Newbie Advice Thread~ Hey Newbie Stop Here And Say Hi! (2nd Edition)

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I used to have a thread welcoming the newbies and offering a helping hand... I always gave a little gift too... But it was closed while I was on hiatus.. which is perfectly understandable.. since I wasn't here to respond. :yes:

Plus some of the info in there is now incorrect / outdated

But I am back! And would love to continue welcoming new folks. In case you are curious...here is the old thread. ( CLICK ON THE SENTENCE BELOW)

http://www.lipstickalley.com/f30/hey-newbie-stop-here-say-hi-118070/#post2391582
So here we are 4 years later in 2012!

Hi Newbies! I am not new...but I love LSA and I really enjoy meeting the new folks.

A word to the wise...


1) Lurk a little so you get a feel for what's going on.


2) Try out all of the forums...You may find that you have more varied interests than you thought.


3) Please Please Read the Rules!


4) Post here and there...get your post count up! You can start in this thread... 25 is that magic number... :pdance:


Otherwise you should be ok...
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WELCOME!!!


 
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Here are some general things to help get you started.. All found in the rule book! Which I strongly advise you read!!! :)

You can click on this link! :wink: ~~> Lipstick Alley Rule Book

  • You need 25 posts before you can create threads.
  • Don't use profanity in your thread titles.
  • Once you have 25 posts you can use the Thanks/Groan buttons on each thread. Groans are limited, so once you use your daily allotment the button will disappear. Think before you groan.
  • Post your message in the appropriate forum. Resist the temptation to post irrelevant topics on an inappropriate forum to achieve a wider audience. Moderators will move your post if it is more relevant to another forum.
  • Sexually explicit topics are not allowed on LSA due to the terms and conditions of our advertisers, but we have provided an alternate forum for such content at http:/xesalley.com.
 
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Another thread that I feel is a MUST for newbies is the LSA Dictionary... By reading the LSA Rulebook you get a great history recap of the site. But know and understand that this site definitely has it's own sort of "culture". So the Dictionary/Lexicon will help you out! Here is the link ~~~> http://www.lipstickalley.com/f30/lsa-dictionary-120010/

Also read the archives.. to get a sense of what's gone on here in the past.. it will help you understand some of the stuff going on here now.

Another topic... The Back Alley... it is a place where "beefs" occur.. if a poster or "font" as we call them have a beef with another.. you may see them start a thread in the Back Alley. It's better then fighting in a thread and derailing the thread. also you may see a Moderator move part of a thread into the back alley so that the thread may continue with no drama. :laugh:
 
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So post here... say hi... get some good advice and get your post count up! :wink: Let me know if I can be of help!

Welcome again.. and good luck!

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Oh one omore thing... you gotta have thick skin to be on this forum... it is discussed in the LSA rulebook:
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]The Community
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]While Lipstick Alley members are predominantly African American females, all races and genders are welcome. This is an adult community who discusses a broad range of topics with little censorship. Profanity is allowed and we don't do any hand holding here, so if you plan on joining you must have thick skin. If you have issues dealing with people whose views and beliefs are counter to yours, this isn't the forum for you. If reading unpopular opinions cause your eyes to cross, you should probably move on. But if you like lively, intense debate and can at the end of the day agree to disagree, then join us![/FONT]
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okay... here is one more piece of advice...
I have been asked this a few times now...
Okay thanks

but i have another question. I made a thread with some sexually related topics. But it was moved. I clicked the link and i cannot access that area...? whats going on? how do i access more forums such as the one my thread was moved too



:dead: Welcome newbie..

It got moved to the sex alley or otherwise known as XESALLEY ... you have to sign up for that separately.. it has happened to me a couple of times too. all innocent of course!
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What is XESAlley?
We used to have a porn forum on the board... but due to advertising and other stuff that Admin has tot deal with... she created a separate forum for sexually explicit topics, pics etc... ( from the LSA Handbook)

[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Sexually explicit topics are not allowed on LSA due to the terms and conditions of our advertisers, but we have provided an alternate forum for such content at http:/xesalley.com.
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I have a couple of questions:

What are those little pictures under peoples avis (eg. eyecandy21 has a cake :starving:)?
And where can I read these 'rules'?
 
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There positive reputation points. Someone likes your font/posts.

Yeah but up until a couple of days ago I only had two. I was thinking it was one for every 100 likes but that can't be true now. Is there a ratio? Is it because I got +repped? When do the stars come into play?
 
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Yeah but up until a couple of days ago I only had two. I was thinking it was one for every 100 likes but that can't be true now. Is there a ratio? Is it because I got +repped? When do the stars come into play?

I'm not entirely sure but I think positive reps are weighted higher than getting a thanks, so they up your points a lot quicker. Also someone said since switching to this new thanks/groan system, the thanks/groans mean nothing, could be why we don't get rep points fror them anymore. Once you get so many rep points you start to get stars. I guess the only way we can get points now is by clicking the +/- to rep fonts.
 
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I have a couple of questions:

What are those little pictures under peoples avis (eg. eyecandy21 has a cake :starving:)?
And where can I read these 'rules'?

The pictures are either gifts that other fonts give to you or they're purchases you've made through LSA mart.

And if you click the link that [MENTION=15902]BLACQUE LOTUS[/MENTION] posted in her 2nd post it'll take you straight to the LSA rule book.
 
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If you watch Tru Blood. The same age principles apply here. The longer you are a member. The more fuckery you are allowed to get away with. So don't come out the bat being all opinionated. Else people will question you membership.
 
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How did I get so many tic tacs from out of nowhere?! I'M RIIIIICCCCHHHH!!!!!

:laugh: Welcome Ruby! :hug: It cracks me up that you call them tic tacs.. I never thought of it that way.. but you are right ..that's what they look like! EyeCandy21 is correct .. those are reputation points.. you earn them when people thank your posts...

Ruby.. when you said you wanted tic tacs...in the intro thread.. I think a bunch of members thanked you via the middle button method... it gave you a good rep very quickly...

The middle button method is explained below.

Reputation Points begin to accumulate after so many thank you's and actually they show up very quickly if people thank your post on the left side at the bottom. You will notice three little icons at the bottom of each post that look like this..

user_offline.gif

The little red one on the left will be different colors it indicates if that poster is online. ( a secret tip: Go into your profile and make yourself invisible.. and people never know if you are reading a thread or on line or not. :wink:) I always stay invisible...

The middle icon is another way to thank people or groan them... it is specific to reputation.
HOWEVER... if they rep you through the middle icon negatively, you will see red "tic tacs". I saw one newbie in a thread who has a TON of red ones! I was thinking what happened to her... She must have pissed off a bunch in one thread...

Anyway.. the third icon is used to report violations of the rules. If someone is harassing you for example ... you can report the post. No one knows but admin and the mods.
 
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Let me explain all of the other things you are seeing on the left side...

Take a look at my post. look closely at the left side.....

At the top is my SN or Screen Name and next to it.. is the sex sign that I am female. if it is a blue one.. it is a male and the peace sign will mean that the person did not disclose what sex they are.

Under my SN is my
user title. ( BTW.. you should buy user title immunity in the LSA Mart so no one can play a prank and change yours)

Next is my
AVI or Avatar. Usually people put pics they like or things related to their name... etc. Some people put their actual pictures there. It is up to you.. but I don't advise using your real name and photo...here. there are a few crazies that will figure out who you are and call your house or whatever if you piss them off. This is an anonymous board for a reason.. :)

Next is my
Join Date.. it is the one thing up there that cannot be changed.

Then my
Location.. which I can write what ever I want there.. and under that is the number of Posts I have made. Obviously the only way to change that is that it automatically rises as you post.

Next is
My Mood... which I can change as much as I want in my Control Panel Or User CP as it is called.

Next is the number of entries in my
Blog on the board.. which I haven't really kept up.. so I don't know what that entry is..
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The next little box says
Items..
those are items I have bought in the LSA Mart, or gifts people have given me. You have to buy items in the LSA MART with your alleybux. You can see how many alleybux you have in a couple of ways...


  • One is to go to your profile page and look under your statistics tab.


  • Another is to go into the LSA Mart tab and select Bank. You will see how much you have.

IMPORTANT. When the thief mode is turned on by Admin on the board.. people are able to steal any alley bux you have in your wallet. But if you keep them in the bank. They cannot be touched.

HOWEVER... you are constantly earning alley bux.. when you post, when you start threads, when you rate a thread... that and many other activities earn you alley bux.

So the smart thing to do is buy Theft Immunity. Immunity lasts for 30 days. Then you have to buy it again. That will protect the money in your wallet. Let me know if you have any more questions on this..

Now we get to the Stars and Tic Tacs.. ( really they are called reputation points or rep points..) :)

You get stars after you fill up a line with tic tacs.. Like I said.. these represent reputation. Be careful.. don't come in all gang busters telling folks off or anything.. be respectful in threads... or you can see those go red very quickly...

Under that.. you see a Y which means you can talk to me thru yahoo chat. I don't get on very often tho...

Any Questions?????
 
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DP

Now this means double post.. for some reason my post above posted twice.. when that happens you can edit.. delete and say double post or DP.
 
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There positive reputation points. Someone likes your font/posts.

I'm not entirely sure but I think positive reps are weighted higher than getting a thanks, so they up your points a lot quicker. Also someone said since switching to this new thanks/groan system, the thanks/groans mean nothing, could be why we don't get rep points fror them anymore. Once you get so many rep points you start to get stars. I guess the only way we can get points now is by clicking the +/- to rep fonts.

The pictures are either gifts that other fonts give to you or they're purchases you've made through LSA mart.

And if you click the link that @BLACQUE LOTUS posted in her 2nd post it'll take you straight to the LSA rule book.

Welcome EyeCandy21!!! :hug: You are a fast learner. I did explain a lot more stuff in an additional post tonight. Including what all of the stars mean etc. As far as the new thanks and graon system.. I believe that The Admin ( some of us call her Condi) is still testing it out... I am not certain that it is true that they will not affect our rep points.. but I will find out for sure. :wink:

Thanks for answering questions in here.. this is great dialogue!
 
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I have a couple of questions:

What are those little pictures under peoples avis (eg. eyecandy21 has a cake :starving:)?
And where can I read these 'rules'?

Hey SheaButta! Welcome! Eyecandy gave you some good answers and you can find out more if you read this entire thread. I have posts now scattered explaining different stuff ... so let me know if you have any more questions...:hug:
 
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I needed this like two months ago lol
This board is so huge but the topics on the side always side bar me from looking at the other forums
 
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Welcome EyeCandy21!!! :hug: You are a fast learner. I did explain a lot more stuff in an additional post tonight. Including what all of the stars mean etc. As far as the new thanks and graon system.. I believe that The Admin ( some of us call her Condi) is still testing it out... I am not certain that it is true that they will not affect our rep points.. but I will find out for sure. :wink:

Thanks for answering questions in here.. this is great dialogue!

Yeah, I catch on pretty quickly. I had a lot of time off this summer so I've been on LSA daily lol. Anyways, i still can't send PMs :irked: but thanks for my gift Hun! :hug:
 

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