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December 17, 2010 at 07:55:45
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Has anyone else noticed what I refer to as one time hits?

That is where someone will ask a question in either one of two forms.
Question is in the subject line and the body contains no information
Subject line doesn't seem to match the body content.

These tend to breakdown to two catagories; educational and from people to whom english is a second language.

Results are that there will be one or two responses but the OP never comes back to comment.
If you cruise throught the posts in most forums you will see a high percentage of "1" for answers and if there is a two its due to members adding their thoughts.

So what is the best way to handle this? Perhaps a standard answer for those seeking educational help? Moderator responds asking for more clarification and then none of us reply to the post until there has been a response?

What are your thoughts?

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#1
December 17, 2010 at 08:31:53
Hey,

I think that's a good idea if the post is really unclear. However, if there is a way to attempt an answer, I don't think users should feel restrained. Sometimes it contains enough information for possible answers, so those could be given, asking for clarification.

Justin


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#2
December 17, 2010 at 14:00:54
Question is in the subject line and the body contains no information

I've seen that, but not too often

Subject line doesn't seem to match the body content

That happens very often.

The secondary form of this is "Please help!" or "Excel Help Needed".

When I have the energy I point out to the OP that the forum would be pretty hard to navigate if everybody used a generic subject line like that. How could we tell one post from another?

Lately I've just been changing the subject line and hoping the OP gets the message.

Results are that there will be one or two responses but the OP never comes back to comment.

That happens all the time. What are you going to do? If the OP doesn't have the courtesy to say thanks or care to supply more information, there's not much we can do about it.

My pet peeve are the Excel related posts that ask a question and include an example of their data and the desired results (the perfect post, right?) but when you offer them a solution that gives them the exact result they asked for they come back with:

"Well, that works for the example I gave but here's what I really have..."

I want an Internet Slapping app to cause a hand to come out of their monitor and smack them upside the head.

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#3
December 18, 2010 at 08:01:30
That is where someone will ask a question in either one of two forms.
Question is in the subject line and the body contains no information
Subject line doesn't seem to match the body content.

Some people are bad posters. If they weren't, I suspect our signatures would look a bit different.

Results are that there will be one or two responses but the OP never comes back to comment.
Some people are rude. If they weren't, I suspect our signatures would look a bit different.

So what is the best way to handle this?
I suggest ignoring them; why put in more effort than the OP?

Perhaps a standard answer for those seeking educational help?
As a mod for Programming, I don't care if someone asks for help with their homework, nor do I care if someone helps them, as long as source code isn't given. After all, a programming assignment isn't really, "Do this program," it's, "Learn to think like a programmer, and give me proof in the form of this program." Shortcutting that process isolates the student from the real lesson, and puts him in a world of hurt next semester.

As a poster, I don't like my peers providing source code because it encourages a flood of CS101 assignments, and they're just not interesting.

Moderator responds asking for more clarification and then none of us reply to the post until there has been a response?
Mods are here to keep things relatively clean and somewhat orderly. Mods are not here to judge if a question is worthy of being answered.

What are your thoughts?
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EDIT:
DerbyDad03: "Well, that works for the example I gave but. . ."
This annoys me to no end, and I've lost interest in a thread more than once because of this.

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December 18, 2010 at 17:24:55
Sometimes I think that the downside of computers becoming more user friendly is that posters think they must be just as easy to fix, without providing any information at all. Increased reliability (software and hardware) might also be contributory.

The number of posts that say little more than "my computer won't work, please help" are definitely increasing. It seems to have gotten worse since Vista and Win7 came along. In general posters seem to have much less computer knowledge than they used to - presumably because they don't need it so much.

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