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Hi there Pinniped...

Post 1

Sol

... and welcome to h2g2. My name is Solnushka and I am one of the volunteer ACEs, which basically means that I flit around greeting new researchers like yourself, spelling really badly in the process and helping out wherever I can.

Sheffield, eh? Went there once. Lots of hills. Very chilly too, I seem to recall. Enjoyed myself, though, so that's ok! There's a whole bunch of advice about contributing to the guide under the 'contribute' button above. Or you can ask me. Please do hit the reply button below if you have any questions. Go on, you know you want to... I know h2g2 looks a bit huge when you first arrive, but that is what we are here for.

Anyway, in the meantime, here are some links, which you are at perfect liberty to ignore, of course...

The welcome page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/Welcome

The smiley page (actually you can go there by clicking on any smiley such as this one smiley - smiley ) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/Smiley

Ask h2g2, where you can ask anything except 'What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?':
http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/Askh2g2

A really big guide to lots of the clubs, societies, gangs etc you can get involved in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A270325

The h2g2 newspaper, The Post: http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/U54963

Hope you enjoy yourself here. See you around, if not before!


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 2

plato <surfer>

Hi! Nice name! *waves to Solnushka*

Sheffield's a real nice place.smiley - biggrin My Dad's from there, by the way! Anyway, welcome! You should probably check this place out, too.smiley - ok

http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A579684


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Post 3

Pinniped

Hi Solnushka
Thanks for the welcome and the tips. A lot of the conversations seem a bit arcane; maybe I'll find something accessible if I keep looking. I think for now I'll just add to my journal and see if anyone gets in touch. You've obviously got Russian/Baltic credentials which gives me some trepidation about what I was planning to add next. Never mind, I'll still do it and maybe you can let me know if it doesn't ring true.
Perhaps you know Finland? I spent an eighteen month stretch there once, first around Imatra (really nice) and then around Raahe (desolate, right in the armpit of the Gulf of Bothnia). They're great people, mutta se on liian vaikea kieli. Sorry - I know it's supposed to be English only, and to be honest I never learned much Finnish and remember even less. Pretty close to Estonian, though, as I'm sure you know.
Oh go on, I'm going to indulge myself. I can still more or less remember the job-title they gave me in Raahe. They even put a label on my door, and it covered the whole width of it. I think it read :
"Nauhavalsamoonvesiverhojenjaeaedytyssysteemitietokoneinsinoeoeri" (excuse the approximate rendition of dipthongs) which translates as "strip mill water curtain cooling system computer engineer". Now who's arcane?
Thanks again for your help
Pinniped
(I'll work up to the smileys later, I think. My kids are good at them, but they've more or less convinced me that people of my age should stick to pure text...)


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 4

Pinniped

Hi there Mr Plato etc
Thanks to you also for the welcome, and I checked out (and really enjoyed) your guide entry too. There are certainly some intimidating imaginations out there....it IS imagination....isn't it....?
Back at my level, my dad won't actually tell me where he's from. I've accumulated circumstantial information that leads me to believe that he may be a Lancastrian. He certainly refers to Sheffield as the "North Derbyshire Industrial Museum", which strikes me as a little unkind.
Yours
Pinniped


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Post 5

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

I know Sheffield! I live just down the road in Chesterfield.

Small World aint it? smiley - earth

smiley - winkeye


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Post 6

plato <surfer>

Yea it is! Mr. P, the guide entry I gave you was not written by me. It was written by a guy called Pierce the Pirate. I'm just the First mate on the ship and I can welcome you onboard if you like. Clive and Solnushka, you're welcome to join too!


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Post 7

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

oooh Thank You very much! smiley - pirate
Batten down those #'s!
Hoist the Misen mast!
etc.



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Hi there Pinniped...

Post 8

plato <surfer>

So will you join???????

smiley - biggrin


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 9

Sol

The unfortunate truth is that I get horribly horribly seasick. It wouldn't be pretty, guys, it really wouldn't.

Finland, eh? I'm impressed by your command of the language, and after 18 months too. It's got, what 16 cases or something? I can barely speak Russian. Anyway, Boyfriend wants to go there for New Years, so I'll get to see the place then. Should be great!

Must admit, I'm not great with the smileys either. I only know three. But if I add a smiley a year till I'm 70, I should have a fairly good range...


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Post 10

Pinniped

Hi Clive
Sure is a small world.
I tried to work out how to cast a Marmite-vote. Maybe I haven't quite got the hang of all this yet.
If it's relevant, I love Marmite but I have a bit of a guilty problem about it. My boss said he'd sack me if that was really Marmite on my sandwich so I've been pretending it was Branston.
Pathetic really....
Mick S


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Post 11

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

Good to hear it! smiley - ok Us Marmi-titans are well in the lead, 35 - 27 I think smiley - erm - but we still need your vote!

If you visited the Marmite poll page, you can register a vote by clicking on the forum called "vote here!. Reply to a previous posting and type your message. Then click send. It will then be posted to the forum.

To start a brand new conversation on a page. Click "Discuss this entry."

Hope that helps.

Re: Small Worlds smiley - earth We really do have a strong community - evidenced by our regular (occasionally smiley - drunken) Meet-ups held all around the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A435791smiley - cheers

You never know we might end up actually meeting one of these days!
Which would be smiley - cool

Clive smiley - biggrin


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 12

Pinniped

Hi there Solnushka (and maybe Mr. P as well?)
I'm not too sure who I'm replying to here, but you're all terribly nice.
(How's this work? Does the Reply button just send stuff to the one person or to everyone who's entered the conversation?)
Anyway, it would be good to come on board the "Blood of the Zaphodistas". Maybe there's a suitably innocuous posting available, Ship's Biscuit or something.
Finnish does have 16 cases but the locals can't handle them either. Really well educated people get to about 13, apparently. I got as far as 1, sort of, plus travesties of another 2. It is a great country. Enjoy!
Pinniped


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Post 13

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

There is a "reply" button at the end of every individual posting. Pressing a reply button replies to the message of *that* button.

A reply, once sent always appears at the bottom of a forum, but is visible to everyone who visits that forum.

You can activate a "postings tree" which represents the order of postings and replies to them as a little graphic in the corner of each posting by going to your preferences
http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/UserDetails
and selecting "expert" mode.

Hope that helps.

Clive smiley - smiley


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 14

Sol

...and if you are me, you just click the reply button of the very last post, regardless of who you were actually wanting to reply to, I suppose its fairly clear unless you are using a tree thingy...

He he. I'm glad finns can't do the cases. I've always suspected there are languages which even the natives can't handle smiley - smiley


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 15

Pinniped

Hi Solnushka
Thanks again for all the help. I promise to stop picking on you after this note, but you did volunteer to be an ACE, didn't you?
I changed my Space round a bit. Would you mind taking a look and giving the requested advice? (ie. where in h2g2 would you post the various pieces now cluttering the Journal?)
Please be honest if you think they're no good. I'm big enough to take criticism (sob).
Thanks for this favour. You are a deeply caring and wonderful person. I mean it.
Pinniped


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Post 16

Sol

Drat. Sorry Pinniped. Combination of computer and real life probs has combined to refuse to let me reply to you till now. Hang on, I'm going to press the button and then write a proper reply... just in case...


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Post 17

Sol

Splendid. Lets hope this works too. I'll be typing at breakneck speed, so excuse the errors!

Loved the journal entries. Funniest thing I've read on the guide for ages. If you make them into guide entries (I'll go and look up how in a min), then they will be part of the guide as a whole (well, everything we write is) and will show up on searchs and whatnot. Ohh, I've just dissed my modem and gone and had another look at your page and you are doing it! Splendid! Keep it up! Have a fish...

I was going to say, almost no chance, I suspect, of making it into the edited guide through sheer exhuberant weirdness. i'll have another look now, but I'll post this first. I think somebody would end up arguing that, well, they isn't actuaklly factual But I'd give it a go, myself. My persdonal preference would be to have more of this kind of stuff in the edited guide. I suppose it's difficult to do well, though... For that you need to go to peer reveiw (click on the bannar above) and follow the instructions there. It takes ages to go through the process I beleive, so don't get disghartened if nothing happens for weeks...

Failing that, you might want to submit stuff to the Post: the newspaper. They are always on the lookout for articles, especially good pieces that might not be edited guide stuff, but are none the less worthy as writings. Then you'll have a nice wide audience! I'll go and look up how to do that, but I think that if you follow this linkl there'll be instructions somewhere about how to submit things:

The Post: http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/U54963

Right, that's about it, but I look forward to reading more by you. Sorry again for lateness of reply. Very annoying to actually have guests who require looking after, when your computer refuses to connect for more than 2 mins to this place!

Have a fish... *throws pinniped a fish* Catch!


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 18

Pinniped

Hi Solnushka!
Fine encouragement (and fish) now coming from many quarters. Thanks for yours! (I'm also getting mark-up language guidance from Clive the FO etc, Archangel Galaxy Babe has made me Keeper of Blubber and Knitbunny (Muse of Pretentious People) has certainly picked up one of those. Rapture!
Lots of ideas for more to write. It will keep coming, and I'm going to invite you all round for a bit of a party when I get my little hole in the ice just like I want it. The Edited Guide lot can come find me if they like. Factual and categorisable contributions do not feature highly in my priorities. (Researching anything is so tedious, don't you think?)
I have one idea that relies on the functionality of GuideML as compared with HTML, so I think I need a Guru. They don't seem to wander about like ACEs and Scouts - probably scared of daylight, I shouldn't wonder. Can you recommend a (comprehensible) one?
I will indeed look up the Post; I've not seen it yet. There's so much out there! Wheeeee!
Yours
Pinniped
(I am considering launching a Fish Credit scheme, but this fresh stuff is the best. Yum!)


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 19

Sol

Splendid! I can see you are fitting in here just fine! I shall enjoy the party too: good idea that - having a housewarming. Holewarming...

Regarding the bordom of researching and what have you, yes well, you are speaking to someone who has been faffing around with something technically destined as her first try at an Ed. Guide entry since March, though I suspect its sheer procrastination really. But as you can see, its not necessarily that which keeps me coming back here...

Comprehensible Gurus are probably hard to come by, but they hang out waiting for you to ask you a question at the feedback forum (theres a button above for that, but you want the Guide ML clinic, so here's the link there:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/GuideML-Clinic

What I usually do is go and post and someone gets back to me and I just keep asking them questions until it makes sense...

Hope that helps!

I'm afraid I appear to be out the fresh stuff today but [rumages in bag] I do have a tin of tuna?


Hi there Pinniped...

Post 20

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

smiley - hsif ?


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