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#1981576 - 08/18/08 11:05 AM Welcome to the Low Down !!
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WELCOME!

Welcome to the Low Down! We’re glad you’ve come by to see us. Please read this topic to help you enjoy your stay.

We are a community of bassists, sponsored (but not restricted) by Bass Player magazine and the Music Player magazine group (Guitar Player, Keyboard, Modern Drummer).

We enjoy sharing with other bassists from around the world about music, gear, techniques, education, and playing experiences. What makes this internet forum different from some of the others is that we have a true community here. You can stop by and ask questions, or you can get to know us and be part of this place. When possible, we even try to meet in person!

This topic (called a “thread”) explains life here on the Low Down. This thread is “closed” – you can’t post here – the moderators use this thread to help you enjoy your visits.

The next set of posts will deal with the following topics:
  • Etiquette
  • Buying and Selling
  • Forum Facilities
  • Searching
  • Threads of Note
  • Contacts

Please let the moderators know if there are any questions or corrections (just click on one of our names at the bottom of the page to send us a message).

Thanks!
The Moderators
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#1981578 - 08/18/08 11:09 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
Tom Capasso Offline
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Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 8821
Loc: Wantagh ,NY,UNITED STATES
Etiquette

We have certain rules that we (the moderators, along with the community) use to keep the Low Down friendly, inviting, and informative.

Language:
We prefer civil language. The “f” word and crude sexual references will be edited. We’re not prudes, but we do respect people in general. We also have many young people visiting and want to retain a level of decorum. This is admittedly an arbitrary thing, and we’ll be happy to discuss any incidents.

Respect for Others:
We respect each other on the forum. That doesn’t mean we shut off heated exchanges. It does mean we limit harsh discussions, and will not allow personal attacks. Sometimes moderators will edit or delete these posts. For long-time community members, we are more lenient. You may be surprised by some posts are not removed – rest assured that posters are often “spoken to” privately to move discussions back to a more suitable level. Note that respect for others includes companies and corporations. That’s not to say that you can’t be critical, but that there should be some basis in fact.

English and Grammar:
We have many members who live in (or come from) non-English speaking countries. We applaud their efforts to post here (in English) and support them in any way that we can. If you see that a poster is from a non-English speaking country, read their posts carefully and consider their experience when responding. Many of our most valued contributors do not have English as their primary tongue. (That said, some of our most many eloquent posters have learned English as their second or third language!)

We expect that those members who are from English speaking countries to do their best in using proper grammar and spelling. This will help you communicate with other bass players. It may help you write better by expressing yourself more clearly. Think about reading your post before submitting it. This site is not an IM chat site and we will be cranky if you don’t bother with capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Sure – everyone makes a mistake, but stream-of-conscious posting will be roundly criticized. Write as if someone will search this forum a year from now and need the information that you have provided – make it easy for them!

Topics:
We discuss bass and bass-related topics. When starting a topic, try to make the title clear and complete. Other topics that are of interest to the community do come up, and we prefix those with “OT: “ – this stands for “off topic”. We do not allow topics about controversial subjects (especially politics and religion). These subjects come up frequently, but we work hard to not allow them to drive a discussion. They will be prominent when relative to music, to our community, or when presented in a post in a respectful way. Note that many of our members are active in their religious pursuits. Thus, religious ideas do come up. We do not accept posts that try to change people’s religious or political beliefs. Therefore, please try to keep conversations on topic.

Hijacking:
We try to keep conversations on topic as much as possible. When one topic leads to another, someone will generally start a new topic to continue that conversation. The advantage of this is to keep the threads on one topic so that when you search or look up information, the threads apply to the topic title.


Edited by Tom Capasso (08/18/08 11:30 AM)

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#1981579 - 08/18/08 11:15 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
Tom Capasso Offline
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Loc: Wantagh ,NY,UNITED STATES
Buying and Selling

We DO NOT allow threads/topics that are about selling your equipment, or asking to buy equipment. Please note that we have a sub-forum called “Classifieds” for this purpose. You can see it at the top of the main Low Down screen.

We have separated the “Classifieds” forum because there would be too many of these “sale” threads (and related threads marketing all sorts of stuff – referred to as “spam”). We want to build a community of bassists, not become a trading site.

There are some ways to indicate that you are selling or trying to buy something (along with posting in our “Classifieds” forum). We allow the following:
  • Single post – if it is appropriate to the topic, you may post that you are selling or buying something. For example, in a thread about Fender basses from the 80s, you might give a review of your own instrument, and then say that you’d like to sell it.
  • Signature – each member can have a “signature” that is displayed at the bottom of all of your posts. You can put sale information in the signature. This way, it does not take up a thread or a post, but can be viewed by the community.
  • Private Messages – sometimes a member will discuss a piece of gear, and you may write to them privately if you think they’d like to sell it. (More on Private Messages in “Forum Facilities”).



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#1981580 - 08/18/08 11:19 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
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Forum Facilities

The Music Player company owns and maintains these forums. UBB software is used, and we have an administrator (Jim Quinn). We also have a “webmaster” that helps with Music Player content and works with us (Max Sidman).

We recently upgraded the UBB software, and have come up against some issues. While this can be frustrating at times (especially the search), we ask that you please be patient. Our admin is waiting for the software vendor to provide the next release. He has put in tons of extra time cleaning and dusting our forums, and is very much aware of these issues.

Your first step in getting help is the FAQ that is just above the thread list (upper right of screen). The questions (and answers) should get the info you need.

There is a forum to provide updates and tips about the forums called New Forum Software Help and there is a Forum News forum as well. Please use this forum if you have questions or problems – the answers are probably there.

If none of these (or the items below) help, be patient, and write to one mods. We’re happy to help.

Please note that the SEARCH has it’s own post below.

Posting a message:
There are a few ways to do this. You can hit a “reply” button, and a screen will come up that allows you to post your message. It will have lots of editing options like font and color, the ability to post pictures, etc. There is a button to post links – the link itself is not displayed, but you enter a “title” for the link that is displayed. The title turns blue to show that it is an internet link.

This screen also has a “preview” button. Pressing this button will cause the system to display your post in its final, formatted state below the edit box. It’s a great way to see if your picture link is working, if the post has the colors/format that you want, or to read your post. You can continue to edit and preview until you submit.

Another way to post a message is to hit one of the “quote” buttons in someone else’s post. That will cause the edit screen to come up with the “quoted post” text inside. All of the edit facilities are available.

There is a “quick post” facility at the bottom of the screen. This edit box will act like the regular edit box, but it doesn’t have all of the “fancy” stuff. If you know the UBB “tag” info (those “commands” that are in brackets), you can type them in. There is a preview button for reviewing format and content.

You can edit your own posts. This helps you correct information or fix that “oops” posting. There is a time limit on this (one week at the moment). If you need to edit something older than that, let a moderator know.

Members:
If you click on a member name, you can then look at their profile, and send them a private message (note – if the member turned off Private Messages in their profile, you won’t have this option). Private Messages show up (when you receive one) as a blinking notification in the column heading of the forum screens. You can also receive email notification.

There are many more facilities – check the help guide.

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#1981582 - 08/18/08 11:20 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
Tom Capasso Offline
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Searching

Let me start out by apologizing. Our search engine is difficult to use, and doesn’t always work at all. The volume of posts (don’t forget that this includes all of the forums, not just the Low Down) and the antiquated software has left us almost searchless.

Jim Quinn, our admin, is always looking for fixes and advances in the software. I’m hoping that sometime soon we’ll have a new release that searches better.

That said, I have been able to use the search function. It’s a pain and you have to give some thought to how you fill in the request. Terms like "bass", "Fender", "string", etc. are not going to be helpful by themselves.

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#1981584 - 08/18/08 11:23 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
Tom Capasso Offline
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Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 8821
Loc: Wantagh ,NY,UNITED STATES
Threads of Note

There are many noteworthy threads that have been started (and continued) over the years.

Before we had this “sticky” thread, others (starting with TimR) have built a thread that points to the rest.

Here are a few that are most useful. And we include the “Essential Threads” thread for your further exploration.

Jeremy’s Theory Lesson

Introduce Yourself!

Essential Threads

Spending time looking over old threads can actually be fairly interesting!

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#1981587 - 08/18/08 11:30 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
Tom Capasso Offline
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Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 8821
Loc: Wantagh ,NY,UNITED STATES
Contacts

Left Click on the names (like mine on this thread) and you can view the person's profile, send a PM (Private Message), add this to your "watched posts" (you get email when the thread is updated), or see their posts (you get a list of the most recent threads that the person has posted on).

For now, use the mods as contact points. We will pass your needs to Max (for content) or Jim (for systems issues).



Edited by _Sweet Willie_ (05/24/10 07:04 AM)
Edit Reason: minor update to the eloquent prose of professor madball

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#2193400 - 05/24/10 07:14 AM Re: Welcome to the Low Down !! [Re: Tom Capasso]
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Contacts (continued)

Originally Posted By: Tom Capasso


Left Click on the names (like mine on this thread) and you can view the person's profile, send a PM (Private Message)...


PMs can be an excellent tool for following up with an individual about something specific that may not require full forum knowledge or participation. For example, you may realize that you live near a forumite who teaches and want to take lessons. This communication is probably best done via PM.

Similarly, on the "classifieds" subforum, expressing interest in and arranging deals for gear is best handled most times via PM. However, often questions about how a bit of kit that's for sale works, its age, etc. can be useful to all readers.

One more thought on this...from time to time, a particular post may get under your skin, seem offensive, or just strike you as inappropriate. You should always feel free to PM one of the mods about this, but also note that there's a "whistle blower" feature that allows you to automatically flag a post for our attention. (In my experience as mod, the most common occurrence of the "whistle blower" feature is to flag "spam.") "Whistle blowing" will alert all mods plus the board administrator, and will result in the quickest response than an individual PM.
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