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Old 12-22-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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This should no longer be a DIY advise forum. tell you why, 90% of posters hit the site once ask a stupid question then all the fine professionals on this forum start posting useful advice, but to who? we have a thread 10 pages long of discussions among our self's the would be DIY er never replies or gives thanks probably never revisits the sight. not all but most, this is a great sight with lots of great advise, i have learned a thing or two here. This has been a DYI forum editorial.

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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Even if the OP never returns or listens to the advise, others learn from the discussion.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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Pretty much every forum is that way, from my experience.

There are too many people who join a forum and post a question when they should really just perform a google search.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Searching would be too difficult. Especially considering that we get 2 "How do I move my shower drain over?" threads on the front page at once.

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Old 12-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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this is a great sight
I agree. 20/20.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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I call them one post wonders......

On a positive note.....it helps me realize that I'm not so dumb...(or dumber than I though)
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:17 PM   #7
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I for one have learned massive amounts reading this forum. Someone does a google search and ends up reading our discussions, hopefully they figure out what needs to be fixed and move on. We never even know we helped someone. One thing that drives me nuts is when your are reading a solution and the discussion ends with not knowing for sure what fixed the problem. Please, if something works, post back and let us know.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:43 AM   #8
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How about this example.

Someone posted the same question twice, so not only is the same topic taking up two spaces, they were even written by the same poster.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/how-co...r-line-167172/

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Old 12-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #9
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The satisfaction when someone says 'thank you so much--it worked' makes up for the schleps---

Still it would be nice if people would come back more often with the results of our help---
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How about this example.

Someone posted the same question twice, so not only is the same topic taking up two spaces, they were even written by the same poster.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/how-co...r-line-167172/

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Ya I also saw someone's question with the exact same words and everything on a different site. Posted two minutes after this one
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #11
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Is always a asked question. I just replied yesterday in another forum.
Was about using keywords and search engines to find your answer, not asking silly questions on a forum when you can find the answer at your finger tips.

Sometimes I just cant find correct keywords to get a productive search.
I just posted a question in electrical, I feel like I should be able to find the answer myself, but my keywords are failing me.
Then again, if we all just used google for our answers, would be no need to have discussion forums.

The benefit of these forums is awesome. Short time I have been here, have read and learned a lot, and even if I did find answer in google to my question. I have learned not to believe everything you read on the internets.
Now, I can search and get good ideas, then ask about them here and get better ideas from people I have learned to trust.
This does not mean I trust everyones opinion here, but I have a really good idea.

Search engines and forums, they are good tools to use combined ... maybe it would be a good idea to have a sticky to mark your problem solved when done.
When searching forums for your problem, if I see a post marked solved, is the first one I want to read.
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The search engine here doesn't work well----Many times, I'll google for an answer and get sent right back here-----
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I've noticed the same thing since joining. I run a large forum myself and it's the opposite, with a well established user base, so it really seemed weird at first how this forum has so many drive-by posters. It is what it is though, some people just want an answer to their question as quick as possible, others want to stick around and contribute like me or have ongoing projects so they stick around longer.

For somewhat better searching, use this in Google "site:diychatroom.com" and it will use Google to search here with possibly better results than the built-in vbulletin search.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #14
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It doesn't seem strange to me at all that the bulk of vistitors here are drive bys. Ordinary homeowners come here by chance, find the answer to their problem and move on. Unfortunately, they don't realize (and how could they?) that they have stumbled upon an amazing free resource held together by competent pro's who so generously give their time and share their knowledge.


Then there is people like me. I don't have a lot to contribute but I am learning a huge amount and gaining confidence to complete jobs on my own. Plus, as a Realtor, I take the added knowledge with me when I tour homes.


As an extra bonus, you get to know some of the regulars and make some on-line friends. If you are really lucky you can call some people real friends.
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Then there is people like me. I don't have a lot to contribute but I am learning a huge amount and gaining confidence to complete jobs on my own. Plus, as a Realtor, I take the added knowledge with me when I tour homes.
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