What is meant by a Substantive Post?

Posting rights into one of our virtual SIGs require that someone must have made a few substantive posts within our forum. While we have no intention of setting a policy as restrictive as the definition for substantive content as found within online colleges, we do admit to using such policies to evaluate written posts. To explain what we mean by such a post, it must increase the understanding of the reader about the topic under discussion. References (links) to other sites are certainly helpful (APA format please) in backing ones points. Needless to say, we also have an expectation for professional writing quality in so far as spelling and grammar.

One factor we will not get too hung up on relates to minimal word lengths. Within the confines of this site, the quality of what is said will always matter more than the amount of words it takes to say something. From the perspective of those of us reviewing posts here, one that is short yet well-written will be far more welcome than one that takes a long time to make a point.

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