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I've seen this around, more in previous times but there was a recent example of encouraging posters to double post.
You don't need to tell a user to recreate a thread in the appropriate forum. Let them know about the "Report" button and how to ask the moderator to move their thread to a better forum.
Exception: the poster has hijacked a thread, or has many different questions together in one thread.
It's rough sometimes to know what to do when a thread needs a comment that doesn't directly relate to the question- we don't want to wait until the mod finds it, because that could be ages or never- so we help out. Just make sure your helping out isn't being unhelpful.
Apologies if this seems to be pointing fingers, it's not meant to be, it is a problem that has occurred a couple of times and needs to be nipped in the bud.
I agree completely!
Usually I just tell the poster that it's against the rules to double post and that I'm repoting it. Then I report it. Although lately I haven't done this because other people have been doing such a "good" job of it and because I don't spend all that much time on LQ.
Just my two cents.
Yes, this is good, but what I was referring to was a situation when a thread was started in the wrong forum, and the OP was told to start a new thread in the correct forum! This isn't the way to go- get them to report it and get it moved instead.
argh! I'm really frustrated with myself here- I'm struggling to communicate what I want to say!
BAD: OP posts in wrong forum. Next Poster tells them to repost in a new forum.
GOOD: OP posts. Subsequent poster hijacks thread- or digs up a really old thread. hijacker/digger SHOULD post again. and elsewhere.
I'm a "guru" on a site primarily focused at php/mysql and a total novice on this site so I have experience on both sides of the situation. In fact I'm posting here to meet my minimum 3 post requirement so I can post my real question. I sort of went searching for threads I could contribute to. Sometimes it's very hard for a newb to be able to determine which forum is the "right one". Even moving the post has a downside in that the person who posted it will possibly not be able to find it after you move it.