What has happened to our posters?

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March 27, 2011 at 15:26:29
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.362 GHz / 2047 MB
Now, don't get me wrong. We can all remember being newbies and perhaps having some dificulties phrasing our first question on a forum.

However, it seems to me that in recent times the questions are getting more and more absurd, nor do folk seems to know the difference between a subject and a question. Here is a "question" I saw recently:

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Yes, that's all they said.

I have no idea what is going on but note that it has started happening since Vista came along and clever cloggs mobile phones. Could it be that advances in technology, where everything is done for you, has produced a new breed of folk who seem to think that "how do I fix my computer" is about all we need to provide an answer.

I'm beginning to think that if words "file" or "folder" were mentioned they would be totally defeated. At the best they would rush for the "Advanced" section of MS help (assuming they were able to fathom out how to get that far).

I also notice that these "nothing" posters never return.

Maybe I am missing something, so I wondered if anyone could suggest some alternative reasons for this trait (which appears to be getting worse)?


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#1
March 27, 2011 at 15:38:57
Your not missing anything, Your observations are correct. It's the dumbing down of America. The tuned in society has turned into a hoard of roaches. No common sense. Cashiers that can't give change without the display.

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#2
March 27, 2011 at 15:57:33
Yeah, maybe it is expecting to find a "fix-all" button for everything [and I don't think it is just America's problem].

Just for fun I tracked down what I think might have been my very first question on here. I used the name Prof in those days, until another one came along:

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

Well, it's not really that bad. The subject kinda described the issue, I managed to fix it with the help given, came back and said so, and even thanked "Doofus" (from Oz). My gratitude was quite real - I can still remember it.

What beats me is that with the complications posters now have to face on here when making a new posts (whatever obscure purpose these fulfill) these "non-posters" even make it to the forum. At times they post the questions in nearly the right place too.


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#3
March 27, 2011 at 20:01:59
What happened to the rest of the posts in this discussion?

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#4
March 28, 2011 at 03:27:15
Good question LOL.

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#5
March 28, 2011 at 05:13:39
So, there were more replies and they have been removed?

If so, I would like to know why.


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#6
March 28, 2011 at 08:16:33
Hey,

I'm looking at the logs, and don't believe any posts in this thread were removed. Are you sure you aren't confusing it with this thread:

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

Justin


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#7
March 28, 2011 at 10:36:47
I am just taking a shot in the dark here but I think part of this has to do with the advent of remote assistance. Before this became available as a standard option if you will you either had to physically take the computer to someone or put some effort, thereby learning something, into setting up a remote connection. I have noticed many retailers offer some sort of free support for a limited time beit three, six, or twelve months. Now with a remote connection even I with my rather limited abillities can muddle around and find and fix issues on the affected computer without the user even being on the computer. After this free support runs out we find it costs money to use this same method "Ohno what am I to do my computer is acting up and my homework is due" so we start searching the internet. "Hey I found a free SUPPORT site. If I register with them they can fix it and maybe do my homework too." These people have not had to put any effort into this since making the purchase and are not aware that they must now.

Like I said though just a shot in the dark.

Likely


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#8
March 28, 2011 at 15:41:55
Likelystory
Interesting thought - might well be a factor.

Justin Re#3 (and my #5)
I thought it was just a subtle joke - maybe I was wrong.
I didn't notice any posts get pulled either.

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#9
March 28, 2011 at 15:52:32
Justin, blush furiously and shuffle feet... yes I am!

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#10
March 28, 2011 at 16:27:22
Ewen
Not sure where you come from but maybe us UK folk share a
rather quaint, weird and not very obvious type of humor at times.

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#11
March 28, 2011 at 17:50:26
Ewen,

No problem! I was just concerned there might be a strange bug somewhere. I'm relieved there isn't :)

Justin


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#12
March 28, 2011 at 21:41:05
I am sure it's ( post # 7) not the only cause of the lack of effort or manors in recent threads. As society goes I think in a lot of ways we have all been in something of a downword spiral since long before I was born. I am sure compared to a hundered years ago in general we are just not putting in the effort we once did. It would seem every generation has something it gives up on for the lack of a better term. I only mention the remote connection thing because of the quality of the threads here seem to fall drastically quickly after it became a popular tool that the average user could take advantage of. When I first started playing with these toys and yes at first that's all they were for me it was very helpful to learn a bit about them. At that time a cheap store bought system was around or more than a grand to purchase and after the warrenty died it was almost as much to hire a tech to fix most problems with it. I guess I am part of the do it yourself generation because I couldn't see spending all that money for someone else to fix a toy all beit an expensive one. Even under warrenty it normally ment shipping it off somehwre to be fixed and the warrenty doesn't cover that, in itself that could get expensive. I managed to learn enough to keep from doing that and even helped a few others keep from doing it too. Now though you get your $298.00 emachine at walmart throw in a monitor and when the warrenty and support run out ya throw it away and buy another.

Likely


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#13
March 28, 2011 at 22:37:31
Derek... originally South Africa then to Scotland now a dinky di Aussie.

Regards.


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#14
March 29, 2011 at 07:46:30
Ewen
Thanks, Australia was my first guess until I saw how much your time zone
encompassed. I have a daugter in Melbourne but that could obviously be
1000's of miles from your location.

Likelystory
Yeah, I know what you mean because, dare I admit it, I'm old enough to
remember WWII (just). Now at the age where the basics are always remembered
but not too sure what I did yesterday LOL.

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#15
March 29, 2011 at 21:55:42
Derek
Actually only 330K from Melbourne but I wouldn't live there for quids... to dangerous as I'm sure your daughter will confirm.

and

Likelystory, I'm in the same boat!


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#16
March 30, 2011 at 09:43:50
Ewen
Do you mean criminality? Said daughter is not so keen but I think she is just home sick. She's not mentioned any danger but she lives in the Brighton area so maybe its not so bad there.

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#17
March 30, 2011 at 19:04:47
Derek
We're probably way off topic here but yes the crime rate in Melbourne is extremely high and after dark it's downright dangerous. Brighton is one of the more affluent suburbs and the problem would not be so bad there. This paper is one of the most outspoken and although today's issue is OK you could have a look from time to time : http://www.heraldsun.com.au/

Regards


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#18
March 31, 2011 at 08:36:49
Yeah, we're off topic but I think this post has fizzled out anyway. Thanks for the link (and re-assurance), I'll keep an eye on it from time to time.

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#19
March 31, 2011 at 09:14:48
The world is a dangerous place.

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#20
April 7, 2011 at 13:50:23
I saw another question about a month ago that gave a listing of an autoexec.bat or something and when I asked what the problem was, the original poster never responded again.

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#21
April 7, 2011 at 14:28:40
jz

A great number of posters never come back, whether you ask a question or not.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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