Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Nov. 16, 2005, 12:37 pm
This "How Do You Do It? " forum is designed for Disney Echo members to learn what to do and how to do it with posting any kind of message on Disney Echo. This forum is not for asking questions about Disney itself (you do that elsewhere in other forums of the Disney Echo), this forum is only for questions about the Disney Echo, such as specific information about how to post or reply on the Echo.
The main page of the Disney Echo lists all of our forums (but some of them are inside the categories listed), here...
Disney Echo Messages
...and in the green "Messages" button found above at the topic of the page inside the mouse-eared navigation bar.
Think of Disney Echo's organization of Forums like a book's Table of Contents at the front of the book. You see a Forward or an Introduction, followed by a list of Chapters and what pages the Chapters start on. Underneath each Chapter you might see sub-sections of Chapters, then a new Chapter with other sub-sections, and so on. Disney Echo's Forums are like the Chapters of a book in the Table of Contents. Disney theme parks have two elements to them: The parks themselves and where to stay. These are like sub-sections of the Chapters. Disney has other aspects to it than theme parks: Live action and animated films, business news, ongoing news and rumors, TV shows about Disney, home videos, Radio Disney, publishing, history, stars of movies and shows and how their careers are faring, favorite characters, etc. As you scroll down and down and down Disney Echo's Forums you will see many Forums for organizing and discussing Disney topics, so anyone so interested can find quickly what they are looking for. Think of it as the Chapters of a book, a Table of Contents organizing those Chapters into a logical order, and you're most of the way to being able to post and find past posts.
You see on the Main Forum page starting from left to right of the page a cute picture, followed by a title. That's the title of that Forum. Next to that title is a very short description of what generally belongs in that particular Forum as to subject matter. The title of the Forum is a hot link, click it. When you do you're taken to a list of topics in that forum or, in the case of Disney theme parks, a set of sub-sectional forums. In the theme parks' cases, you see a forum for each theme park and resort, followed, down and down and down when you scroll down, with Off Site subject forums, for when people want to discuss staying offsite or doing things offsite from major Disney theme parks (where to stay off site from Disneyland or Walt Disney World, for instance, or if someone wants to discuss Wet N Wild or Sea World or Universal Studios parks) . Click on the name of Resort or Theme park you see and you'll see a long list of Topics either currently under discussion or past topics.
When you finally come to a list of Topics for any given Forum, look at the head of the first page. It should be some sort of Welcoming message to that Forum. Click it. You'll see a message from Rich Koster, the Moderator here. Read the Welcoming message. It offers additional details as to generally what the appropriate topics for that Forum are, and how to get to Vault: Disney Echo for archived messages that might also be of interest or help to you. In late 2003-start of 2004 Disney Echo had to change operating systems due to a crashed hard drive. Messages prior to the changeover got put in a "Vault: Disney Echo" where you can still read them, but you cannot post new messages or reply to them, it's "locked" and is only for reading. Messages since that changeover are on this part of Disney Echo, and you can write new messages and post replies. Looking in the "Vault" is a good idea especially for normal and annual Disney events and seasonal attractions and how people felt about those, their experiences can help you today as you make your own Disney plans.
If you don't understand the Forums, descriptions or Welcoming messages and you still have a question about where to post, send a Mouseke-messenger (private message on this site only, like an E-mail but it's sent and received to private mailboxes right here on Disney Echo) to either: That Forum's Moderator (look at the Forum list main page and if you look all the way across the line you'll see who that Forum's moderator is) or to RichKoster (all one word with the capital letters as you see) and ask. You'll find the link to Mouseke-messenger in small print but in the upper right quadrant of your screen, search around for it and you'll see it. Click it and follow the prompts. Type in the member's online screen name exactly as you see it (capital letters or not, numbers with it or not, every detail of their online name exact) and that is how you send private mail on this site. The Moderators of each Forum are there to help you.
Sometimes some Disney subjects can be more than one Forum in it's scope or can be obscure enough there's no Forum for it. In that case you can try posting to more than one Forum, or ask a Moderator or Rich before you post, or ask in the general purpose Disney Questions Forum. Rich can later move the question to where it needs to be, but take a try first at posting to the Forum where it seems to make the most sense. If you take a moment, take deep calming breaths and mellow out, explore a Forum's existing Topic list first, to get a good flavor for similar type Subjects: that are there already. "When in Rome Do as the Romans Do", just look around and see if what you want to talk about makes sense where you're thinking you'd like to put it. You can also post a general query to "How Do You Do (It)?" forum asking "Where would I put a topic about blah-blah on here, which forum is most appropriate?" and when you get the answer then post your Topic accordingly.
Take a moment, however, and do please be willing to scroll down and down and down the main Forums page. We have a lot of Disney World fans here, a lot of fans of particular resorts here. But this site offers a well-rounded and encompassing Disney fan experience. If you scroll down and down and down the main Forum page you'll discover a lot of Forums catering to a lot of specific Disney fan interests, including scrapbooking, decorating, collecting, jokes and spoofs, asking if rumors are true, and more. Take those deep calming breaths again and the next time you're kind of bored simply explore other parts of this site you may not be familiar with. There's a lot of forums! Wondering where to post? Part of the answer may be farther up or down the main Forums page than where you're accustomed to. Read those descriptions and Welcoming messages, just to be sure you're in the right place, and simply enjoy!
When you Reply to a posting someone else made, or originate a new Topic, take a moment to look carefully. Just above the box where you'd start typing, on the upper left, you'll see a line of text. As I'm typing now it reads from left to right "Disney Echo forum » How Do You Do (It)? " Take a moment and look at that now, scroll up and up and then look to the left. As you Reply to or originate a topic, take a moment to notice what Forum you are in. Yes, that scroll box at the top of the page shows a list of currently active topics, but one thing it doesn't do is show you what Forum those topics are in. Noticing details like the Forum and Topic can help you to find it later. It can help you conduct research on this site. This is very true if you hate E-mail notification of topics aka "Do you wish to Mouseke-Track this topic?" which always defaults to "Yes" unless you deliberately choose to click that check mark "off". Remember where you posted, simply by noticing where you are doing it at the time you are posting or replying.
Sometimes it can be confusing. For instance, Travel Channel and TV Food Network and other cable/satellite channels can show TV shows about Disney topics fans are intersted in. Where to look for that, where to post to discuss it? Scroll down and down and down the main Forums page. You will see a Forum specifically about Disney TV shows. Click it. You will see topics about TV shows that are about Disney. How is this different than a forum near Disney TV that is about Disney movies, home videos and DVDs, etc. ? One is a forum about entertainments Disney originates (movies such as "The Little Mermaid", for instance, or the direct-to-video releases such as the Lion King sequels, or upcoming movie releases to home video such as "Mary Poppins", or people wanting to discuss the newest Disney stage plays or theatrical motion pictures in movie theatres) . The other is about TV shows about Disney done by others, such as Food Network, Travel Channel or maybe a news magazine segment about Disney. Disney doesn't own Food Network or Travel Channel. Try exploring the Forum first, read that first Welcoming message at the top of each Forum, skim the Topics discussed there to get a good feel for what is discussed there, or not. But some shows are about Disney theme parks, you may ask, shouldn't that be in Disneyland or Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line or other theme park Forums instead of TV shows? The answer is: These are still shows about Disney and as such belong in the Disney TV Forum, the Forums about the theme parks are focused to deal with the real places, trip planning, experiencing the real places. In the Disney TV shows we can discuss and pick apart the show itself: Was it informative, entertaining, boring, was it confusing, when will it air again, why doesn't the Disney Channel show these sorts of shows the way they used to, etc. It's a nuanced distinction, but it works well for Disney Echo. Sometimes it does belong in both TV Shows and one of the other Disney Forums such as a specific theme park, especially if it's new and never-before-seen. That way we can have the viewing experience together and spread the word. Usually what RichKoster the Moderator will do in that case is post the notice multiple places but lock it in such a way that all replies end up in only one Forum.
Posting in the proper forum helps you and others find the topic, in the future the topics posed and questions answered can help someone else who logically is researching in that forum, it keeps Disney Echo as organized and orderly as it can be with so many active members visiting it each day, and it helps the Forum Moderators and RichKoster the Moderator have a bit less work (by not having to move topics around) and more time on other duties of the Disney Echo or just plain more time with private family life.
So take a moment and explore around. Notice that each Forum in fact has a short description next to it on the Main Forum Page, that is a short clue what that Forum is about. Read the Welcoming message at the top of each Topic list to get additional details what belongs there. Skim other Subjects: so you get an indea of what generally goes there or not and whether anyone else already asked your question or posted the dame Subject and what the replie were (why repeat and why reinvent the wheel if you don't have to? ) and when in doubt be willing to scroll down and down and down to see what all the Forums are to find the best one, or ask one of the moderators privately what to do.
When Rich and I first got interested in Disney was in 1992. There was less to talk about then than today because Disney as a corporation was smaller. It's grown and expanded since then. So as the Disney company grew and expanded we noticed how within Disney's own corporate divisions certain travel or entertainment or consumer products were organized, how others on Usenet newsgroups organized the subject matters, and so on. As the Internet grew niche interest sites about Disney sprang up. And as we witness the internal reorganization of Disney, such as downsizing Feature Animation and developing more projects for direct-to-video, etc., we simply follow what seems to be trends and try to organize all this in a logical way so everyone can reasonably find what they are interested in on here. It's far from perfect. The Forums recently went through a major reorganization. If you have any questions, do feel free to ask any of the Moderators or RichKoster and they'll do their best to help you. Never hurts to ask!
I know some people on here "get excited" and want to talk about Disney things, which is fine 'cause that is what Disney Echo is for.
But some of the members here are posting improperly, just any ol' where, instead of the proper forums. Some members have been here for months and still do it.
Here is the URL to the Forum Index:
It's not difficult! If you can 1) Read and 2) Scroll alllllllllllllll the way down to the bottom of the page you'll see there are more Forums on here than WDW, certain hotels at WDW and Off-Topic.
Rich works hard on this site. But he has a marriage and he has a son and he has a household. Moving Topics to the correct Forums is getting to be increasingly one of Rich's chores. If you can make the effort to post to the proper forum it helps our whole family, quite frankly.
If you don't understand the Forum Index, ASK! Post here in the How Do You Do It Forum and ask these sorts of questions, or private message RichKoster and ask him that way via the Mouske-Messenger function. ASK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then as the Nike commercials say, "Just do it!"
Our son and our whole family thanks you for this courtesy and consideration.
Rich likes putting this "spirit of Disney helpfulness" we learned along the way since 1992 into these words: Post more like Mickey Mouse would (as a friendly, helpful ambassador) and less like Donald Duck would when Donald is having a "mad moment" such as you see in many of the old time Disney cartoons.
We're all trying to help, some answers hit the nail on the head better than others, and that's just life. If worse comes to worse, people have enjoyed Disney and Disney trips for decades, so there is very little new under the sun. Use Search or Google or Google News, be resourceful and clever with your key words. Surely an answer is online, somewhere, or in a guide book of some sort, and the wheel has already been invented. Sometimes, you have to do your own research, that's just real life. Just be flexible, understanding, polite in a cordial warm kind of way, realize the people around at a given moment in time randomly may or may not have the answers, go with flows.
For "Posting and You" to play, click the image, scroll up to the first posting of this Topic. WARNING: The "Posting and You" animation contains both printed and spoken some adult expletives or crudenesses, not many, but a couple. Is not suitable for all ages to view, parents should pre-screen. It also originates from an evolved online culture which explains things in a very blunt direct way. It also is satiric in nature. If you are sensitive about any of that, simply be aware and play or don't play it accordingly, or tolerate it for the valuable tips about how to post it does in fact offer. You know yourself best, proceed accordingly.
With that said, it does offer valid good advice. Enjoy! I hope this helps.