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ygfperson
04-27-2002, 02:08 PM
how many of you check posts like "help me!!!!!!" more than "using templates with gcc" posts? it just seems to me that these kinds of posts get ppl's attention better than other posts with easily over-look-able titles.

it just seems to me like i can't get one or two posts per problem, while some person saying "i can't find my xyz!" is getting 15+ posts on the problem.

golfinguy4
04-27-2002, 02:23 PM
People can only answer questions that they know the answers to. The more advanced you get with your work, the amount of people who know what you are talking about decreases. That is why the newb questions are answered so quickly because most are able to answer.

Prelude
04-27-2002, 04:04 PM
Honestly, I start with the oldest new threads when I log on. If I'm not in the mood to deal with newbie questions then I'll skip them and move on to the more interesting looking threads. Generally I'll at least view the interesting one with every visit, but not always the dull ones.

I don't always answer the interesting threads though, this is due to time constraints. The more advanced the questions are, the longer it takes to answer them appropriately as well as cover all areas of discussion and I don't have a great deal of free time to do so. :(

>it just seems to me like i can't get one or two posts per problem
I consider answering every one of your questions, but I've noticed that you also tend to fix the problem yourself fairly quickly. So I'll usually move on without taking the time to solve a problem that you've already dealt with. That's one of the drawbacks of gaining my respect, I don't jump as quickly to help you if I feel you are capable enough to do it yourself. ;)

-Prelude

ygfperson
04-27-2002, 08:12 PM
I don't jump as quickly to help you if I feel you are capable enough to do it yourself. ;)thanks... i guess...
guess that's the p.c. way of refusing... :p

what about the titles? do titles with the words "desperate" and "beginner" jump out more than specific topic titles? (like "binary addition")

taylorguitarman
04-27-2002, 08:18 PM
I look at the newbie ones but I only like to spend my time on ones I find interesting (unless they only take a few seconds). I'm not a big fan of writing long blocks of code for an answer.

ihsir
04-28-2002, 04:00 AM
I to be honest usually check the posts i have replied to the last time i was here. then i see the real easssy one like - clear screen, wait, user input. Tell the newbies "DO A BOARD SEARCH YOU LAZY MORONS" and head for the gd board. :D

xlnk
04-28-2002, 07:42 AM
i go straight to the ones which i think i can help with.

Prelude
04-28-2002, 07:51 AM
The title is important. I'm not as eager to visit a thread titled "Help!!!!" as I am threads titled something more like "Compiler design and implementation: token parsing". Ten times out of ten I'll look at the latter first.

-Prelude

ihsir
04-28-2002, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Prelude
The title is important. I'm not as eager to visit a thread titled "Help!!!!" as I am threads titled something more like "Compiler design and implementation: token parsing". Ten times out of ten I'll look at the latter first.

-Prelude


Show Off :p

adrianxw
04-28-2002, 11:54 PM
I tend to start with the oldest unread in each of the forums I read. Sadly, moderating responsibility means I tend to look at most of the messages regardless of the title, (although those with really dumb HELP!!! type titles tend to be the ones most often in need of moderating).

no-one
04-29-2002, 12:05 AM
i pretty much do the same as prelude, except i look into the ones with 0 posts or a large number of posts since it usually indicates a problem...

stevey
04-29-2002, 09:02 AM
i used to ask for help a bit in 2001, but i was unregistered...
i am someone more qualified to ask for help rather than give it !!!

but one thing sticks out for me, that is the......

"URGENT...MUST BE IN BY TOMORROW " type.......

i think....tough...why didn't you start it earlier you weenie !!:)

RobR
04-29-2002, 09:54 AM
Anyway Steve, you just look for the ones that might have a rude punchline, right?

lightatdawn
04-29-2002, 10:08 AM
As time has been ever decreasing lately i usually only come here for very short periods to either deal with a moderating issue or to take a much needed break on the GD board from some brain numbing debugging session or something. But when i do go a answerin' i tend to just open up every post with 0 replies and answer those. If someone elses has already covered it, i dont really need to waste my time now do i? I dont usually answer posts that require huge amounts of code (due to the afformentioned time problems).

RobR
04-29-2002, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by lightatdawn
But when i do go a answerin' i tend to just open up every post with 0 replies and answer those. If someone elses has already covered it, i dont really need to waste my time now do i?

Hmmmmm. Isn't that a problem if the answer is "Yeah, that's happened to me too", or suchlike, or even just plain wrong!!

lightatdawn
04-29-2002, 10:33 AM
>>Isn't that a problem if the answer is "Yeah, that's happened to me too", or suchlike, or even just plain wrong!!

It is. But whatcha gonna do? Like i said, i've got very little spare time (esp. lately) so the rare times i do feel like taking a break from my own nasty problems to go help somebody else with theirs, i dont usually spend hours doing it. ;) Especially since i have to spend a certain amount of time 'modding' (i.e. Removing Series repetetive, obnoxious posts :rolleyes: ).

stevey
04-29-2002, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by RobR
Anyway Steve, you just look for the ones that might have a rude punchline, right?

:) oh thanx

not on the actual programming part no...on the g.d. yeah !
unless its about WW2 !!!

Deckard
04-29-2002, 10:41 AM
I've been rather apathetic the past few weeks. I'll browse through the new posts and (usually) mumble the answer to myself after reading the problem. If I think I can get the orignal poster on track with a single message, I will. If I think the thread will turn into a drawn-out "what did you mean by that" conversation, I avoid the thread. In all fairness, threads that end up that way probably didn't receive a clear answer in the first place.

Occasionally, I'll have plenty of time on my hands and will post a mini-novel regarding a problem, but it has been a while since I've done that ;)

RobR
04-29-2002, 03:15 PM
Interesting social experiment here. (http://www.cprogramming.com/cboard/showthread.php?s=&threadid=16540) ygfperson.

1). Notice that although it's a dumb newbie type question it's had 58 views & 8 "answers". This has to be down to the title.

2). Even more interesting, notice that people answered what they thought the question was, and not the question itself!

stevey
04-29-2002, 06:49 PM
:)

do you think girlies get more help than guys ?? i think they do, though whether its a chivalrous thing or a sad geek thing i dunno...

but when i'm after some more help i'm gonna re-register as
Stephanie or Sexy_Steph......

ygfperson
04-29-2002, 07:41 PM
or The_Nymph...

mike_k
04-30-2002, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by RobR


Hmmmmm. Isn't that a problem if the answer is "Yeah, that's happened to me too", or suchlike, or even just plain wrong!!

Thats what happened to me! I had a question and one guys like "You could do that with windows.h but im not sure that's what you want to do..." and another guy said something else like that and then I'm like "yes I do want to do it with windoes.h but by now there were like three replies so everyone just ignored it.

ygfperson
04-30-2002, 12:47 PM
what about content? if the post's length(not counting code, that's another topic altogether) is long, do you just scan it for any details, and then answer what you think the question was? how many skip over long detailed posts? does it make more sense to keep posts short and to the point, or to include all the details so the person reading it knows your full problem in one seating?

Deckard
04-30-2002, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by ygfperson
what about content?I'll stop and read a long one if it is well written (e.g. not l33t speak or hard-to-follow grammar). However, if there is a long code segment without [code] tags, I'll skip over the post.