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This is topic that has taken over trick's thread and I would like your view. Should posts made in the general fourm count to your post count? I think that they should not. I have ~105 post in general I don't mind going back about 105 posts do you. People who don't even have Linux installed are reaching 500 600 even 700 posts.
I think that we should concentrate on helping folks who post, and just
ignore those in any forum that irritate you. After all, Jeremy says his site is ->
LinuxQuestions.org - where Linux newbies come for help
It doesn't matter to me if the posters thing says Member, Guru, LQ Addict,
or what. I can still tell from reading that some guys know their stuff, and
some guys don't know jack. Most of those little annoying kiddies will leave
and go back to Winders sooner or later. Just don't let them bother you,
they're sort of like mosquitoes in the summer. They buzz around and bother
you for a while, but when the weather gets tough, they disappear.
why should the post count matter? do you honestly think there is some official connection between post count and skill? I could name a number of members with less than say... 500 posts who i believe have a vastly greatly level of skill than I do, and I have an obscene number of posts. If you take the number of posts as you imply, you are interpreting that value incorrectly.
Let's take three members:
Dave - is 13. Posts mainly in general about his dog, after 1 month he has 100 posts.
Steve - is 32, is Cisco and LPI certified and manages 300 linux nodes on his company network. helps people on the really tough questions that no one else can get to, after 1 month he has 100 posts.
Mike - is 19, at College. Needs to use Linux for his courses, has no idea how to use it, keeps asking simple questions for simple solutions. after 1 month he has 100 posts.
all utterly different reasons for being on linux questions and have hugely different skillsets, yet bizarrely they all look identical when you look at their user profiles..... go figure.
Originally posted by Joey.Dale Why do you assume that all the people do that are kids, I am a kid (15) and I took the time to learn red hat then suse and now slackware.
Joey, I think I misunderstood your post. The first sentence is
rather hard to read. I thought you were referring to the ones who
are basically doing nothing more than starting arguments, or stirring
up trouble - with posts like the thread that acid_kewpie recently closed.
Forgive me for offending you because of your age. You are an
exception, though, and not the rule. If you disagree, look at the
posts to which you're referring, and check out the profiles to see
if I'm off track.
Distribution: Fedora Core 1 & WinXP Pro & Gentoo 1.4 & Arch Linux
Does it really matter what forum you post in and whether it counts or not?? I post in pretty much every forum because when I visit I usually hit the "new posts since last visit" button and try to help where I can whether it be in "linux-newbie", a specific distro or General. I don't usually trust someones post count to tell me whether they know what they are talking about or not.
You did not affend(sp?) me I have accepted that I am not a normal geek for my age. You should have seen me at my first LUG meeting. Evevy one was staring it me like I was in the wrong place. Then there mouths hit the floor went try found out that I run slackware and know more about Linux than some of them.
Joey, cool! Wish I had a LUG meeting to go to here. Most of the guys still use
Winders, because in China they don't purchase M$ software. They use
copy CD's. They say copyright means "the right to copy."
I'm sure if something like this is implemented the posts from that point on wouldn't count towards the total of members.
I personally don't care if I lost all 2,220 posts I've now made in this forum, not like its going to affect my total all that much..
I'm actually for this as you can't tell. I really don't think posts in this forum should not count towards members total's but it really doesn't matter though either way as I don't judge members by the number of posts they have.
The only thing that would bother me is the members who have 1k or so posts here and don't even use Linux, etc. Makes me think they should go find that random off topic type forum to chit chat with others, etc, since their not really contributing to this site that costs money to run and such.
Post count shouldn't matter anyway. I don't see any reason why forums even display post counts so prominently, especially in technical forums where post count has no relation on actual skill. My opinion is to remove the post count from what's display next to every single post.
Every post you make in the general forum should deduct one from your total count. I'd also recommend adding the title "troll" for people with a negative total. Being a newbie wouldn't be so bad then. JK
Posting in General forum by members is used to exchange news, discuss off-topic issues etc.. I don't think any one with common sense will judge a person by his post count (I won't anyway). I had voted no, just for the record.
Even though I would lose alot of my points, I have to kind of agree with Tricky on this. But at the same time, I agree with Kewpie and a fe wothers that count really doesnt matter. I personally do not look at someones count, but rather what they say and how it is worded.
For example, I know that kewpie, Finegan, Tricky, Isajera, Whitehat, and a few others know what they are saying because of how they write. On the other side, there are a few (whose names will be kept secret) who think they know a lot, but my god they need to go back and learn BASIC.