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  • Started 4 years ago by vistamike
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Reporting members becoming a pain

Recently, it has come to our attention that some new members are requesting much information.
In general, this is not a problem because that what the HTG forum is all about.
However, we find some posts from certain new members can be 'mind numbingly boring' and create new topics for the same problem. Are we dealing with a genuine request for help or are we being led down the proverbial garden path with the member, feet comfortably set on desk and just having a right giggle at our expense?

The problem is that members freely offer their expertise and knowledge with little response from the OP.
We have seen multiple topics / posts from the likes of Captain Kirk and acooperator for instance, amongst others in the past.
The feeling is that we are just wasting our valuable time in some cases.
It is most important that valuable members time is not wasted.

The idea behind this STICKY is that senior members can report here where they find perhaps a very pointless and time consuming topic that, quite frankly will never get anywhere other than a blindingly lengthy and useless waste of HTG time.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Nicely put that man. Take a round of applause :)

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warlock
Posts: 4100

Thanks Mike. Reminds me of a quote. "Thats all I can stand and I can't stands no more" (Popeye the Sailor Man).

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SarahJames
Posts: 6581

There is always the option of silence ;)

@ Warlock - had to revert to that on another pointless discussion just now. Your polite question really had me biting my tongue (or discarding my keyboard <LOL LOL LOL>) but I'm still laughing at the thought. Ta :)

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jmeeks49
Posts: 631

Nice one Mike,

That's why i haven't been answering questions about the computer side of things because it gets redundant of answering the same question over and over again. and for the questions that i have received in Assistive Tech which i have replied to i never see a reply back to me which gets old but that's life i also have been getting computer questions there to. No Biggie on that i just wish people would read any forum's guidelines but they never do.

John

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Scott
Posts: 5618

I don't think this is a recent phenomena. Back in the day, before our huge growth,
we had members stepping on members and 8 replies before the OP even had a chance
to respond. Now there's more respect among members but as Jim (to paraphrase) and
others point out, OPs will always be OPs, they rarely search for answers or rules before posting.

As always, Ms. James provides the best insight though. Ignore if you feel it's a circle jerk.

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

call the doc i need a shot of tequila & two asprin (rofl) juat for the record you mods do one he11 of a job.some posts i see ,the urge to reply a quick witted smart a!@# answer sometimes come to my mind. i give you guys alot of credit for keeping your cool. ex (the torrent post). i wouldve shut that guy down as i felt the attitude was a lil rude to ya ........but i guess thats why im not a mod !

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Mods are very carefully picked from the cherry tree :)

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

And the torrent post is just about to be cherry picked!
But we do give them a bit of rope first

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Already, it seems to be working!

https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/downbload-torrents-spoofed?replies=25

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

Sorry I'm late!
As LH said, Mike, take a round of applause

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Hatty, I feel like I got the clap now!

Searching for resolve.........

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Mike, Penicillin.

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/profile/jaso

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

@Rick. I had my doubts about him.. At least I didn't commit any real time to his query. Don't feed the trolls.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Don't feed anything big that lives under bridges.

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

There's nothing but water under there.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

In the middle yes, at the edges no.

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SarahJames
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warlock
Posts: 4100

https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/-12v-power?replies=2 I don't know about this fellow? (XxChungxX)

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

he obviously diddnt bother to look ( cpuid) it up because his answer is wayyyyyy off base

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warlock
Posts: 4100

I know but, I wonder if he thinks he knows more than he really does or just playing.

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

i see this after reading some of the " off the fly" reply's makes one wonder ya never know although

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bubbatie1
Posts: 1322

another example .............. https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/missing-volume?replies=2

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

Epic troll.

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ProstheticHead
Posts: 3281

Could this be an accident? Hmm, unless it's a headless install image, not so sure.

https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/i-accidenteally-loaded-xp-and-cant-undo-it?replies=4

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Assassin2050 is Puckster.
https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/case-fans-and-motherboard-slots?replies=1v
Ignore and hopefully he will go away.

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Sirmentio
Posts: 26

*Feels Guilty*
*looks around while wearing the nametag saying "New"*

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Sirmentio, follow the forum rules, settle in and the nametag *new* will become *old* and then respected.

No guilt is found (out with the Jury) because we have a fair and just protocol here.

Fair trial, guilt found, then the HTG dungeon.

Mike

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Sirmentio
Posts: 26

Oh, Ok. :)

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

tis in jest, sort of......

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

In jest ? Why not a dungeon jester ?

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

It is a bit dispiriting to spend time researching a solution for someone that doesn't respond but I take consolation that it will help someone. sometime who is looking for the answer I found. A more positive approach is to see HTG as an ongoing living archive. like Wikipedia, to which we contribute. Quite often, people say they love this forum but they don't have a very high post count so they must use it as a resource looking in the past threads. I myself Google HTG with search queries. It's not wasted guys if you think like this. :)

Tony

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jcx
Posts: 129

@ tony- Thx & I do think like that,
also another label 4 HTG's mods- "Gr8 dark all- knowing overlords"-..
Not sure how HTG can be living though, bit theoretical dnt u think.
Oh no! I've said to much here they come.. run run, Ahh..

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