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Old 04-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #76
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...and sorry for reopening. I came here looking for answers and it was one of the first ones that google grabbed. Was not paying attention to the date. ...and I guess the first response might have rubbed me the wrong way.

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:18 PM   #77
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Maybe not stupid but this is a "do it yourself" site. Not a "come to the site and have someone else tell you to NOT do it yourself".
Regardless of the fact that this or any other is a DIY site, there ARE times when "hire a pro" IS the safe and proper answer.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #78
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...and sorry for reopening. I came here looking for answers and it was one of the first ones that google grabbed. Was not paying attention to the dat
Personally I don't know what the big deal is about opening an "old" thread and why people seem to get all bent out of shape about it on forums, if the topic is relevant who cares what the date is!
Don't sweat the small stuff skip, you did no harm posting in a thread that had a relation to your issue, it's what happened afterwards that caused issues it looks like.


A few tips: don't go into a forum and immediately say something like you want a polite response, that remark makes an assumption or accusation that people on a forum are going to be rude, condescending or nasty to you, you already convicted the people without a trial and most people don't like that, it almost guarantees you will be addressed rudely no matter what forum you post that to.

If you were hiring an attorney and went to their office for advice, you wouldn't just walk in and sit down, and say something like "I want a POLITE response to my legal question and I want to know how much I gotta PAY you for this, and you'd better not overcharge me either!" chances are you would walk in, greet the attorney, shake their hand and introduce yourself and be invited to have a seat. It works pretty much the same on the internet.

Next, lurk and read and see what the forum is like, then just like walking into your neighbor's party- your first post is better being some kind of introduction/greeting to start off with, a "Hi, my name is____ and I just joined the forum, I live in _____state."


It's also a good idea to write out your question in a professional way, providing as many and complete details as you can, check the spelling and then re-read it before posting.

We all get sloppy with spell checking and all, I know I do, but remember- you get get one opportunity to make a first impression!

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Personally I don't know what the big deal is about opening an "old" thread and why people seem to get all bent out of shape about it on forums, if the topic is relevant who cares what the date is!
Don't sweat the small stuff skip, you did no harm posting in a thread that had a relation to your issue, it's what happened afterwards that caused issues it looks like.


A few tips: don't go into a forum and immediately say something like you want a polite response, that remark makes an assumption or accusation that people on a forum are going to be rude, condescending or nasty to you, you already convicted the people without a trial and most people don't like that, it almost guarantees you will be addressed rudely no matter what forum you post that to.

If you were hiring an attorney and went to their office for advice, you wouldn't just walk in and sit down, and say something like "I want a POLITE response to my legal question and I want to know how much I gotta PAY you for this, and you'd better not overcharge me either!" chances are you would walk in, greet the attorney, shake their hand and introduce yourself and be invited to have a seat. It works pretty much the same on the internet.

Next, lurk and read and see what the forum is like, then just like walking into your neighbor's party- your first post is better being some kind of introduction/greeting to start off with, a "Hi, my name is____ and I just joined the forum, I live in _____state."


It's also a good idea to write out your question in a professional way, providing as many and complete details as you can, check the spelling and then re-read it before posting.

We all get sloppy with spell checking and all, I know I do, but remember- you get get one opportunity to make a first impression!
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Some people do not know how little they know either. Electric work is not like plumbing where you can always see the problem regardless of your knowledge.
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Personally I don't know what the big deal is about opening an "old" thread and why people seem to get all bent out of shape about it on forums, if the topic is relevant who cares what the date is!
Its not polite to hijack an old thread.

Many people don't like to read 2 or more pages of an old thread, and then find a new questions by someone else. Even if it is the same basic topic.
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Wow, 6 pages = 2 years.

Some forums encourage newbies to do a search for their problem before posting a question that may have been asked and answered a dozen + times. Then if we do that, and have a supplemental question, sometimes we get accused of hijacking, or opening an old thread.

I rarely search for an answer before posting because there's so damn many to read through just to find that I may have an independent situation. Plus, I'm lazy, and find it quicker to just ask my own question, even if I think it has been answered before.

But anyhow, if you come to Electrical forums be prepared to grow some, cause there's very little tolerance among electricians for DIYers who ask very basic questions; as it should be, because this is dangerous territory.

I've been there, still am, and so must you, too.
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You electricians show a great deal of patience with the members---some times you bawl them out first but you all help a willing and intelligent member learn the basics----

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