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Old 06-07-2006, 08:35 AM   #1
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what to tell the original poster to do next.


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.

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Old 06-07-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 06-07-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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Yep, agree as well. When someone hijacks a thread, I usually just report the post so that it can be split.
 
Old 06-07-2006, 07:18 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 06-11-2006, 03:20 AM   #5
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ok I know this is not directed to me personally but I confess I have breached the rules once or twice.

The reason is invariably to do with my logic at looking at zero reply posts at goes like this

I reply to a zero post with either a question/statement or solution.
Poster replies with information and/or is hijacked by another poster....that may be more appropiate in another forum.

My fumbling brain reasons that
people will no longer get the new question or new twist as it is no longer a zero reply.

therefore If I can not help...I am unworthy...agreed...but that means the poster misses out on being seen by those receiving or searching zero replies.

And so I may inadvertantly suggest they post a new question in forum X

I will not eat donuts for a week as suitable penance.

sometimes busy mods help my moving various posts to the correct forum.

end of apology
 
Old 06-12-2006, 05:23 AM   #6
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argh! I'm really frustrated with myself here- I'm struggling to communicate what I want to say!

Ok:
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.

grr. Did I say that clearly?

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Old 06-12-2006, 06:27 PM   #7
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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.
 
Old 06-12-2006, 09:32 PM   #8
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with email notification, it's really easy to keep track of when your thread gets an answer- and also, threads are tracked through the userCP. (see the My LQ button, top right)



I still agree it's tough for a newbie to find the right forum. But hopefully it's pretty easy if you read the forum descriptions- and if in doubt post to Linux-General

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