Can we change a rule?

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I have seen about 5 times today "HELP" as the title of threads. Can we do something about it.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's already a rule...#3 under Minor Problems. It's just a matter of getting people to follow the rules. ;)
     
  3. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Seconded. There are far too many threads starting named "Help!" or "OMFG!!!!1!!!!!!1!1! IT'S BROKED" and the suchlike.

    But, as always, a *friendly* helpful reminder to the thread starter to include information about their problem in the subject, goes miles. I should do that more :rolleyes:
     
  4. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    People obviously are not reading those then.

    Is it possible to not allow 1 word titles?
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    If you report the threads, we'll usually do our best to give them an appropriate title. But yes, ideally people would appropriately title things themselves.
     
  6. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Methinks I'll report them then.. Would adding the aforementioned helpful reminder be a good thing or are we just getting in the way of "you lot"? :p
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    When I see a thread named Help! I change the title to Help! (Thumb stuck in iPhone dial) or whatever makes it specific to the actualy question or problem. I usually leave the original title and add the better title or explanation in parentheses.

    I'm sure the original poster notices the change, so we don't need to also post in the thread and say "Next time, use a more specific title."

    If members report these poorly titled threads to use, we'll be able to take care of more of them. If you report one, you can even suggest the new title and save us a few seconds of work, e.g.,

    Post report:
    A better thread title would be "How do I uninstall an application?" ​
     
  8. bigandy macrumors G3

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  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I change them as I see them but if they're not reported and we don't happen to see them, they'll stay the same until someone notices.

    It would be nice if clicking "Submit" for a new thread would check things but, if it checked for all the things we wish, it would probably take 30 minutes to submit a thread.

    It would be nice if people would look down a few threads to see someone experiencing the same problem, too, or noticing the section at the top with "Can't post?" or a hundred other things. ;)
     
  10. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Do people even read the rules at all ?
     
  11. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    What rules?

    :D :p
     
  12. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Nice jugs markleshark. :rolleyes:


    I think it would be a good idea to add a 1 word limit in everywhere except the Music Discussion area (band names are often 1 word long). Is that something we can do?
     
  13. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I'm glad you like them. :D
     
  14. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Would suggest a minimum length for the title field, but I know the result of this would be lots threads titled: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Mods, please change the title of this thread. It needs a question mark ;)
     
  16. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    See, I wasn't gonna say anything... :eek:

    :D
     
  17. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    Hows that.:)
     
  18. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It should have had 30.
     
  19. skoker macrumors 68000

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    There's a problem there?

    Maybe all of the n00borz with the "HELP! My 56K modem is slow!" will give up and disconnect.
     
  20. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I see threads labeled "HELP!!!!" and I'd love to actually provide them with help.

    But I don't know any mental health professionals in the area they live. :(
     
  21. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Maybe reading the rules should be part of joining macrumors sort of like a driving license test. There could be multiple choice questions like...

    When posting a new topic the best title is

    A, "Help" This ensures that hardly anyone will respond to your query because you are too fracking lazy, stupid, or just plain inconsiderate to give others a clue what your problem may be and other members who give a damn about the usuability of the forum have to alert a moderator to change the title.

    or

    B, A brief but relevant title that clearly indicates the nature of the problem.
     
  22. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It would probably stop the spammers straightaway but newbies are resilient and persistent. ::remembers skoker:: :p
     
  23. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    You can make any rule possible but it won't do any good if people are not going to read them.

    Maybe a sticky at the top of every page explaining proper titles will work.
     
  24. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    We've already got that with the "Can't post?" in the Marketplace and Political areas. People just find some place where they can post and complain about it.
     
  25. solvs macrumors 603

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    You'd think it would be a given. But the type of people who wouldn't know any better are the same types that probably wouldn't read the rules. Noobs, what can you do.
     

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