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Old 12-12-2007, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Tip - we don't like to guess.

If you want more views/answers to your thread then give it a descriptive title.
People don't always like to open a tread to see what's in it. They'll just ignore it.
Also give enough information to be able to answer the question.

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:47 PM   #2
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I agree and like to compare it to a doctor diagnosing your problems. The more info you give us, the more we can deduce down to the solutions

p.s. - I'm still a noob

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:08 PM   #3
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same here. I've probably been guilty of it a time or two, but try to make an effort to put as much in my titles as I can.

I've gotten to the point where, unless I'm really bored, I won't even click on the "question..." or "I'm screwed..." titles.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #4
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I've gotten to the point where, unless I'm really bored, I won't even click on the "question..." or "I'm screwed..." titles.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:16 PM   #5
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While I agree with the general sentiment, I can see a quick preview of the thread (first paragraph or so) when I scroll over the link, so it's mostly a non-issue for me. That's one thing IE 7 does well.

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While I agree with the general sentiment, I can see a quick preview of the thread (first paragraph or so) when I scroll over the link, so it's mostly a non-issue for me. That's one thing IE 7 does well.

that's pretty much what I do too!
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:19 PM   #7
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Building on what Bird said about the mouse-over, I'll add to this suggestion: even if you have a nice clear title, state your question in the first sentence; THEN give all the details.

If I mouse-over the thread titles and don't see your question in the few seconds that pop-up stays open, I'm probably not going to open the thread.

So this (fictitiously quoted):

Quote:
Why is my efficiency so low? I was brewing over the weekend with my...blah blah blah...and it was a nice day...blah blah blah...I had a few beers...blah blah blah...did you ever notice how...blah blah blah...and then I measured everythiing and my effciency is 22%!
will likely get more responses than this (fictitiously quoted):
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I was brewing over the weekend with my...blah blah blah...and it was a nice day...blah blah blah...I had a few beers...blah blah blah...did you ever notice how...blah blah blah...and then I measured everything and my effciiency is 22%!

Why is my efficiency so low?
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that's pretty much what I do too!
ditto. you can usually get the general idea from those first few sentences
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You can always ask a mod to rename it if you mess up.

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One specific example from yesterday, though; someone asked if there was anyone local, with the thread title "Anyone Local?"

If they put the actual location they were inquiring about in parentheses, they probably would have gotten a lot more responses, since we all tend to reply to people who are close by. Anything where location is critical - make that obvious in the title.

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