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Forums: An excellent source of help

If you are trying to become a more proficient user of almost anything, may I recommend forums to you?

LibreOffice Specific suggestions

For the LibreOffice specifically, I am (30 Apr 20) a very, very new newbie. But happily and of my own choice committed to moving to LibreOffice.

And then my failure to find a forum to my (uneducated) tastes was a disapointment just now. I was impressed by the many other options, though...

And even having saidthe forum disappoints, I was pleased to find it so full of activity, the most important attribute of any forum.

Maybe that the LibreOffice "Online Help", "Wiki" and "Documentation" will serve my wants as successfully as the Open Office forum did. I hope so!

Of course, there's also the ordinary "in app" help, too! Don't forget that option.

And then there's...

The "LibreOffice "documentation" service"... full textbooks/ guides/ reference manuals, as ink-on-paper tomes or huge free .pdf downloads! (At the top of that page, you'll find many links to similar material in other languages.)

What disappointed me about the forum was the lack of organisation. Everything poured into one pot. I've never seen tags used effectively. Maybe when I "know" it better I'll be happier. It IS early days as I write this.

Open Office Specific suggestions

For the Open Office applications, the following has been my recommendation since at least 2016, if not earlier:

New to forums?

Persevere! It is the "easy way", in the long run.

Yes, you have to "register". It is worth it!

"Lurk" first... read some stuff before you make your first post. Get the hang of how people behave in the community.

Above all... before you make a post, search the old posts. The searching is a minor skill to master, but it is worth it for you, not just because you will probably annoy community members if you don't search first.

Is your question REALLY so special that it hasn't already been asked and answered several times? Why wait for someone to write out the answer again... if anyone can be bothered, when you didn't bother to do the search?

For old times sake...

The forum for Open Office discussions used to be Sadly, by the end of 2012, that was beginning to be overcome by net entropy. But we had some good times there.

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