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View Poll Results: Do you find that posting a question spurs you to find the answer yourself?
Yes, frequently 11 61.11%
Not often 7 38.89%
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:54 AM   #1
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The forum effect


I wonder how many other people have had the experience of posting a question in a forum (not necessarily this one) and finding that the effort of putting the problem into words sparks off a new train of thought that leads to a solution, sometimes even before anyone has answered.

This has happened to me quite a few times and I wondered how general it is.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 11:12 AM   #2
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more than once!
 
Old 11-07-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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Often to the point that I end up not even posting the question...
 
Old 11-07-2019, 11:42 AM   #4
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Sometimes but not often which is how I voted. A wee bit more often contemplating posting a question will spur me to look deeper than I already have but usually I research first out of a sense of performing due diligence.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 11:49 AM   #5
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Sometimes but not often which is how I voted. A wee bit more often contemplating posting a question will spur me to look deeper than I already have but usually I research first out of a sense of performing due diligence.
I hope we all do that.But I have often found that constructing a post suggests extra search terms that I did not think of before.

Walking the dog used to give me a similar boost. Quite often, it resolved a problem that had seemed impenetrable earlier in the day. Unfortunately I no longer have a dog to walk.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 11:53 AM   #6
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No, I generally end up posting a support topic when I've exhausted all my resources and know-how. Putting it into words doesn't really make any difference, as far as I can recall.

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Unfortunately I no longer have a dog to walk.
Oh, sorry to hear that, I remember you're saying that the day seemed quite near. It's always very sad when a loyal family pet dies. I suppose a stole is out of the question, given the modern high street.

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Old 11-07-2019, 02:07 PM   #7
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According to posts #3 and #4, I think there's a third option missing in that poll.

In my most recent question, however, I realised that I felt a certain urgency (new hardware) that made me post the topic before I explored all possible other avenues. But that's not exactly what you asked.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 02:29 PM   #8
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I tend not to highlight my weaknesses or my lack of knowledge so I will do everything to include nuking something before I express that. The nice part about linux and to a bit lesser extent is just about everything has been hashed out multiple times so if you are willing to go beyond page one of you duck duck go search you'll find your answer or the kernel of your answer.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 09:21 PM   #9
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I answered "Not Often," because I post a question after exhausting efforts to find the answer myself.
 
Old 11-07-2019, 10:46 PM   #10
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This is similar to rubber duck debugging

quack! quack!

If I can't find an answer myself what I'll do is begin writing out my question in an editor in as much detail as I can and if the answer hasn't come to me by the time I'm finished then I post it. I usually do this when I'm having a hard time understanding a concept yet can't really articulate why, so I write out as much as I can to help iron out the rough spots. Most of the time it works.
 
Old 11-08-2019, 05:54 AM   #11
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I put 'not often', but in reality, since putting in a bit of effort to understand my O/S, I can usually find the answers that I need at the time by searches on the internet.

When I started out, I used several books to guide me in my quest for knowledge, but I'm happy with my present knowledge, which is enough to use my computers in every day activities without any worries.
 
Old 11-08-2019, 06:37 AM   #12
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I used to do this as well. Even at work with emails. I'd type up an email to my boss or something, and because I wanted to make sure I exhausted all resources, I'd rethink it again. And I'd try to imagine what the person's response is going to be "did you check resource x" for example. Just forced me to re-examine my problem from a birds eye view. Sometimes we get so caught up in the details that the answer is right there in front of us.

So no I don't this anymore. I usually have already searched everything I could prior to asking
 
Old 11-08-2019, 07:02 AM   #13
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At work I often had a somewhat similar experience when writing a program or script. It didn't work and I would sit and stare at it until I was cross-eyed, wondering what the hell was wrong with it. Then a colleague would come up behind me, point a finger and say, "That's not right. It should be..."

And as soon as he had said it, the error was obvious. I corrected it and the program worked! But why couldn't I see the mistake before? I think it was because I wasn't reading what was there, I was reading what I knew was supposed to be there.
 
Old 11-08-2019, 07:21 AM   #14
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I think it was because I wasn't reading what was there, I was reading what I knew was supposed to be there.
It's a common problem and one of the reasons why proofreaders are needed in publishing. Have you ever read a book and noticed there's a spelling mistake somewhere? No matter how many people look at a text, mistakes still creep in because if you're reading a lot of material, you can easily just project onto it what you think is here. For instance, in academia there are rigid rules regarding accuracy in peer-reviewed research, but there are still papers which contain technical [or factual] errors.
 
Old 11-08-2019, 07:23 AM   #15
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With most of the general Linux related questions (although as you know Hazel I've posted at least a couple of programming related questions ) I was going to post in a thread asking for help; I've ended up solving/answering them myself, rather than ending up posting a question about it. Because either, I found the answer through web searches, and/or a lot of the time, put off posting a thread, and waited until the answer come to me either by thinking about it more, trying a few things until I figured it out, or a combination of all of the above. Sometimes others have posted almost exactly what I was going to ask myself, and others again have posted the answer(s), and therefore I didn't need to ask myself - at least the second part of what I said there has happened a number of times here at LQ in particular.

I also agree with ondoho - you should have added the third option ondoho was referring to Hazel
 
  


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