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# 1 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:09
 
 
Have you ever posted a new topic? If not,why not?
Do you feel that no one would be interested,or is it simply beneath you?
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# 2 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:10
 
 
Maybe it is because of the unintelligible that inhabit Gaire.
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# 3 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:12
 
 
I am always trying to think up new topics and I have posted a few. My biggest fear is being told you'll find that here and a link to a previous topic that haven't found even though I've searched.
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# 4 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:14
 
 
Hex I think if you do a search you will find that that answer was given already five years ago.
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# 5 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:22
 
 
Someone said :
I am always trying to think up new topics and I have posted a few. My biggest fear is being told you'll find that here and a link to a previous topic that haven't found even though I've searched.

I know how you feel. Posting a topic shouldn't be filled with dread, even after a search you can find a dozen or more threads running along the same lines but what you want to say might have a different slant, so just go for it.
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# 6 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:23
 
 
I used to like posting topics but nowadays I always have a fear that that any new topic will be totally trashed and camp-bitched to hell resulting in not only my looking like a total fool but also plummeting any sense of self esteem I have.
Even more so with blogs.
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# 7 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:30
 
 
I used to start topics a lot more often, not so much now.

It's true what Perry says, too many new topics either get the "do a search!!!! we already have thread on this from 1996!!!" response or are sidetracked from the start by other members just looking for a chance to make a funny remark (being charitable here when I say "funny").

By the way, I'm not saying I haven't done this in the past too, just saying it happens and it's not good.

As for the blogs, I agree too. But luckily we now have a blacklisting facility which should help keeping your blog clean.
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# 8 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:41
 
 
i haven't because reasons hex and perry brought up -
My biggest fear is being told you'll find that here and a link to a previous topic that haven't found even though I've searched.

I always have a fear that that any new topic will be totally trashed and camp-bitched to hell resulting in not only my looking like a total fool but also plummeting any sense of self esteem I have

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# 9 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:56
 
 
I've seen the 'do a search' thing being used as a weapon and its not nice, maybe we should all lighten up a little with newbie and regular alike.
Its not very hard to coax something new from something familiar.
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# 10 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 22:58
 
 
In the same way that you needn't feel guilty going in to a Garda station (if you haven't committed a crime) if you've taken a brief moment to search and see that there isn’t another relevant thread then you needn't worry about being chastised for starting a new one.

Just for the record, asking people to continue existing threads isn’t done solely to humiliate them: often people's questions will have already been answered. Isn’t it better to continue a conversation and allow it to develop rather than repeating the same phrase or question ad nauseum? For an example of this have a look at the 'Changed Utterly' thread as count how many times Thomas is asked how to change one's mood.
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# 11 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 23:05
 
 
Someone said :
Isn’t it better to continue a conversation and allow it to develop rather than repeating the same phrase or question ad nauseum?

I agree with you in the main, Cheezypuff, but there have been too many instances of it being used, as FlameOn says "as a weapon". You can almost tell from the way the 'we have this tread already' message has been posted sometimes. It is possible, I think anyway, to 'read' sarky tones from a post on a message board. There was, I thought, a ball-park rule made about topics having a time-limit, like 12 months or something, or was that a figment of my overactive imagination?

EDIT: A lot of the time, its NOT the mods that do the 'we have this post already' message actually.....

I have to say, however, whenever I've been moderated by some particular mods, they take the time and the courtesy to send me a mail explaining why it happened. Perhaps we could extend this courtesy to newbies who create duplicate threads.
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# 12 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 23:09
 
 
Someone said :
For an example of this have a look at the 'Changed Utterly' thread as count how many times Thomas is asked how to change one's mood.

i feel like asking him now just for fun....

also i thought as a newbie i thought it wasn't really my place to start a new tread! think it was a few days till i posted even..
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# 13 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 23:10
 
 
I've very often provided links to previous topics on new posts. It's never to put a topic down or to annoy a member, but rather to help them. There have been times where someone is looking for advice on a destination or a particular issue. Surely providing that link will help others.

It must be said, I have also posted "it's already being done" on a few topics as it's pointless having two or three threads on a particular topic. If you've gone to the trouble of starting a topic, it can be annoying for another one to be started two days later and the discussion gets diluted.
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# 14 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 23:10
 
 
I agree with you in the main, Cheezypuff, but there have been too many instances of it being used, as FlameOn says "as a weapon".

Thats interesting cormo, i cant say i have seen it used as a weapon.
Perhaps you could mail me or thomas some examples and the people if guilty of putting posters in fear of posting will be asked to refrain from doing so again.

There was, I thought, a ball-park rule made about topics having a time-limit, like 12 months or something, or was that a figment of my overactive imagination?

Yeah its a year, however i wouldnt bother usualy unless the thread has been in current use, or if the new post continues and has the possibility of adding to a certain topic. Its espicially usefull to have as much information in the same location for people who want to look stuff up.

I have to say, however, whenever I've been moderated by some particular mods, they take the time and the courtesy to send me a mail explaining why it happened. Perhaps we could extend this courtesy to newbies who create duplicate threads

I would imagine that is usually exactly what happens.

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# 15 : Friday 15-8-2008 @ 23:11
 
 
Yes, 12 months has been mentioned before. There are different ways of giving a reason for locking a thread. Some moderators put up a post explaining why they’re locking, some email the OP, some out it in the notes. It's only courtesy to make it clear why you're doing it.

But I agree that newbies can be intimidated out of posting new threads sometimes. In fact, most of the more cranky 'do a search' comments tend to come from non-moderator members - one of them springs to mind immediately!
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