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Posted 08/30/2010   9:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mark296 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
"You must have at least 50 quality* posts and have been a member for at least 14 days to post anything involving buying, selling, or trading."

How can a beginner post 50 quality posts if he knows nothing about stamps? If I post 50 questions about my collection I am afraid I will upset most of you. I can read most of the messages and find that my questions have already been answered. I guess it will be a long time before I can buy and sell anything here. I can understand why this is in place but it is unfair to us beginners.
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Posted 08/30/2010   9:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, ask some good questions. Questions about your own collection, follow-up questions about other people's posts, join in the fun of being a philatelist. It doesn't take all that long.
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Posted 08/30/2010   9:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I cannot speak for admin, but I would think those rules are in place to deter those who are just looking for a place to peddle their wares.

Smauggie is right, it doesn't take long to get past 50 quality posts, and 14 days is just a few naps away.

I would suggest just relax, get to know the other forum members, let the other forum members get to know you, post a whole bunch of pics if you can. Don't assume that if you are a beginning, that you have nothing to contribute. I've seen some beginners post some very interesting pics or pose some of the most thought-provoking questions.

It's much better for buying/selling/trading when everybody feels more comfortable with each other.

k
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Posted 08/30/2010   9:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Edwin, With all the knowledge amassed here I'm sure you can think of something. We also love to see pic's of interesting stamps.
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Posted 08/30/2010   9:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mark296 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good points and I will try. I just don't want to post stupid questions that have been answered a hundred times. I enjoy this place and respect the knowledge here. I hope to gain some of it.
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Posted 08/30/2010   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No such thing as a stupid question, mark296. Don't worry. Even posting this about the rules is a good reminder to us all.

Every once in a while, we get someone who tries to peddle something for millions of US dollars (give or take a few million).

Ask whatever questions you have. If it has already been answered, many of us don't mind answering again or providing the link to the old thread.

k
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Posted 08/30/2010   10:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is a very tolerant group...show some stamps, ask a followup question to interesting posts here and there, the occasional "I like that stamp" and you'll be there in no time.

[edit: I left my reply window open for an hour or so after a distraction...I see its been covered...post away...]
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Posted 08/30/2010   10:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is a tolerant group..that is the ones who followed the rules are..others disappear far short of 50 posts !
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Posted 08/30/2010   11:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Remember just because a question has been asked and answered. The answer may not be totally applicable to your case. So, Ask away! Sometimes we need refreshers as well.
As the others have said we are a tolerant group! Unlike some others I have seen.
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Posted 08/31/2010   12:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spock1k to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
the only stupid question is the one that isnt asked

now you might chant hail emperor spock every now and then :)
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Posted 08/31/2010   03:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Prince Afa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And if you get in a back-and-forth with Spock - you'll be at the 500 mark before you know it!
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Posted 08/31/2010   03:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
...assuming Spock doesn't get kicked off during the back and forth...

k

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Posted 08/31/2010   04:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampgal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Can I add my voice to the encouragement? I have only been a member for a few weeks, and when you start to look around at the variety of thread topics, its very wide. We can all contribute, take the plunge and start a thread yourself - you don't need to ask a question, just post a few pics of stamps you like on a favourite theme, and see what happens. The bottom line here seems to be that everyone enjoys stamps, you enjoy stamps, that makes you an equal, newbie or not.
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Posted 08/31/2010   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Spock has at least 9 lives..but then "this is a tolerent group!"
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Posted 08/31/2010   08:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Donna Merkle to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Spock has at least 9 lives..but then "this is a tolerent group!"


Does that mean that spock had to have 50 posts per life? Boy, we really are tolerant!

Donna
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Posted 08/31/2010   08:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Triggersmob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Chanting "hail Emperor Spock" is just the NON quality sort of post we are not looking for.

Steve
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