guide to the Forum, both innovative and informative. Don't cram a lot in, just the Icons at the top and how to close a thread. Later, you could do a second, more advanced Guide, for the more experimental/advanced Punter, I mean User!

At it's simplest. A succession of screen captures with a Voice-over.

A more sophisticated form would be, the same Voice-over over a Screen while you watch a Mouse pointer doing the business. I think that even a pensioner like me could do that, given suitable software.

  AroundAgain 09 May 11

I agree with Wee Eddie. I think it's an excellent suggestion. A 'visual', as he suggests, would be much more 'friendly' for new users. A written guide, with short bullet points would be a good support. A guide where you have to read lots of text isn't always that easy for some.

  Portal11 09 May 11

i totally agree with Wee Eddie too! i often use youtube and search for videos on "How To" its more simple and it takes less effort plus its explained as its done! i more in depth Step by Step rather than just text...


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