How to be a good BYC citizen

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChickBond 007, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    How to be a good BYC citizen:

    1. Stop in on the new member introduction page each day and say hi to a few new people. Everyone was new once, and do you remember how many times you checked that first post?!

    2. Search for unanswered posts every once in awhile, and see if you can add your expertise to a question asked by someone. If you can't add expertise, see if you can give support.

    3. Leave "hot" or topics that will likely turn ugly or get "locked" without your name/post. Just ignore them. You know when you see them, and you know when they'll likely get locked up.

    4. Help a newbie do something that you already know: perhaps help them to post a picture, share info about Golden Feather, invite them to the chat room, tell them about auction threads, teach them to SEARCH the threads, etc., etc.

    5. Encourage someone who is down either about their birds/animals or life in general. It's amazing how we can help someone else with just a little encouragement. Cheer when they get their new chickies even though you've seen that same post 100 times, and say "woot" when they manage to hatch for the first time.

    6. Make a BYC page for yourself. Your pictures and ideas will likely help some lurker who is too shy to post or ask, but is reading, reading, reading for info.

    7. Remember, chickens aren't always nice to each other but humans should be. Be kind to mean people because they often need it the most. There is no pecking order in homo-sapiens despite what some think.

    8. (go on.... keep adding to the list.....)
  2. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
    8. Keep an open mind. A simple difference of opinion doesn't need to turn into an I-WILL-get-the-last-word-battle. Also, running people with one opinion into the ground while responding to a poster who shares your opinion and then throwing catch-alls like "it's a free country" and everyone is entitled to their opinion" does NOT make it OK.

    Rant over & out![​IMG]
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    9. Know the BYC Rules so that you don't run into any "surprises" after posting. [​IMG]

    10. Send PMs to new or random members just to say "hi" or let them know how much you enjoyed one of their posts or pictures. Some people don't get very many PMs, so it's fun for them to see that they have "mail."

    11. Take advice cheerfully and with an open mind. Someone's advice may not work for you, but it doesn't mean you have to use it or feel "forced" into doing something. A simple, "Thanks. I'll keep that in mind," is a great response to have in your back pocket.
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    12. Tell all your chicken friends about BYC so they can join in on the fun.
  5. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    13. Try your best to stroke feathers the right way. [​IMG]
  6. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    14. Buy BYC bumper stickers, shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies.... Oh and BUY A GOLDEN FEATHER MEMBERSHIP
  7. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    15. Remember Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and respect that fact even if you don't agree.
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    16. If something irritates you and you cannot respond gently and nicely, back away from the thread.
  9. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

    Jul 17, 2008
    17. Remember that people on the internet can't hear your tone of voice, making some statements sound harsh or mean when they are not.
  10. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    18. Don't bump up ancient or out dated posts!!!

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