I am so anxious to get out of pain asking questions and reading answers- still trying to get how to use this site (which by the way seems like an honest forum and a good place to get reliable information. Where do I start to get how to add/ stay in touch with members without overstepping my presence? Does anyone have the location for the "quick start" guidelines similar to what I get when I open a new electronic component, and the manufacturer knows that no one wants to read the entire instruct. booklet but just hop over to get the basics for now- a How it works Icon on this page suggests I read and rate questions but I am unclear on where/how to rate a question or response (?) when I am just looking for genuine, frank information I don't want anyone to fear from a "rating" ?
Welcome to the site! It will take you a little while, but you will get used to navigating DC like a pro! First, join support groups in which you are interested. Click on "My settings" under your user name above where you can set your privacy and email settings. I have mine set for notification of questions, answers, comments and private questions from support groups and friends. To add someone to your friends list, click on their name in blue. That will take you to their profile page where you will find an option at the top to "Add friend". That will send a message to that person that you are a "fan" of theirs. Once they add you as a friend, you will get notifications when they ask questions, answer or comment. You will also be able to communicate with them by "private question" by clicking on their username and choosing the option by their name "Ask a private question". You should also create a profile on your page to share what you want others to know about you. Click on "My profile" below your name at the top right to do this. These are the basics to get started. I hope this helps you. Welcome to the DC Family!
I personally don't worry about "points" and such. the worst you can do is give a thumbs down, and I hardly get that option. The way you can rate a question depends on how the person who writes the question labels their question. If they ask for a direct answer, only one response from each person is allowed and the person asking the question will get the option to select if an answer is helpful. If the person asking the question chooses to select "start a conversation" then the readers can respond to the question or comments on responses or comments already there. The reader also has the option to give a thumbs up if they like someones response or comment. I usually do this if someone has already responded or commented in a way that I would have had I gotten there first. Some people are much more selective in giving a thumbs up, you can tell by reading their stats, if they are available. It is all anonymous, so no one knows who gives them the thumbs up or thumbs down, when it is a choice. Same goes for the "helpful choice" No one knows who gave it. I wouldn't worry about this, get used to the site. Try answering a few questions that already have some responses and comments on the responses, The selections available to you will be there automatically, This may not be a totally complete explanation of how it works, but hits on the basics. Try asking a question, you will see the choices of what kind of question you are looking for. The choice you make when asking a questions determine how readers can answer. Once you ask a few questions and pay attention to the paragraph under it, as a lot of times the selection is made for you already, There are 2 choices. Ask a question using one selection on one and the other selection on the other, and you will see the difference from the askers point. Answer a few questions, a few that you click "respond to" and a few that have comments you wish to comment on. Something as simple as "Good Idea" or 'I was thinking the same thing" would suffice till you get the hang of it Trust me, after you have asked and answered a few, it will surprise you how easy it is. Anything new can be intimidating, like learning a new computer program when you change jobs or your company upgrades. I am sure there may be others that have their way of doing this that may be different, I am simply following the instructions I get on certain pages, and pay attention when I am on any page that gives you a choice. We all end up at the same place however we do it. Best of luck, let me know if I can help in any way. Be well, my dear...
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