Well, Marianjela, I wanted to give you a good challenge, but this is my shortest response yet! Sadly, I was WAY too busy at work to spend the time writing this, and now I have to leave again in a few minutes so I had to squeeze it in where I can! So, best of luck, friend!
1. Have you ever just sat down and read the FAQs like a book? Why or why not?
Believe it or not, yes I have. For one thing, I love to read. When I was a kid, I always had my nose in a book! Plus, when I get bored, if Iâ€™m on here, then itâ€™s great to wander around and read extra things, like the announcements and stickies and yes, the FAQ! Also, I think itâ€™s a good habit then when you go anywhere new, if there is an FAQ section, to read it. Itâ€™s educational! Especially a place like here that is a forum that you will be participating in! Then itâ€™s really good to know the rules and procedures and how to do things. So, not only do I enjoy reading and learning, but itâ€™s also fun and good to know. Though not really the most entertaining thing on here, he he. Oh, and of course, Iâ€™ve also read them sometimes for the KatKwiz and because of the KatKwery! Well, actually, now that I think about it, I guess I havenâ€™t read them like a book. A book to me is still a bound bunch of pieces of paper! But I have just read them to read them, which I think is the point of your question.
2. Do you more often tend to start new threads or do you tend to add comments to threads already started?
More often than I not, I like to comment to pre existing threads. Usually I do that because I have more to add to other peoples threads, either silly stories or honest questions or concerns or just my input and experience. And there are a lot more people out there starting threads, and Iâ€™m only one person! So even if I started one thread a day (any more and Iâ€™d be worried about spamming the forums!), thereâ€™s still a lot more every day that I can comment on.
Though of course, I do start my own threads, too. The whole reason I first joined TCS was to ask a question about Evieâ€™s behavior. I had done a search on the issue I was looking up, but I couldnâ€™t find it. Itâ€™s not that it was there, itâ€™s that I was calling it something else! So, naturally, I had decided to post my own thread to ask! And of course, if I want to share pictures, then I definitely have to start my own thread, donâ€™t want to hijack some one elseâ€™s!
3. Can you remember back to when you registered on TCS? How long did it take you to pick a user name?
Hah, yes, it wasnâ€™t that long ago! Ok, maybe it wasâ€¦ Two years ago? Wow, time flies! But I do remember, it took me quite a bit longer than it usually takes me. Usually, I use one standard name for everything, because itâ€™s easier to remember. But after reading on here a bit and seeing other peopleâ€™s names and realizing that this is a special site and I should use a special name, I knew pretty instantly that I didnâ€™t want to use the same old user name. Yes, even though this is the first forums Iâ€™ve ever been on, I do have a standard user name I use for other things! So since I knew it needed to be special, I knew I wanted it to be about Evie in some way. At first, I was thinking that maybe it should be about Evie, but in some generic way, like â€œcatâ€ or something. I probably considered something really generic and already taken like â€œCatLoverâ€ or something. I was considering that because I know that Evie wonâ€™t be around forever, and I may one day add more kitties to my zoo, so it shouldnâ€™t be specific. But then I decided that no matter what, even if I add more or when Evie dies, I definitely signed on because of her and she is my first cat! So I decided to go with her name, after all. And of course, since sheâ€™s not my cat, I am instead her human, I needed a name to reflect that! So thatâ€™s the thought process I went through to get to my name, it probably took about as long for me to pick BelongsToEvie as it did for you to read this! Maybe 30 seconds or so. Which is pretty fast, but still longer than usual, since I usually know pretty quickly that Iâ€™ll just use my normal name!
4. Do you now feel quite confident in being able to search the forums and threads to find information that is of concern to you?
Quite comfortable? Hah, no! Iâ€™m never quite comfortable doing anything on any computer. He he. Though I have done a lot for my own research reasons and of course due to KatKwiz and Kwery! Yay! I think my biggest problem with using the search feature is that my vocabulary seems to be different than most people. For example, when I was trying to figure out what it meant when Evie did what I was calling â€œLove Nibblesâ€, I couldnâ€™t find anything! Seems people usually refer to it as a few other things. And when Jackâ€™s eye was goopey, I couldnâ€™t find that, either, because itâ€™s called something else. Itâ€™s even buried in a sticky in that forum, but because I was looking for something else, I didnâ€™t find it! So thatâ€™s my incompetence, which is why I still donâ€™t feel â€œquiteâ€ comfortable. Though definitely more comfortable, and much more experienced! Experience is a good thing!
5. Do you know the difference between announcements and stickies? Do you read both announcements and stickies?
Yes and yes! Well, I know how they are treated differently. Though technically I donâ€™t know why one thing is made into an announcement and why one into a sticky. From observation, it seems more that announcements are intended to make people aware of a time limited thing, like the specialists we have come in. But of course, the Secret Santa stuff is also time limited, and yet it is made in to a sticky. So even though I know there is a difference and I know the technical difference- one being at the top of the forums in a special box, the other being a normal thread in the forums that is stuck on top by the mods- I donâ€™t know who chooses it to be one or the other or what criteria they base that on.
6. By now you have probably encountered situations where one member sees one thing and another member sees something else. This has come up in KatKwiz several times. I happen to use Internet Explorer 7. What browser do you use and why? Do you think TCS should require us to all use the same browser so we all see the same things?
Oh yes, I can think of a few times on the Kwizes that people have seen different things! I also use IE (internet explorer) 7. I thinkâ€¦ Well, itâ€™s different on each of my computers. The one Iâ€™m on now, my home laptop, I think has IE 7. I just tried to check and now I canâ€™t figure it out! Argh, I wonder about me sometimes. I know on my home desktop, that mainly my husband uses and not me quite as much, we have, oh, what it, Mozilla Firefox. And I believe my work laptop is the same as this- IE 7. Why do I use them? Simply because I am a simple person and that is what we have! Hah. Both the laptops came with this internet, so I use it. My husband has decided to put Firefox on the desktop, so I use that. I am quite simple and a creature of habit! I really canâ€™t tell much of a difference, except internet explorer is blue, and firefox is orange-ish.
I absolutely do not think TCS should require us all to use the same browser! That would be a pain! I already use two different ones at least, and if I couldnâ€™t access TCS on one of them Iâ€™d panic! Plus some systems either canâ€™t handle or canâ€™t handle as well certain programs. I know another laptop that got some kind of virus that demolished internet explorer, so he had to switch to Mozilla. So if he wanted to be on TCS but they made you use IE, heâ€™d just be screwed, heâ€™d have no choice. Plus, I think the only time itâ€™s been an issue is during the KatKwizes, and not to be selfish, but since you use IE 7, those like me that use it too are at an advantage, and I certainly wonâ€™t complain about that!
7. Members List has been a popular KatKwiz topic, especially using the advance search function. What types of information do you look for when you go to Members List?
Wow, unfortunately, I donâ€™t use it very often, really only for or at least because of (theyâ€™re usually done by the time I get there) KatKwiz. In fact, even though Iâ€™m really thinking hard, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever looked for anything in particular on there for a personal reason (as in not a Kwiz). Iâ€™ve looked at it, but more out of boredom and curiosity just to see what there is to see rather than looking for something. I guess I could use it to look up names, locations, cats, post count, things like that, but honestly, Iâ€™m just not that interested.
8. How often do you go to User CP? What types of things to you do when you go to User CP?
Again, I donâ€™t use this very often. On this site, I guess I am really only here for the social aspect of it! All these technical things just donâ€™t matter that much to me. Really, I think I only use it when my fosters change and I update my signature. I did use it once to try to upload a custom avatar, only to realize that I am too â€œyoungâ€ for it! I wasnâ€™t at a high enough rank for a custom, so I looked through my newly accessible ones, and ends up, I liked the one I already have best! So other than signatures and avatars and again, the Kwizes and Kweries, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve used it for much. Unless the private messages are under that somewhere, too! I donâ€™t think they are, but since I usually use the short cut under my logged in name to access that, I really donâ€™t know and they might be!
9. How often to you send PMs? What kinds of things is it that prompts you to send a PM?
Not as often as Iâ€™d like! I like to ramble so Iâ€™d love to have more â€œfriendsâ€ on here to randomly chat to, but honeslty, I just donâ€™t. Thereâ€™s a lot of people I really like on here, but no one that I chat privately too. Thereâ€™s been a few little chat like things Iâ€™ve had with a few people, but they tend to only last a few messages worth. Other than just chatting, weâ€™ve PMed to set up the get together, Iâ€™ve talked to a few people about other things like chinchillas and my dogs, and of course to thank people for gifts! Oh, and canâ€™t forget all the PMs Iâ€™ve sent to you about the KatKwiz and Kweries and that last stupid one about the play offs! ;lol3: Oh, and a few for some other games and such.
10. Do you like to use lots of smilies in your posts? Would you say that it is indeed true that sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words?
I LOVE smilies! He he, they are so much fun! Theyâ€™re cute and indeed, yes, a picture is worth a thousand words and these are no exceptions. I am very sarcastic and silly, and I really worry sometimes that something I say will come off wrong, so I add in something like
to make the point that Iâ€™m not serious! And, to be honest, though I like to write and can do a good job of expressing what I mean without pictures, I think they really bring the writing to life. Even the ones that arenâ€™t animated make the post seem more human, more alive. Since in person, we usually have tone of voice, body language, and expressions to get across a lot more than our words alone, this helps to level that playing field.