Tips for JewishGen Discussion Group postings from the JGDG Moderators #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Phil Goldfarb

Dear JewishGen Discussion Group Members:

As many of you heard during Avrami Groll’s update on JewishGen this past Tuesday at the 2020 IAJGS Virtual Conference, the JewishGen Discussion Group has had a record number of postings over the past year and we thank all of you for that. Open, accessible, friendly communication in the discussion group setting is a key to assisting others with any questions, issues, problems, brick walls and to connect with one other. With almost 20,000 members,  the JGDG is THE place to exchange information on Jewish Genealogy.

In order to make certain that we are all on the same page, we would like to again have you review the JewishGen Discussion Group guidelines: . It is important and will only take you a minute to read. The role of the moderator is to ensure that these guidelines are followed. Just to let you know, some of the reasons why messages are delayed, rejected, or deleted are:

  •   No hashtags. Hashtags are a powerful tool for indexing, categorizing, sorting, searching, and muting the Discussion Group postings by topic. Please only use one of the 46 approved hashtags. Others will be deleted. All postings should have at least one hashtag. Moderators will try to help when possible. 
  •          By the way, for muting of hashtags: If you want to filter and decrease the number of messages that you receive (This is why hashtags are so important on every post!). Go to: Click on #Hashtags in the left-hand column (or, if you are on a mobile device, you may need to click on “more” first, then on #Hashtags). The hashtag chart will appear or click on “See All.” Click the “mute” button on any topic you no longer want to read about. It is that simple to do! For questions or problems contact support@...
  •          Subjects that are not descriptive. Just having a subject of “#belarus” or “Help” or “Silverstein” does not tell a member what or who or where you are looking for, nor will it make a subscriber even want open it to review your message and hopefully provide assistance. Make the subject line informative so that members will want to open it and look at it!
  •          Speaking of subject lines, the only thing that should be capitalized is a proper name, nothing else.
  •          If you are asking for a ViewMate translation, you can put numerous requests in one message. Having six different posts at the same time for six different translation requests is not efficient and just takes up members space.
  •          Please sign all postings with your name. While it is an option, members also want to know where you are from as well!
  •          Posts such as “thanks” or “great” or “OK” will be deleted as it contains no content of interest for everyone. If you want to thank an individual or reply to someone directly please use the following “Reply to Sender” instructions:
  • When your reply to a posting would be of interest only to the sender of the original post and not to the entire Discussion Group, please reply to sender privately as follows:

 If you are subscribed to the Daily Summary, where you receive one email each day from JewishGen with a list of the new messages and new replies:

           Click the “reply” arrow in the lower left corner of the message

           Type your reply in the reply box

           Click the “private” button at the bottom right of your reply box

           Click the “reply to sender” button that appears

If you are subscribed to the Full Digest where you receive several emails from JewishGen throughout the day with up to 12 messages in each Digest:

           Under each message, you are given the choice to “reply to group” or “reply to sender”.

           Click “reply to sender”

           Type your reply and click “send”.

  • Finally, if you are having a technical issue, please contact support@... . They are there to help.

A sincere thank you again for all of your posts, comments, communications helping members, assisting your fellow researchers in breaking down brick walls and we look forward to your messages from around the world!

The JewishGen Discussion Group Moderators

Phil Goldfarb (Lead)

Stephen Jones

John Paul Lowens

Jessica Feinstein

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