Solved The stress of so wanting to be a smart mouth.

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May 25, 2011 at 22:20:08
Specs: Windows 7, 2.394 GHz / 6143 MB
Am I the only one that has to step back from time to time just to keep from being a smart @$$?

I just saw a question "Which processor/ motherboard combo is faster?" I didn't even open the thread to read the entire question and so much wanted to say something like " The one that gets there first" or "Ask UPS". *hanging head* I know I am so wrong here!!!

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May 28, 2011 at 18:10:33
How's this one from earlier today? Not really a wise crack, more of a visual reference to make my point.

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



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May 25, 2011 at 23:19:33
Hardly. I've sometimes had to re-edit a post several times to keep from sounding like a smart @$$. Not sure which is more difficult; holding back when a poster asks a ridiculous question , or when someone who thinks they know something posts an obviously-wrong answer...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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May 26, 2011 at 04:51:33
I think it has a lot to do with the way the question is posed. Some word combinations will set off a response that can be humorous. The ridiculous or non-logical where the thought doesn't seem to be there are the toughest to answer or avoid. The one liners with no detail are the one's I have to avoid. I try to 'move along' when that happens, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I just wonder if some even tried a web search or just posted from laziness. I can understand frustration and tired, it's in the words. Those I go the extra mile to assist.
Those that have done help desk for a time REALLY understand this. So I say to all who post here to assist, Kudos! We do it because it's fun and enjoy helping. But with all good things, there is the dark side. Communication barrier.

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#3
May 26, 2011 at 05:56:36
I have the same problem sometimes. In the case of the post mentioned above, the OP had two links to systems with different CPU/boards.

I provided a link to a comparison chart. Pretty straight forward.

Abetter example is the OP that told us not to tell him the issue was the boot order because 10 other sites already told him that.

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#4
May 26, 2011 at 08:14:49
OtH:

Congrats to you for not blowing up on the poster. Not sure I could have held that much restraint (getting grumpy in my old age).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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May 26, 2011 at 11:38:01
Humourous smart a$$ answers are OK with me, but I'm not always sure that the OP will get the joke.

Whether it's the "English isn't their first language" posters or the "I never bothered to learn how to use English correctly" posters, I'm not always sure that they will see the humor in what they wrote and therefore won't get the joke embedded in my response.

As far as the inconsiderate posters or the one-liner no-information posts, I used to spend way too much time crafting a non-smart a$$ response in an effort to teach them the proper way to post. It got to be so time consuming that I had to take some time away from the forum to clear my head.

I hated ignoring lousy posts because I always felt that if no one responded then the OP would think that we didn't know the answer when the reality was that they were the reason no one responded, not us. Does that make sense?

I no longer have the time to answer every crappy post in a "teaching manner" so I pick and choose which posts I'll respond to. It's not my job to teach every member how to post so that they will have the best chance of getting help. However, I'm still bothered by the fact that they have no clue why they didn't get an answer.

I'll admit that I've been accused of being rude on occasion, but sometimes they just don't get it no matter how hard you try.



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#6
May 26, 2011 at 13:51:05
I sometimes don't get as far as the post. I just see the title and my slightly twisted mind starts racing with smart @$$ things to say. I see a title like say "How can I get more speed out of my system?". Now there may be a good well thought out question in this post but before I view the post itself i am thinking "Drop in a Hemi" or "Take off some weight" or "Paint flames on it". Like others I do see some truly lame posts that seem to have no thought put into them or that the OP has not bothered to put any effort into themselves and for those I may just let my smart mouth go and respond with something stupid. I just struggle with the titles not that there is anything wrong with them I am just a smart @$$ desperatly trying not to prove it to everyone.

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#7
May 27, 2011 at 15:07:57
I've often wondered if they (the lazy posters) are not just flamers trying to start a little war on the boards.

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

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#8
May 28, 2011 at 15:18:10
Tried hard to think of some smart @$$ response to this lounge post but failed miserably.

I felt sorely tempted to respond to this one tho:
http://www.computing.net/answers/se...
... with something like "ensure the chain does not quite reach the keyboard".

While this lounge post exists we could provide links to posts, putting our wannabe wise cracks on here (without upsetting anybody).


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May 28, 2011 at 18:10:33
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How's this one from earlier today? Not really a wise crack, more of a visual reference to make my point.

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


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May 28, 2011 at 21:41:47
mickliq:

LMAO. Don't know how many times I've wanted to say something similar...

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#11
May 28, 2011 at 22:25:18
LMAO I never knew I could get that POS card with sprinkles!

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