"Quick Question" vs. "Duplicat Posts"

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by gkarris, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I've seen people get angry and say, "duplicate - please use the search".

    I have and sometimes don't put the right keywords in to get it.

    Also, with hot topics such as the iPhone and iPod Touch screens, who wants to wade through 100's of posts to get a quick question answered?

    When is it okay to post a "quick question" that may have been answered deep within the forums and still have it be okay even though a duplicate?
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Spend a minute or two searching for your answer... if you don't find it, then go ahead and post your question. Many of us have found the google search to be more effective than the standard forum search.
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Many on here who've actually used the search function knows that it has its limitations. ;)

    I think generally, people are more willing to help when queries are presented with helpful facts. When the OP (original poster and/or original post) shows that searches were done on MR and through your search engine of choice.

    But also, keep in mind, those who do angrily post "duplicate" or "SEARCH!1!!!" and took the time to say that-- and not at least post some similar threads themselves or report the thread, aren't exactly being helpful and are ironically, cluttering up the forums themselves. :p That which they accuse others of doing. So try not to let those less patient and tolerant get too under your skin.
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I'll throw in a suggestion/reminder to use appropriate thread titles. If a thread title is "Need help!" or "Quick question" then it won't stand out to those who might know the answer, and it won't be found by people searching for the same answer in the future.

    So those with questions should do themselves and the rest of us a favor by choosing description thread titles, e.g., "Can I connect a printer to my iPhone and print my voicemail?" (That's one I don't think I've seen asked so far!)
  5. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    Livermore, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    That's an understatement - I try doing both the Forum Search and then if that doesn't pick up what I'm looking for, go through Google. The worst I've gotten was, "hey, let me link you to the previous discussion on this."

    But I do agree that the folks who go all nutz and are like, "DUPLICATE MAN, SCREW YOU," and "SEARCH A LITTLE, GET A LIFE" are off the hook rude.
  6. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    If they are that rude please report them.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Usually, I provide links to the other threads... and usually, I find the threads by putting the poster's subject itself into the search bar (or into Google), so at least when I do this, I somehow doubt that the poster searched and failed.

    I think this is a bad attitude, however. People here aren't your tech support. We don't live for your convenience.
  8. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    I use the search all the time, and sometimes it is a pain to sift through all the previous posts just to find and answer or to just get an opinion. Also with mac being mac, information on their technology is easily outdated and getting an up to date opinion or answer sometimes is the best.

    So to all you people who took the time to put some rude comment that shows a pic of a search bar...take the time to answer the damn question. THANKS
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    I generally google with a site:macrumors.com suffix, if I don't see anything in the first 10 links or something I post a thread.
  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Part one: Macslash: Will I Be Able To Print From The iPhone?

    Part two: Redirect your number to a secretarial service like MoneyPenny in the UK; they'll take messages for you, type it up and and send to your iPhone via email/fax/sms text message.

    Combining the two should answer your hypothetical question. So now you know.

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