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How To Start Using The Forum


Veteran Expediter
This thread can also be titled: Common answer to common questions.

Newbies to the forum frequently start their posting career with broad questions like: 1) How can I get started in expediting? 2) Who is the best company to work for? 3) What is the meaning of life, the universe and, everything?... This is my answer.

Read before posting. Go back one year in the General Expediter, Truck Talk, and Newbies Paradise forums (the General forums) and scan for threads that sound like topics that can be of interest. Read them. Go to all the other forums for a quick browse to see what is in them. The reason you do this is because most questions you can ask have already been asked. You also get to know the voice of the different personalities who frequent these parts of the cybersphere. And you'll also realize that my question number three about life doesn't belong in the General forums.

Learn the search function. After browsing the general forums use the search function to compile topics of interest that you ran across in the general forums and want to further investigate. The search function can be found on the red tabs at the top of the open forums. One click opens a search field. Follow the "advanced search" link and use that to narrow down your search. Don't overlook the power of using the "Search by User Name" field. If a search returns an overwhelming number of posts try to narrow down the results by entering a "Search by User Name" entry. Use the name of a users who seem to know something about the topic. This is why you get to know the different personalities during the initial reading tour of the forums. If you have trouble getting the search function to return hits then try and use the Search by Tab found within advanced search. Enter the same queries and see what comes up.

Read the FAQ section. The FAQ section is another red tab at the top of the open forum pages. It's good to know the rules of the road before setting out.

Private Message. I am still not ready to have you posting your first overly broad question. I'm assuming that during your homework session of browsing and searching the general forums you are also refining the questions you want to ask the general forum population. If your question is still of a broad, overarching nature then try directing this question to users who seem open to being helpful. Try this. Go to a thread that is related to your topic of interest. Find someone who was part of that discussion and send them a private message and ask something like, "You were part of a discussion about "whatever". Does it still apply today? Would you mind expounding on "whatever"? ....." Private messages can be sent to any user from within any thread by clicking on the user's name and selecting the "Send a private message to ..." option. Private messages can also be accessed from within the user-of-interest's profile page contact info. The advantage of using this tactic is that many people are more willing to personally address a specific topic that they were involved with than to join a general discussion of a general question that they have already answered a number of times before.

Ask the question. Going through the above process will probably turn the first question into something more specific and easily answered which will make the discussion more about a topic that is useful to more people and less likely to turn into another thread about how to get started using the forum.

It does take time to go through this process but look at it as a test. If someone does not have the patience to do a little of the necessary background research in a field that they are interested in then they are very unlikely to have the patience that is required to succeed in this line of work.

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Expert Expediter
Good info for newbies.I would suggest going back 2yrs,since most of this years posts seem 2 be just political bashing,and not much related 2 expediting!


Veteran Expediter
Thanks, EB, for posting that. I'm sure it will cut down on the number of newbie questions that we can either reply to for the 276th time, or feel guilty for ignoring.
Btw: I'm open to PM msgs from anyone who thinks I may be able to answer questions, ok? If I don't know the answer, I usually know who would, at least. :D


Staff member
Good info for newbies.I would suggest going back 2yrs,since most of this years posts seem 2 be just political bashing,and not much related 2 expediting!
Not really. The political posts stay in the political forum. Pretty cut and dry.


Seasoned Expediter
OK folks! Just signed on last night!! Have been out
here about four years. Will post from time to time. Need to do
some serious reading here first!! Thxs Be patient with me.


Seasoned Expediter
Hi guys, new member here. Was referred here by a friend. I appreciate the post for helping new members like myself. If you have questions about shoot and ill do my best to answer them.



Seasoned Expediter
hello,i am new to this type of transport, as it is not like running a big truck. i was a o/o for several years. this is new,and im trying ti figure it out,i am reading post and learning. any good tips on selecting loads will most help to me now. thanks everyone for the great post i have seen so far.
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Seasoned Expediter
Hello from beautiful Iraq. My name is Adam and I am a het convoy driver here in Iraq. I've been here almost 3 year's and don't know how much longer I will be here. I am a newbee and don't want to ask the same ole question's but I am very interested in expedited sprinter van work when I'm done.If there
are people willing to email me and help me with all my question's,
who drive the sprinter's I would be very gratefull.I know there is alot of info here but my computer time is somewhat limited.
Hope to hear from you all soon,Take care and have a blessed day all.