This also includes the ever-present issue regarding repeat questions, non-questions, and other such situations that could easily be avoided.
Assuming for a moment that everyone uses proper grammar, conducts themselves maturely, and reads questions thoroughly, could some of the more experienced P-hackers out there share some of the technical secrets to making the most of this site?
Here's my contribution...
The search bar: In the upper right corner of the screen is a search bar specifically for Paleohacks.com. If you have a question, this is the place to start. For example. Today I thought I was peeing blood and then realized that I had beets in my morning smoothie. Rather than posting a question (ex. "Hack my beet pee") I did a search for "beets". Sure enough, someone had already asked a similar question (specifically about "beet poo") but the responses to that question addressed my situation (yes, beets do make your pee red.)
Voting: You can both "upvote" and "downvote" a question by clicking on the up and down arrows that appear to the left side of a question. This either adds or subtracts points from the user who asked the question, so this is a good way to reward interesting, useful, thoughtful, and otherwise beneficial answers. Your votes are also recorded, so you can use voting to tag questions that you may want to refer back to later (Just click on your user name at the top of the screen and check the "votes" tab). If you want to downvote a question, it is helpful to tell the person you are downvoting why you did so. This opens up discussions and contributes to the overall value of the site.
1) Near the top of the screen, you'll see your user name. Just to the left of your user name is an envelope. If the envelope is orange, you have a report available on your recent activities on the site. The report includes very convenient links to comments, etc.
When the envelope is white, there is no report waiting.
2) Humor is enjoyed and encouraged on this site, but no personal attacks please.
Hmm, but isn't most of this kind of stuff covered in the FAQ already? Using the search bar, upvoting, and downvoting aren't really secret technical tricks. They're basic parts of how the site functions that people would know about if they read the FAQ page.
Go through a user's best answers in their profile. Paleohackers are generally smart and the consensus usually means something (group hug!). If a user has received a lot of upvotes, this usually means that they have provided a quality answer and you will learn a lot by reading their most popular posts.
And of course don't neglect the others, but you're going to get bang for you buck this way.
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