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Old 11-23-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default Being Genuine.

Yes, there are a bunch of us here on WI. That means there's a lot to help, a lot to congratulate, and so on. But doesn't it get kind of repetitive? Well, yes! That's what helping people does! This has been bothering me for a while now. I've recently gone on a craze trying to help and congratulate. It gets repetitive sometimes having to say congratulations, but when those people genuinly thank you, you know you've done something good.

Give them a genuine response.

I've seen a lot of this in the "Look What I Got!" section:

Congrats. [tenletterrule]
or
Wow [tenletterrule]
even
neat [dietenletterrule!]

That's horrible! The whole purpose of WI is for information about Webkinz. Who are we to not congratulate someone on their accomplishment on Webkinz World? That's the whole reason we joined!

Think about it, if you just got a really rare item that you've been saving up for, you wouldn't want one of the above responses. You would want a genuinely nice response.

Here are a few examples of what to do to congratulate, and helping others.

Help:

1. Make a connection to a similar problem you might have had. You can then say how you fixed it. It will make someone feel good.
2. When you're helping, don't use chatspeak. This can confuse people. I know it's tedious, but typing out the words can often be more helpful than going "Lol if u talk 2 da ppl on ganz's phone # then blah blah blah"
3. If the problem persists with the same person, COME BACK TO THE THREAD AND HELP SOME MORE.

Congratulating:

1. Start off with a simple congrats. Move to something like a question, asking if they will post pictures, or what they named their new pet.
2. Compliment them on something. If they posted the name, compliment the name.
3. If they have gotten something, but don't know what it is, guide them toward the Value Guide.
4. (Submitted by Mama Girl NH) Think before you type... "Could I get away with saying this out loud, face to face, with someone, and have it actually mean something?..." If you wouldn't say it face to face, DON'T SAY IT HERE.


I guess what I'm trying to say is, be genuine in your responses.

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

Thank you for the reminder. It's always important to use good manners - and it's not good manners if you're not genuine.

(And, at the very least, if you actually spell out the word "Congratulations" it's more than ten letters.)
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

Good reminder, too many people are just posting to get posts.
That is not what WI is about.
It's about making friends and making people happy when they are chatting with you.
Good idea again!
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

Thank you! Finally someone other than me enjoys seeing people have good manners other than I do.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

I think all of WI (including myself, I will admit) needs to see this thread.

Sometimes, I want more than just an 'I'm sorry.'
'Awesome' just doesn't cut it
When yu say 'Great' but don't mean it
it hurts
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you didn't care enough


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Old 11-23-2008, 07:28 PM   #6
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

when i go into a thread someone had taken the time to make and post for us to read, i do so because of interest and hoping to give someone a response that either helps them, or give them a good feeling.

it is always nice to tell someone that you appreciate what they have taken the time to share.... even if it is something we have seen before.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:29 PM   #7
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I always try to make my responses more than 1 sentence. It helps, and is nice to the thread owner.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:37 PM   #8
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Default Re: Being Genuine.

Thank you all for understanding. Ice cube, I like your poem. I think it's true. If you guys could guide someone who doesn't understand the point to this thread, then I'm sure we could get the message across.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:37 PM   #9
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I think the ten letter rule is there because they want us to say more than hi. That's a very good point!

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:40 PM   #10
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Great reminder! I will usually say [note: it depends the name/pet, like I don't always say "Cute name" I think making it true matters, not a lie] "Congratulations! That pet is so cute!" OR "Congratulations Nice name too, I like it alot!!"
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