forums. To participate, you read the notes that people have posted over the last few days.
You write your own response and post it yourself. Then you check in
the next day and see how other people responded to you.
When you first start posting messages to discussion groups, you may
feel shy. That's good -- it's a sign that you're concerned about the
impression you're going to make on a bunch of people you've never
met. Fortunately, most discussion group readers are there in the first
place because they're friendly people who enjoy interacting with others. (Although there's a very loud minority that takes pleasure in tearing down other people and their ideas; see "The Art of Flaming" on
page 71 for more.) Here are some hints on making friends, not enemies,
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