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Old 02-17-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
bigrigdriver
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Do you view uninformative thread subjects like "urgent", "please help", etc.


Relatively speaking, how often do you respond to uninoformative thread subjects like "urgent", "please help", "help me", etc.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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almost always---I can't stop myself from trying to help.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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I'll skip over them and maybe go back if there aren't many new postings.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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Not a Linux question, so I have moved this to General. Though LQ S&F may also be viable.

And I nearly always read them - part of the job description
 
Old 02-17-2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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I do if I'm really bored.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 06:43 PM   #6
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Yes, I do.

It might be wrong strategically, but these people seem to need help. So, I look what's up in those threads.
 
Old 02-17-2008, 07:05 PM   #7
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Usually -- for the entertainment value of the responses they provoke.

I almost never try to help.

I try to resist "piling on".
 
Old 02-18-2008, 01:53 AM   #8
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I usually do and if someone else has replied to the thread (or I can answer it), then I tell them to use proper titles.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 04:33 AM   #9
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I always read them if they are in forums I help moderate and I usually change the thread title to something meaningful. If they are in threads I don't moderate then sometimes I don't read them due to time constraints.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 08:18 AM   #10
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Of course. They are usually from newcomers who may not understand how to properly summarize their issues and ask questions appropriately, or they really are in a crunch and need a fix fast.

What I don't like is yelling, cursing, flaming, rudeness, and other generally negative social behavior.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 08:34 AM   #11
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Of course. They are usually from newcomers who may not understand how to properly summarize their issues and ask questions appropriately, or they really are in a crunch and need a fix fast.

What I don't like is yelling, cursing, flaming, rudeness, and other generally negative social behavior.
I like this answer.

I think it usually makes sense to respond to the first cry for help. After that, it depends on whether the OP responds rationally to requests for more info. If it becomes obvious that OP is a flake, troll, or PEBKAC, then I stop responding.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 10:15 AM   #12
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I do so I can edit them in my forums to make them reflect the actual question or thread.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 09:29 AM   #13
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Pretty much never. If someone can't be bothered to put a brief description in the Subject, I'm not going to waste my time looking at it. There's only about 2% of topics that are of any interest. I'd be wasting my clicks 49 out of 50 times.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 10:05 AM   #14
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Pretty much never. If someone can't be bothered to put a brief description in the Subject, I'm not going to waste my time looking at it. There's only about 2% of topics that are of any interest. I'd be wasting my clicks 49 out of 50 times.
With that in mind, members should feel free to actually view the thread so they can report it to have the title changed by a moderator. That is highly encouraged.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 10:11 AM   #15
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With that in mind, members should feel free to actually view the thread so they can report it to have the title changed by a moderator. That is highly encouraged.
That's a good suggestion. To be honest it never occurred to me to report a thread for a title change. In the future I'll do that instead of being unduly snarky about the poor title (yes I admit that I have been guilty of that from time to time).
 
  


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