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Old 02-25-2004, 12:43 AM   #31
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One of the Best Features of this Forum is the Search engine!!
but, it's just like using google..you have to input the right 'keywords'
and it will find more than enough thread/posts to read thru........
 
Old 02-25-2004, 02:14 AM   #32
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I forsee the following will happen after a few months:

1. Newbies difficult to find relevant answer when the result of a search becomes 15 screens

2. They still need an answer -> post new thread

3. This new thread will end up in the 16th screen of the future search result.

4. Gurus and LQA's will stop answering the same dual boot question for the 632th time.

5. Hopefully old newbies become new power users and have a conscience to contribute back to the LQ community. They will take over the role of the current gurus and LQA's.

Repeat iteration with thread++ and screen++
 
Old 02-25-2004, 06:21 AM   #33
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I agree Crasherz that bad posting is a problem, but you have to take this into consideration.

You do not know who is doing the posting. Some people are just not very smart. That's a part of life and we have to except them as well.

Others could be 10 year olds that want to learn. Or now days, probably 9, 8 , 7, 6 , who knows maybe even 5 years olds. If you can tell me that they are able to think like older individuals, I'll eat my redhat. We have to except them as well.
 
Old 02-25-2004, 11:39 AM   #34
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I'm trying to rack up 5 posts so i can submit my problem which includes IP addresses which the forum is interpreting as URLs. ;P sorry to be of no help whatsoever.

and i'm posting it as a new topic because after a HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS of searching not just this board, but the web, I have found no solution to my problem. Only threads where more people kept adding in "i'm having that problem too.." or helpers telling people to post the results of console commands, followed by the results, followed by no resolution ....
 
Old 02-25-2004, 11:40 AM   #35
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and in the quest for at least 5 posts, I'll add another here
 
Old 02-25-2004, 11:48 AM   #36
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oh ... what the hey!!!! this thread has the highest noise-to-signal ratio, so i might as well put post #5 right here too.
 
Old 02-25-2004, 12:10 PM   #37
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Hey man take it easy with this newbie stuff! You are not the linux god or anything. In fact I installed and am using slackware9.1 myself and I am a
newbie. Never posted before but how on earth would yoy expect newbies to know everything that you say they should know. How about a little common sense man.
I am sure you were new to something at one point in your life. This stuff can
be very overwhelming to people that are new to it. If someone is not a system
administrator or computer programmer then they may be having a rough time with
the new concepts, etc. That does not mean they are stupid. They may be in another field of work where they just want to be secure and productive in their computing without having to dig through arcane man pages. In other words
they may not have the time to sit in front of a computer all day configuring
linux. The last thing a newbie needs is some butthead making them feel stupid!
 
Old 02-25-2004, 02:16 PM   #38
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I don't think anyone that has posted has ever had the train of thought that all newbies should know a certain amount of information.

What most people are saying is that if you have a question, please search for it (Both on LQ and the web like www.google.com/linux )

If after searching and at least showing some initiative to get help on your own - even if you found a solution but don't understand it - then post. Don't just run here when a problem pops up posting 'please help me' expecting others to search for you, which is what happens a lot, the solution is a link to another thread or an outside website.

Nathan
 
Old 02-25-2004, 10:04 PM   #39
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bhooder here,
After posting what I did about being hard on newbies I realize that
what I said was plain rude and out of line. I am man enough to admit when
I am wrong so sorry about the nastiness. I do realize after installing slackware9.1 that there is alot of info at Slackware site and at the Linux Doc Project site as well as man pages, info pages and the web in general and in these forums. I am new to forums in general so I just recently discovered the search engine for threads. I do agree that people should try to find what they are looking for before they post. I guess that is only common sense.
bhooder
 
Old 02-28-2004, 12:02 AM   #40
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Well, I fail to agree. If I want to post a question without searching through threads, I am going to post a question. This is a free world and if others do not like that I take the liberty to do things the way I like to do them, well tough.

So again, I post to receive help and make conversion. While I am waiting for someone to respond, I go through the other questions and try to answer them if I can. I enjoy using this website in this manor like others enjoy doing things the way they like to do them.

Freedoms, privileges and choices. We're all different and we all do things differently. Some people like this type of coffee others like a different type of coffee. It makes me laugh when someone says something like, how can you stand to drink your coffee black, its terrible.

Last edited by sjia; 02-28-2004 at 12:03 AM.
 
Old 02-28-2004, 02:31 AM   #41
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Well being a nOOb to Linux (Just got it yesterday) I stumbled across this thread while looking for an answer to a question on dual booting before I install.

I agree with whoever said that the biggest problem is people not putting the proper titles in their Subject line, it makes searching a bit of a pain. I think the biggest problem for nOObs in doing searches is not know the correct terms for what we are searching for help on.

Anyways, that's my 2 cents, back to my search.

SirKTS the Linux
 
  


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