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Postby charlesp » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:21 pm

This is a work in progress, please ask questions if you have any.


Welcome to WordTrip.
There’s a lot to see and do here, so we put this together to help you get started. If you have any questions you can post them here in the Help and Newbie Forum and one of our friendly members or moderators will help you right away. We think you’ll find that Wordtrip is one of the friendliest and easiest to use writing and reading sites around. Let’s get you started Wordtripping.


Sign Up For an Account:

The first thing to do is sign up for an account. It’s free, and your e-mail is only used to send out the occasional site notice. You can choose to share your e-mail with the rest of the members in your profile if you like, but you don’t need to. To sign up for a membership you only need to click on register at the top of the page, or use the quick register form on the front page. Choose a nickname, put in an e-mail address and a password, and you’re ready to start wordtripping.

Avatars and Signatures:

Once you’ve got your account you may want to personalize some settings. If you’re signed in you can click on Profile at the bottom-middle of the page and look at your settings. The FAQ has a lot of good information on these settings but the ones you’ll most likely want to fill in are the signature and avatar. A signature is something that will show up at the bottom of every one of your posts. You can put a link in there to your personal website, a pithy quote, or a random thought, it’s up to you. An Avatar is a picture that is associated with your name. We’ve got a good selection of them in our gallery or if you’ve got one you want to use elsewhere you can link to it, copy it to our server from your computer, or download it from another site. There are size restrictions on the avatars so our members connecting through dial-up don’t have to wait forever for each page to load.


Contests:

Contest Rules: We have some great writing contests for you to enjoy and they are going on right now. If you want more information on a contest, just click on the contest link on the front page and find the current contest that interests you most. Click on the forum name to look at current entries, and find the specific rules for each contest. If you decide to enter all you need to do is post a New Topic with your contest entry as the body and the title as the subject. Entry fees can be paid either by Paypal, or money order. Contest Fees help keep wordtrip going, so we appreciate your entries.

Copyright

We don't claim to be lawyers, so you're certainly within reason to speak with yours on this subject. Wordtrip's understanding is that once you've written something it is covered under a basic copyright protection. If you see a story posted on Wordtrip it should be assumed that it is copyrighted by the author. If you're so inclined you can put a small copyright notice under each of your posts by adding it to your signature, but as we understand it this isn't necessary, though it could help in a legal dispute. The legal protection of a copyright will of course only help you if you actually know about a reproductions existance. We hope that all of our members will respect the work and effort of each other so that this will never become an issue of real concern. For further information on copyrights please visit http://www.copyright.gov/


The Forums

The forums are the meat of wordtrip. You’ll find almost anything you could think of in the forums. The subjects on the front page are just the beginning. There are many great places to visit in the forums and we realize it can get a bit confusing at times. To reach a full listing of the forums just click on the All Forms button on the main page. Please glance through the list of favorites below and have a great time wordtripping.

Ratings Guidelines: As a family site, we encourage people of many ages to take part in the WordTrip adventure. We ask that you adhere to the following rating guidelines.

The Coffee Shop: Here’s a place to get together with fellow wordtrippers and talk about random things, movies, news, etc. Think of it as a virtual coffee shop to hang out in with your friends.

The Wordtrip Bar: This is the place to goof off. We’ve got a bunch of threads here with word associations, puns galore, share what you’re watching on TV or listening to on the stereo. These threads don’t stick around forever but they’re a great way to jump in and have fun here.

Writing Challenges: Need to get those creative juices flowing? Try a writing challenge.

Books on Writing: Here’s a place to visit if you are looking for a book to help you write or have one to recommend.

Tag Writing Ongoing Writing are both big hitters on WordTrip. You can write a story with a fellow wordtripper or post your own in installments. Some are serious, some silly, but they’re all a great way to keep the writing muscles toned.

Writing Poetry: We’ve got a lot of poets around here, and right here you can post your own poetry for others to read and critique.

Book Reviews: Here’s the place for writing a review, or reading one. Our members do their best to write useful reviews so we can wisely spend our reading dollars. If you’re looking for something good to read, here’s the place to check out.


Reader’s And Writer’s Blogs: These are forums just for our members to share what’s going on in their literary lives. The Reader’s blogs are a great way to share what you’re reading and how you’re enjoying it. Writer’s Blogs are a place where many of our writing members share how the writing process is going for them. You’ll find a lot of ups and downs and amusing insights into the writing mind here.

Writer's Groups: We’ve got several writing groups going now, covering fiction and non-fiction, children’s lit and poetry. If you want to join a group just go to the Writing Group Requests forum and post a request to join. Whichever group is accepting members at that time will quickly reply and get the go ahead from the group members. Writing group posts aren’t visible to the other site members so they’re a great place to share your works in progress and get feedback without opening them up to the whole world.

Reader's Club: Our Reader’s Club is still in its infancy, but we’re trying to get a group of like minded readers together to read and comment on books along with each other.

That’s a run down of some of the favorites; now go find your own favorite. Start a discussion, join right in and share your thoughts on something. Feel free to ask questions.
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Postby wolf88 » Sun Dec 26, 2004 11:50 am

Hi, Am new here...don't have a clue how to work this?? Help :?
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Postby charlesp » Mon Dec 27, 2004 3:33 pm

well wolf, you've made the first step. You've signed up, and signed on. If you go to the main page (it will look like http://www.wordtrip.com/phpBB2/portal.php in your web browser) you'll see the latest topics of discussion here. On the right hand side there's a scrolling box with the topics in our "just for fun" areas of the site. You can jump in on any of those easily enough... word association or talking about your favorite movies or books (just click on those links and then reply to them the way you replied to this one). The center of the page has the more writing/reading oriented topics, and on the left hand side you'll see some links to the various parts of the forum AND links to some books that are being discussed (hopefully) for this month's Wordtrip Book Club selections.

If you want to join a writing group we've got those too. The navigation area on the top left side of the portal page has links to the writing groups, if you click on that and find the "Writing Group Request" forum you can make the request there. Once you're a member of a group you'll be able to see the private forum.

Any particular questions you have?

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"Coffee is sufficiently advanced technology" - Merlin Mann
One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." - Wally (Dilbert)
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Postby Hissmonster » Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:41 am

Florida...ah the sunshine state..how nice it would be to be in FL today when the northeast is snowed under!!
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Postby JillStar » Thu May 05, 2005 6:48 pm

If you're new to Wordtrip . . . be sure to check out the Help and Newbie Area; and don't be afraid to ask questions... we don't bite. (Much)
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Postby penelope » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:09 pm

Help !

I can,t find the Profile application at the top.
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Postby LostCoastArtist » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:18 pm

The site has been redesigned since this was written. The profile link is now near the bottom-middle of the page.
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Postby penelope » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:23 pm

Aha !

Thankyou lostcoast :(
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Postby LostCoastArtist » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:29 pm

No problem. :D
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Postby penelope » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:49 pm

I'm having a problem finding a suitable size pic for my avatar. So piccy ( oops) Picky ! :roll:

I shall have to wander off and investigate.
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Postby TheMudge » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:01 am

If you have a picture you like, and don't have the ability to resize it yourself, someone here can probably resize it for you. :D
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Postby penelope » Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:41 pm

Oh thankyou so much Mudge.

I'm rather behind with everything at the moment.

I didnt want to appear rude, so ive replied now. Its 2.30am this end.

Yep. Really behind ! :(

Take care.
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Ranks

Postby novelwriter » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:12 pm

Maybe you could please post the pogression of ranks for me. It has been awhile since I posted on the boards so I forgot.
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:23 pm

Donate enough cash, and we'll let you name your own rank.

Besides Big Kahuna, of course . . .
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Postby Mlou » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:03 pm

Now Mudge, a serious question deserves a serious answer. Is anyone around here serious enough to respond to novelwriters query? Or are all the strait
jackets in use?
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:42 pm

Actually, Mlou, I think CP kinda invented the ranks in a drunken, Ramones-fueled stupor one night. So he's the only one who knows.
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Postby charlesp » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:51 pm

Not drunken... maybe caffeine induced though...

These are the only ones to be attained by # of posts... anything else is bestowed upon thee.

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One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." - Wally (Dilbert)
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Postby novelwriter » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:13 pm

Thaks people for the help! That is exactly what I had in mind. Btw-I agree with the caffeene comment. Straight jacket comment-now that was funny! :D

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