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Old 07-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Forced Linux FAQ to recently registered people


I have noticed on some websites administrators can force people to at least notice specific threads before continue to browse forum. Since a lot of people ask same questions over and over again in newbie section like - which distro to use? which distro is best? how to disable or enable unity? how run .exe on Linux? etc. Why not make specific thread or FAQ information and force this to recently registered people to read it then allow move forward.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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How would you control that? I mean, even if the FAQ is shown to you nobody can force you to actually read it. It would be the same as with the rules, most people don't read it but click simply on Accept.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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Hi,

Jeremy has set up this board to be very newbie friendly and in all the years that LQ is up and running has succeeded to keep it that way. Implementing what you suggest would, in my opinion, make LQ less friendly. And besides that, how often did you click the "I have read and agree blah blah blah ...." without actually reading the message

As always, just my 2c.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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Writing and maintaining a perfect FAQ would be a problem.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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Again - of course there is no way this method will terminate problem itself but it will definetly reduce it. Rules? Rules are boring and people who seek answers about how to open .exe won't care about rules much but when they will see that there is already information in front of them about this topic which is interesting to them they will pay attention. Otherwise they wouldn't register in first place. Newbie friendly? Well that will be even more newbie friendly because they won't have need to search for answer or make new thread on common problems. If you are in forum where this system exists you would know it is effective even for older members since important information is given to them already all they need to do is click "Read further" or "Close this message" links.
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Writing and maintaining a perfect FAQ would be a problem.
Not if it is editable every day by trusted & active people.

Last edited by Arcane; 07-21-2011 at 01:17 PM.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:21 PM   #6
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Not if it is editable every day by trusted & active people.
Make one then. That's what the wiki is for.

Or was your plan for people other than yourself to do the work?

For my part, I've been maintaining our Slackware FAQ and I've been linking to it when appropriate:

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Slackware-FAQ

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:29 PM   #7
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Make one then. That's what the wiki is for.

Or was your plan for people other than yourself to do the work?{...}
Great..same level ireply as "your just jealous!"(writed "your" on purpose). My plan was suggest this option and since i'm not very well in english grammar + i don't have neither deciding value or privileges to make it happen i posted here just as suggestion. No need to be hostile about it.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 01:29 PM   #8
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What we do now treats our members like adults - the FAQs and stickies are available as is the search function. If the member chooses not to read them and/or abide them, then that is their responsibility. As we all now, if a member double posts, posts a poor thread or whatever someone will pick them up on it.

LQ has always prided itself on having new members up and posting very quickly, it's one of the things that sets us apart from other sites. By forcing them to read through TOS, Rules, FAQ and a handful of stickies we would then be working against the aim of having people using the site quickly.
 
Old 07-22-2011, 01:22 AM   #9
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Another way of making sure that people read the FAQ may be, to get them to solve a match the following type of quiz pertaining to the questions relating to FAQ/rules? [Pun Intended]
 
  


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