General MacRumors question

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by vincent.m, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    I know this isn't in the right area, but what incentives are there for us to post replies on other peoples threads? The benefit of getting to ask our questions to half a million Apple users is obvious, but what is the benefit of answering other peoples question?
     
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    dukebound85

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    To help people out? Though I did ask myself what the incentive would be for replying to this thread.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Well thats the obvious answer, but does anything change for you on the site if you help more people? I guess what I'm asking is what stops freeloaders from taking advantage?
     
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    dukebound85

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    Your ranking reflects your post count. However, if you are here long enough, you get a sense of community with other long term active posters.

    Also, after posting some, you get access to the marketplace and the politics forum
     
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    Zwhaler

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    A lot of times, if someone encounters a problem relating to their Mac or OS X/iOS, they can Google search the problem and an old thread from MacRumors answers the question. When people contribute it helps more people than are just on this site.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Found this site through googling a mac-related question, question was solved, so decided to contribute.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    Reasons to be on Macrumors:
    - Help others out
    - Get your questions answered
    - Learn new things you didn't know
    - Blow off some steam by trolling for a bit ;)
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    For me this question sums up society today. Does there have to be a pay back for helping other people?

    Don't give to receive, just give!
     
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    Macman45

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    Well said. We post to advise and help others, not for reward of any kind.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats exactly what was stumping me. Nobody ever does anything just to help others. Glad to know there are still some out there.
     
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    Peace

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    Macman45

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    Methinks you could possibly be in the wrong place?..:)
     
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    Peace

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    Ya. After 9 years reading MR, 7 years as a member and 25 restraining orders I've come to the same conclusion.

    :D
     
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    bandofbrothers

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    For me I've always found this site to be helpful wether I'm in trouble or after advice and to give it !

    As a user to user forum this is way better than some out there.

    Spam is kept to a minimum so a big thanks to the mod's.

    I've never been on timeout but have received a message for putting a reply in a thread as "+1, I agree" and for mentioning doing a google search and not putting in links ! Strange tellings off but there you go .... Lol.
     
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    Defender2010

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    Is'nt the reward to be able to discuss (either agree/argue or other) all things Apple with like minded people enough?
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Because it's fun! Participating in a community is always worthwhile. Some of my best friends have been made through various forums I've been active on over the years.
     
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    sharpycl

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    I post and reply because I like being a part of this community. I like helping others with any advice that I can give on apple products. This community allows me to meet new like minded people.

    This community has become a GREAT resource for those who are researching problems related with there apple products.
     
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    rdowns

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    Oh? I know of at least 5 couples who met on MacRumors and 2 of the couples have since married.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Yes, there are quite a few helpful folks here. There's no reward, other than knowing you've been able to contribute something helpful to others. Of course, you also learn new things during the process of solving problems for others.
    LOL!
    That's less than 3 restraining orders per year! Not bad at all!
     
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    Apple fanboy

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    Couldn't agree more. I have learned loads from Mac Rumours. Also it gives my wife a break from my talking about the other love in my life, apple products!
     
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    BreakGuy

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    Wait, so you're saying once I reach 10,000 posts the President of the United States and the Queen of England don't come to my house to congratulate me with a seven course dinner and an assortment of luxurious gifts? ... Then what the hell am I doing here?! :rolleyes:
     
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    WillEH

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    Some peoples intentions are to help, others are to become a moderator. You can tell, who's who. Some people try harder than others.
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

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    Just here out of boredom and to help others if I can. I've also learn tons of things I didn't know before, whether it was Mac-related or not.
     
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    balamw

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    Who knew those were mutually exclusive?!? ;)

    FWIW, speaking for myself, I never intended to become a mod.

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