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The Mysterious "Beginners' Mistakes" Thread

Discussion in 'Tortoise FAQs - New and need help?' started by W Shaw, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. W Shaw

    W Shaw Well-Known Member

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    So... most questions from new folks are answered by great advice, plus the inevitable suggestion to read the "Beginners' Mistakes" thread. Only, the thread itself seems to be a myth. I've used the search function, but it only comes up with lots of messages where people are telling new folks to read the Beginners' Mistakes thread. A search on titles only generates no results. I've tried various iterations, to no avail. Perhaps there is a grain of truth behind the myth, lost somewhere in the mists of time. I'm presently undertaking a quest, to find out whether there is, indeed, any basis in reality for this intriguing legend. If anyone out there has can provide a clue, I'm totally up for following it into the depths of the Amazonian jungle, or the heart of Africa. I'm also looking for a few adventurous sorts willing to undertake the expedition with me, with the understanding, of course, that we may not all return alive. Anyone out there happen to be in possession of a mysterious map that might give us a starting point?:D
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    if only all mysteries in life were so easy to solve
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    I'm so glad you made this thread, I was also trying to solve the mystery :) haha.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Yes, it is a failing of ours, myself included, to refer new members to a thread and then not to include a link to said thread. Please accept my abject apology, and thank you for calling this to our attention.

    The link above takes you to the "Articles" section, and that thread is locked. Here's a link to the commentary on that thread, only it is open to comments. You can find it pinned at the top of the "General tortoise" section:

    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/split-beginner-mistakes.45934/
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    jaizei Unknown Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    So...did you realize your mistake? sssss ;)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    @W Shaw : I can't find anything using the forum's search function. I always go to Google and search. For instance, for the Beginner Mistakes thread on Google I entered "Tortoise Forum - Beginner Mistakes" It came right up no problem.
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  8. W Shaw

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    Thanks Tom (et. al)!
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    Fortunately the forum folks had already corrected my big beginner mistake by letting me know his water dish wasn't safe. I've also been guilty (twice) of letting him out to play in the arboretum where the university's tortoise grazes. Not unsupervised though! More than a few passing students ended up staring at the nutcase crawling around on hands and knees in the arboretum, following a small tortoise. I'll be creating a portable enclosure before spring arrives.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    I usually link it to people. I'm surprised I didn't link it to you when you first joined W Shaw.
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  12. W Shaw

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    No worries! Got it now!
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    I usually link it if Tom hasn't.
    I think you didn't do an introduction thread, perhaps ?

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