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June 1, 2012
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 Here you can find out how to

  1. add a comment (this post)
  2. add a new topic/upload an essay
  3. add tags
  4. change your editor

How to Comment

People love to get comments on their essays. Negative ones are probably more useful than positive ones. We all have the same goal -  to write clearer essays and get a higher score, so feedback is very useful.

  1. Pick ONE  part of the essay
    It's fine to give comments on a part of an essay -  the introduction or the conclusion or one or two of the paragraphs.
  2. Describe your reaction
    If you don't have much time to comment, just write a sentence or two about how the other person's essay made you feel -  if it was easy to read, hard to read, needed a better introduction, needed a topic sentence.
  3. Pick ONE problem  
    If the essay has one problem e.g. long sentences, weak organization or poor vocabulary choice, then focus on just one problem. Give one example and suggest a better rewrite.
  4. Don't worry too much about simple grammar or spelling errors
    Microsoft Word has a spellcheck, so there's no need to correct spellings or basic grammar. Before posting their own essays, most people here check them for basic errors. A machine can correct spelling errors -  we need humans to suggest better ideas or better organization. 
  5. Don't comment on everything! 
    You don't have to cover grammar AND punctuation AND ideas AND organization AND vocabulary.  I sometimes do try to cover everything, so it can take me an hour or more to give feedback on an essay. But even five or ten minutes from you would be really appreciated by another writer.
June 14, 2012
11:03 am

How To Change Your Editor

You should be able to choose the Rich Text Editor (see the picture below) by going to your Profile, then Options, and then Edit Posting Options.

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I use the Rich Text editor. To quote someone, I use the 7th button (see the picture). Now I only use two colors -  Maroon for headings and corrections, and yellow background for mistakes.  Too many colors is confusing!

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July 2, 2012
2:48 pm
I think I posted this somewhere else, but here it is again anyway...

Click the 'Add Topic' button (or click here)

How to Post a New Topic
When posting an essay, put a short (4-9 word) summary of the question in the Topic Name box, and then write the full question at the start of your essay. It will help fix the topic ihowtopost2.gifImage Enlargern your mind.
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July 2, 2012
3:02 pm

Here's how to tag essays so that people can find related essays easily.

How to Tag

  1. After you copy-and-paste your essay into a new topic (Add Topic) in the forum, click on the Get Suggested Tags From  'Local Tags' button.  New tags will be added automatically based on your essay content.
  2. You can then add your own tags or delete irrelevant tags by typing in the 'Topic Tags' box.  
  3. Tags should only be one or two words long. Don't add phrases or sentences. Separate tags with commas only.

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If you forget, don't worry -  I usually check tags once a week or so and fix them.

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