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21-Jan-2012, 01:43 PM #1
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21-Jan-2012, 01:59 PM #2
I agree, it's really not helpful when the issue isn't posted within the title which could lead to their topic being overlooked or ignored
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21-Jan-2012, 02:07 PM #3
Agreed. +vote.
It's so annoying when all people have to say is "My internet isn't working", or "i have a problem".
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21-Jan-2012, 02:22 PM #4
Actually there is a good way. The poster need only ask a mod to change it for them.
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21-Jan-2012, 02:32 PM #5
it's not a matter of satisfaction Laura but titles posted of the member's name only doesn't help anyone, perhaps that could be pointed out in some way from an Admin or Mod who could offer to change it for them, I really can't see how one can educate members on the right or wrong way to start a thread unfortunately but it's a shame when some don't get the help they need because the title doesn't interest other members
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21-Jan-2012, 02:32 PM #6
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Actually there is a good way. The poster need only ask a mod to change it for them.
you just beat me to it!
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21-Jan-2012, 03:24 PM #7
We already have this in the Welcome Guide:
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You'll be asked to enter a title. Please make titles short but descriptive. "Please help me" or "Windows error" doesn't help much.
I will sometimes point it out to them, especially when they do it repeatedly, to let them know that they are reducing their chances of receiving assistance. But people who are not familiar with forums or how they work should look around to see how things are being done, especially if they choose to ignore the guidelines they are directed to when they register. One only has to look at a few threads to see that the trend is to show a title that indicates what the problem is. I don't think this is something that should fall on moderators to "have to" point out.

However, perhaps there could be something automated that pops up a message to the user when starting a thread to be sure to give it a title that describes the problem you're having, or something to that effect.
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21-Jan-2012, 04:28 PM #8
your idea is great! would you like me to be the popup?
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21-Jan-2012, 04:39 PM #9
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your idea is great! would you like me to be the popup?
Remember, we're trying to attract members, not scare them away.
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21-Jan-2012, 04:51 PM #10
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Remember, we're trying to attract members, not scare them away.

well I never!

I'll pop off then!
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21-Jan-2012, 05:21 PM #11
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well I never!
Well now you have!
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21-Jan-2012, 06:06 PM #12
Would it be possible to check the titles when made for the word "Help" and the person's username, so that a warning can be put up if that's what's chosen?
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21-Jan-2012, 06:53 PM #13
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We already have this in the Welcome Guide:I will sometimes point it out to them, especially when they do it repeatedly, to let them know that they are reducing their chances of receiving assistance. But people who are not familiar with forums or how they work should look around to see how things are being done, especially if they choose to ignore the guidelines they are directed to when they register. One only has to look at a few threads to see that the trend is to show a title that indicates what the problem is. I don't think this is something that should fall on moderators to "have to" point out.

However, perhaps there could be something automated that pops up a message to the user when starting a thread to be sure to give it a title that describes the problem you're having, or something to that effect.
I hate to be so bold but, how many users/new user do you really think read the Welcome Guide.
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21-Jan-2012, 07:19 PM #14
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I hate to be so bold but, how many users/new user do you really think read the Welcome Guide.
Not many but they are prompted to and if they don't know how forums work and choose not to bother to look at it then I really don't have any sympathy for them.
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22-Jan-2012, 10:04 AM #15
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Not many but they are prompted to and if they don't know how forums work and choose not to bother to look at it then I really don't have any sympathy for them.
To quote dotty,"well I never" would have guessed you as the unsympathetic type
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