From time to time we get questions from folks who have never posted a new thread before asking how that is done.
The process is really quite simple... as simple as posting a reply!
The first thing you should think about is what forum to post in. Posting in the wrong forum can severely limit your answers, and the number of people who will view your thread. If you have a question about a Craftsman garden tractor, you should put that question in the Lawn and Garden Tractor forum, under the "Craftsman" brand forum! If you put it in the Cub Cadet forum, you will not likely get any good answers!
Lets look at the examples below...
You can see that I have circled the "Craftsman Forum (sub forum)" in the "Lawn and Garden Tractors By Brand" forum. Just click on the Craftsman Forum.
Now click on the "New Thread" button!
Now comes the part where you need to think just a little bit! Take a look at the picture, and read the comments below it...
It is important when you choose a title for the thread to be as direct as you can as to the subject of your thread.
Let's say you want to ask a question about how the deck belt is routed on a GT-5000 tractor with a 46" mower deck.
Some examples of bad titles...
- Question about mower
- Question about belts
- How do I put my belt on?
- Belt question
A better choice would be...
- Belt routing question for GT-5000 / 46" deck combo.
The reason it is important for you to catch the readers attention with your title is because MTF has literally hundreds of new threads every day competing for readers attention! It is nearly impossible for anyone to read them all! If someone is browsing through the Craftsman Forum and sees a title like "Belt question", they are likely to blow right by it. If your title says "Belt routing question for GT-5000 / 46" deck combo" and I see it... I am going to think... Hey! I have one of those, maybe I can help this guy!
When you enter your message, it is best to be direct and to the point! Don't go into some 4 paragraph long diatribe about how your mother got sick and you went to mow her lawn, and she never appreciates it, but you do it anyway, and you ran over the neighbors lost football, but you never got along with them anyway, and you through your belt and now you don't know how to put it back on, and your sick mother never was any good at keeping manuals...
You get my point! While a rambling message might be therapeutic for you, when another member sees that it is 1500 words to ask a 50 word question, they are likely to move on. Be considerate of others time when you post!
After you get your message and your title entered, you have 2 choices at the bottom of the page. "Submit Reply" and "Preview Post". If you want to see what your post is going to look like before you make it available to everyone, choose the "Preview Post" button. After you preview it, you can use the "Submit Reply" button to make it live! (You can submit it without previewing it too if you wish!)
You will have a few minutes to edit your post once you hit the "Submit Reply" button, but after that if you desire to make any changes, you will have to contact the moderator of that particular forum to make the changes for you!
Try your hand at posting a new thread! You cannot break anything on MTF, and if you do make a mistake that you cannot figure out how to correct, the Moderators are all here to help you out!