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Pastebins

Posted 06-19-2007 at 08:29 AM by archtoad6
Updated 12-02-2009 at 05:06 AM by archtoad6 (missing word)

From WikipediaŽ, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastebin

"A pastebin, also known as a nopaste, is a web application which allows its users to upload snippets of text, usually samples of source code, for public viewing. It is very popular in IRC channels where pasting large texts is considered bad etiquette."

Mostly, I am writing this to remind myself of the name of these things, I just spent most of an hour reading my old posts looking for a place where I had referred to them.
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However, I also wish more of us here @ LQ would learn about & use these -- just as large blocks of text is already considered bad etiquette in IRC channels, it should be here too; & for the same reasons: clutter & distraction. All too often someone will paste a huge config file into a "Code:" block (or, worse, 3 huge config files into 3 "Code:" blocks :)) when only a few lines are relevant. The trouble is the poster doesn't (yet) know what is relevant & thinks "better too much than too little". The result is a post that is 95% junk in terms of extracting the nature of the problem & the relevant info to solve it.

If, instead, the relevant config file(s) (w/ many irrelevant lines) are put in a pastebin, with the lines numbered -- an automatic feature, then everyone who wants to plow through it/them can & then refer to only the relevant lines in posts.

I believe that this would help helpers get to the heart of the problems they are trying to solve; &, therefore, get helpees better, quicker answers.
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Here are links to 2 pastebins:
Equivalent sites for images:
http://img214.imageshack.us/
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