How to ask a question etc.

March 6, 2011 at 23:37:16
Specs: Windows 7/XP Dual, ?/3gig
This post by XpUser4Real http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho... should be posted as a "Sticky" at the stat of each forum. It would be even better to provide a link above the area where the question details are typed with the prompt to "Read this before you post". I think in view of the number of posts here that lack detail/specifications and the generally bad composition (which can't always be helped) it would go a long way to eradicating dodgy posts

Just a thought!


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#1
March 7, 2011 at 00:58:30
Meh. A lot of the regulars link to something similar in their signature lines, and it doesn't help. The fact that (a) so many different variations of the same document exists, (b) each with their own author, and (c) linked to by so many different people shows how few people actually read such advice.

Also, you're assuming people are asking their question from the forum page, instead of an alternate method, like the front page, or the side bar. I'd love to see the metrics for how topics are created here, but as far as I know, that information was never released.

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#2
March 7, 2011 at 02:24:52
... ahh well it was just an idea but I see your point.

Regards.


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#3
March 7, 2011 at 07:31:54
Hey,

I tend to agree with Razor. The main reason it wouldn't work is simply because most people don't look at the forum that closely before posting a message. So, no matter where you linked that How-to in the forum, it wouldn't be seen. A potential idea would be to link it on the Ask a Question page. We are in the process of redesigning that page, and I will keep in mind a potential place to link that Howto.

Thanks for the idea!
Justin


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#4
March 7, 2011 at 09:41:31
There are a few things that seem to be on the rise - one of them is that many posters seem to overrun the number of characters allowed in the title of their post.

Another is that there seems to be a lot of questions being posted in the wrong forums. I don't know if that's do to ignorance or the way the question page is setup.

And of course, specs are almost always lacking, but I don't think there's much you can do about that.


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#5
March 7, 2011 at 15:55:56
mickliq,

Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I don't understand how users overrun the characters. There is an HTML attribute called "MAXLENGTH" which is set. The user cannot physically type longer than is allowed in the post. He will be continuing his title, but those characters won't even be showing up. I'm not exactly sure what those people are thinking.

Justin


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#6
March 7, 2011 at 16:57:56
Maybe "overrun" was the wrong word. What I mean is, they begin typing in a title for their post, apparently not paying attention to the fact that there's only a limited number of characters allowed.

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#7
March 7, 2011 at 19:14:11
Hey,

Yeah, I see what you mean. I'll try to get some information about the limited length in the new design.

Justin


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#8
March 7, 2011 at 21:38:34
"I don't understand how users overrun the characters."

That's because they are watching the keyboard as they type and not the screen!


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#9
March 8, 2011 at 06:26:47
You're probably right!

However, if they aren't looking at the screen, then how would you let them know they are running out of space? :)

Justin


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#10
March 8, 2011 at 20:39:18
Hmmmm... I don't know!

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#11
March 9, 2011 at 08:18:59
Yup,

That's what makes it so difficult!

Justin


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