Solved Requests for password help.

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
January 27, 2017 at 15:58:59
Specs: Windows 10, 8gig
At one time contributors here gave password requests short-shrift. Judging by the amount of advice we provide now that appears to be no longer the case. Is the policy still the same?

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January 27, 2017 at 23:29:55
There is no change - - no help with any forgotten passwords or how to circumvent password requirement.

However, if a poster already knows the password (that's crucial) but, for example, the password prompt box won't come up, we can & will help with that.

But if you don't know what the password is to start with, no chance. Don't even bother asking for help.

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January 27, 2017 at 23:58:01
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That may be the theory, but it's not what happens. For example, there is a current thread about a yard-sale computer where several suggestions are given to circumvent an unknown password.

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January 28, 2017 at 04:57:58
I read that one and its the one that prompted my post.

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January 30, 2017 at 15:54:47
I tend to agree with the aforementioned; it seems some are just "a little too eager" to provide password help without knowing the (real) circumstances. I'd think we'd all like to believe the poster is always sincere (and I'm sure most of them are)...but realize if the machine is stolen, then we are assisting in compromising it when giving password help.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 30, 2017 at 17:20:09
Hi guys,

I think its somewhat subjective. Usually, if those threads get reported, I will remove them. This is especially true if they sound suspicious. However, once people start answering them, I am loath to remove threads with useful information. I don't want to circumvent the judgement of members of this site who have decided to try to offer help.

I know its kind of an amorphous policy, but it seems to have worked OK so far.


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January 30, 2017 at 18:02:57
T-R-A provides the sensible answer, we don't know the circumstances and we seldom bother to ask, we just provide answers. Of course you are correct Justin but surely it is up to us to ensure that the poster is genuine in their request first before blithely offering a solutionan or asking for the thread to be removed!

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January 30, 2017 at 23:50:30
It's not just a matter of the motives of the person posing a question. We shouldn't forget that answers are available to all and are easily found via Google. I would hate to think that this site was used as a source of freely available information regarding illicit access to computers, software piracy, copyright theft, etc.

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