Solved Puzzling ERROR warning

Hewlett-packard / Ny544aa-aba p6210f
September 14, 2011 at 19:54:12
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 2.6 GHz / 5887 MB
Earlier today I posted this question, http://www.computing.net/answers/th... , on the Win 7 forum.

Then 3 hours and 37 minutes later I tried to post a suggestion on The Lounge forum, and got this ERROR warning:

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ERROR: Triplicate Post
This is the third time that you have tried to post to the main forum with no one else posting between you. You cannot do this. Please either wait until your other questions are answered to post more questions or ensure that your post was in fact put up. Try using the reload feature on your browser.
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Several points:
1. What does the first sentence mean? That attempted post would have been my 2nd post in several days, not my 3rd.
2. I was later able to post that 2nd question even though the 1st question had still not been answered, so not waiting until my other questions have been answered couldn't have been the reason for triggering the ERROR. I didn't double check to see if the 1st had been put up, but more than 3 hours had passed..
3. When the ERROR appeared, I was unable to retrieve what I had written in order to save it. Not good. As you may well have guessed by now, I'm typing this one into a word processor so that doesn't happen again. I'm reminded of the old dial-up days of dropped connections, shell accounts, and losing emails I was typing into PINE.


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September 16, 2011 at 15:11:32
Hey,

Don't be afraid to ask any questions, and you definitely don't need to edit what is already asked. I don't want you to feel unwelcome at the site, just go about doing what you do, but maybe think longer about your suggestions. Also, maybe send the suggestions to me in a Private Message instead of posting them.

Justin



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September 15, 2011 at 06:10:20
Hey,

You cannot post three postings in a row on a forum on the site, no matter if they are duplicates or not. This is to prevent people from flooding the site with their questions. It doesn't matter if other questions have been answered or anything else. The rule is, you cannot post three questions in a row without someone else posting between you.

In fact, since you say you were trying to post yet another suggestion when you encountered this block, the system appears to be working. You have given many, many suggestions in the past few days. I suggest, that you slow down with your suggestions and take some more time to get to know the site. After all, every website has its own usability structure, so sometimes it takes time to get used to it before making suggestions.

The last sentence is letting the user know he might have to reload the browser to ensure that he can see his previously posted posts.

I'm not too concerned the content wasn't retrievable because, as with all flooding/duplicate errors, the errors are attempts to discourage users from doing what they are doing.

Justin


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#2
September 15, 2011 at 08:06:42
The last 5 out of 6 posts in the Lounge have been authored by win7zuki. He's becoming a serial poster!

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#3
September 15, 2011 at 19:52:05
I was about to mention that...

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#4
September 15, 2011 at 22:09:22
Piling on, are we?

5 posts over 7 days. Hardly "many, many suggestions in the past few days."


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#5
September 16, 2011 at 01:53:25
win7zuki... there is no animosity in the Lounge, there may be lot of backchat and ribbing which is something else you will learn over time here. In the meantime take Justin's advice and be happy.

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#6
September 16, 2011 at 07:45:36
win7zuki

I wouldn't call it piling on but the simple fact is, you seem to complain a lot about the Computing.Net website and that's why Ewen chimed in. At least, I suspect that's why he did. I almost did myself before because it's annoying to have someone come in here brand spanking new and start going on and on about how the site could be improved.

It makes no sense to go somewhere then complain endlessly about the place. Justin isn't going to make a whole bunch of changes just to suit you when the rest of us are happy with the site and we've all been hanging out here longer than a month.

I've been hanging out on CN since the mid-late 90's and I've never before seen anybody walk in the door and fire off as many "suggestions" as you have after having been here for less than 2 months.

I'm speaking for myself here.......Lord knows I'm not trying to speak for anybody else.........but rather than trying to change this place to suit you, how about you go find one that does without needing to be changed. Nobody likes a whiner.....

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
September 16, 2011 at 10:26:18
win7zuki,

Just to be a little less harsh than everyone else, I always welcome suggestions for the site. However, anytime you do anything new, there is always going to be a learning curve.

For example, whenever I get a new cellular phone, I hate it at first. I wish it would work like my old cell phone that I was used to. Over time though, I get used to it and begin to like it. Then, wouldn't you know, when I have to get rid of that cell phone, I hate my new one and wish it would be like that (the one that I hated before!)

That's why I say its always better to give it some time before you start making a lot of suggestions for changes. I am aware that a new set of eyes can definitely see things people who have been using the site forever may have missed, but, you have to understand that if we say we've already thought about something and decided to go the other way, there's no real point in arguing. In that case, you can seem like you are trying to make changes to the site just to tailor yourself, and not necessarily make the site much better.

A suggestion here and there is good, but too many, and you start to get drowned out. That's my thinking on it.

Justin


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#8
September 16, 2011 at 13:16:44
To all:

OK, I'll completely stop with the suggestions.

But you know, some of of my posts here are questions, or become pure questions with a bit of editing:

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

Hm. That's 3 of the bad 5. If I had edited these 3 into pure questions, would they still have been objectionable?


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#9
September 16, 2011 at 15:11:32
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Hey,

Don't be afraid to ask any questions, and you definitely don't need to edit what is already asked. I don't want you to feel unwelcome at the site, just go about doing what you do, but maybe think longer about your suggestions. Also, maybe send the suggestions to me in a Private Message instead of posting them.

Justin


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#10
September 16, 2011 at 16:22:27
Justin,

I didn't know I could send private messages! I would have made my suggestions that way if I'd known I could.

I poked around a bit and found the link to my "Private Message Center".

Thanks


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#11
September 16, 2011 at 16:46:57
Hey,

The other way is to click on my name to see my user info, then on the user info page, click on my name at the top again.

This is the way to send any user a PM.

Justin


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#12
September 16, 2011 at 17:20:53
I see that way is quicker. Thanks.

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