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Old 12-01-2014, 02:19 AM   #1
TheIndependentAquarius
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Discourage users from answering technical threads in the Introduction section


As this might give a wrong message to the onlookers/newbies
/non-LQers.

These people might think that it is okay to post technical
questions in the Introduction section because they anyway
get answered there.

I am posting this because I regularly report these threads to
be moved to the appropriate forums.
Seeing regulars answer these threads in the Introduction
section itself is discouraging for me, as it somewhat defeats
the purpose of taking time to report.

If it were a case of once in a year then I wouldn't have bothered
to complain for sure but it is happening on a regular basis.

Two suggestions:
1. Put a sticky there to discourage users from answering
technical threads in the Introduction section.

2. People might miss reading that sticky post, therefore
also consider mailing this new development in the
newsletter of LQ.

EDIT:
Latest examples which prompted this thread:
- http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...in-4175526806/

- http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...em-4175526899/

Last edited by TheIndependentAquarius; 12-01-2014 at 02:39 AM.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 02:31 AM   #2
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3. Make the introductory threads non reply-able.

I don't see a good reason for anyone to feel discouraged because of it. Just ignore those threads altogether and let the OP post what they want to in their introduction, it is afterall their thread where they can post the reason why they joined LQ. I don't think there is any rule against it.
 
Old 12-11-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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But not responding to the new entrant's genuine (for them) doubts may discourage them. Linux doesn't need that type of response.

OK
 
Old 12-11-2014, 08:44 AM   #4
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I would think posting in the wrong place is another sign the person needs help and ignoring them sure isn't how you encourage them into the community. Is the rule written in stone or just a general guideline? Because a question, even if asked in the wrong place, is still a plea for help, which is one of the boards purposes, and perhaps along with providing the requested help, you could also guide them on how to better receive help.

It's like going into a business to ask directions, and they tell you, "the gas station is down the street, that's where you ask directions..." Ok, but if you knew how to get me where I was going??? Really???

I will also say that as a new user I had post moved, then I couldn't find them when I tried to see if someone responded. Being new to these types of forums, it took me a while to learn there were other ways of finding post I started etc... So I would think moving the post could add to the person's frustration which could cause some users to fall away... but if that's your intent...

That's just my $00.02
 
Old 12-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheIndependentAquarius View Post
Seeing regulars answer these threads in the Introduction
section itself is discouraging for me, as it somewhat defeats
the purpose of taking time to report.
How? You report the thread for being misplaced, and the entire thread gets moved to a more appropriate forum. Replies and all.
 
Old 12-12-2014, 12:16 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dugan View Post
You report the thread for being misplaced,
That is the problem. "I" used to report the thread for moving.
If I didn't do it, the thread kept on lying there for many days.
This is definitely not true for all the threads, but it is true for
_many_ threads.

Onlookers might get an idea that even if they post a
technical question in the introduction section, it is anyway
going to get answered there so why bother looking for an
appropriate forum!

Also, it is utterly irritating that other LQers post the replies
there but do not bother to report. This my guess that they
don't bother to report _(usually)_ because when I report, the
thread gets moved the next day, otherwise it keeps on lying
there and their conversation continues.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soapm View Post
I will also say that as a new user I had post moved, then I couldn't find them when I tried to see if someone responded.
Not sure how is that possible.
When a thread gets moved, it does not disappear from the place
where you posted it. An arrow gets placed on the left corner
of the thread. Only when you click the thread you find yourself
in other forum.

Last edited by TheIndependentAquarius; 12-12-2014 at 12:37 AM.
 
Old 12-12-2014, 12:58 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Soapm View Post
It's like going into a business to ask directions, and they tell you, "the gas station is down the street, that's where you ask directions..."
A more appropriate analogy is going to the fiction section of a book store to get a map, instead of the travel section.
Quote:
Ok, but if you knew how to get me where I was going??? Really???
Completely misses the point. If sub-fora are ignored and questions are posted anywhere, there is no point having separate sections.

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I will also say that as a new user I had post moved, then I couldn't find them when I tried to see if someone responded. Being new to these types of forums, it took me a while to learn there were other ways of finding post I started etc...
Using a forum is not difficult to figure out. Including figuring out where to ask a question. "Let's see: Beginner Questions, Hardware Questions, General Questions, etc. I know! I'll ask my question in Introductions." How many people read the Introductions section looking for questions to answer? Moving the thread will give the question exposure and greatly increase the chance of receiving an answer.

Moving a thread or not replying might discourage people from using the forum? We can also examine the issue from the other end. Why should members be bothered to answer the questions of people too lazy (or stupid) to look at the board before posting questions? It is no different than ignoring thread titles with "Help" and Urgent".
 
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