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Maintaining Continuity of Support Topics

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#1 Animal


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:15 PM

It has come to the attention of the moderating and admin teams that some replies to ongoing threads are getting off topic or that are irrelevant replies added. This topic is to inform everyone that those replies will be removed without notification.

A tremendous amount of work by several key staff members and leading members, has gone into improving what was once a neglected subject matter forum. The staff does not want to see their hard work lost on the lack of some simple housekeeping and pre-posting forethought.

The Linux forum is now something to be proud of and maintained. So that it becomes a continued place to share quality and relevant subject matter. Also so that it becomes a 'go to' destination for people new to Linux. And even for those who are knowledgeable and wish to participate and improve the content here.

So please before clicking the post button. Double check that what you're saying belongs in that thread. That it contributes value to the topic, is concise and to the point.

If not you may see something you post to an ongoing thread disappear.

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#2 Al1000


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 03:38 AM

While we want members to feel free to discuss any aspect of Linux in this forum, please ensure when a member starts a topic and asks for advice, that any response you make is entirely relevant, "that it contributes value to the topic, is concise and to the point" as Animal has advised above.

If you wish to post something that does not relate to any current topic, please start another topic to do so.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 11:46 AM

To expand on what I said above, there are two kinds of topic here:

1) Support topics. These are topics in which the OP asks for help or advice. It is these topics in which we ask members to ensure that any response you make is entirely relevant, that it contributes value to the topic, is concise and to the point.

We also ask helpers to please refrain from overwhelming members who start support topics, with information, or requests for specs etc. All too often, a member starts a support topic, for example regarding installing Linux; and in no time, multiple well-meaning members pile in with advice and requests for information, then we never hear from the OP again. Therefore if you see any such topic that has already had a few responses, and the OP has not yet returned, please refrain from adding to the advice/requests until the OP has had a chance to respond to what has already been posted.

2) Non-support topics These are all other topics. If a member starts a topic to discuss Puppy Linux for example, then it is perfectly acceptable to discuss anything to do with Puppy Linux in the topic. This would include comparisons of Puppy to other distros, hardware that Puppy runs on, software for Puppy, etc. Similarly, if a member starts a topic to discuss a laptop, then it is perfectly acceptable to compare it to other laptops, and to discuss hardware and software for laptops etc.

In summary, we try to discourage discussion in support topics, and encourage discussion in non-support topics.

The only (current) exception to the above is the long-standing cheesemakers-linux corner topic, in which to keep within the intentions of the OP, we ask members to use only for posting references.

Thank you for your help in continuing to make the Linux and Unix forum a better place.

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