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Essential Formatting II: Discussions[edit]

Ever have one of those burning questions you can't seem to get out of your head? Are they DnD related? If so, you should check out The Discussion Forum. As the page says, it's your destination if you have a D&D question you need answered, or you're not completely sure about something in D&D, or maybe you're confused about certain rules, then that is the place to get all of your questions answered — in a forum-like environment. To ask your question simply start a new discussion, and ask away. But how do you ask a question? Also, how do you answer? What if this sparks a conversation and you have something to add? Well, we'll show you how to add a question one step at a time.

Asking a Question[edit]

  1. First things first, you need to go to The Discussion Forum.
  2. You should see a place where you can name your discussion. Type in your question title there
    1. Your title should be something related to your actual question, not just the word question.
    2. Be sure to keep the "Discussion:" before your title. It's important to format things properly so your discussion won't get lost.
  3. Ok, now that you've titled your discussion click "Add New Discussion".
  4. You are now looking at that familiar edit page.
  5. To begin, you need to identify your question. Replace <!-- Insert your questions title here --> with the name of your discussion.
  6. Next you need to identify yourself. Type this to get the ball rolling: === ~~~ <small><small>~~~~~</small></small> ===
    1. You don't have to remember that, it should be on the bottom of every discussion thread.
  7. After identifying yourself on the line directly beneath the title, press enter.
  8. You are now editing the line of text beneath your name. Type your question here.
  9. There is no need to sign your posts on a discussion forum, that's what the top identifier is for.
  10. As the page says, be careful not to delete anything below that line.
  11. In the summary box rephrase your question, and check "Watch this page" before pressing "Save Changes"
  12. Because you watched the page you can find that page easily by checking your watchlist. Click here<when I get around to it> to learn more about watchlists.

Answering a Question[edit]

Maybe you're a real smart cookie, and you know all the rules of DnD. Congrats. Now let's get some use out of that. Someone has just asked a question and you know the answer. How do you tell them?

  1. At this point it's safe to assume you're on the discussion page.
  2. At the top click "Edit this page".
  3. Scroll down to just beneath the most recent post (sometimes more than one person will leave an answer, that's ok. We encourage it.
  4. Now you need to identify yourself. Type this to get the ball rolling: === ~~~ <small><small>~~~~~</small></small> ===
    1. You don't have to remember that, it should be on the bottom of every discussion thread.
  5. After identifying yourself on the line directly beneath the title, press enter.
  6. You are now editing the line of text beneath your name. Type your answer to the question here.
  7. There is no need to sign your posts on a discussion forum, that's what the top identifier is for.
  8. As the page says, be careful not to delete anything below that line.
  9. In the summary box type something like "My 2 cents" or "I know all the answers because WoTC implanted a microchip in my brain", and check "Watch this page" before pressing "Save Changes"
  10. Because you watched the page you can find that page easily by checking your watchlist. Click here<when I get around to it> to learn more about watchlists.

All Done![edit]

There you have it. You've just answered a question on a discussion. Naturally, you can use this tutorial to teach you how to post any comment on a discussion forum, not just questions and answers. Naturally, this is only just the beginning. Many people find it helpful to include links to the rule they are citing, or pages they have questions about. Click here <when I get to it> to learn how to include your own links to material covered on the wiki, and on the web. If you have any questions about posting a discussion question or answering leave a comment on this page's talk page.


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