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Author Topic: Meaningless thread title...so...*gasp*...annoying  (Read 8052 times)
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« on: March 17, 2004, 05:07:42 PM »

Anyone noticed a surplus of "help", "strange", "weird", "this problem is driving me nuts" topic titles lately?
I mean, they're useless. They might as well put the title as "This is a post in this forum".
Like, look at the title of this thread. It's a quick overview of the content.
Can everybody just agree to most meaningfull topic titles from now on?

[/stupid pet peeve]
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2004, 12:25:35 AM »

Sometimes I change titles. But only if I have time... the golden rule is: if the title is undescriptive, why are you wasting time looking at it?
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2004, 05:26:53 AM »

You do have a point there, I have been guiltly in one thread(sorry), of I vow to try and make my topic lines slightly more meaningful
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004, 05:39:28 AM »

What I find most irritating is people who complain about such silly little things.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2004, 09:05:50 AM »

rofl

I would have to agree with Adosorken on this one...
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2004, 11:44:24 AM »

Quote from: "adosorken"
What I find most irritating is people who complain about such silly little things.

Suit yourself. Feel free to leave the thread anytime.
Oracle: It's not that serious a problem, indeed, but sometimes those threads house very interesting topics, or questions to be answered. If there are 10 posts, each with non-descriptive titles, and you have limited time, you might end up looking at one about how someone just reached their 45th post, or one discussing a new-found bug in the error-handling of LINK. :normal:
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2004, 12:27:07 PM »

The other big deal is when a person is needing information on 1 subject such as (example)

How do you use PRINT

compared to

??HELP??

it would make it easier to know what is there....
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2004, 12:31:11 PM »

Isnt there a mod for checking the subject? For example we can ban certain usernames similarly we could ban certain subjects like "Please help!!!", "Help!!!!",.... but it should be intelligent enough to recognise "Help!" == "HELP!!!" == "help!!"
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2004, 04:15:41 PM »

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Isnt there a mod for checking the subject? For example we can ban certain usernames similarly we could ban certain subjects like "Please help!!!", "Help!!!!",.... but it should be intelligent enough to recognise "Help!" == "HELP!!!" == "help!!"


"I need help with page flipping"

--I'm sorry. This subject title is not allowed--

.................no................
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2004, 04:17:30 PM »

Quote from: "Rockuman"
Quote from: "TheBigBasicQ"
Isnt there a mod for checking the subject? For example we can ban certain usernames similarly we could ban certain subjects like "Please help!!!", "Help!!!!",.... but it should be intelligent enough to recognise "Help!" == "HELP!!!" == "help!!"


"I need help with page flipping"

--I'm sorry. This subject title is not allowed--

.................no................

Good point. Perhaps it should simply be mentioned in forum rules?
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2004, 04:31:51 PM »

What does
Help!!== Help!!!  have one thing to do with page flipping ?
It doesent. If you took all the new post & made pepole put some kind of reasonable title to their threads then it would be more readable would you not agree... But this should be more up to the posters themselves as a courtesy to all.

I mean really what kind of thread is this

HuhHuhHuhHuhHuh?

that says alot doesent it.
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2004, 05:11:42 PM »

What they mean is, the forum'd do a match on a subject for the word help, and if it was found the subject would have to be changed. That's too tricky. Perhaps we'll do a global announcement on "how to post and get an answer". Then if you see a topic that starts with "HELP!!!" after that just ignore it.
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2004, 05:25:17 PM »

oh I see hmm well the only sad thing is its like Zack said you sometimes pass up what in most of yourns case would be to help & in my case to get a answer for a question ...
 But yes a announcement on thread tittles is appropriate i beleive
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2004, 06:07:39 PM »

:roll:  :roll:  :roll:

It's called netiquette. Anyone who doesn't have it can simply be ignored, as you can also always ignore a nondescriptive post. If someone posts something nondescriptive and you have limited time, no one's forcing you to click that link, now are they? No. It's yet another case of pure common sense. It would be a good addition to the forum rules or policies or whatever you call them these days to include something about "meaningful topics", but don't expect every Tom Dick and Harry n00B to actually follow it, let alone even read it.

And if you're one of those people who bitches about "oh but it shows as a new post!" they just read the posts you want to read and then click the magical little "Mark all posts read" link. Wow! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2004, 12:30:28 AM »

I find myself using that feature more and more, as my time here is limited. If I see another admin has posted in a thread I can ignore it.

I suppose we can just leave it as is. People with the time can help bad posters, but I don't. Lesson for newbies: If you want an answer, at least tell us the question straight away Wink
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