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Re^2: RFC: How to Write a Great Thread

by jhourcle (Prior)
on Mar 05, 2009 at 15:24 UTC ( #748550=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: RFC: How to Write a Great Thread
in thread RFC: How to Write a Great Thread

I especially hate it when I find a dozen unresolved threads (although, mostly dups from multiple web archives of a mailing list), then finally find the one that has the exact same symptoms I'm seeing, same OS, etc ... and the last message in the thread is 'Nevermind, I fixed it', with absolutely no explanation as to what they did, or what was wrong.

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Re^3: RFC: How to Write a Great Thread
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on Mar 05, 2009 at 16:20 UTC
    Yes, that is especially frustrating but it is even more so when, after you have done your job of researching exhausitvely, you start a new thread. You explain your problem in detail, your specific environment, what you have tried, what your hunches are, and what threads you have already searched as dead ends. Someone doesn't bother to read your entire thread, does a quick google and finds "it is already solved" in the thread that just says "Nevermind, I fixed it" and they admonish you and point you to that thread. You reply that you already looked at that thread, that you said you looked at it in your root thread and that it doesn't answer the question. You don't get any response - not from the person that made the response (because they now realize they were to impatient when trying to point out your ignorance) and not from anyone else because said person is so respected by that group they assume it is you who is in fact the ignorant one.

    Now THAT is frustrating.

    Cheers - L~R

Re^3: RFC: How to Write a Great Thread
by Lawliet (Curate) on Mar 05, 2009 at 20:48 UTC

    Hear, hear!

    And you didn't even know bears could type.

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