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My answer'll be short. Good article. Valid. A great thing to do would be to redirect there from the registration page (and have a checkbox to click confirming you've read it - and then a popup asking again...). That'd give first-timers an idea of how to get an answer...
It's a good idea, but..... When you go to create a thread, there is a link to "Has this been asked before?". The idea is that you can see if the answer is already out there. How many click it? How many read the Rules before clicking "I agree"?
Basically, we can put all the info in front of people and they will still ignore it.
I know its difficult to get people to actually think on their own sometimes. Perhaps there's another way, as I think this is a good, succinct article. Perhaps a permanently visible sticky in most forums...
and, arrr! Me be talkin' like pirate on the morrow, laddies!
Last edited by vectordrake; 09-18-2004 at 01:37 PM.
Well, we have been discussing wiring people's keyboards to the mains. Obviously, we'd only use this power for good - or when we felt like it
Seriously though, probably the only good way to get questions asked correctly is by education. LAs like this one and reinforcement through the boards - if we all aim to ask only "good questions", eventually that will become the norm and then new people will follow suit.
And, arrrr, Oi'll be talking like a pirate meself, me laddie-boy
Distribution: openSuSE 42.1_64+Tumbleweed-KDE, Mint 17.3
It may be that after 10 posts, you still haven't found an answer. Instead of posting this, it would be a good idea to read back over the posts and see if you can work out why it is that no one can answer you. ...
I found it repeatedly frustrating, that perfectly sound advice (not mine ) wasn't acted upon (or the results / failures not reported back). That is particularly annoying if the earlier suggestions are steps in a whole procedure to be tried out for finding a solution and only 15 posts later the original poster grudgingly deigns to test a suggestion already three days old and a lot of effort of other people wasted.
So in my opinion it can't be stressed enough that all suggestions for a remedy deserve a prompt reaction by the owner of the thread, like "I tested xyz and now the error is..." or "It worked okay, thanks".
Absolutely agree with you (even I'm doing it ) It's all about being polite, really. If someone has taken the time to offer help, the very least you can do is post back with the result. It's all about us being a community and we are only strong if we act that way.
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
add about rating thread and solved_ keyword in tile
Hi, maybe editing is possible where it says
"Please don't just vanish or walk away without saying Thanks"
a suggestion for addition:
- rephrase title of thread if it can be more explicit now that you have solved your problem
(edit your first entry of the thread)
- feedback on where the error /problem came from in the first place (if known)
(add to the thread)
- rate the Thread: go to menu, very end of page, center of page
- add solved_ or success_ as keyword to the thread title
I have cross-posted, sorry, confused me, did not know what to do.
Consider adding to it the suggestion to not only Google; but also list the Google searches, each on a separate line with any quotes intact. The exact contents of the search box. If a Google search must be quoted, then use single quotes with an extra space: ' "my search phrase" linux -stupid_stuff '. But better to put the exact Google search terms on a separate line whence they can be copied & pasted to duplicate the search.
Same goes for LQ searches.
One of the benefits of this is that we then have an opportunity to teach proper search design -- teaching people to fish, rather than just giving them one.
As to Konch, I was puzzled by his posts. Is there any chance they were meant as a demonstration of the wrong & right ways of asking Q's? If so, let's mark them so; if not, don't you have the power to [re]move them?