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November 25th 2013 2:29 pm

Engadget Forum Tips: How to post a new discussion

Hey, you! You want to talk about gadgets, right? Yes? Well, let me welcome you to the Engadget Forums. Let's help you get started. Below, you will find a super helpful walkthrough on how you can start your very own Engadget discussion

Every discussion starts with a great idea

First, think of something you want to talk about. It could be anything related to technology! For example, "When my phone crashes, at what velocity do I need to throw it in order for it to leave the solar system?" Or maybe more seriously, "Here is my experience buying groceries with Bitcoin."

Using the discussion tool

Once you have that, head right over to the Engadget Discussions page, right here: www.engadget.com­/discuss/

Click the blue "START A DISCUSSION" button and we'll be ready to begin.

Once you do that, you're presented with our discussion created tool. You are the artist. Think of this as your blank canvas.

If you've ever participated in other discussion forums, you'll find these tools to be fairly familiar.

Subject: This is my subject

Your subject line will be the first thing that people see when they browse the forums. It helps to make it both concise and informative. Writing things like, "The RX100 is the best camera I've ever used," are much more informative than something generic like, "This thing rocks."

Discussing your subject in more detail

The post section is optional, but it always helps to add more detail. Plus, you can embed images inside the post that will help make it more visually compelling, as well as better demonstrate what you're talking about.

To add images, simply drop a URL that ends in a valid image file (jpg, png, or gif) right into the post as a separate line and it will automatically display! (Sometimes, there are issues with Dropbox links -- I find myself often uploading files to imgur.com and linking directly there.)

Tag your post!

Tags are super helpful! This helps people find interesting discussions about products they care about, as well as alert people who have or want that product about new discussions (providing they opted in to receive emails on their Engadget profile page).

You can tag by company name, specific products, general topics (e.g., "cellphones"), or all of the above at the same time.

Pro tip: Want to leave feedback for the Engadget team or have a question about how something works? Tag your discussion or question with "Engadget Meta."

Post away!

Once you're ready, hit the "POST DISCUSSION" button and get ready for the comments to flow in!

Congratulations for being a contributing member of the Engadget community!

That's all for now. If you have any questions, hit me up in the comments below and I'll answer them.

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