Admonishing members for poor thread titles.

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  1. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    What is the current thinking on admonshing members for posting poor thread titles? I never feel good about it but at the same time you see titles like:

    So....

    or

    HELP!

    or

    Problem...


    I think a little polite prodding is on order at that point, even if I could not contribute to the question asked in the thread.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    I just post the following, even if I can't answer the question ( I have stored it in my "standard answers for posts that have been asked before" text file):


    A more descriptive and precise thread title will help cater to the right audience and get you more responses.
    To edit your thread title, just click on the [​IMG] button on the bottom right of your original post.


    Sometimes it even works, sometimes it doesn't.
    What more can you do?

    It's the poster's fault, if s/he is not able to properly communicate a problem and can't attract posters by an appropriate thread title.
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Report the first post of the thread and suggest that the moderators change the thread title.

    We think it helps the thread-starter if the thread's purpose is made clear, so the moderators will be glad to change an uninformative title to a more specific one, if the thread-started doesn't do it himself/herself.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The Edit button allows you to edit your post, but not the title. To edit your thread title, you must go to the listing of all threads started by you, located in your profile, and double-click the area to the right of a thread title, such as here:
    Picture 1.jpg
     
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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't work.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Thanks, nifty little feature. Even works with that old thread.

    But I remember being able to change my thread titles with the edit function within a set amount of time since the creation of the thread.
    Is that true?

    If not, than many newbies I advised to edit their thread title seem to have found that hidden feature faster than I have, which is not even obvious (the feature, not them being faster, because that is rather and so on....).
     
  8. flopticalcube thread starter macrumors G4

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    I think you have to use the "Go Advanced" button in the editor.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're right.
     
  10. spinnerlys Guest

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    Thanks for clearing that up, I will add that to my standard response #17.
     
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I completely feel your pain.

    Although mine happens with users at work. I get work orders like:

    Computer not working properly...
    Printer issue...
    Challenge scanning....(<- WTF?)
    Email issues....

    Makes me want to strangle people.
     
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  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    It does, you just typically have to go Back (as it opens the thread), but then it's an editable field.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're right. Just double-clicking does open the thread, so you can't edit the title. Adding the step of going Back makes all the difference. Thanks!
     
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Here's what I'm posting when someone posts "Help!" :)

    HELP! I NEED SOMEBODY
    HELP! NOT JUST ANYBODY
    HELP! YOU KNOW I NEED SOMEONE
    HELP!

    WHEN I WAS YOUNGER SO MUCH YOUNGER THAN TODAY
    I NEVER NEEDED ANYBODY´S HELP IN ANY WAY
    AND NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE
    I´M NOT SO SELF ASSURED
    NOW I FIND I´VE CHANGED MY MIND
    I´VE OPENED UP THE DOORS

    HELP ME IF YOU CAN I´M FEELING DOWN
    AND I DO APPRECIATE YOU BEING ´ROUND
    HELP ME GET MY FEET BACK ON THE GROUND
    WON´T YOU PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME?

    AND NOW MY LIFE HAS CHANGED IN OH SO MANY WAYS
    MY INDEPENDENCE SEEMS TO VANISH IN THE HAZE
    BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN I FEEL SO INSECURE
    I KNOW THAT I JUST NEED YOU
    LIKE I´VE NEVER DONE BEFORE

    HELP ME IF YOU CAN I´M FEELING DOWN...

    WHEN I WAS YOUNGER SO MUCH YOUNGER THAN TODAY...

    HELP ME IF YOU CAN I´M FEELING DOWN...

    However, I'll also help them anyway. I'm good like that.

    BTW, is it possible to chage the font and bold the message about what kind of titles not to post when making a new thread? That might help. If we could make it flashing text would even be better or at least yellow highlighted.
     
  16. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'd thank you to keep your "highlights" away from me. ;)
     
  17. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Well, obviously some members don't notice the message. :)
     
  18. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    That's good to know. Thanks. :)

    That sounds cool...

    Well maybe not. :eek: :D
     
  19. amitsnv macrumors newbie

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    You are absolutely right, its always irritating reading such threads.

    These types of threads must be moderated completely. :rolleyes:
     

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