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How Hard Is It To Post In The Right Forum?

Posted 12-28-2005 at 04:46 PM by XavierP

This has long been a question in my head. I find LQ very easy to navigate. The forums and sub-forums are clearly named and laid out and it's not hard to find my way around. And it's been the same ever since I first registered.

So why are we still seeing threads in the wrong places? Read the forums descriptions and post in the appropriate place. It's not rocket surgery!
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  1. Old Comment
    your comments are brash and uncalled for
    Quote:
    So why are we still seeing threads in the wrong places? Read the forums descriptions and post in the appropriate place. It's not rocket surgery!
    this is plain abusive.

    Why post a rant without any evidence to collaborate your claims?

    there are many reasons people perceive different logic to place it is the appropriate forum. Remember everyone does think differently.

    example as far as i'm concerned i'd personally categorize this thread
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=97628
    in Redhat specific as opposed to software.
    its not asking how do i use KDE (same in all distros)
    but how to install it (different in most/all Distros)


    or


    Say I have a problem with KDE configuring hardware

    Should i Post it in Mandriva/Suse is it a specific problem?
    Should i post it in software area related to KDE?
    Should i post it in Hardware section?


    Note the problem ends up being a kernel fault

    you cant blame them for not putting it in Software (kernel).




    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Hardly abusive. There are currently almost 400 reported posts - these reports have all come in since the upgrade - a few short weeks ago. Most of those are to request that me move a thread because it's i the wrong place.

    There are a small handful of threads that I can see why they were misposted. The rest are painfully obvious that the poster picked the first place they could find.

    A number of them are in Website Suggestions and Feedback, for crying out loud. That particular fact tells me that people either click at random or they keep clicking until they can find a forum to post in.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  3. Old Comment
    The website as is really does need a new design.

    Even me someone who has a fair idea where everything belongs
    i sometimes need help

    a troubleshooting style posting guide. would be important addition

    just like Windows Troubleshooter where you anwser a series of questions and get givin the appropriate link.


    whats your problem?
    KDE/Gnome > error loading & running KDE > Software
    > help to configure KDE > Your Distro forum


    Startup error or config/additions
    > /etc > place in you Distro

    installing drivers for hardware > a compiled kernel module >general?
    > downloaded from website hardware forum > Distro or Newbie forum

    Hardware config/settings > /etc > place in Distro forum (each distro has unique hardware config tools)

    hardware failing > hardware forum
    installing drivers > hardware forum



    Until there is more of a set guide there is no wrong location for a question.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Read the LQ Wiki, the Tutorials - beyond doing the posting for you all, there's not much else we can do.

    And the site had a complete makeover about 3 weeks ago.

    Quote:
    Until there is more of a set guide there is no wrong location for a question.
    And this really is the wrong attitude.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  5. Old Comment
    I pretty much agree with Raymond I think :). It's not that hard to put stuff in the right place. Why on Earth do people still put Windows questions in places like Linux - General?!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  6. Old Comment
    I am aware there is a tutorial
    but a discrete Javascript popup menu would be elegant easy and reduce human error

    http://www.loyola.edu/bin/j/n/windows_help.jpg


    KDE menu editor has an option
    "What To Do?"
    instead of the standard layout multimedia office system etc.

    What to do?
    Enjoy Multimedia?
    • Listen to music
    1. xmms

    Access the internet?
    • checkEmail
    • Retrieve files
    • browse websites?
    1. Launch Firefox
    2. Launch Konqueror

    Configure Your System?
    • Configure KDE?
    1. Install Software?
    2. Change how KDE Looks?
    • Do some Work?

    each then keep going until there are no questions or appropriate program / this case forum.

    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  7. Old Comment
    i dont know much about html so there will be errors

    but this should give a picture of what i suggest exist of this site

    This is based on the Quick Links Pop down menu on this site

    <!-- user cp tools menu -->
    <div class="vbmenu_popup" id="usercptools_menu" style="display:none">
    <table cellpadding="4" cellspacing="1" border="0">


    <tr><td class="thead">Quick Links</td></tr>
    <tr><td class="vbmenu_option"><a href="http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/forumdisplay.php?f=7">Dont like/hate Our Site?</a></td></tr>

    <tr><td class="vbmenu_option"><aref="http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/forumdisplay.php?f=59">Linux in the Headlines</a></td></tr>


    /*Note hopefully the menu is embedded within "Help with Hardware?"*/
    /*opening Configure It? sending user to Distro list forums*/
    /*opening Install It? sending user to Hardware forums*/
    /*opening What should i buy? sending user to HCL list forums*/

    <tr><td class="vbmenu_option"><a

    <tr><td class="vbmenu_option"><a href="http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/forumdisplay.php?f=5">Trying to Configure it?</a></td></tr>

    <tr><td class="vbmenu_option">
    <a class="vbmenu_option"><a href="http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/forumdisplay.php?f=18">Installing Hardware</a></td></tr>

    Hardware Problems?</a></td></tr>


    </table>
    </div>
    <!-- / user cp tools menu -->
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  8. Old Comment
    So rather than a poster take a little time to read the forum descriptions or, god forbid, read some of the entries, you think that we should get Jeremy/David_Ross to spend loads of time to make the site accessible to 3 year olds?

    Maybe you'd like the mod team to come to your house and install the OS for you?
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  9. Old Comment
    im sorry i said you were abusive rude and brash

    I should have waited till your last comment, you said it yourself.
    Now since you mentioned your a 3 year old
    can you figure out this adjective to describe your behaviour?
    It Begins with S ends with D

    I know linux but like i said there will always be a grey area in life
    and in thread locations, and not everyone knows linux as well as us.
    Some have english as a second language so cant chose the right forum for a KDE problem.


    anyway Blogs are a mess the last 10 blogs are friggin questions and not experiences/rants
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  10. Old Comment
    Interesting. Very very interesting. You abuse me and then make out that you are the one hurt. Way to go.

    I think you will find that I accepted that there were some grey areas, but this is about clearly wrong entries - like Windows questions in Linux-General. And I think you will find that we cut people who have English as a second or other language quite a bit of slack.

    And if someone wants to use their blog incorrectly - fine, it's their time they are wasting.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
  11. Old Comment
    incorrect blogs are as bad as incorrectly placed threads

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=401183&goto=newpost

    it's a double standard to say inappropriate threads are unacceptable,

    but inappropriate blogs are acceptable



    At no time have i said i condone incorrect posts.

    i'm mearly thinking outside the box and providing possible solutions.
    to reduce the issue.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
 

  



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