i want to open up a discussion about this commonly asked practice of leading off forums with the suggestion to search the data base for "my answer" before posting.
The main purpose of the forum is not to simply hand out answers, but to help the members learn how to solve problems on their own and grow from the experience. I find that when you simply tell someone to go here and do this, they do not remember what they did to fix the situation.
That said, the Search function for the forum is quite useless and there's not much we can do about it. It's in the forum software
I've found most of my database searches by using Google and when you type in your search parameters include the words bleeping computer in the search box
Before i remembered being a member of bleeping computer i did a google search and more often than not i do not find what i'm looking for with-in the first 4 pages...sometimes i'll jump around before quiting and jumping ahead to page 11 and 13 and X to see if something jumps out that is relative...mostly a waste of time.
So i came here and you garmanma and another person helped...when i asked about virus protection for the old win 98 computer that i was trying to get up and running i was pointed to another forum which helped; the answer you provided was the link to what i needed to read. That's different than giving me "the answer" wouldn't you agree?
i think MY frustration is aggravated by other modern time changes that irritate me and so many other people that i see it as one of the straws on a camels back that completes the old saying.....
How many phone "menus" have changed: "Please listen to all the options because our menu's have changed. If you know your parties extension press it in now...." then they always seem to present you with issues that aren't yours. Yours is always the last one. Then i started keeping track of my calls on a sheet of paper next to my phone to find out how many "menus" say the same exact thing, how many phone "menus" lead to the wrong place, and how many connections get dropped for god knows what reason: 20 % get dropped while listening to the elevator music, or more often when someone clicks over to take the call. Imagine that you record ALL of your calls and upload it to a data base that profiles a companies performance.
So let me plant another seed. Some here may call me a conspiracy theorists but something is changing and we are getting sucked up in the tide. All of a sudden people are asking to see my driver license for things they do not need to see it for ( a $3.39 purchase at a dollar store that i had to use my debit card for when i discovered that i didn't have cash.). Consequently i've lost my driver license 3 times since Feb when i moved to a new state. As a friend of my suggested: "Take out your license out of your wallet, hold it in your hand, and DO NOT HAND IT TO THE PERSON WHO ASKS TO 'SEE' IT"! Of course do gooders want to know what i have to hide or what i did wrong. i have NOT done anything wrong. Unlike most people i served in war time for my country, i pay my taxes, go to church, volunteer often, and help people whenever i see a need and have the time to do so. Now these people who reep the benefit of living in this great country because of the sacrifices of a few
( FYI only 1% of the whole population serves in the military ) Yesterday the lady at the bank told me that i was complaining to the wrong person, that "there is a website that you can complain about 'the patriot act' ". That might be so lady but i'm here in your office, at MY bank where i've been coming since i moved to this town and every time i want to do anything here you ask to see my license, now this time when i'm trying to make a small cash deposit you seem to think that the expiration date of my license is incorrect and think that my number has changed....so now you want to touch it, to input the new number. Who said there is a new number? Why don't you speak out the number that you are seeing on your computer and i will tell you if it's the same number. And why is it taking me 20 minutes to deposit cash? Is cash illegal now?
Sorry, these drones sitting in offices behind desks are order followers and somehow think that they're doing what is right and what is told to them to do. TMI folks!
As the world gets more complicated with BS in the name of "security" "efficiency", and "economics" trust me, none of these drones will see or can see that they played a part in the economic hardship that we are falling into as i type this. This message too is then not just about searching for information ( which will bring up another subject that i should probably put into another post ) but you can't kick the cage of your dog and not expect that at some point he's not going to bite you.
We all need to figure out what rattles the cage and participate in telling others that you don't like it.
So let me say this in closing after going off on my tangent: Bleeping computer is a model that we should have more of in other areas of life. Just as i don't need to take my computer into "an expert" who has to pay his bills and has set a rate ( $45.00 an hour ) in order to pay those bills so he charges a rate that is so ridicules for changing a cmos battery that people wind up getting a new computer rather than get an old one "fixed" And we don't have to examine all of the reasons a new computer is better. That may go with out saying. But what happens with the old computer is a consideration that we shouldn't take lightly.
Help others! Do things for free. Do things that spreads good will. We're all going to need a lot of that soon.
Thanks for listening and replying!
Edited by Kryptonite, 30 September 2008 - 04:34 AM.