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    10. By now (after posting your Introduction and other Replies, as well as your comments in the Testing Skills Forum) if your total comments are UNDER 40, then we suggest you participate in helping other members in the forums by replying to their topics. Why? Because we have found that some assignments are usually given out to those members who are known to other forum members! Friends help each other. And they can do so from anywhere in the world because of the internet. Many agency owners and managers read the member participation and comments made each week to see who is motivated.

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      If you're just Replying to existing Threads. . . . you're safe.
      But if you want to start a NEW THREAD, make sure your new thread and subject matter are in the right FORUM!

    17. So before you start guessing about which forum you should post your new thread in (or which forum you should post your POST REPLY in, the first thing you should do is the following:

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    Now let me give you a clue if you have lost an earlier topic that is nowhere to be found.

    It may have been moved or merged by technical support, or to the After Hours Lounge Forum, and when a member Replies to your topic . . . it automatically sends you a direct email notification to take you right back to the new home where it is located.

    Sometimes Tech Support leaves a redirect note that the topic has been moved, sometimes not. Rarely have I seen a topic really get lost. It was probably moved to another forum.

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    Then try your testing in the forum titled Test Your Forum Writing Skills Forum, and you'll get more teachers.


    There is lot's to prepare for and to enjoy. But please don't jump to apply for assignments too quickly. First impressions by your manager will be a lasting one. If you goof up on your email skill, your writing skill, or your mapping skill... that is hard to overcome for a first impression.

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    Last edited by Carmen Acai; 02-17-2007 at 12:03 PM.

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    Originally posted by Nolina Beauchamp
    Ok, and the above comment registered, weird. I am a little confused. Are there areas on the forums where comments we make aren't counted?
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    Originally posted by Gunnard Lundberg
    Just starting out I guess I am still in level one. How will I know when my level changes???
    Again thank you for your help!!!
    1. Go to

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    3. The Forums you have access to will have this image next to it:

    4. The Forums & Levels you do NOT have access to will have this image next to it:

    You have access to more forums as you progress from Level 1 to Level 4. One day you'll log on and see new information. It's kinda like being a kid in a candy shop when the new stuff comes out.

    Originally posted by Gunnard Lundberg
    I guess you can't tell me what level I'm at right now.
    You can get some idea by reading the following topic.

    Click here: Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 Access to all forums.
    Last edited by Thomas J Nicol; 01-29-2006 at 08:02 AM.

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    Exclamation We require your attention for off-topic or redundant posts in this thread.

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    Re: Newcomer? Do these Newcomer Instructions FIRST!

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    Re: Newcomer? Do these Newcomer Instructions FIRST!

    I agree

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    Re: Newcomer? Do these Newcomer Instructions FIRST!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Dudzinski View Post
    I agree

    I have some follow-up information from our phone call earlier. Please carefully read and follow instruction number 3 above. When you've authored your introduction thread, I can post the information there.


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