Think BEFORE you type

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This thread is for all those people out there who have questions.

I have read so many questions that are the same or similar. Use the search function to check whether your question has already been answered before posting.

I see so many people asking very broad questions when you must give us more information about what you need help with so we can best help you.

I see people asking questions that could easily be answered by using Google

I read threads where people ask about another site's policies or rules when you should really be asking in that site if you want accurate answers.

I see so many people writing headlines and then the post is only a few words long.

If you're here and wanting to make money, there are plenty of people who are happy to offer advice. BUT the critical thing is not to waste their time when you can follow any of the above steps first.

We are all adults here (I assume) so take some ownership of your problems before begging for help in ways that really are a waste of time.

I hope this thread does help people make better choices about their threads in the future. Don't let this put you off from asking questions. Just make them more intelligent ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Should make this a sticky in the main forum.
    Thanks.
    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author barefut
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      Should make this a sticky in the main forum.
      Thanks.
      Mark
      Agreed. Why reinvent the wheel if the info you're asking about is already being discussed. Less clutter for the forum, more pinpointed discussion.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I will ask if they can do this. I am hoping it will reduce the silly questions. Thanks for your reply.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Ever ask yourself WHY the person posted a silly or repetitive question?

      How many links in his signature? Did he just launch a "for hire" or a WSO or....

      People who ask many of those questions you don't like aren't really interested in the answers - they want attention. Still others want to be part of a conversation but have no clue what to ask - so they try to think up something to talk about.

      I don't agree with telling people what they should say or ask about - it's easy to simply ignore those threads and not post an answer in them.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Hi Kay,

    My intention is not to tell people what to do...it's o help them understand how to get the best answers without having to necessarily ask the same questions in here. There will always be reasons why they do ask in here and that's fine but I also know that many of them would benefit from this thread too.
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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      .it's o help them understand how to get the best answers
      I'm pretty sure most of them are not interested in any answers.
      They've probably seen the answer while searching for "which question asked over and over, attracts the most attention"
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      • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
        my mother told me; ask no questions, be told no lies
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

    I see people asking questions that could easily be answered by using Google

    Why would we as a community want to refer people to another source, rather than have it contained within the archives of our own forum database?

    People don't find information at Google. They find information using Google, so they could well end up on another competitive site that contains such data.

    With that in mind, isn't the effectiveness of Google dependant upon the repetition and reflective availability of information that stems from sources no different than this forum?

    The entire idea should be to make this site the place where others end up when they "Google it".

    There's two sides of the coin. We can become tired of reading similar information, but it's all relevant to the sites popularity and more often than not, a cause of many of us being here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Daniel, You can use Google to search the Warrior Forum.
      Example, if you enter: "how to get traffic" site:warriorforum.com into Googles
      search bar and then press the search button the results would show Threads/posts on
      the WF related to the question.

      Sometimes searching the WF via Google works better than the search feature here
      on the forum.

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
      Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

      Why would we as a community want to refer people to another source, rather than have it contained within the archives of our own forum database?

      People don't find information at Google. They find information using Google, so they could well end up on another competitive site that contains such data.

      With that in mind, isn't the effectiveness of Google dependant upon the repetition and reflective availability of information that stems from sources no different than this forum?

      The entire idea should be to make this site the place where others end up when they "Google it".

      There's two sides of the coin. We can become tired of reading similar information, but it's all relevant to the sites popularity and more often than not, a cause of many of us being here.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Where else am I supposed to ask off topic questions regardless if someone asked it before?

        I am in the OT, am I not? :p

        Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        Daniel, You can use Google to search the Warrior Forum.
        Example, if you enter: "how to get traffic" site:warriorforum.com into Googles
        search bar and then press the search button the results would show Threads/posts on
        the WF related to the question.

        Sometimes searching the WF via Google works better than the search feature here
        on the forum.

        Have a Great Day!
        Michael
        Yeah, but I'm sure that's not usually the intention when we tell someone to "Google it" and they could just use the search facility within the WF...
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          Yeah, but I'm sure that's not usually the intention when we tell someone to "Google it" and they could just use the search facility within the WF...
          Normally I would show them how to do it them self like THIS

          Have a Great Day!
          Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Will you tell me what business to build and how to build it? I'm so tired of having a boss telling me what to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I think the basic aggravation about these extremely general questions comes from the fact that people who can't figure out even what business they would be INTERESTED in and and what niche they are interested in don't really have much chance of doing anything much more online than offline. If you don't know enough about you to know what your interests are, you stand no chance of doing anything without someone feeding you directions 24/7. That was the point of my last comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I dont mind answering the same questions so much... I think it helps people get the answer in different words each time, and sometimes you can say something one way and it doesnt help, but said another way they "get it". Worse that can happen is somebody clicks your sig. because off the extra helpful posts... Not too bad a trade off I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author socialentry
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      I dont mind answering the same questions so much... I think it helps people get the answer in different words each time, and sometimes you can say something one way and it doesnt help, but said another way they "get it". Worse that can happen is somebody clicks your sig. because off the extra helpful posts... Not too bad a trade off I guess.
      I agree. My policy is if you don't want to help ,then

      well just don't help and say anything.

      Yeah, it might be a genuinely stupid question or one that's been asked ad nauseum,but so what...
      Everyone asked a stupid question at least once in their lifetime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    In line with the recent post about other's opinions on forums shaping ours, I can see the point that a couple have made about the nature of discussion. I can also agree that repetition can help us and hearing different versions of the same answers may give us an insight that may help us and our business as well as the asker.

    However it does get tiresome sometimes when there has obviously been no attempt to even think about the answer on their own much less to lift a finger and search a little bit before asking.

    I still think it should be a sticky but I fully realize that those asking these questions are the types that would NOT first look at stickies for any information like this.

    Mark
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