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Getting the most out of Talkbass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blackbird, Nov 12, 2000.

  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Agreed. My writing style can be a bit "brash". I have ever gone back to earlier posts and though that I may have come across as mean or angry. Nothing could be further from the truth in most cases. Learning that about myself has taught me to allow others such leeway as well.
  2. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    You're not even close to the correct forum :roflmao:

    Go to the 'basses' forum, and there should be a blue button that says "create new thread" or something similar. Good luck!
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  3. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    I read all 5 pages. Still my first thought about how to get the most out of TB, is to use Google for searching the forum.
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  4. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Learn to scroll!!!
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Make sure a thread you're posting into is not a "Zombie" thread that probably was resolved years ago.

    Yeah, I know...
  6. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung What would Fred Rogers do? Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    I am guilty of reviving a Zombie thread.
    I was a newbie, thrashing about.
    Many of our brethren ‘explained’ my shortcoming.
  7. I would suggest too, that sarcasm doesn’t translate well in print unless you write very well or the reader already knows your views. I’ve been caught out by this and I’m not the only one who’s been busted.
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    When in doubt, Smiley emojis are your friend. :)

    Type colon, dash, right paren
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  9. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    I think it's worthwhile that @Stumbo has quite a nice collection of information for noobs. He's also one of the nicest helpful guys on TB and is always helpful to the new guys.

    EDIT: Isn't it funny that I was giving Stumbo accolades and his post comes up right before mine.... synchronicity in the universe.... :)
  10. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Bassists tend to be nice people.

    If you disagree with me you’re wrong.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Yeah, I play the zombone too often. :)
  12. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    Yep, and if you have band drama once a year or maybe twice, and ask for advice, amidst 1000 positive experiences, don't post the band drama or everyone'll call you a drama queen. You'll get a ton of replies, some unhelpful and some helpful ones too, but after a while, people will assume that's your entire life and label you that way -- when it's not true.

    If u post the other 998 positive experiences, don't expect too much discussion on the board. Maybe a few likes and congratulations.

    And also, don't "feed the monster". When someone disagrees, think carefully about disagreeing back. If you do disagree back (respectfully) and they keep at you, then stop right there. Any more and you're feeding the monster.

    Make use of the Ignore and Follow options in your profile. That ups your joy as you stop hearing from the people who threw major shade, held ridiculous opinions or were otherwise offensive. And it helps you fill up your screen with value-added comments from the people you follow.

    Consider the background of people who respond to posts. There can be a lot of uninformed discussion.

    Make use of private messaging functions to get opinion from people you respect.

    Don't get into defending who you are when people make false assumptions about your character based on a few posts you made. You know who you are, just ignore them...
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2018
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  13. Please do not argue with a persons experience. Also, their post/thread may be light or laid back. Leave it that way.
    "" hey, those peavey cabinets made in the 70' s sure are heavy""
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  14. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    By the way -- attached is an interesting article on trolls in discussion forums. People who troll tend to score high on negative personality traits like sadism (read the article for the actual list). They can break your experience if you let them, or become a non-issue if you know how to handle them.

    In the beginning, I used to be appalled at the kinds of comments people would make. They were extremely negative, provocative, and not even justifiable in reality. I would give a reasoned, reasonable response, and they would respond with more offenses and virtriol.

    I wondered why I would hear so much of these comments on discussion forums, but never in real life.

    Then I read this article attached below. Apparently, people with sadistic personalities LOVE discussion forums. They love taking pot shots at people (even when they don't believe in their content), they love riling up people, and getting their goat. It's their personality -- and a sick source of supply to their egos and well-being, if you can even call it that.

    After a while, you may notice a pattern in certain members' posts that mark them this way. The best way to handle them is to simply ignore them. They hate to be ignored or to be treated as if they don't matter. The best thing you can do is participate in positive discussions, make high value-added comments, and establish productive relationships with others. They HATE this.

    Don't do it to get back at them though -- do it for the sake of the richness of your life. Fill it with positivity and let the trolls get their narcissistic, sadistic supply elsewhere.

    When behavior is clearly inflammatory, report it to moderators and let a few warnings sink into the people who violate the rules.

    Interesting, I was reading an article about a past U.S. president's approach to wild claims about his personal life that weren't true. He decided not to respond to them. He decided not to feed the monster. I see that as the best advice for getting the most out of talk bass, along with making a solid contribution that leads to friendships and groups of people on whom you can rely for good advice or commentary when you need it :)

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2019
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  15. Valsmere

    Valsmere Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2018
    southern NJ
    Thank you for posting this good info on here, being a newer member at first I tried to join in the conversations as I'm learning and still learning but seeing some responses I deferred to just read and let the battles play out. I tried to state my observations in some discussions and felt slammed at one point or another. Its just easier to go on with my own little path of learning, quietly.
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