Better posting tips

Better posting tips

It isn't easy posting a question for the first time, particularly if this on-line forum world is new to you. Then you wait patiently, wondering what others will think of your submission. Will anyone respond? Can they help?

So here are some tips to help those that haven't yet taken this step.

1) Click on 'Write a Post' and if you are a member of more than one HU community, select the one you wish to post in.

2) Chose a title that while not too long, summarises your question

3) In your first sentences, try to provide some context for your question. Then people can quickly decide if they can help you.

When you've completed drafting your submission, take the time to read it through, putting yourself in the place of someone that knows nothing about you and your concerns. Have you provided enough background? What's your CLL status? Say if you are newly diagnosed, approaching or in treatment, had treatment previously and so on. Letting us know what country you are from can help responders provide you with a more helpful reply. Health systems vary and treatment/trial options vary greatly around the world.

Submitting your post - the finishing touches

1) Edit out non applicable tags that may appear in light blue below your post. (This is not essential.)

2) What topic does your submission fall into? (It's not essential if you can't decide.)

3) Add a photo or perhaps a scan of your test results

4) If your question is on a sensitive topic, in answer to the question 'Who can see my post?', make certain that you select 'Only followers in my community'.

Click/Press Post. The site will prompt you for anything you've forgotten.

The above and more is covered in the Help pages here:

You can always edit anything you want, the title, the text, an accompanying photo, etc. Just press/click on the 'v' to the right of '+Follow post' under your post and make what changes you require. (You can likewise edit any of your replies by clicking on the 'v' to the right of the Like (n) under your reply.)

Be patient waiting for a reply. While some members may check a few times through the day, most won't know about your post until they get their daily or weekly email. If you keep a HealthUnlocked browser tab open, you'll see number appear in a red circle next to the bell on the menu when you have a reply. You should also receive an email notification if you have that enabled in your account settings:

Finally, there are a few things you can do to make your submission stand out. This site supports basic formatting of bold, italics and underline, alone or in various combinations.

Font control

[ b ]Bold[ /b ] Bold

[ i ]Italics[ /i ] Italics

[ u ]Underline[ /u ] Underline

[ b ][ i ][ u ]Everything[ /u ][ /i ][ /b ] Everything

You just leave out the spaces between the b, i or u (which enables the font change) or the /b, /i or /u, which resets the font property back to what it was prior to being enabled.

You can use these in any combination and/or you can also use the Ctrl+(b,i,u) keys to toggle bold, italics and underline of text as you write it, or highlight selected text and use whatever Ctrl+ command to change the text font as you wish. (The control key option doesn't work in Private Messages.)

This site also supports unicode graphics plus a basic set of emoticons:

Icon, Text equivalent, Meaning

:) : ) Smiley or happy face

:D : D Laughing, big grin, laugh with glasses

:( : ( Frown, sad

:'( : ' ( Crying

:o : o Surprise, shock

;) ; ) Wink, smirk

:P : P Tongue sticking out, cheeky/playful, blowing a raspberry

:-/ : - / Sceptical, annoyed, undecided, uneasy, hesitant

:x : x Angry

8-) 8 - ) For when it's nice and sunny

You just leave out the space between the characters for the emoticon character representation to be converted into the emoticon. (If you copy the above into an editing program like Notepad, you'll see what I mean.)

Do you have tips you'd like to share? Your feedback is welcome!


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  • Neil, Thanks

    … a few follow ups:

    What is the protocol if you want to reply to a person who is replying to the poster/questioner, especially if your comment does not directly concern the poster's issue. Not wanting to "hijack" the post and shift the topic, I've sometimes written a private message to the person but then wind up questioning myself thinking that perhaps I should have communicated on the post itself since the information I get back could be valuable to others.

    And if you can go over changing fonts. Let's say I want to make this sentence bold. Still not quite sure how I do that. After the sentence would I type in 'Bold[ /b ] Bold' or part of that or perhaps I'd type it in before the sentence I want bold? And would I want that one sentence to be highlighted?

    Let me just ask if you could please specify the exact keystrokes one would make?

    This also reminds me… in case your answer makes me realize my question was on the dumb side could you tell me if there is a "duh-faced" emoticon available. I find I could use something along those lines quite often especially when I attempt to work with computers (good example - I was stumped for a while with your instructions above when all my clicking on the letter v was not getting the desired results; then it dawned on me I was to click on the arrow for a drop-down menu, leaving me awash in the feeling of 'duh').


  • As I look over my reply to you, it seems that I got the answer to my bold question on font control


  • Gene, thanks for your reply - it made me realise that I haven't explained how to enable and disable font changes, so I've updated my post above. Plus I've found an error in my emoticon definitions, now corrected.

    I agree, we do need a 'duh' emoticon; I could have used one just then.

    With regard to your astute question regarding the protocol about replying to a replier, it's one of those situations where you need hindsight. I agree with you that where your second discussion is likely to be of wider interest, it is generally best to reply directly, rather than via PM, so that later readers can benefit from your reply to the reply. Where it becomes embarrassing is when a second somewhat off topic thread becomes dominant within the post, hijacking the original intent of the post. Yes I've been guilty of that too on many occasions. I'd suggest that as soon as the non parent post replies start building, close it off with a final reply saying that you are opening a new post and include a link to it. In your new post, you might like to mention the earlier post, even including a link to it if the topics are closely related, so readers can check that post too.

    Thanks for your good questions,


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