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December 22, 2013 at 12:59:13
Specs: Windows 8, 2.401 GHz Intel i7-3630QM/ 8052 MB DDR3 1600Mhz
Frankly, I'll keep this brief.

There are less and less people on this site. The people who are posting mostly seem to be asking "help me plz with problem comp no boot" or something in that line.

The number of people putting out well written, understandable questions seem to be dropping. Not to mention almost all the answers here are being supplied by about 4 or 5 people.

Opinions?

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December 22, 2013 at 17:35:21
I can but agree regarding the lack of courtesy one experiences... Sadly I fear it is a sign of the times in many ways... One usually is inclined to think it's failure in the younger set, but I'm sure there are many not so young who are equally afflicted...


#1
December 22, 2013 at 13:23:20
Hi OLDISGOOD,

I understand your complaints. As you know, we continuously try to persuade people to write good, well-thought out questions. We do this with various posting rules that new questions have to meet. Unfortunately, if a user is determined to get around the rules by randomly adding characters or not putting extra useful information, there's not much that we can do. Its a shame when it happens as users will not receive good help if they don't provide good information.

Thanks,
Justin


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#2
December 22, 2013 at 13:27:11
Possibly a lot of those who arrive here aren't using English as their first/prime language… And thus may not have a full command and understanding of the grammar, syntax, correct words to use to describe the problem which resulted in their arrival here?

Incidentally it would be more correct to say fewer and fewer people, as opposed to less and less people.

ref:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/w...

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ed...

are a couple of aide-memoires…?

Also the growth of txt spk and such horrors… has dun much to reck the langwage in terms of speling, sintax, gramer, sentents construcshun, and so on…

Nonetheless I agree that many questions are poorly phrased, with inadequate information provided - at least initially. That may be because whoever is posting doesn't realise that certain basic information is useful…; as not everyone is technically minded etc.? Often more details are provided when the "poster" is asked for them…

Possibly the reason that a regular few appear to answer most of the posts may be that they are "retired" or "unemployed", and making good use of some of their "free" time here - to the benefit of whomever; Or just plain nice and friendly and ready to help as/when they can?

I was here as a regular for an age way back, starting when CN was not part of Toms Hardware, which I think was actually better too…; no pop up adds etc… (When CN moved to Toms many of us had reservations about it…) Dropped away to some degree for a couple of years due to filial duties and other concerns; but now back as/when viable. Have noticed most of the regulars of yore are still here though; and always ready to help. This in-spite of there being occasions when they come in for bashing from an occasional poster…; and thus feeling suitably aggrieved, often feel to quit - asking why the hassles etc., and do I need them...


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December 22, 2013 at 13:27:19
I think this website has always been like you describe. You have to remember that the people on here that help are volunteers. Personally, I lurk here all the time, but refuse to try to answer incoherent questions. As computers evolved from DOS machines up to Windows 8 tablets etc., the types of questions have changed dramatically. A lot of us, including myself, are older people and have no interest in tablets or smartphones etc. I answer questions when I can or if I feel like it. I still work part time, so don't always have the time to dedicate to this site. I can't speak for the others that participate on here, so we'll wait and see what they say. I still find the site and the people on here to be very interesting, it's just that life changes and you have to roll with it.

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#4
December 22, 2013 at 15:12:00
trvlr I think your reply is excellent and probably covers most bases. I think I fall into the same category as grasshopper... I help where I can and if I can, I too have little time for Smartphones and tablets and I never bother with those questions. My biggest gripe though is the lack of manners that 95% of posters display in that they never acknowledge a reply or thank the helper.

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December 22, 2013 at 17:35:21
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I can but agree regarding the lack of courtesy one experiences... Sadly I fear it is a sign of the times in many ways... One usually is inclined to think it's failure in the younger set, but I'm sure there are many not so young who are equally afflicted...

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#6
December 23, 2013 at 15:13:13
" almost all the answers here are being supplied by about 4 or 5 people"

Well, I think it is rather more than that. However, it all depends on who happens to turn up to help on these forums. Also some helpers are more prolific than others, so you will see their names more frequently. There is nothing to stop a number of helpers giving suggestions on any particular post - they often do.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
December 23, 2013 at 16:17:58
" almost all the answers here are being supplied by about 4 or 5 people"

I agree with Derek. We all have different capabilities in different areas (no use asking me anything about iPad/iPhone/iPod---just never messed with them), but I'm sure in some areas it probably seems that some folks are more experienced. I'd suspect most folks really don't have time (especially during the holidays) to put in a tremendous amount of time here---we do generally have jobs that keep us busy.

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#8
December 24, 2013 at 11:15:06
I often see two or three or four good answers to a post and just don't bother adding (and possibly confusing) another reply to the thread.

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#9
December 24, 2013 at 14:02:05
mmm SkipCox - I think quite a lot of us do that at times... Sometimes less is more...

(SkipCox sounds a wee bit nautical...; are you captain of a man o' war or whatever...?)


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