The nature of online forums present scenarios in which the way threads/posts are put together and followed determine how effective they really are.Effective
Try to do
- Short concise writing, summarizing the situation
- Use of paragraph breaks
- Minimize acronyms when possible
- Asking it, not telling
- Staying positive even in negative situations
What to avoid
- Very long initial threads. Many people stop reading when any thread gets close to a page long
- Threads without any paragraph breaks. They become too difficult to read and people stop
- Threads/Posts laced with abbreviated text. I mean y cant u c that I am saying that u and doc .....
- Talking all negatives
- Bad mouthing doctors, hospitals, therapists, pharmacists
- Telling people what to do
- Telling people to insist or demand something
Decrease the number of people who read and will respond Very large threads[/u] These are the multi-volume threads
Opportunity for an individual to document everything from situations prior to surgery, the actual surgery and recovering from surgery. People get to read about the ups and downs.
Hard to read. Limited audience. We have had some here over the years that have 3 or 4 volumes. Its close to impossible for new members to join in. Not that they aren't welcomed, but its like jumping into a book 1/2 way through without knowing whats going on.
[u]One way threads[/u] This is where almost 90% of the thread contains the comments from only one person
Becomes clear that people do not really want to follow that thread and will stop reading it
[u]Jumping in[/u] These are the threads were a new post has no relationship to the thread
That member potentially identifies themselves as having only self interest and not caring about what others are saying.
[u]Its my way or the highway
Those threads in which the member replies, but always adds their 'how to fix it'Pros:
Cant think of anyCons:
People stop reading anything that member comments on
When ever you have a question about HOW
to put a thread, ask us. We will always be glad to help you out.
Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health