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Old 06-26-2016, 03:34 PM   #1
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I'd like to offer "talk on the phone" help [maybe, IF 'viable']


Caveat: I'm not sure whether this is even viable, or is allowed (per: "no offline helping" guideline)...

I'm looking to [enjoyably] give back help.
I'm not good at writing/typing, but am ok talking.
I have free time (at certain times, like 8pm or 12/0 PST) to *talk on the phone*.

There's limited things I can help with, because of knowledge & resource limits.
I use VirtualBox on an *old XP netbook*, with slow internet.
I did a lot with Linux/Unix 10+yr ago, so not too current.
I'm more into *JUST* booting to non-GUI shell (than apps etc)
Recently I've mostly just downloaded small .iso's & booted them (quick, simple, &easy in VBox) & looked around. I recently installed Manjaro (tho 640mb -net iso isn't 'small'). I'm trying 320mb CentOS (32bit) next.

I'm not sure how to go about arranging/doing this. ('logistics')
Also, there's probably some way to share screens (collaboration) but I haven't looked into that yet.

FWIW ;-)

p.s. *polite gentle patience* would be key....
 
Old 06-26-2016, 05:30 PM   #2
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You don't really want to post your phone number online.
 
Old 06-26-2016, 08:33 PM   #3
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I wouldn't post my ph# ... I wouldn't want to turn this fine place into a CL sewer;-(
I guess I could reveal my email is same-name at MS's 'live' email service....
(IF the person trusted me, THEN they could let me call them at a pre-planned time, even *67, in US)

... just trying to come up with a way to give [back] (without the confusion that my writing causes;-)
 
Old 06-26-2016, 10:59 PM   #4
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Personal responses via email are discouraged and while many members might prefer one-on-one help the forum benefits everyone 24/7.
 
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:10 PM   #5
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Posting to a forum also has the benefit of drawing upon a "hive mind"; lots of eyes, lots of different skills, lots of different hardware configs, lots of ideas. I think it tends to be more prone to someone being able to help $RANDOM_QUESTION than a one-to-one phone call.

That said, there are some podcasts out there that welcome caller participation, so maybe that would be of interest. You could share knowledge without trying to hit on a call that magically happens to match your exact skill set.
 
Old 06-27-2016, 12:04 AM   #6
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I second notKlaatu's suggestion. Linux Lugcast is a great project that would welcome your participation.

It is one of the Linux podcasts that I listen to regularly, because I never know what little gems of knowledge I will pick up there. I don't participate only because their recording schedule conflicts with my living schedule.

I also second the cautions about posting your phone number on line. You will likely get far more callers trying to sell you time-shares or botox than you will get persons wanting to benefit from your knowledge.
 
Old 06-27-2016, 04:08 PM   #7
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You should soon if not already be able to send a PM to a user should you decide to offer more direct or personal assistance.


There may be more indirect ways too such as skype and such.
 
Old 06-27-2016, 08:00 PM   #8
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Private message function is allowed after 150 posts, so you have a way to go for that.
I have always found written instructions to be more helpful than verbal instruction, at least regarding computer problems.
 
Old 06-27-2016, 09:13 PM   #9
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Thanks for that 150 post number.

If Jjanel wants to talk on phone then I say more power to him/her. (unless they are an evil green Martian trying to melt the brains out of telephone users across the globe)
 
Old 06-27-2016, 09:44 PM   #10
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I do not give my phone number to random people on internet forums. And no matter how it's done, you would have my number. Never happen, GI.
 
  


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