Threads in facebook/twitter style Conversation Mode

July 1, 2012 at 02:36:35
Specs: W2000, N/A
Hi All,

it appears to me that in recent times some threads are turning into facebook/twitter style conversations. e.g. having in excess of 30 follow ons.

It my opinion this is not a good thing.

Responses need be thought out and comprehensive, rather than snippets.

Anyone else think the same?

Regards - Mike


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#1
July 1, 2012 at 05:56:55
some threads
Such as . . . ?

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way


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#2
July 1, 2012 at 09:27:42
Hi Razor,

e.g. over 80 answers on Lounge:-

How big is the Biggest hard drive

Others around 30 in both Lounge and Hardware Forums.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#3
July 1, 2012 at 09:37:49
This is just my opinion but it seems to me the Lounge isn't about answering tech questions per se. It's about conversations.

In most cases, conversations between the regulars who help out here.

Sometimes people new to the site come in and post a question but it's always been my thought that the Lounge was just a place for us to hang and have offhand discussion which don't necesssarily have to be sensible, logical, or for that matter, completely sane.........lol

Just my .02

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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#4
July 1, 2012 at 11:55:00
I have seen the occasional post in security and viruses, that runs 20-40 posts. Usually its because of piggybacking, which most of the time people suggest that a new post be created with a link to the origional.

:: mike


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#5
July 1, 2012 at 14:55:28
I'm not particularly concerned about the Lounge, as socializing is kind of the point. We used to have some monster threads on the Lounge, but they all seem to have succumbed to the ravages of time. Probably for the best; they were always complaining about something. If there's one thing the Lounge has taught me, it's that despite our profession or age, we are all cranky IT people, and we love to complain.

I've read the four open 30+ threads in General Hardware, and in each case, the OP remains engaged and the thread remains generally on-topic. Troubleshooting, it seems, is a discussion. Some are done after one reply, some take 30+, and some take half a dozen to find real question.

Piggybacking is to be discouraged, but everyone seems to do a good job at inhibiting it (and I thank you all for that).

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#6
July 1, 2012 at 15:53:27
Just as an aside, I recall the odd posts with 200 to 300 replies in the old days on Win 95/98, and that was with little or no chit chat. They were almost like battles, sometimes with a final result too LOL.

I guess the advent of System Restore on XP onwards helped put paid to that sort of thing, plus provided OEM Restores.


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#7
July 3, 2012 at 08:49:17
Ha, thats my post- how big is the biggest hard drive.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#8
July 3, 2012 at 13:21:52
Jay - You are fired!

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#9
July 3, 2012 at 13:35:30
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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